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What was your first, real motorcycle? No damn mopeds, please.

Honda
62 (37.8%)
Yamaha
34 (20.7%)
Suzuki
19 (11.6%)
Kawasaki
32 (19.5%)
BMW
0 (0%)
Triumph (the new ones)
0 (0%)
Triumph (the old ones)
3 (1.8%)
BSA
3 (1.8%)
Norton
0 (0%)
Ducati
0 (0%)
Moto Guzzi (seriously?)
0 (0%)
Harley
2 (1.2%)
Hodaka
1 (0.6%)
Maico
0 (0%)
Husky
0 (0%)
Bultaco
0 (0%)
Montesa
0 (0%)
Something Else (what?)
8 (4.9%)

Total Members Voted: 161

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Offline Jim M.

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #120 on: February 09, 2012, 06:26:52 am »
This- only in blue in 1972, followed quickly by a Honda CT70 and a succession of 24 bikes afterward.




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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #121 on: February 18, 2012, 09:16:59 am »
I had several RD350's and RD400's.
That looks like a '76 to me.
I thought that orange was a '75 RD350 (I had one. VERY fast!), '76 400 was blue. '77 400 was Red (had 2 of them). '78 was gray or silverish, if I remember correctly. '79 was the Daytona Special (had one!!! shoulda kept that bad boy).
I am pretty sure I have the above correct. Unless Yamaha had multiple colors in given years.

edit: now I am remembering the tank graphics were larger in '76. This one has graphics like my 2 red 77's. So, maybe '78 had blue and silver.

It was a RD400D the D designated the year it was made. I'm pretty sure it was '78 but.................
First street legal bike anyway. Too fast and quirky for someones FIRST bike. Power band was from about 7000 to 7100rpm hehe.

Offline Squishman

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #122 on: February 18, 2012, 09:31:37 am »
D was 77. I had 2 of 'em. The Daytona Special was only in '79 that was an F. (gimme an F... !)
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Offline JP

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #123 on: February 18, 2012, 09:39:26 am »
I drooled over the Daytona. Saw an absolutely MINT one on Ebay a few years back.

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Re: Your first motorcycle?
« Reply #124 on: February 18, 2012, 02:58:01 pm »
Here is a Daytona Special that is beyond mint. Never been uncrated!
http://www.motorcycleclassics.com/blog-different-strokes-found-Yamaha-RD400.aspx
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