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And just who do you think you are? - Great Question 27 Aug 2014 16:46 #61

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You are lucky! You can take your stuff right to DEET and see the master at work! He is only about an hour from you I believe.

Welcome to the site and thanks for giving new life to you dad's old bike - that makes it even cooler than normal!
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And just who do you think you are? 27 Aug 2014 16:56 #62

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I would love to see the Videos!!!!

RyanLCarter wrote: Hey everyone, I'm Ryan (35) from Franklin, Indiana. I am a media producer in the Indianapolis Area working for clients such as the US Olympic dive team, the Indiana Pacers, and the Indiana Fever. I've recently done some work over at Victory Field with the Indians, and am hoping to have a shot at producing a 2014 pre-season video project for the Colts.

I grew up watching uncles and family ride dirtbikes. The first bike I ever rode was a YZ 80 at the age of 3 (I couldn't even touch the ground). It got loose in some gravel, and my right thigh still bares the scar from the muffler to prove it. Afterwards, my father bought my first '72 JT2 60cc enduro (my brother got an MX80 GT). It was in brand-new condition, and I rode that thing everywhere. My brother and I used to make Batman and Robin videos. We wore costumes with capes, masks, and we even dressed our bikes with cardboard so they would fit into "the movies." We still have videos of us riding through our neighborhoods screaming at each other. If we did that today, we would either become a YouTube sensation, or go to jail. I ended up selling my JT2 just before I began driving. I regret that decision....

Since those days, I have owned a YZ 100, an RM 250, a Yamaha Warrior 350, a Kawasaki KFX700, a Yamaha YZF 600R, a Yamaha YZF R6, a 1985 V-65 Magna 1100, and I have most recently purchased another 1972 JT2.

In the last several months, I found one of the old VHS videos mentioned above. It was great to spend the evening reminiscing about the fun my brother and I had with our bikes. On a whim, I jumped on Google and did a search to see if I could find another. I found a few out west that would have cost an arm and a leg to have shipped to Indianapolis. I was able to find a JT2 on the North Side of Indy, so I went up to check it out. It was a 125 mile round trip. When I got there and put my eyes on it, it was the first time I had seen one since I was a kid. It was in rough condition. I ended up passing on the bike. On my way home, my mind began thinking - this is a 42 year old bike...and they are very difficult to find. Before I got back home, I knew I had made a mistake. I called the guy back the next morning and went back to pick up the bike. I bought it for $150.00.

It will require a complete restoration. I would guess 85-95% of the bike is there, but nearly 100% of it needs to be redone. To me, it will be worth all the work involved to be able to pass this down to my son someday. I think the JT2 is a great bike to learn riding fundamentals on, and who knows - it just might get its shot in Batman & Robin's sequel. I may upload some of these old videos for you to enjoy :dry:

I was thankful to run across a couple Yamaha groups on Facebook, but I was especially thankful to find a web resource like Vintage Yamaha Enduro Fans. You all have "been there" and "done that." My goal is to read everything I can find, develop some resources to aid me in this restoration, and contribute to this vintage Yamaha community.

It's good to be here!

RC

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And just who do you think you are? 28 Aug 2014 06:26 #63

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Folks,

New to this board. My Name is Mark Hamersly, and I work at the border for CBP at the San Ysidro Port of Entry; I came here from the SDSO after 9-11, and was initially an INS Inspector. I started doing set-up (un-crating and assembling Yamahas) for San Diego Yamaha in 1969, and racing for them in 1971. I entered the USAF (who wouldn't recognize a Warrior if one kicked them in the &*$ (I got out after the time I was obligated to, used my GI Bill, and took a Warrant as an Army Aviator in the Guard/Reserves). I made expert, racing motocross at Cal Expo in 1973 (on a modified RT-2Enduro!), and promptly left for Vietnam. After my time in SEA, I went to Ramstein, West Germany. After three races on a borrowed Husky 250CR, I got an offer from Dr.Hans Maisch to race for the Maico factory on a 1975 250GP. Coming home, I had multiple surgeries to repair damage to my wrists after being shot and abusing them for three years of racing. So, I stopped racing and rode only in the street while working as Service Manager for American Honda dealer 1058, Valley Motorcycle Sales (now Motoworld in El Cajon). Time ahead, and many surgeries later, and after open heart surgery in 2013, my doctors OK'd a return to racing! I'm now racing Dist 38 desert events on a BEAUTIFULLY restored 1973 Yamaha 250MX, and my 'barely street legal bike, is a 1973 Yamaha RT-3, 360 Enduro, modified like I would have in 1973, IF I'd had the money (As a USAF A1C/E-3, I made $288 a month). The RT-3 now had 'modern' footpegs and a silenced original Bassani expansion chamber as well. Plus, I have a Don Vesco (We miss you Don old friend!) "Skinny Fat" tank that's being painted. I have also had the machining done to convert the RT-3 to the use of a Yamaha R-5 clutch actuator, tius no longer being dependent on the stock plastic actuator. The BEST thing about riding the 360? Knowing that when I start it, and ride down my driveway onto the street, the EPA and Cal Air Resources Board are just having FITS!

