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Review of the 1974 Yamaha DT 175:
Yamaha DT 175 - no regrets!
Author: Cam, 2015-08-09|
The smaller the bike, the bigger the adventure! I found my ´74 DT175 in 2013 in scrap condition. Half the parts were missing, someone spray painted it red, and attempted to repair it. They took the engine apart and never put it back together again.
I took it home and over the winter time completely restored it and painted it. I rode it to university for a year, and loved every minute of it. It is an excellent beginner bike, but is also fun for experienced riders. |
The 2-stroke engine always put a smile on my face, and even though you won´t be winning any races, you´ll always get where you need to go - unless you run out of gas. The tank is quite small and your range will be restricted.
A big plus for this bike is its low cost of ownership. The bike itself is cheap, and being 175 cc does not use a lot of fuel. I found it was also very cheap to insure. For a 22-year male living in Toronto, I paid about Dollars 60/month. That and gas makes its overall cost much cheaper than taking public transit-- and much more fun.
My bike was not reliable. That was not because of the bike, but my skills as a mechanic. By the time I worked out all the kinks it ran like a charm though. The bike itself is extremely rugged and tough. It can take a lot of abuse and should be able to shrug-off an occasional drop or minor crash.
Best uses: As an owner, I feel this bike is at its best in tight urban environments, because it is very nimble and great for zipping around. It was great buzzing through traffic, alleyways, and underground garages. It is also great in a rural setting, obviously because of its off-road capabilities.
It is not confident on the highway and I would avoid other roads where you need to cruise at relatively high speeds for long periods of time-- it is not really well suited for suburbs. For this reason I wish it came with a 6th gear. To keep up speed you really need to crank up the RPM´s. Anything above 70 km/h feels like you´re pushing it too much. I put a smaller sprocket on the rear wheel, as this helped keep the RPM´s a bit lower at speed. Not a fix, but it helped a bit.
Don´t mod it, or remove the oil-injection system. Leave it stock, that´s how it was designed to run, and it will run great. I did things like changed the jetting, put a K and N air filter on it to try and get more power...did not really work. Just keep it stock and it will be a happy bike.
If you´re looking for a cheap way to zip around, are a novice rider, or want a fun toy, this machine is not a bad choice-- just be mindful of some of its restrictions.
Hope I have been helpful!
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