Yamaha DT 400

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Make ModelYamaha DT 400
Year: 1978
Engine: Air cooled, two stroke, single cylinder,
Capacity: 397
Bore x Stroke: 85 ? 70 mm
Compression Ratio: 6.4:1
Induction: 1x 32mm Mikuni
Ignition / Starting: CDI / kick
Max Power: 23 hp @ 5500 rpm
Max Torque: 2.9 kg-m @ 3900 RPM
Transmission / Drive: 5 Speed / chain
Front Suspension:
Rear Suspension:
Front Brakes: Drum
Rear Brakes: Drum
Front Tire: : 3.00-21
Rear Tire: : 4.00-18
Wet-Weight: 135 kg
Fuel Capacity:
Standing ¼ Mile 16.5 sec / 74.5 mp/h
Top Speed87 mp/h

Dearly beloved, you can begin to wave good-bye to all those two-stroke roadsters we’ve known and loved for Year: s. Kawasaki’s KH400 triple has been laid away, and Suzuki has rung up the flower car for their two-stroke roadsters. The four-strokes have won the sales derby; more important, they have a better chance of winning the government emission tests. But before you get all teary and blow your nose, you should know that’s all the bad news.

The good news is that RD400 Yamaha is still with us, and will be present or accounted for on the performance scene until at least 1980. And however attractive the old Kawasaki KH400 was, and how-ever utilitarian and -sturdy the GT-380 Suzuki was, there can be no doubt that the Yamaha RD two-strokes have been the most charismatic little rockets built in the last decade. So it has come to pass, as we climb the mountain of bureaucratic red-tape and finally see below us the Valley of the Shadow of Clean Air, that the first name in two-stroke performers shall be the last to go. Hallelujah: we can still do the reed-Induction: boogie.


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