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Newbie joining in on the ride 28 May 2019 06:05 #1

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Hello
I took the plunge and joined the forum yesterday after lurking for a few months. There appears to be a tremendous wealth of knowledge and camaraderie here and I look forward to learning.

I’m sure my story is a familiar one. I’m a baby boomer preparing for retirement and still trying to decide what I want to do when I grow up. I resurrected a ‘52 Willys Jeep a number of years ago and found the experience very rewarding. It wouldn’t have been possible without the tremendous support from online forums such as this. The Jeep is done (are they ever really done?) and is a blast to drive. As a mechanical engineer, I’m always looking for something new to tinker with. You know the motto, “If it isn’t broken, take it apart and fix it”.

My first motorcycle was a ‘71 JT1. As a kid, I learned the basics of riding on my JT1 before outgrowing it and trading it in on a brand new ‘72 CT2. I eventually sold the CT2 and have been bikeless for nearly 45 years. I’ve always had a soft spot for the JT1 and go out of my way to check them out every chance I get.

I finally decided a JT1 was the right scratch for my itch and now I have the perfect excuse - GRANDKIDS! So I started perusing CL and Ebay looking for a suitable candidate. I recently located and purchased a fairly complete (non-running) 1971 Yamaha JT1.

While going for a full-blown restoration on my JT1 is tempting, I learned from my Jeep experience that I get more satisfaction by building a safe and dependable vehicle that I can drive off road (as it was intended) and not freak out if I get it dirty or scratch it. So, I’m going for respectable appearance on my JT1 with emphasis on making it a safe and dependable rider for my grandkids. It’s for the kids... right?

I look forward to sharing my progress and learning more about these classic bikes,

Thanks for your interest in my little story.
Steve in Michigan
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Newbie joining in on the ride 28 May 2019 06:09 #2

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Welcome! Steve.

Great story and hope to see your JT1 up and running reliably soon!

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Newbie joining in on the ride 28 May 2019 07:53 #3

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Welcome! Steve!!

I did a little looking and the JT1 is a rotary valve engine??
I did not know that.

It'll be interesting to see your progess as now I'm curious what goes on inside that engine. (-:

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Newbie joining in on the ride 29 May 2019 00:09 #4

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Welcome from NZ. Yep had JT1's for my kids, just rough tradeins at work back in the day that i fixed up. Actualy assembled them new out of the box as an after work perky job. They came two to a crate--possibly 3. Couldn't believe how neat they were, just a miniature big bike. Great times those!!. Yep rotary valve 'jasonsch' above.

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Newbie joining in on the ride 29 May 2019 11:11 #5

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Welcome! To the site!

Make sure to connect with Minienduroman (Kevin Treece) who is our resident expert on the little mini enduros! He is also very active on Facebook with his own group!

www.facebook.com/groups/YamahaMiniEnduro/?ref=share

Post up some pictures of your project as you go - we all love pictures!

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Newbie joining in on the ride 30 May 2019 09:26 #6

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Hey Steve, I am also refurbishing a pair of JTs at the moment. I am about 60% complete, having been side tracked with some home remodeling, but hope to get back at it in the next month or so. We can compare notes and maybe help each other thru the tricky stuff.

I started with bikes that run and were rideable. I also acquired a good amount of extra parts with the purchase of both bikes. And then I bought a fairly complete bike a couple months ago just because it was cheap and had a few parts that are really hard to find.

I am also from Michigan, so maybe that will come in handy for either one of us in regards to parts sharing. Keep in touch.

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Newbie joining in on the ride 30 May 2019 13:54 #7

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Welcome!

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Newbie joining in on the ride 11 Jun 2019 02:25 #8

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When thats finished, u should look for a CT 4 u!

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Newbie joining in on the ride 11 Jun 2019 04:29 #9

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Thanks for the response. Trust me, finding a CT2 to restore is already in the back of mind. I think I’m catching the disease!
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Newbie joining in on the ride 11 Jun 2019 10:52 #10

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Hello mate . You have come to a great place.
regards Ted ( age 10 and a bit )

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