1968 Yamaha DT1 Treasure/Trash?

Discussion in '2 smokers' started by Valleyrider, Mar 8, 2010.

  1. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    Very nice :clap
  2. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    Thank you Bugsister.
  3. oregoncoast

    oregoncoast Racing Like a Noob

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    Very nice!! Can I ask what the cost was for the spokes and lacing at Buchannans? I am in a similar predicament on my vintage project, only I need the rear wheel done. Thanks!
  4. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    Thanks!!
    Buchanan's has an "ala carte" price list.
    http://www.buchananspokes.net/
    In my case, I had a rim with a wobble in it, so they straightened it.
    Old Akronts are getting harder to come by these days.
    Depending on what spoke/nipple combination you choose, prices vary.
    My work was done and returned to me for $175.
    I had double gauge stainless spokes and nipples made for the spool.
    The wheel was loose laced after the spokes were fabbed and the rim was straightened.
    I tightened the spokes and trued the wheel when I got it back.
    Very pleased with the work and turn around time was very reasonable.
    I UPS'd it to them on Oct 25 and got it back on Nov 10
  5. Mr Puffin

    Mr Puffin Been here awhile

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    How was the performance ??






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  6. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    Thanks!!
    Well, it won't keep up with a 55 hp CRF450!!
    It ran decent. I really don't have anything to gauge it against since I haven't really done any competitive riding in over 35 years.
    The Dunlop K180 dirt track specific tires really impressed me!!
    Had I been on Pirelli MT53's or something from the mid '70s, I would have gone on my head. The tires were amazing and would have held if I pushed them even harder.
    The suspension is stock and really limits what I could do. If I had cut the steering head and pulled the forks back to about 25 degrees and shortened the forks or pulled them up in the triple clamps, it would have handled better.
    Since this was pretty much a "Bucket List" deal, I figured I'd just ride it this way once and park it.
    It'll go to Caldwell ID in the Spring for the vintage show and then to Willow for the AHRMA races/show in April.
    It'll make a neat pit bike!!
  7. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    Thanks, I really like the red ones!!
    Mine had to stay white to be correct.


  8. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    So.... If the metal smith gets my new steelshoe done, I'm going to try the new 1/4 mile cushion track that Diamond A Motorsports has been racing on in Airway Heights since the snow has gone away.

    http://www.diamondamotorsports.com/page6.html
  9. Ladybug0048

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    Be sure to let us know when you are racing so we can come watch. :clap
  10. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    Hi "BugSister", IF the steelshoe gets done this week, I'll be riding this weekend. The 11th of June at the track in Airway Heights. Call this morning and they were working on the shoe... Just not done yet.
    I'll keep you posted.
  11. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    Well, darn. I'm head out Sat. morning for a weeks vacation.

    Good luck at the race and have a great time.
  12. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    Not to worry... there are 5 or 6 more outdoor races before the indoor series starts.
    Have a great vacation!!
  13. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    I think you should do a road trip and go here: http://www.siegecraftnw.com/PDX11-preview.htm to race with OregonCoast and LC Garage. Rainbow007 and I are going to do a road trip on our BMWs to watch them. If you were there too it could be a threefer for us. :lol3 OK maybe that's a bit far for you to go race but I thought I'd try.

    I'll get out to watch you race again I'm sure.

    Good luck.
  14. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    Not sure that tomorrow is going to happen...
    No steelshoe and one right boot at this point!!:huh:huh:huh

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  15. JeffS77

    JeffS77 cheap bastard

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    ah man i was waiting to see more pics of some race action...you could always make one..but your probably out of time now and having hard facing rod would be a plus.

    i raced my first two races one a 1/8th mile with no shoe...but once you ride with one its hard to ride with out it
  16. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    The metal fab guy found some tungsten/carbide rod, but hasn't gotten far enough to apply any. He wasn't real confident he could get it right....
    Hell, it can't be any more difficult than soldering but on a larger scale:lol3
  17. JeffS77

    JeffS77 cheap bastard

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    the first shoe i made was a pain in the ass. and i learned laying down nice smooth hard facing is hard...best left to the professionals.

    I had a maley shoe but that is long gone and all i have left is my old messed up home made job...but I am helping out a local promoter fill the field this coming saturday with my " junkyard special" 250 (ride report to fallow sunday). I plan on making a new shoe this week with the one rod of hard facing i have left :eek1
  18. Tbone

    Tbone off-ramp slayer

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    Found this pic of my Dad and I on a DT-1 I believe..good times.

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  19. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    Perris??? Good luck with the shoe. Mine still isn't done.....
  20. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    Way Cool!! Sad that I couldn't share those times with my Dad.
    He wasn't into motorcycles so I got a real late start.