The RD400 was a giant slaying mid-weight with a reputation for providing thrills in abundance. Simple and effective, they had speed and agility combined with reliability and economical running costs.
The RD400 stood out amongst everything, and were way above the others in class, thanks to a catalogue of attributes including low weight, torquey but sweet revving engines, great ergonomics, supreme handling, powerful brakes etc. and they are qualities that still stand up to scrutiny today.
Its predecessor, the RD350, was an all round champion and the 400 was not just a bit more of the same but a fresh technical redesign, making the very best even better, with the addition of super sharp styling and they led sports bikes out of the decade in very distinctive style. Leading features included cast alloy wheels and rubber mounted engine.
This example is the most well remembered and sought after E model.
The old contact points were replaced with CDI electronic ignition and the fork size was increased to 35mm. The footrests were now mounted on the sides of the frame, rather than via the heavy underslung one piece version, and the spokes cast thinner on the wheels to save yet more weight. Porting was revised and, in combination with an enlargement of the exhaust bore, power was raised to 44hp.
They are now an essential part of any seventies bike collection but also make for an intelligent and fulfilling choice as an ‘only classic’
This is an exceptionally well preserved and very low mileage unrestored example that has had just one owner from new. It was well looked after and part of a collection of motorcycles in Austria which were only used very occasionally on the finest days.
Naturally the numbers match and all keys are present as are the tools and handbook and it is now UK registered. An exceptional one owner example of a definitive collectors motorcycle that is a joy to own and a joy to ride.