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Yamaha DT1 250cc Enduro – 1968

Possibly the most important Japanese bike ever produced, the DT1 broke new ground in the motorcycle market. For one, the DT1 was the first attempt by the Japanese to build and all-purpose dirt/street motorcycle that would appeal to the hard core enthusiast. With the available GYT Kit (Genuine Yamaha Tuning) the DT1 would transform from a docile all-around machine to a competitive race bike in scrambles, desert, or motocross.

I’ll never forgot my first setting eyes on a DT1 – it was December of 1967 at the Anaheim Cycle World show, and I placed and order the next day with my dealer, Rustan Motorcycle Sales. When the bike arrived in April, engine number 312, I polished it in the showroom for a week before Bob Rustan would let me take it out of the store.

The example you see here has 45 original miles, was won by Pappy Watts at a raffle, and finally came to my collection after five years of pestering the last owner, my friend Wayne Meridian of PEP. It is in un-restored original condition.

Images are property of The Early Years of Motocross Museum, ®2006