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i went and checked out a 74 RD350 that's been recently restored and is in awesome shape. the guy lives right around the corner and needs to sell asap. what do you think. the frame is emmaculate and the motor is clean, clean, clean. he's throwing in a bunch of parts and even has the original body panels in bags. the bikes already cafed and registered. what do you think? should i go for it? im driving it tomorrow. i'll post how it rides. thanks fellas....

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Nice bike for the right money. Lots of fun, and not too many around. I wish I'd kept mine...


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I had a 74 RD350 when i lived in El Paso that was one bad little bike. Tz chambers dual front disks koni shocks black tracey seat section I pre mixed Klotz would haul butt down the street and turn around so i could smell the exhaust love that
If the price is right i say go for it 2 strokes are simple and can put the hurt on bikes twice their displacment at least for a few blocks

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just over 2k. its in awesome condition and newly restored(last summer). he's moving and is willing to take a lower offer than what he posted. he was asking 3k for it. anyway...thanks guys. i'll let you know how this goes.

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GOT IT. guy gave me a bunch of stuff for it too. shock/head tool, bike stand, all receits, haynes manual, box of mikuni jets, fuel tank(for pre-mix) extra wiring harness, extra speedo, extra tach, extra speedo/tach cable, points/condenser(two sets), new flasher, extra foam for glass seat, closed face snell90 helmet, plugs, 2stroke oil, extra fork seals, fork oil, gear oil, original body panels, mikuni tuning manual, parts catelogue and thats about it. it boggs a little at higher rpm but thats only due to jetting too rich. this thing flies! a little rough at idle(again from jets) but way fun to ride. now whos down for a ride up PCH? i'll get some pics up tomorrow. later all.

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congrads dude...rd350 giant killer is a badass little pocket rocket. When I had my friend's rd400 in New Orleans I surprised a lot of 600cc sport bikes with her in the powerband. fast little fucker. post pics when you can.
 

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Nice score, congrats. As you probably know, don't take any chances with somebody else's helmet, besides the fact that Snell 90 dates it even if it hasn't been crashed, I'd bin it.
But the rest is all good, don't know much about the jetting but I'd learn if I were you...

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hely's got a bike. now we need to find one for tref.

congrats hely!

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alright guys. i've got some crude pics i took last night in my garage. these will do for now. i rode her to class this morning and loved it. the carbs need adjusting. i did however manage to find a guy who's local that specializes in rd's and banchees. said he can get the carbs dialed in in no time. anyway...here she is.









here's one of my vespa too.



anyway...later all. i still can't belive i've got my cafe now. right on.

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Edited by - busrocker71 on Mar 15 2006 4:31:10 PM
 

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hely,

nice score. i bet your stoked! congrats again.

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i'm loving the bike. i am thinking about changing out the seat for a rounder ended one. i really like the old Duc single seats. anyone know where i can get one for my RD? thanks again guys.

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You could make one. I made one out of fiberglass for my cb750. I cost me $50 (not including the upholstery, which I haven't done yet. I just used foam, fiberglass mat, and resin from Wal-mart. It turned out good, but if I make another I'm sure it will turn out a lot better, as I learned a few things from making this one. There is also that sense of pride that comes when you can say you made parts for your bike. Jimmy
 

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how do i go about making one of these? i've got the design drawn out...i just need some basic plans for how to make one. thanks for the heads up on that. it's definately a possibility.

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hely,

send me your email and i'll send you a pix. i have an extra one for sale.

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I bought foam (I used styrofoam sheets, but you're supposed to use urethane foam, if you use the styrofoam you have to paint it with oil based paint so it won't get eaten by the resin, I didn't but it only ate it a little and I fixed the imperfetions with fiberglass and lightweight filler). I just stacked the sheets until they were a little higher than I wanted the tallest part (bum stop) to be, then glued them together. I used sprayable glue, I hear Elmers works well but it takes forever to dry. I then traced my pattern on the top and used a hacksaw to cut it. I then traced the side pattern and cut that. Ater that I shaped it with an eletric sander and a DA, then hand sanded. When you have the shape you want you paint it (I didn't) then when it's dry you can lay on you fiberglass (cut the sheets so they fit nice, without ridges or bumps) and apply resin. You need to use a roller or putty applicator to make sure there are no bubbles. I did two layers of fiberglass. I also put a 90 degree pice of sheetmetal underneath to strengthen where the bum stop is (I broke it when I hammered the throttle befor I did this) . Then you can carve out the foam, or use gas to eat it out. After that I used filler to make it perfect (or close anyway). Jimmy
 
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