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Both bikes are very reliable. It was the RD400 Daytona model that snapped cranks, but only at race pace.

The 400 will probably be a better streetbike. A little more torque, but not as much high end power. Unless you pipe/port them. The RD400 cast wheels were very heavy compared to the 350's spoked wheels.

And why the hell would you want to make a RD handle like a CB350? What a downgrade that would be. The RDs are lighter, handle better, and make more power. Its easier to find/buy parts for, and easier to get more out of the motor.
 

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2000 is very high for a 400, unless its a garage queen.
New tires can be had for under $200. BT-45s, mount them yourself. Get new tubes.

ANd if you're burning holes in pistons, you should tune up your bike and adjust your ignition. If you're running full throttle all the time, bump up the heat range on your plugs from 8s to 9s.
 
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