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1974 DT250A restoration

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Well I am a hair over 10 months in on this project and I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. I need to figure out the wiring in the head light (again lol) and have a little PDR work done on the tanks and I do believe she'll be done. Short of powder coating the frame, rechroming a few parts, and repainting the tanks (didn't want to do that because the original is in such great shape) this bike has been completely gone through. I think the original Virginia Gold paint with its slight patina brings a tad more vintage charm to the bike. 

I started off thinking it only needed a carb rebuild and a top end seeing how it only had 3800 original miles on it and it would be back on the street, but after tearing into it the bottom bearing was shot and that just led to doing it all, yay. Its had a top end rebuild, bottom end rebuild, carb rebuild, fork rebuild, seat recovered, new front and rear signals, new rear signal stays, repaint on both fenders/head light stays/head light bucket/tail light stay, relaced both wheels, new tires, new brake pads, various pieces of hardware that were missing or wrong and so on and so on, please stop the hemorrhaging lol. All parts short of the spokes (Buchanan) and seat cover (reproduction) were originals or NOS Yamaha, everything is now correct and complete down to the tool kit. 

The bike runs like a top and looks great. I am still waiting on a few pieces of hardware to finish out the rear of the bike and then I'll get her to my PDR guy for the final fix. I'm not sure what I plan to do with it once it's complete, I'd love to keep it and ride it occasionally but I think I enjoy the hunt for a new project and the search for parts along with the restoration more so than actually owning and enjoying the item, it's a sickness. 

Here are a few sneak peak pics of where she currently sits. As of right now I'm still waiting for the rear flasher stays to get back, a few pieces of hardware for the rear signals and then I need to reconnect the wiring in the head light housing, slap in the head light and she'll be done. 

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13 Jun 2021 18:30 #1

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Replied by msavitt on topic 1974 DT250A restoration

Beautiful job, worth every penny too!
13 Jun 2021 19:16 #2

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Replied by Andy L on topic 1974 DT250A restoration

Yep, she looks like an absolute beaut that one. 

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. Have you got any more pics please? Well done. Andy.
14 Jun 2021 00:08 #3

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I'll post some more pics when she's complete. Thanks for the kind words. 
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The freshly rechromed rear signal stays finally arrived from England so I was able to get the back end of the bike buttoned up and back together. Short of figuring out the wiring inside of the headlight and reinstalling the headlight itself, she's nearly done. I am getting excited!


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Replied by BubbaSendsIt on topic 1974 DT250A restoration

Oh man! I love the pics where she is peeking out from under the cover. Absolutely gorgeous work Tex. 
1972 Yamaha DT2 250
1965 Ducati Monza 250 (legacy project not running yet)
1966 Ducati Monza 250 (legacy project not running yet)
Hunting: parts/part bikes for above + any 60's-early 70's 250 singles
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Replied by msavitt on topic 1974 DT250A restoration

WOW - beautiful work, see you at Pebble Beach?
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Replied by Mothersbaugh on topic 1974 DT250A restoration

Looks phenomenal!
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What's happening at PB?
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Replied by msavitt on topic 1974 DT250A restoration

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