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Yamaha DT Models and Yamaha Enduro Parts

Yamaha Motocross Racing history is closely connected to the dual sport Yamaha DT Models, even though the original purpose for DT design was the demand for off road bikes in USA.

In 1960s in United States, unlike in United Kingdom, most of the learner drivers were practising their skills on dirt tracks away from the main traffic and ever watching policemen. However the traditional RD style Yamaha motorcycles just weren’t suitable for the rough grounds.

Home made attempts to modify them were common. Such DIY Scrambler would have the muffler and exhaust raised, protective plate under the engine, enforced handle bars and universal tyres. In the end the rider was still left with heavy machine and expensive modification.

Development of Yamaha DT Enduro

There were other manufacturers on the market such as European Husqvarna or Bultaco already producing off road motorcycles, but not many Japanese motorcycle manufacturers specialised in trail bikes. So in October 1968 Yamaha launched their purpose built dirt bike version - the Yamaha DT-1.

The DT stands for Engine Displacement which is the main characteristic of this series ranging from 50-400cc. The 1968 Yamaha DT-1 was in fact a dual purpose motorcycle, as it was aimed originally for the US market, it had to perform well off road, but be street legal at the same time. The Yamaha DT-1 was inexpensive bike in comparison to Yamaha RDs. It had 250cc single cylinder two stroke engine with autolube system, it was light and slim with good ground clearance, had new improved front suspension and 4inch wide tyres.

Few more improvements followed in coming years:

1972 Yamaha DT2 250 received new reed intake system

1973 the Monoshock rear suspension became norm in all Yamaha DT Enduro bikes, followed by disc brakes

1980’s the liquid cooling was added


The success of DT models led Yamaha to diversify the off road bikes into Yamaha RT1 (360cc), Yamaha AT1 (125cc), Yamaha HT1 (90cc) and other “mini trail” models with engines from 50cc-80cc.

Yamaha DT Parts

As DT Yamaha models evolved so did parts, some are still being used nowadays and are available from Yamaha dealers directly, some were made obsolete. We offer a quality reproductions of some of the most desired DT Yamaha parts on the market. Our selection of Yamaha DT spares include footrests rubbers, dampers, grommets, seals, dust boots and many more. You can search either by you DT model or browse DT parts by the type.

For more information about the very first Yamaha DT1 visit Motorcycle Classics

Lots of advice and help can also be found in the Yamaha Enduro Forum with lots of pages dedicated to Yamaha DT