Tuesday, February 16, 2010

1973 Yamaha DT 175


Haven't been any projects here in a while, but this Yamaha DT 175 just came into the garage. With a reed valve 171cc engine and a five-speed gearbox, the DT 175 was the best of the 1970s 175cc enduros, easily outrunning the Honda XL 175 we featured a while back.

At low revs the engine produced modest power, and even beginners felt comfortable on it. But it produced 16.5HP at 7,000RPMs- around 25% more than the XL175. This is a fun, rugged bike that's darn near indestructible.