Vintage Yamaha Enduro Rumblings
40 years of Yamaha Enduros
It was 1973. A fellow whose daughter my buddy was sweet on had a really clean Chrome Yellow 1970 AT1 for sale. It had been stripped of its street garb and was fitted with a huge trail sprocket. The lighting was included in a basket, making it my first "project". I had saved up enough after selling my 4 stroke Honda SL100 and twisted my mom's arm into signing for the registration - I was 15 and knew what I wanted. I had spent a weekend on a Green CT1 owned by my uncle.
I got my street endorsement on that bike and rode it to school at 16 - the envy of many of my schoolmates. It was somewhat short lived as I determined I needed to step up to a Kawasaki H1 500 in 1975 - a bike that back then I commented was so big I could never ride it around town - it would just be a road bike!
Fast forward to 2005 after so many years of mostly street riding, I found another one of those Chrome Yellow AT1's for sale. It was nowhere near as nice as my first one, but they never are. It had been ridden hard and put away wet, but for the life of me I could not walk away. Today, even though I have collected many more Enduro projects in various states of completion, a gaggle of DT400's, a couple of 360's, GT 80's for my son, and even a silver tanked 360MX, the little yellow AT1 holds a special place in my heart.
You never forget your first . . . enduro.