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Old 20th December 2007, 00:01   #1
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I am going to check out a RD350 HT tomorrow
the details are as below
Make 1986.
RD 350 High Torque.
1st over sized bore.
Points system converted to CDI Unit, mileage
Insurance and Fitness running up to December,2008.
Fokes and oil seals original.
3rd owner.

Can the anyone guide me on what to look out for? How to make out if its an original HT?
Also what documents do i have to look out for?
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Old 20th December 2007, 04:24   #2
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original HT have different exhausts but nowadays they are easily changed.
best is to take someone who knows the engine..say a mechanic.
Bangalore or bombay?
if bangalore where are you seeing the bike/
who is the mechanic/owner?

Forks and oil seals original as in 1986 or been replaced with OEM
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"Make 1986.
RD 350 High Torque.
1st over sized bore.
Points system converted to CDI Unit, mileage
Insurance and Fitness running up to December,2008"


Have a friend who ownes the exact same spec..
let me know if u want to see it. pm me..
Not too sure if its the same bike , is the RD blue and KA registered now.
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You can make it out by its pipes whether its HT or LT, and just one oversize that too in RD?Be careful must be sleeved ask him and your mechanic that you wanted to check the cylender by opening the head.
No point in paying extra for any CDI system apart from Bangalores famous digital CDI.If its in Bangalore do let me know may be ill also come with you.Last month even i sold my 84 HT RD as my mechanic screwed her completly.
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Be careful must be sleeved ask him and your mechanic that you wanted to check the cylender by opening the head.
Nobody would let you open up the head and inspect the blocks.
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Then how will trust that its just .25 bore?
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You must take a good Mechanic with u to check out the bike..
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Here is how you would identify an HT over an LT:

1) Check below the last fin on the cylinders. If it HT, it should read '347CC'. If it is LT, it should read 'INDIA 347CC INDIA'.
2) The Silencers are heavier, sound different, slightly longer and look as though they have been cut abruptly. The ends of the LT silencers look exactly like the RX 100s/135s. This may have been changed though.
3) The Engine Case on the left should say 'Made in Japan'. In LT, it says 'Made in India'.
4) The Front Indicators (if original are longer than the rear). This may have been changed to fake ones or equal sized Original Indicators of the same size.
5) Tank will be slightly larger than LT tank. This may have been changed.

I own 84 HT that has all of the above, running on CB points, .75 size barrels, original everything including sareeguard and fairing. Most importantly not for sale

If the bike in question is in Bangalore, PM me and I shall give you my contact number. Ajay and I are colleagues and we can all go together to checkout this bike.
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Nobody would let you open up the head and inspect the blocks.
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Then how will trust that its just .25 bore?
I agree, nobody allows you to open the head. You may have to buy it in good faith. Unfortunately, there are many sellers who buy with the intention of re-selling at a higher price and they might not know the bike's history.

But, here is what we can do:
If all the cosmetics\cycling parts are in place and to your taste, make an advance. Take the seller and the bike to your mechanic. If it is a sleeved barrel or a different price, negotiate with the seller. Be aware that a set of used barrels (.25 to 1) cost anywhere between 6k to 20k. A pair of pistons + rings cost between 2k(TKR) to 10+(Wiseco or Art).

Hope this helps.
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original HT have different exhausts but nowadays they are easily changed.
best is to take someone who knows the engine..say a mechanic.
Bangalore or bombay?
if bangalore where are you seeing the bike/
who is the mechanic/owner?

Forks and oil seals original as in 1986 or been replaced with OEM
The Bike is in Bangalore. Saw an advert for it in the company classfields. The seller lives in Kammanhali, somewhere near ITC factory. He says that the bike is registered in the name of his cousin . He somtimes gets it serviced from Joe and also some Nagraj.

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Have a friend who ownes the exact same spec..
let me know if u want to see it. pm me..
Not too sure if its the same bike , is the RD blue and KA registered now.
Yes its a Blue RD and KA registered. Would like to check out the Bike.

@ Ajay, Santosh thanks for the offer guys. I have Pmed you.

Lastly how much should should i offer for a decent stock 86 HT?
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Here is how you would identify an HT over an LT:

1) Check below the last fin on the cylinders. If it HT, it should read '347CC'. If it is LT, it should read 'INDIA 347CC INDIA'.
2) The Silencers are heavier, sound different, slightly longer and look as though they have been cut abruptly. The ends of the LT silencers look exactly like the RX 100s/135s. This may have been changed though.
3) The Engine Case on the left should say 'Made in Japan'. In LT, it says 'Made in India'.
4) The Front Indicators (if original are longer than the rear). This may have been changed to fake ones or equal sized Original Indicators of the same size.
5) Tank will be slightly larger than LT tank. This may have been changed.

I own 84 HT that has all of the above, running on CB points, .75 size barrels, original everything including sareeguard and fairing. Most importantly not for sale

If the bike in question is in Bangalore, PM me and I shall give you my contact number. Ajay and I are colleagues and we can all go together to checkout this bike.
umm well put - but from my brief experience of owning and knowing some RDs in mumbai, i realised that even the above points are difficult to diffrentiate... there have been cyclinder fins with the 347cc marking but running on LT pistons...

so bottom line - really no specific way to find out unless you open up the head..

but do take a good mechanic and check
1) engine condition
2) electricals
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rd350 HT's came in 1983.....that too very few of them...upto production number 720.
After that all are LT's. dont think 347 is HT.
If you want a geniune HT then check the production no. .It should be below 720.

Happy hunting
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86 and HT might be lil dicey as vamsi said go by the prod no or chassis no, then again if the bike is in good shape overall pick it up, its becoming very difficult to pick up clean pieces these days.

If its in immaculate condition including cosmetics, fair price would be 40 to 45 k but since nothing is fair in Love and RD prices can vary from 65 to 85 k

At the end of the day its upto you to negotiate and buy, and trust me once you make the deal you will surely have atleast 3 people offering RD's at lower price, thats RD buying for you.
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