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Hello From Eastern OK!

21 Sep 2020 20:41
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Hello From Eastern OK! #11
Welcome!! Glad to see you over here. I have read your stories over at adv and I look forward to them more than anything there. I think you’ll like what goes on here as it’s first class. There are some great 125/175 specialists around and some vintage Yamaha mechanics too! My first bike and resto is a 74 Dt125a/ at4. I might even be able to help. As has been said, they seem to be happy around 40/45, will do 50/55 if prodded for a bit, and low 70s when blessed on a special day and chin on the tank. The e start can be weak when cold. Clean properly adjusted carb, all electrics up to snuff, and a battery up around 12.5 or so has been the ticket for me. Clean spark plugs too! Your experience and the shop manual and you’ll have it! Welcome again!
We have a section for the other bikes to spice things up and many enjoy it

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21 Sep 2020 21:20
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Hello From Eastern OK! #12
Hi 2fishkev!

ADVrider, eh? We're like the Beach Boys aren't we? "Get around, get around... we get around!"

Thanks for the kind words.

Bike Hunt:

I'm finding some prospective bikes on some of the vintage bike FB market pages, but dadgum, can't seem to get any decent responses from the sellers! If I do, it's something like "I want XXXXX dollars for my bike"... without answering any of the questions I have asked about the bike! Like I'm supposed to say "Sold!" when I don't know whether the E-start works, lights, etc, etc.

This has been a strange ride thus far! :huh:

Wheeeeee!

:Subscribe

V-man

'72 Zundapp GS125
'72 DKW GS125
'73 Yamaha AT3 (Wife's!)
'73 CZ 175 Trail
'02 Yamaha XT225
'12 Yamaha WR250R
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21 Sep 2020 22:55
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Hello From Eastern OK! #13
These are all supposed to be wet weight, scroll down a little to see the list.
advrider.com/f/threads/what-do-they-really-weigh.316846/page-6

They don't have a '72 125 or 175 but they do have these two. I'd imagine the AT is only a touch heavier than the '78 DT but MarkT is going to have to chime in on that as it's area of knowledge. I'd guesstimate the AT125 gains 10-15lbs over the DT175.
Yamaha DT175E, 234 lbs, Cycle, August 1978
Yamaha XT225, 268 lbs, Motorcyclist, Nov. 1992, Feb. 1995

1972 Yamaha CT2 175
1972 Suzuki TS 185 Sierra
2016 Yamaha WR250R

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22 Sep 2020 04:38
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Hello From Eastern OK! #14
Welcome from NE Kansas! That those are some killer scoots, but that DKW is real head turner. I bet its a blast to ride.

Fletch

1975 DT175B
1979 XS650

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22 Sep 2020 08:11
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Hello From Eastern OK! #15
Thanks for the welcome, Rustie!

The DKW was (is) a brute for its size and for its day. The brag sheets claimed 24 HP and I believe it. I purchased a DKW MC125 new way back in '72 (it was my third bike at the time, the first two were so-called "Scramblers") and it took me from being a noobie squid up to racing competitively on it. It was the bike, not so much me. With my DKW back then, I lucked out and purchased a bike that was far more capable than I was, so MY skills could grow without being limited by the bike.

OF course, IF one is going to own thoroughbred's... then there's the thoroughbred mentality to deal with: Both bikes need to be ridden quite aggressively in order to keep them in their "happy place" in RPM/power and such. The Zundapp is smoother, but you still need to pay attention and ride it as it needs to be ridden. The DKW has more power from the mid-range up... but it's also much louder and IF you twist the loud handle when its in the fat part of its power band... it will indeed RIP with a very hard hit.

The DKW Is more powerful than the Zundapp (my model of Zundapp is rated at 17 HP), but the Zundapp is smoother (power delivery), quieter, and more "civilized" to ride. :cheer: The DKW is my rabble-rousing "heathen" and it runs like it! :woohoo:

Yes, it's a ton of fun to ride the DKW. (But I also really enjoy riding the Zundapp.)

Avoiding the above is why we're looking for a '72-'75 (reeds!) Yamaha 125 Enduro. I want her to have (and she also wants) a vinduro bike that has a much more user-friendly nature and that all important E-START! All indicators point to the 125 Enduro from the years I mention. I've found another ('73) and it appears nice and has an acceptable price range... but once again, I'm at the mercy of the seller following-through with contact. Apparently sellers nowadays aren't very enthusiastic about selling!

V-man

'72 Zundapp GS125
'72 DKW GS125
'73 Yamaha AT3 (Wife's!)
'73 CZ 175 Trail
'02 Yamaha XT225
'12 Yamaha WR250R

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23 Sep 2020 15:30
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Hello From Eastern OK! #16
Hi Andre, is Vinduro the group that started the Leroy Winters Memorial Ride that evolved into the ISDTRR?

