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 Post subject: How rare is this?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:59 am 
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1980 RD400G Vancouver

https://vancouver.craigslist.ca/pml/mcy ... 55155.html

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:52 pm 
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Looks like a Daytona Special. Does look nice.


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Also sold in South America and Asia . I've seen a few for sale in the last years .


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:13 pm 
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The ad say's " 1980 RD400G. Exact same bike as 1979 Daytona Special, only better, with CDI ignition, and better, higher volume oil pump. " I wonder, was it a 1 year run on this model?

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:49 pm 
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The ad is not correct.
I have a 79 Canadian Daytona Special and they came with CDI
Probably the same oil pump too.
Its not a better bike, its the same dam bike minus decals!
They are rarer than the 79 for sure.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:38 am 
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If you say it's rare it justifies the overinflated price. That has been proven over and over again at RSBFS.com.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:44 am 
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Thanks for clearing that up! I helped convert my friends 1976 RD400 to CDI when it was new and discovered it ran in reverse 2 decades before BRP unveiled RER, Rotax Electronic Reverse on their SkiDoo. snowmobiles.

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ns86 wrote:
.... discovered it ran in reverse 2 decades before BRP unveiled RER, Rotax Electronic Reverse on their SkiDoo. snowmobiles.


Living where you do you might be familiar with the 'Dippy' made in the first half of the last century by the Disappearing Propeller Boat Company. There are still quite a few of them up there as they are relatively affordable in antique wooden boat terms. It had a single cylinder St.Lawrence 2 stroke with a manual timing lever on the flywheel, if you advanced it too far and ran into a head wind you would get an almost stall from the engine and then find yourself going backwards. My arcane trivia contribution for the day.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:14 pm 
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Sorry I never heard of it. I remember it like it was yesterday. My buddy lets the clutch out as he is leaving on a test ride and the bike backs up! WTF!! We laughed our heads off.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 12:03 pm 
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As far as being rare...all you really have to ask yourself is, when is the last time you saw a bike exactly like that? That pretty much sums that issue up .
Yes it's pretty rare for a machine to survive in that condition, as far as the price? If one wants it bad enough it's likley cheaper than a restoration and worth more as it's very close to 100% original.
A friend and I were discussing the current trend in price increases in 80s and early 90s bikes, we agree that it's due to people in our demographic age group who now are still able to ride for awile and now in mid life have cash flow to purchase either a bike they had or always wanted. Although many of us pervive it being expensive, in reality is it? When compared vs the cost of a new bike or 15-20k restoration or a 20-30k race replica, it's fairly cheap. And bikes are far, far cheaper and easier to own than a 2 ton old muscle car that costs substantially more and requires it's own 25'x22' garage or storage. I think most of these machines will peak within the next 10 years, but after that with most people from the 80s left too old to ride a bike interest and prices will follow suit.
Most of us ' likley have less than 10 years 'in general' riding time and ability.


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^^ This. Exactly where I'm at right now. I can afford to spend perhaps something above the actual worth of a Gamma or an RZ500 but can't really justify spending a ridiculous sum just so I can relive my RG500 days. Just finishing an RGV250 resto and I've lost all my enthusiasm for retso "projects".
I long for the days I could meet Canadian sellers at the Buffalo Intl. airport parking lot. $3-4K later I drove home with my RG500 or NS400R in the truck.

Still, I'm going to keep looking. Nothing quite like a 4 cylinder 2 stroke on the boil :-)

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Yes I miss those days as well.. when average RZ 350 sold for $1500.00 Keep up your search, The deals are out there.
I found my friend a running fair condition RG500 Gamma in AZ, for 3k...then the seller also had a 90% completed never run RZ 500 restomod for 4.5k..bike came w documented 15k in receipts. Serious!! He also scored from the same seller a k/r RZ350 for $2800 than we simply cleaned up "detailed" & flipped for 7k. Deals are out there.
Right now 7-28-17 there's a nice RZ on Craigslist San Diego for 4k, and its far nicer than the one I detailed. The only issue is it needs some top end attention and the paint job is NOT the KR paint scheme..do it looks nowhere as good...but it's all original and in good condition. Spend $400 on the top end and enjoy or sell and make 3k profit...or more!


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