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And just who do you think you are? 07 Sep 2014 08:57 #71

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Hi everyone,
My name is Ted Hanson and I'm an Enduroholic.
I started "Experimenting" with enduros an the early age of 14 and it soon began to control my life.
I soon became fixated on them after I purchased my first one in 1972. It wasn't much to look at but it ran and it was all mine . That 68 DT1 and I were absolutely unseperatable. When I wasn't riding it, I was usually working it or just admiring it. As the years progressed, I soon became a fan of other bikes but the DT1 always had a special place in my heart. When I became much older and monetarily healthier, I began scooping up every 1968 to 1971 DT1 I could find or afford. I've restored a few and sold a few but I still have two 68's and a couple of little JT's.
I found this site while looking for an old site I use to frequent (Yamaha Enduro.com). Not sure what happened to that site but it looks like the Enduros will still get along on this site.
There are quite a few user names I recognize on this site so I'm quite sure this will be a great experience for me.
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And just who do you think you are? 07 Sep 2014 09:39 #72

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Welcome Ted!

Glad to see you are still around these bikes.

I used to catch you on Mark's NW Vintage Cycle Forum
back when it was active.

Glad to see you here(a good source for 68-73 Enduros).



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And just who do you think you are? 07 Sep 2014 11:39 #73

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Hi Ted! Good to see you here!

Lots of good resources available if you need them, and a lot of folks you haven't met who could not get onto the other forum. We have an expanding international crowd and we are all getting schooled in some of the neat bikes that were, and are, available outside of the USA.

Feel free to do some threads on your bikes as a lot of the folks here probably are not familiar with your rides!

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And just who do you think you are? 08 Sep 2014 11:31 #74

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I'm Kat and have been riding off and on for almost 20 years, more in the last 5 than before though (city scooter driver and occasional basket cases before) and I'm by no definition an experienced expert, though I have never wrecked.
I bought my 1979 Yamaha DT250 in Montana about 2 years ago after selling my 1980 Honda Twinstar and realized I enjoyed dirt roads and going off road more than on them and although I did ok on my original/bald Honda tires and street shocks, the thing was just a weakling.
I've ridden the Enduro in Sedona, around Flagstaff and Missoula Montana, then I broke my leg (femur chip) by rolling my foot on a rock while trying to turn around the bike on a trail (ridiculous I know) and couldn't ride it for quite a while due to the kick start.
Anyway, I'm back on it, recently retook the safety course and got a Florida license, bought a new Street & Steel coat yesterday for autumn riding in the Smoky Mountains and my boyfriend got his first bike and license a few weeks ago (a 2004 Kawasaki drz400s).


I look forward to looking up answers or asking questions about my bike. I'm semi-mechanical but we don't have anywhere to work on our bikes really. We travel full time in a 5th wheel toy hauler.

Thanks!
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1979 Yamaha DT250.

And just who do you think you are? 08 Sep 2014 14:13 #75

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Welcome! Kat!

Looks like a nice bike - I am becoming more enamored with the mono-shocks each time I work on one.

You will find good friends and lots of good technical info on the site! We are also well represented on Facebook.

Given you are pretty mobile (5th wheeler and all) you will need to try and come to one of the events we are affiliated with like Endurfest!

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And just who do you think you are? 08 Sep 2014 14:29 #76

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Yay2 Thanks for the welcome
I have clutch problems just now so I'll be reading up on that some for sure.

Makotosun wrote: Given you are pretty mobile (5th wheeler and all) you will need to try and come to one of the events we are affiliated with like Endurfest!


We are mobile but somehow conveniently miss everything, like Evil Knievel festival in Montana and Endurfest in Moab (we were in soUtah last summer and won't be again for a long while). We work from home 5 days a week, ride or hike weekends, and stay places at least a month to get to know them, but if anything comes to the next random place we end up I'll be there!
We're in the deep south and east coast til next winter at least, then, Colorado ski and mining towns, Can't wait to ride there!

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And just who do you think you are? 16 Sep 2014 16:08 #77

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Hi! My name is Thomas and i´m from Germany. Maybe some of you know the American Airbase in Ramstein, that´s close to my home village.
I´m 37 years old and my first Yamaha was a DT 50R ( i was 16 years old). Now it´s about 20 years later and i own a few more... but the most in poor condition. my hobby is the restauration of old vehicles, but in the last years i worked only on classic cars. i own a 1973 BMW 2002, a 1973 Dodge Challenger and a 1979 Mercedes 280C. But cars are big, my garage is allmost full and i changed from cars to motorbikes. first projekt was a classic Honda CB 750 four. After that i was looking for a classic enduro and startet with an old Yamaha DT 400 MX (1979). After that i bought a DT 125e (1975 ?), a AT2 125 (1974?) a DT 250 Type 512 (1976) and hopefully i get a Yamaha DT1 from 1968 in the next weeks. i bought that on ebay in United Kingdom and i´m still waiting for the delivery. I did some research and it looks like a rt (because of black colour and red stripes) , but the seller gave me vin and motornumber and they start with DT1. I ad some pictures

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And just who do you think you are? 16 Sep 2014 16:51 #78

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Nice work! You'll fit in around here!

And I concur on the DT1. The fin pattern on a 360 cylinder is different and the square swing arm is at least pre-70. More than that I can't say.
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And just who do you think you are? 16 Sep 2014 17:16 #79

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I let you know when it arrives. can´t wait to get it. hopefully it is a 68. but i wonder about the tach, shoudn´t it be different? i did some research and on a 68 the tach should be smaller than the speedometer? also, i saw only white 68 dt1.
Thats what the british seller wrote me:
" its a dt1-09xx on engine and frame so not a 360"

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And just who do you think you are? 16 Sep 2014 17:28 #80

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thomas_77 wrote: I let you know when it arrives. can´t wait to get it. hopefully it is a 68. but i wonder about the tach, shoudn´t it be different? i did some research and on a 68 the tach should be smaller than the speedometer? also, i saw only white 68 dt1.
Thats what the british seller wrote me:
" its a dt1-09xx on engine and frame so not a 360"


Welcome Thomas! You have great taste in motorcycles!

DT1-09xx is not enough serial number digits... should be at least 5 numbers after "DT1"?

But who knows what numbers they may have used in Europe.

Also, so many parts can be interchanged so you could have parts from several models and years. You are correct that the 1968 had the small tachometer.

Post up more pictures once you receive it and I'm sure the experts here will help identify!
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