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DT250A Project Bike

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Hi All,
I have just bought myself a DT250A project bike, imported into the UK from the US. I have had a numbers of RD’s in the past, but not a trail bike, so a new departure for me and I’m looking forward to the journey of discovery for the replacement parts and also advice from those more knowledgeable than myself!
lHi All,
I have just bought myself a DT250A project bike, imported into the UK from the US. I have had a numbers of RD’s in the past, but not a trail bike, so a new departure for me and I’m looking forward to the journey of discovery for the replacement parts and also advice from those more knowledgeable than myself!
lt has obviously seen better days, but it will be restored and ridden again! Hi All,
I have just bought myself a DT250A project bike, imported into the UK from the US. I have had a numbers of RD’s in the past, but not a trail bike, so a new departure for me and I’m looking forward to the journey of discovery for the replacement parts and also advice from those more knowledgeable than myself!
lHi All,
I have just bought myself a DT250A project bike, imported into the UK from the US. I have had a numbers of RD’s in the past, but not a trail bike, so a new departure for me and I’m looking forward to the journey of discovery for the replacement parts and also advice from those more knowledgeable than myself!
lt has obviously seen better days, but it will be restored and ridden again! t has obviously seen better days, but it will be restored and ridden again!  t has obviously seen better days, but it will be restored and ridden again!
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Replied by adguy2112 on topic DT250A Project Bike

I can see the diamond in the rough. Looks pretty complete. New rear fender, seat pan, foam and cover. Desert orange candy paint, new chain, new trials tires, handlebars, turn signals, battery. I have this exact model and looking forward to restoring in when I can get finished with two other projects. If the engine checks out with minimal work you'll be riding before you know it. Congrats.
24 Nov 2021 15:59 #2

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Replied by msavitt on topic DT250A Project Bike

really nice find!
wheels look great, how many miles on the speedo?
Importing this into UK must have taken patience, your probably a clever bloke and will have this running in no time. 
Are you planning to ride on the road?  I got all mine road legal, its quite fun showing the eBike crowd here in S CA what a real machine looks, sounds and smells like!
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24 Nov 2021 18:47 #3

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Replied by Gr8uncleal on topic DT250A Project Bike

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from Dorset.

Now that is some faded paintwork!

I've got six RDs myself and am also on the aircooledrd forum.

My number one tip for buying parts is to research exactly what they look like (CMSNL is good for this) and then do generic searches - ie not just for a DT250A. Loads of parts are incorrectly described on places like fleabay, usually accidentally.
24 Nov 2021 23:48 #4

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Replied by Schu on topic DT250A Project Bike

"Now that is some faded paintwork!"

Wait...What? I thought that was a repaint until your comment got me to look again.
Schu

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Replied by Gr8uncleal on topic DT250A Project Bike

"Wait...What? I thought that was a repaint until your comment got me to look again."

Yes, I thought it was painted silver at first glance, but then saw the original gold/orange where the back of the tank was covered by the seat.
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Replied by run103 on topic DT250A Project Bike

I always wonder why every bike rusts differently.  How can the fender be so rusted and the shocks look totally clean. Im thinking a 100 hours labour and a bunch more time on Inet looking for parts. I believe these bikes could easily do another 40 years the second time around. Yamaha knows how to build stuff.  Did then and still does.  If these bikes would have had plastic or aluminum seat pans they would have been perfect.  Those seat pans are a pain but everything else seems to hang on pretty good.  I have done over 20 bikes and that is the worst rear fender I have seen.  Remove the mag cover and the flywheel and see how bad the point rub bar has rusted into the flywheel. If your lucky some grease may have saved it.  Its only time and money    
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Replied by MarkT on topic DT250A Project Bike

Yamaha did go to plastic seat pans on the later models...  have to remember "unbreakable" plastic was a relatively new way to make a motorcycle fender in the early 1970's...  and on an enduro, still needed a metal brace to support large heavy taillight and license plate as required by law.

Plastic seat pans aren't the best either...  when weathered, they crumble to dust at the slightest touch.  No way to fix..  At least many of the steel pans have a chance at being repaired. 
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