So it has come to pass, as we climb the mountain of bureaucratic red-tape and finally see below us the Valley of the Shadow of Clean Air, that the first name in two-stroke performers shall be the last to go.Hallelujah: we can still do the reed-induction boogie.If there's one word that describes the Yamaha RD400 series, the word is intense.The all-disc brakes are intensely powerful, an RD tradition since the motorcycles were disc/drum 350s.
Moreover, a hard, fast shift into second can pull the front wheel right back up.
Confused and dismayed, we returned to the office, and checked the performance figures obtained by the RD4000, tested in the April, 1976 issue.
That confirmed the fact that RDs can be fast; that particular test bike snapped through the quarter in a 14.15-second/94.36-mph pass.
Bike has title and is for sale locally so I reserve the right to end auction early.
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