I seem to remember several members at the ‘03 ISDTRR in Massachusetts. That was my first experience on a (true) vintage bike and was having a blast until a huge downhill section. My right-shift/left brake Bultaco had me doing my best Fred Flintstone braking. Then the cylinder loaded up in the mud hole afterwards. By the time I got the bike started again I houred out.

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23 Sep 2020 16:10 23 Sep 2020 19:28 by Vinduroman.
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Hello From Eastern OK! #17
Hi Bill!

The originators of the ISDT Reunion Ride were Leroy Winters and Dick Mann. They got it going in '97, I think. I found out about the ISDTRR via my friendship with Leroy and attended my first one in either '98 or '99.

I didn't get the idea to create the Vinduro group until July of 2000. On July 22nd of 2000, I created the Vinduro email group using "E-groups" (I think) which quickly became "Yahoogroups". After telling my vinduro bike buds about Vinduro, by the end of the first day we had something like a dozen members. That grew to over 1600 world wide at its largest. By the 2001 ISDTRR, Vinduro members began comprise the majority of riders at the ISDTRR's. Vinduro was quite large by the time of the 2003 ISDTRR and was responsible for helping to get some International riders over to the US to participate in the ISDTRR (at Dalton/etc) as well as various charities.

Facebook ravished Yahoogroups, and the Vinduro email list was no exception. (That and fragmentation as everybody wanted their marque-specific Yahoogroup and/or Facebook page.) I was late to adapt to FB, but Nov 16, 2018 I opened up a Facebook page for Vinduro and those of us still part of the Vinduro Yahoogroup basically migrated over to FB.

At the 2003 ISDTRR at Dalton, MA I rode my '73 Jawa 250 ISDT bike. I was awesome in my Belstaff outfit AND my helmet that I painted like a Czech team rider. :ROFLOL (My performance wasn't so awesome!) Here's a pic of my Jawa and I on the start line for Day One:

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Day One went okay... but that Berkshire mud TRASHED the tank paint on my pristine original Jawa 250 ISDT. I was sick at heart. I withdrew the next day to prevent any further damage.

All fer now!

V-man aka Andre

EDIT: Had a paragraph out of place, I haven't a clue how I managed that one.

'72 Zundapp GS125
'72 DKW GS125
'73 Yamaha AT3 (Wife's!)
'73 CZ 175 Trail
'02 Yamaha XT225
'12 Yamaha WR250R
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23 Sep 2020 16:16
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Hello From Eastern OK! #18
What's this "facebook" thing I keep hearing about?

1963 YG1-T, 1965 MG1-T, Allstate 250, 1970 CT1b, 1971 R5, 1973 AT3MX, 1974 TS400L, 1975 RD350, 1976 DT175C, 1976 Husqvarna 250CR, 1981 DT175G, 1988 DT50, 1990 "Super" DT50, 1991 RT180, 2017 XT250

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23 Sep 2020 19:39
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Hello From Eastern OK! #19

MarkT wrote: What's this "facebook" thing I keep hearing about?


Can't tell if you're being serious or just messin' with us.

Facebook is like the Borg. It tries to takes over everything, and has done a pretty good job of minimizing email lists, along with having a negative impact on forums such as this one.

Unfortunately, FB is not going away anytime soon, and many groups have migrated over to FB, creating a page for their specific interest as a way to touch base and spread info/etc. In fact, if the group is large with many members, answers to questions can start coming in within minutes. Very helpful.

Creating a Facebook group page is what I ended up doing with my "Vinduro" (VINtage enDURO) group. Vinduro now has its own FB page where vinduro bike enthusiasts can gather to exchange info/pics/etc. If seriously interested in "Vinduro" simply click the link below to take a look at Vinduro's FB page.

www.facebook.com/groups/657887331274306/

Once there, clicking "About" will tell you what Vinduro is all about.

V-man

'72 Zundapp GS125
'72 DKW GS125
'73 Yamaha AT3 (Wife's!)
'73 CZ 175 Trail
'02 Yamaha XT225
'12 Yamaha WR250R
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23 Sep 2020 23:50
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Hello From Eastern OK! #20
Andre, there were a lot of beautiful pristine bikes in the parc ferme Friday that didn’t look so pristine come Sunday afternoon. I was familiar with the terrain, as I lived about an hour away at the time. Riding a vintage bike, that I had only got running a few days before, in the rain made it more of a challenge. I ended up as a spectator on Sunday and helped work a time check.

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