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YAMAHA DT1 MX (1971)


This is a second year example of Yamaha’s entrant into the 250cc motocross class. The chassis was almost unchanged from the DT1 Enduro that was introduced in 1968 and limited the competitiveness of the DT1. Lights were stripped off of the MX version and the factory GYT kit (Genuine Yamaha Tuning) was standard equipment.

The most attractive thing about the DT1 was the price ($895), much cheaper than the European open bikes. Customers were also attracted to the simpler and cleaner design of the Yamaha, although serious racers never considered the 250 class Yamaha.

It would be three years later before Yamaha entered the 250 class with a serious and competitive bike that would be dubbed – YZ250A.

Brand new and only ridden down the alley of the Chicago, Illinois Yamaha dealer, it’s hard to fault a 37 year old motocross bike that has never seen dirt!

Purchased from Terry Good’s MX Works Bike collection!

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