The wide-open spaces of the west coast of America encouraged manufacturers from Europe and then Japan to build machines to capitalize on both the racer and leisure rider in the vast playground. Triumph’s Trophy TR5, Honda’s CL77 Scrambler and BSA’s 441 Victor can claim to pave the way in the early 1960s, but Yamaha’s release of the DT1 in 1968 changed the game: a practical, affordable and reliable 2-stroke dual-purpose machine. Powered by a single-cylinder, air-cooled, two-stroke engine equipped with reed valve induction, the trail-styled DT250 enduro was one of Yamaha’s most successful models of this type during the 1970s. Unlike some of its contemporaries, the DT was quite good on the dirt, Bike magazine’s John Bulley reckoning it would even cope with a real enduro competition.
The DT250 of 1972 vintage on offer here hails from a very substantial Northern California collector. Purchased from a local collector a couple of years ago, who meticulously restored the bike. Exquisitely presented, the restoration has held up exceptionally well, and although generally in excellent condition, it is not perfectly fresh. On static display for a few years, the bike will need the usual re-commissioning before returning to safe road use.
Sold on a clean, clear California title.