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Old 19th July 2008, 00:37   #16
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Mohana, I feel it is worth to buy an RD even today. Only thing is, you need to pick up a good piece, as with any other vehicle. Please check my Garage where I just posted pix of my RD. It's 22 years old but it looks newer than many 3 year old bikes. Regarding prices, they may move further upwards as the number of good RD have dwindled and one has to search hard to get a good one. But if you find one, then your efforts are well rewarded.

As for correctness of the price, there is no such thing as correct price in case of rare vehicles like these. It all depends on desperation of buyer or seller. A die-hard RD fan may fork out a big sum while others who do not fancy such vehicles wouldn't even look at them. My neighbour, an engineer who owns a Hero Honda CD 100, walked up to me on the second day of my RD purchase and asked what its mileage is like. I said I am yet to observe that but I said I thought it would be less than 20 kpl. To this he replied that his CD 100 is thousand times better since it returns him 55-60 kpl and that he wouldn't pick up an RD for even 5000 rupees notwithstanding all that pick-up, sound etc. He is not wrong. His tastes, interests and fancies probably lie elsewhere. Not everyone is an automotive nut.
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Old 19th July 2008, 01:24   #17
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I second invincible - you should be passionate to it if you are going for an RD (other bike in this league is a Bullet, especially old cast Irons). I ride a Bullet 500 and used an RD for a year long, which is owned by a close friend and was in my custody for that period. It was an LT, needed some engine work but ran smoothly with moderate power. Those times were times, alternate days riding a Bullet 500 and RD350 to office! .

Unless you are very sure about your plans to take care of it, don't go for it. It is not a cheap bike to maintain and not very easy like fill it, shut it , forget it. IMHO, it is not a practial choice for a very practical guy. But if you are under the special catagory of "own what your heart goes with and live with it maintaining well" go for it. Don't expect to get a 100% stock/neat bike. If there's is an RD in that condition it is never for sale as someone will be taking good care and keeping it in his heart. There could be over sized bores/pistons and sleeves etc. Bargain and do the deal. Then work on it (hardest part to source parts and a good mech), then maintain her well.
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Old 30th September 2008, 18:30   #18
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Hey Can anybody help me in what should be the price range for RD 350?
I am looking out for 1 but don't know the price range. So please help me.
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Old 30th September 2008, 20:18   #19
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Depending on the condition of the vehicle it could be anywhere between 25,000 and 1 lakh.

All the best for your hunt!
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Old 1st October 2008, 11:29   #20
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Thanks Bluu. Will search for it. hoping to get a good deal. Thanks Once again. i just love this bike.
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the guy trying to sell his RD for 100k is banned! lol

anyway, @ the TS: i'm not sure what price you should ask for but many bikes here in bangalore DO sell for nothing less than 60k. keep that in mind.

you asked whether it's a right time to buy. depends. if you are 100% sure about the fact that you want a piece of motorcycling history. if you are you will know the value of the bike and then it will make it easier to bear the fact that it's going to cost you big money to rebuild (in my experience most RDs are in pathetic condition). you also have to remember that these being vintage bikes with parts rare and expensive you HAVE to be good with her - you cannot abuse her without facing the consequences.

and lastly merely paying good money to some grease monkey won't ensure that your RD is running good. there are PLENTY of moronic mechanics who will ruin the bike and bleed you dry for it too. make sure that when you go to a mechanic you know of actual success stories of his. his bikes must actually be powerful and if possible dyno-ed. many RDs from what i've heard struggle to put out 18bhp on the crank when they should be in the 26-30 range depending on the model.
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Frankly, it is the time to 'sell' RD's and not buy one. But then if there are no buyers where will the sellers quote sky high prices for RD's.
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@ Technocrat, What I meant was that if you have owned an RD for some time now and have enjoyed it, then it is the best time to sell because of the ''sky high' prices being quoted for RD's. I have heard prices in the range of 80k + for a decent RD HT !!!!!
well i wish to just go with where this thread is heading. what is the right price to pay for an rd? how about i start with my rd? a genuine std bore h.e.t 1984 model? there is no right price for this, right? like others have said, its just that who is willing to pay for this piece of motorcycling history and who is willing to part with it and for what price.
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Old 2nd October 2008, 00:34   #23
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My feeling is that RDs are just overhyped bikes and are not worth any amount of money. If you have extra cash and want to collect a classic bike and spend tons to get it to run then it's okay but if you want to buy an RD and use it as a commuter then you're in for a real adventure, not to forget the cutting chai's and vada pav's at the garage.
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Old 2nd October 2008, 02:14   #24
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What a Stupid Question!! Buy it!! An RD is like the ultimate Indian Bike to Buy!!
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Old 2nd October 2008, 03:16   #25
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My feeling is that RDs are just overhyped bikes and are not worth any amount of money...... not to forget the cutting chai's and vada pav's at the garage.
You think!
Nothing like a RD!
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Old 2nd October 2008, 08:17   #26
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Owning an RD is like owning a car, especially the maintenance part. If I were to do it, these would be my rules
  1. Get a picture and manuals of the original bike for reference
  2. Have a budget of 50,000 and look at atleast 10 bikes before deciding on the purchase
  3. Minimum requirements would be bike which starts and moves and has complete papers in order
  4. The RD would be my spare bike, I would not take it out when I have to get to someplace without fail/exactly on time. It would be my liesure bike for the first year atleast
  5. I'll set aside 5,000 every month for its maintenance till I have it with me
  6. One sunday a year, I'll spend the whole day surfing the net and adding parts to purchase to my shopping cart
  7. I'll slowly get the RD done up to the original picture that I have
  8. I'll speak to other RD owners and with trial and error find out the best mechanic in the world, and only let him touch the bike
  9. Its not about owning an RD, its about owning the brand. Once my bike is done up, maybe I'll sell it for a KILLER PRICE and start all over again with another RD
  10. Its more like marriage, so think a hundred times if you want to be committed
A better option would be, owning the best bike in the country.
  1. Buy the current best bike in the country
  2. Keep it till the next best bike comes along
  3. Sell the one you have, put in the difference and go for the next one
Remember, its just one chance at life that you have, live it with the most amount of bikes
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Old 3rd October 2008, 10:30   #27
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Mohana a quick question to you does this RD is brown in colour paint pealed off evreywhere, along with RX100 silencers does is sport the rx tail lamp and indicators too, does the owner stays in hsr layout.
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Old 3rd October 2008, 11:38   #28
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Mohana if you are ok to spend time, sweat and money and really passionate about this bike let me know will go together and check it out whether its worth or not and be aware RDs are costlier than maintaing a car so be ready for a big hole not in your pocket its directly to your bank balance.
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Old 3rd October 2008, 12:07   #29
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an RD is an RD!! Buy it only if you have the patience time and money to spend on it and moreover only if you have a reliable mechanic or are ready to get your hands dirty!!
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can you post an audio of the sound? Two of my favourite sounding bikes...now with their exhausts swapped !
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