Pictures of both are attached to this. I have enough spares to keep these two running for 15 years or more.

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And just who do you think you are? 28 Aug 2014 07:45 #64

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Sweet bikes! Welcome to the site - we have a lot of members in the Socal area who regularly do rides at Gorman and Mt. Polamar. I know that is a bit north of you, but might be worth the effort to go ride with some other oil burners! I am also aware of a couple of other folks near Poway who are into old Hodakas, who may be able to connect you up with folks!

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And just who do you think you are? 29 Aug 2014 16:51 #65

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Glad to be aboard from North Ga.
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And just who do you think you are? 03 Sep 2014 21:04 #66

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Scott here from Vancouver, BC, Canada. My sister had the first bike in our family, a Honda SL100, so my parents felt bad for me and bought me a clapped out Suzuki TS250 that I got running.
I had a DT175 a few years ago, gave up on it, and just found this 1978 DT250F in the bush by my cabin, I won't go into details, mine now.
Hoping to get it running as the compression is good, working on spark now and then fuel.
Looks like a great site, passionate and intelligent people all about.
My other bikes are a street-legal 1978 Suzuki SP370 and a 2002 KTM EXC300.
Best place I've ridden is Moab.
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And just who do you think you are? 03 Sep 2014 21:19 #67

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Watts wrote: Scott here from Vancouver, BC, Canada. My sister had the first bike in our family, a Honda SL100, so my parents felt bad for me and bought me a clapped out Suzuki TS250 that I got running.
I had a DT175 a few years ago, gave up on it, and just found this 1978 DT250F in the bush by my cabin, I won't go into details, mine now.
Hoping to get it running as the compression is good, working on spark now and then fuel.
Looks like a great site, passionate and intelligent people all about.
My other bikes are a street-legal 1978 Suzuki SP370 and a 2002 KTM EXC300.
Best place I've ridden is Moab.


welcome to the site. Every year an annual event is held for everyone to gather and ride on these vintage bikes. Last year it was held in Moab

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And just who do you think you are? 03 Sep 2014 21:42 #68

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Hello all,

My name is Shea and I hail from the great state of Indiana. I just graduated from Indiana State University with a B.S. in Management; any employment opportunity notifications would be appreciated. I have 2 Japanese bikes at the moment, a 1978 DT125E, and a 65' 250 which I've not officially identified yet. I look forward to learning and talking with you guys. I am going to have the 125 running by this weekend and I will have pics up soon hopefully! I am very glad to have found youall.
Thanks,

Shea W. Arnold
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Re:And just who do you think you are? 04 Sep 2014 07:53 #69

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Locust wrote: Hello all,

My name is Shea and I hail from the great state of Indiana. I just graduated from Indiana State University with a B.S. in Management; any employment opportunity notifications would be appreciated. I have 2 Japanese bikes at the moment, a 1978 DT125E, and a 65' 250 which I've not officially identified yet. I look forward to learning and talking with you guys. I am going to have the 125 running by this weekend and I will have pics up soon hopefully! I am very glad to have found youall.
Thanks,

Shea W. Arnold


Is your 78 yellow or green? If you can't figure what your other bike is, post some pictures. Welcome to the site.


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And just who do you think you are? 04 Sep 2014 11:06 #70

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Hello there Devin,

my enduro is Competition yellow, shes a little rough but she will make a good cruising around bike. I will definitely get some pictures on here of my bikes. At our household my Dad has a Honda CB360 T. I'll try and put up pictures of all 3.
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