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post #1 of 9 Old 05-12-2003, 4:54 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: I'm in love with a 2-stroke..

My hubby and I are thinking of getting one.
I've always wanted one, but know nothing about them. I might buy one off a good friend very soon. He has two vintage Yamaha RD400s.
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One is the prize race bike, with a stage two
ported motor, fork brace, steering stabilizer,
Autometer Tach, drilled rotors, SW rear shocks,
new wiring/street legal kit I made, electronic
ignition, expansion chambers, rearsets, clip ons, all the
goodies, safety wired. *The thing is pretty
much unusable on the street. *And loud as hell.

The other, a half rat/half clean
cafe RD400 *
stock motor, bassani chambers, rigged rearsets,
polished forks/upper triple, braided lines, clean
wheels, new Avons, drilled rotors, pod filters, jetted.

I though it would be really fun for the track.
Does anyone have a 2-stroke? Are they difficult to maintain?
Any suggestions on what to look for, watch out for?
TIA!



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Re: I'm in love with a 2-stroke..

Sweet! Keep us posted!

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Re: I'm in love with a 2-stroke..

Do a web search, there is almost a cult following of those things by vintage racers, alot of info out there. The RD's are the water cooled ones right? I've heard of head gasket problems when the motors are hopped up, but IIRC they can oring them or something. 2 strokes are a blast to ride, very different than a 4 stroke. THe will take more regular maintance, but each one is usualy cheaper than a 4 stroke so it probaly boils down to the same $$$ over time. You just have to like to tinker with motors, jetting, etc. If your a put gas in it only and go kind of person, I wouldnt recommend a 2 stroke.

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Re: I'm in love with a 2-stroke..

I really enjoy tinkering with things - especially bikes. One thing about my 929 is that it's low maintainance.
The 2-stroke sounds like fun so I'm at least familiar with the mixing of oil/fuel, tweaking jets, etc.
It's a little thing. Shakes like you wouldn't believe!
Thanks for the info!
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Re: I'm in love with a 2-stroke..

Only thing I can think of is frequent rebuilding, no??
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Re: I'm in love with a 2-stroke..

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RacerCutie : ...It's a little thing. Shakes like you wouldn't believe!...
I know Im not part of the usual crowd harassing RC here, but am I the only one that sees where this is going

Have you considered a Hardly?

why put off today what you can wake up late and forget to do tomorrow.

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Re: I'm in love with a 2-stroke..

I'm still on a steep learning curve but I have NO regrets getting my 2-smoker. Yeah there is more mantainance involved, but like you, I don't mind it. Plus if you get one for the track you'll have lamers like me stoping you in the pits all the time asking you about your way-cool bike
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Re: I'm in love with a 2-stroke..

As a RD owner, and former racer, they are a blast ! Top ends are kind of a pain to do every time they need to (dont really rember the time frame ) and some parts are getting rare/pricey, but, the are a real hhot to ride ! If you do get one , be sure to check out a place call moto carrera, I got alot of my cool go fast stuff rom them. And not enough can be said about Spec 1 , the built my last crank with TZ componets ( slotted rods, TZ 350 main bearings , and welded it together . Supposdely good for like 10-11k rpms with the correct jetting ) . If the price is right go for it !
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