1968 Yamaha DT1 Treasure/Trash?

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

  1. OLD GREEN

    OLD GREEN Long timer Supporter

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    That looks just like the 1970 DT1 I picked up last year for free off of craigslist. Good to see that you and your dad were both into atgatt.:rofl

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  2. JeffS77

    JeffS77 cheap bastard

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    Hey Willlie here is my ride report from Saturday nights race up in Victorville.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=699363

    it was a good time even got tangeled up with a brakeless Indian :eek1
    and was able to run down a '07 KX250F and pass him in the main :clap I had a blast cant wait to do it again.
    and the homemade shoe held up really good
  3. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    Thanks for the link Jeff. If I get down to Cali with the DT1, we'll have to get together and bang handlebars....:lol3
  4. JeffS77

    JeffS77 cheap bastard

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    for sure we will...perris is still running a regular schedule www.perrisflattrack.com
  5. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    Friday saw me and Dennis Kanegae ready to practice at the track in Airway Heights...
    Yeah, I got 4 laps in before ignition gremlins brought the '68 DT1 to a halt.
    Dennis had a sputtering engine that never really ran right.
    Race gas solved the problem for Dennis, but finding a coil that would make the DT1 happy was another thing.
    Dennis raced Saturday, I pitted for him....[​IMG]
  6. Donzzilla

    Donzzilla Been here awhile

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    I had ignition problems with my Sonic Weld DT1 that wouldn't quit, no matter how many NOS parts I threw at it. I finally replaced it with a PVL unit:clap I don't know why I didn't do that first. It starts and runs a lot better with that ignition.

    Don
  7. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    Thanks Don, I'd been looking at the PVL. Not sure how much more I want to risk my neck with stock frame, forks and rear shocks!!! The '68 is probably going to become a conversation piece in my family room. Denny's CRF450 inspired me.....
  8. Donzzilla

    Donzzilla Been here awhile

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    There's no risk in racing:rofl You need to keep the vintage bikes going. WFO on a half mile with no rear suspension or brakes. The old Betor forks are not much better than the stock Yami's. It's a blast, wouldn't have it any other way:clap

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/donzzilla/5571235301/" title="don-shogo2 copy by donzzilla, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5052/5571235301_2c16e1ed2d_b.jpg" width="1024" height="683" alt="don-shogo2 copy"></a>
  9. JeffS77

    JeffS77 cheap bastard

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    COOL :clap
  10. oregoncoast

    oregoncoast Smells like Bacon

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    That is depressing that you are thinking of not running that sweet DT-1 and moving up to some modern bike. If need be, I'd be happy to continue racing that bike for you :wink:
  11. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    That'll probably change... Just going through a rough spell after a divorce and financial gutting.
  12. Ladybug

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    :eek1 What the........? Divorce????? Say it isn't so.
  13. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    Yup... It's a long story. Best told over several dark carbonated beverages that are the end result of grain being allowed to ferment.
  14. JeffS77

    JeffS77 cheap bastard

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    Hang in there willie... my pops just went threw the same thing after 30years of marriage :huh
  15. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    A buddy had the TS185 with Suzukis version of a gyt kit,the swingarm flexed like rubber and the shocks/forks were atrocious. It ran well with the kit though and flattracked ok.
    The 200 Sherpa was like a dream after the Hodaka I raced for 2 years,the Bul loved to go sideways and got great starts once the forks were lowered and shorter shocks installed. Shifting was an issue at times,as was popping out of gear.
    I have a 69 TS250 engine sitting here,the width and weight of the thing are amazing,heavy enough to be a 4 stroke.
    So it went in the old days.
  16. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Betor forks no better then stock fish oil yammie forks? Dude! they are way smoother with actual damping and nice alloy clamps. Yamaha forks back in the day just clacked and clanked and flexed. They could be made to work better but not a lot.
  17. Ladybug

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    We'll have to get together one of these days. It's been a while since I've seen you now I guess I know why.

    Keep tinkering with that bike and enjoy.
  18. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    Same here Jeff. 30 years. It's not her fault, but mine. Life goes on....
  19. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    Thanks! Moving back into the Twin Lakes house next week. Things should start to settle down after that.
  20. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    Back home, at least my home... The '68 DT1 now is a conversation piece in the familyroom.
    A few vintage shows may be in it's future, but for now we plan on spending the snowy winter months watching AMA Supercross and MotoGP races that I have on the DVR to get me to Spring.

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