5 Must-Know Facts About Yamaha RD400 Retro Motorcycle

Yamaha RD400 is the most exciting product from the 1970s, pushing the boundaries of performance slightly ahead in comparison to the 350cc cousin. The motorcycle is safer in most terms while official listing confirms that the product shared parts with another motorcycle that was listed as quarter-litre in the company lineup.

RD400 is the most powerful motorcycle from the retro family and considering its overall proportions, the performance factor seems unbeatable by even modern-day motorcycles. Here are the five must-know facts about the legendary Yamaha RD400.

5 Must-Know Facts About Yamaha RD400

1) Availability

The motorcycle was available with four different names that were primarily used to differentiate the model year. The year 1976 named the same RD400C while 1977 was the year when it was branded as RD400D. In 1978, the model was tagged as RD400E and finally in 1979, it was branded as RD400F. The motorcycle is available in the used market with a price tag of around $4000 (INR 2.84 lakh approx) in a decent condition in other countries as Indian market never got the same at all.

2) Design & Style

The motorcycle comes with retro-modern bits of styling, with old age lines being a primary part of the profile. The fuel tank is long and sleek while alloy wheels add a touch of premium feel to the motorcycle. It was available in various colours throughout the life cycle and above all, the sporty stripe colour variant looked great for a motorcycle carrying a limited displacement capacity.

3) Power Output

The 398cc, two-stroke twin-cylinder engine on the motorcycle is good for 44 HP of maximum power at 7500 rpm and 41.1 Nm at 7000 rpm. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The powerful machine weighs 171 kg and thus, claims to be more powerful on paper in comparison to the present day Yamaha machines like R3. The capabilities for the model are far beyond an average rider’s comparison.

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4) Dimensions & Capabilities

Yamaha RD400 measures 1995mm in length, 760mm in width and 1060mm in height. The wheelbase measures 1320mm while seat height on the model is 800mm. The ground clearance for the model is 150mm. The dry weight for the motorcycle is 165.5 kg while wet weight tips the scale at 171 kg. The motorcycle comes with a 16.5-litre fuel tank and claims a mileage of 43 mpg (18.28 kmpl approx). The top speed for the motorcycle is 172 kph.

5) Equipment on Offer

Yamaha RD400 was available with 267mm of a disc brake at both the ends. The front rim measures 3.00S while the rear comes with 3.50S rim size. The front forks are telescopic while the rear comes dual shocks. The entire network of equipment makes you good for a quarter-mile time of 14.1 seconds, and that too reaching a top speed of 145 kph.

Yamaha RD400 Tech Specs

  • Engine: 398cc, 2-Stroke
  • Cooling: Air-Cooled
  • No. of Cylinders: 2
  • Fuel System: Carburettor
  • BorexStroke: 64mm x 62mm
  • Compression Ratio: 6.2:1
  • Max. Power: 44 HP @ 7500 rpm
  • Max. Torque: 41.1 Nm @ 7000 rpm
  • Gearbox: 6-Speed
  • Overall Length: 1995mm
  • Overall Width: 760mm
  • Overall Height: 1060mm
  • Wheelbase: 1320mm
  • Ground Clearance: 150mm
  • Seat Height: 800mm
  • Dry Weight: 165.5 kg
  • Wet Weight: 171 kg
  • Fuel Tank: 16.5-litres
  • Oil Capacity: 1.8-litres
  • Front Brake: 267mm Disc
  • Rear Brake: 267mm Disc
  • Front Tyre: 3.00S-18-4PR
  • Rear Tyre: 3.50S-18-4PR
  • Front Suspension Telescopic Forks
  • Rear Suspension: Dual Shocks
  • Starting System: Kick
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Mileage: 18.28 kmpl
  • 0-400m: 14.1 secs
  • Top Speed: 172 kmph
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