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Project / RD350 help?

Long story short im looking to start a vintage/cafe racer project.
Im looking for some solid starting points. Websites/ Forums etc...

I came across a early 70's RD350 in decent shape and its complete.
Its been sitting @ my buddies father's garage for some time and I can get
it quite cheaply as they just want it gone.

Is this bike a suitable candidate? How available are parts, motors/carbs etc..?

What other models would make a good project? Keep in mind most of my experience is working on cars and general maitence on modern bikes...lol
basically looking for models with a fair amount of parts and a following out there.
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So helpful....lol But seriusly any good info out there?
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old triumphs, honda CB, nortons, yamaha xs650/rd/rz, you name it. lots of options.

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I say go for it! Parts are always somehow available if you know where to look. A good place to start out with is DoTheTon.com it is geared toward cafe racers and I have had tons of help from their members (no pun intended!). Another place to start looking is an RD forum. They tend to sell parts from their bikes super cheap compared to eBay. Once you decide on the bike, spend a few months just getting to know it, ride it, and download a service manual to understand how it works.
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Personally I would go for something very reliable and common like a Honda CB350, 450, or 750. They seem to be the bikes that you see cafe'd the most on DoTheTon. I would look for a bike that runs without any problems first. Aesthetics is the fun and creative part!
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I had about 3, 73 RD350's through the years.

I used to love riding in a pack of 4 strokes,
they would pull up to the next light completely puzzled by how badly they got smoked by a little 350.

Good thing Bladerunner has your best interest in mind

pack a couple spare spark plugs
the aftermarket electronic ignition was an awesome way to dump those pain in the ass points ign.

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Those bikes are the shit. Fun packed in every turn of the engine. There are buttloads Of parts avaliable for them. I was building a DS7, then realized the rd350 is what I really wanted. In bad shape, those bikes are selling for $500. Btw, quite a few of the parts on our bikes swap out. I have a really nice seat, and a decent fuel tank avaliable.
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Those bikes are the shit. Fun packed in every turn of the engine. There are buttloads Of parts avaliable for them. I was building a DS7, then realized the rd350 is what I really wanted. In bad shape, those bikes are selling for $500. Btw, quite a few of the parts on our bikes swap out. I have a really nice seat, and a decent fuel tank avaliable.

Thats good to know. I havent seen the bike but he claims it will still start. Dunno if I believe that though. The little ive researched so far shows there is lots of interest so thats good.

My main concern is motor parts. I want this to run and ride well. As long as i can get motor parts and find help to rebuild if necessary then im going to jump on it. The cosmetic stuff and assembly stuff isnt too big of a concern right now.

Is there any preferences among model years. Ive seen lots of 73-79 stuff.
But after calling my frined again he thinks its a 69-70 model.
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Everything for the engine is available. I have some good links but I will have to find them. Or... Dave 13 might post them since I gave him some.

Do searches for the following yamaha bikes
DS-7, R5, RD-250, RD-350, RD-400 and there is a 100 or 125 smoker also but I cant remember the name. Also look into vintage racing, lots of guys run those.

Those are great bikes for a cafe or vintage racer.

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Does it have a title? I heard that title-ing bikes is a REAL biatch
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Here are some links. I will update this post as I come across more, so check THIS post every now and then.


http://www.spec2.com/index2.html Parts.
http://www.lawrenceotoole.com/r5/r5cycle.html Lots of great info. check the sidebars.
http://www.bikepics.com/yamaha/ds7/
http://www.microverse.on.ca/cd175/ds7_review.htm Some good tips for the 250 but they still apply.
http://eastcoastrzs.tripod.com/id5.html Just some misc. pics for ideas.
http://www.classicyams.com/ Good for all vintage Yamaha's.
http://www.yamahabikespecs.com/

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Here are some links. I will update this post as I come across more, so check THIS post every now and then.


http://www.spec2.com/index2.html

Ill be checking back quite a bit. I plan on starting a project either way. Either this or a older Honda. Even considered some Kawi bikes to match my current bike...lol. So hopefully I can update with some pics of the bike/build.

Does anybody know where I can find historical data on these bikes. Years produced. Specifications. Info on the differences between the years. etc.

Ive found some vauge info and tons of pictures of other cafe racers. I cant wait to get started on this!
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Check out bikez.com for specifications.
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So i just got an email from my buddy. He went over to get it out of the corner of the garage and dug up all the stuff they had with it. It does have a title and the odometer shows 12k and change.
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What are you waiting for? Club your buddy over the head, grab the bike and title, take some pic and let's see what you are starting with.
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What are you waiting for? Club your buddy over the head, grab the bike and title, take some pic and let's see what you are starting with.
Yeah, what he said!!!

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So helpful....lol But seriusly any good info out there?
And what makes you think I wasn't serious? It's potentially the best advice you will get on taking on a never ending project.

OK, touch bases with Greg / TurbospeedIII. He is almost done with rebuilding a 72 Kaw H2.

https://www.chicagolandsportbikes.com...2&highlight=h2

IMO, nicer bike for a 2 stroke project, but basically the same deal. He should be able to give you an idea of costs, time, potential problems and effort.

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Ever see the early 2smoke yammies at idle?




Isn't that half of the fun? lol. I have some experience with older "2smoke" snowmobiles and a bike or two and its one of those things you just can't describe but still love it anyway.

thank for the links guys. I have lots of research and learning to do ahead of me. I can't wait for my tax rebate...lol. gonna stimulate the economy one part at a time!
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And what makes you think I wasn't serious? It's potentially the best advice you will get on taking on a never ending project.

OK, touch bases with Greg / TurbospeedIII. He is almost done with rebuilding a 72 Kaw H2.

https://www.chicagolandsportbikes.com...2&highlight=h2

IMO, nicer bike for a 2 stroke project, but basically the same deal. He should be able to give you an idea of costs, time, potential problems and effort.
Trust me i know all to well the wisdom in your advice. lol At one time I had 3.5 foxbody mustangs and tons of parts cluttering up my garage and driveway.
Thanks for the info.

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