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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:32 am 
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Over the Holiday weekend I went to Mid Ohio Vintage Motorcycle Days event in Lexington OH. It was amazing.. Part of the event was a swap meet that took about 2.5 hours to walk through. My intention was to find something to replace my 74 DT175 (Bike #2) that was of similar displacement, better suspension with more travel, more power and can still be titled. More or less an IT 175/200.

A few guys were asking $1500 or so for IT175/200s in decent shape. Then I found a guy asking $600 for a running '83 IT175. Picked it up for $500 w/ no title. This is awesome because I have someone buying my DT for $800. I ripped it around for 3 days including putting it though it's paces in the woods and the only mechanical issues are it needs chain slider, back brake and the float reset.

My plans are to get a tail light on it, get the lights wired up, do the back brake and get it titled through VT. The tires and chain/gears have enough in them for this season.

Also.. this thing is no stranger to accidental power wheelies.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:30 am 
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I approve.

Around here everyone thinks they need the biggest engine they can get their hands on...anything less than a 400cc is pretty much ignored. In their defense the altitude makes the smaller engines a little anemic, but I find the smaller engines are easier to handle and actually feel lighter. 175-200cc is a good size. 125 is a little pipey and doesn't have enough low-end. 250 2-stroke is getting to be a handful any more as they keep squeezing more horsepower out of them. I think you made a good choice.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 5:17 am 
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Thanks. I think it helps since I have a big (ok, medium at 400) and a small enduro. I won't be bummed out at the lack of power or ability to get down the highway on the IT since that's what the DRZ is for. And in the same way I won't wish I picked up a 250 over the DRZ when the IT is 199lbs dry.

When I was at Mid-Ohio, I grabbed some spare wire and a bulb to see if I could get the headlight to work. I was able to but it didn't last very long. From what I read the lighting system is an unregulated, unrectified 6v system that only produces about 35 watts. The bulbs pull their share of the load and if one goes, the other is soon to follow. I decided to order a rectifier (pretty sure it's a half wave) and LED head/tail lights. The headlight is a 6v min input and the rear is a 6v led replacement, not sure on the min but seems to work on other older 6v systems. I'm hoping the lower wattage of these bulbs makes them more usable than the stock incandescents.

For the rear tail light housing, I decided to get a smaller trail type light from a Honda XR. Pretty much everyone I know that bought the taillight/plate combos have ripped their plates off in the woods. So I'm just going to mash my plate into a visible spot in my rear wheel well. It'll be easy to see with my trimmed rear fender. (A lot of people almost completely hide their plate in Philly)

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95 SLE... a keeper. 241k miles. Low and Slow.
98 Infiniti vq35'd i30: 13.3@104mph, 30MPG Hwy
07 Infiniti G35s 6MT
07 Ducati Monster S2R 800 with DS1000 swap
05 Suzuki DRZ400S
83 Yamaha IT175K
74 Yamaha DT175: brap brap, brap
72 Yamaha DS7: '74 RD250 swap, JL chambers

Info on dropping a 92-99: Here.


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