I know where a donor RD400 is but it's comparable to a mostly decomposed body yet the owner still believes it has tremendous value even though it's been rotting away in the weather for years and years.
Funny thing about alot of the RD owners, eitther they have a wonderful bike and dont know it, or they have a POS and think its worth a ton - I think the most Ive ever paid for a RD was $1200 - and this one was all orignal ! Ive found you can find some really sweet deals on Rd- you just have to catch the right person at the right time. I got 3 ( 1 runner and 2 parts bikes ) for $600 ! I sold one of the gas tanks form the parts bikes for $450 ! Love those Rds !
Do you read Performance Bikes mag Jet? They're big on 'build a bike in your own shed' (BABIYOS) and are always showing readers' projects as well as their own. They may be ugly, but there's a lot of pride to be had in piecing together your own bike using the parts you want on there. Alot of people go crazy with fabrication over there too.