1969 Yamaha DT-1 Enduro
Frame no. DT120188
Engine no. DT120188
It's been called Yamaha's most important motorcycle ever and the world's first true dual-purpose motorcycle, and while fans of Triumph's Trophy 500 and BSA's 441 Victor might strongly disagree with the latter statement, there's no denying that the 250cc DT-1 kickstarted the popularity of on-road/off-road motorcycles, especially in America. Within a few years, every major manufacturer would be selling street-legal scramblers, which at one point accounted for about 60 percent of U.S. new-bike sales. Yamaha itself was selling nearly 50,000 DT-1s per year! Affordability and reliability were key to the Yamaha's success, and soon an entire aftermarket industry sprung up, ready to provide DT-1 riders with all types of accessories.
Having covered less than 4500 miles since new, this second-year, matching-numbers DT-1 is in virtually original condition. Fenders, chainguard and engine sidecovers have been resprayed in the correct silver, while the gas tank, oil tank, headlight shell and fork ears retain their original candy gold paint.