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May 22nd 2016, 09:05 AM   #1
 Candiya's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Bremerton

  BMW F800R, Honda CBR250R
It lives! (mikefsu's 1974 Yamaha DT360A)

After mikefsu's accident, I had to sell all his running bikes on behalf of his estate. Since then, I've hoped to be able to fix up his non-running bike. It's a 1974 Yamaha DT360A that Mike bought off another forum member. He had planned to fix it up in honor of his grandfather, who had a similar bike.

When I went to Kansas for Mike's final memorial service, I asked to see his grandfather's bike. His uncle took me to the barn, where it's been stored for over 20 years, and I took photos from every angle to use for reference in case I was ever able to get the 360 running.

Here's his grandfather's bike. He was an attorney, and the family story is that a client paid him with this bike. He used to ride all over the farms in Kansas on this bike. I think he gave Mike his first motorcycle ride on this bike.





I liked the tips on when to shift.





Over the past year and a half, @Motorbiker has helped me with the bike. He can tell you more about the mechanical fixes, but there was one story I wanted to share. One night, "we" were working on the bike. (My main contribution was supervising. The progress on the bike is entirely due to this generous friend.) He asked if I had feeler gauges to set the spark plug gap, and I had to shrug helplessly. I'd never seen anything like the tool he described, but who knows what's floating around in this garage of Mike's stuff? We started rooting around in the bins under the table, until I heard him say, "Ah ha! This'll work!" I looked up to see him holding a set of Mike's dog tags on a leather strap. Yes, we set the spark plug gap with Mike's dog tags. And funny as it might sound, it worked great.

Since that night, we've had some ups and downs with the bike, but yesterday...success!



The bike needs a lot more TLC, but this feels like a major step. I've got more parts on order (gaskets and the like). Eventually, after the mechanical issues are ironed out, I'd like to paint it to match Mike's grandfather's bike. Stay tuned...
May 22nd 2016, 09:09 AM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Richland

  Yamaha FZ1, Ducati 1198S, Yamaha FJR, Yamaha XS650
I love it! I rode a DT125 in high school and a DT360 when I was about 19. The sound of that bike brings back good memories. Nice job!
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May 22nd 2016, 10:05 AM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle

Very cool!!
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May 22nd 2016, 10:32 AM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Emmett Idaho

  2010 Honda Goldwing, 2007 Suzuki Burgman 650, 2005 Kawasaki KLR 650, 1995 Honda PC800
Did you get your pictures mixed up? The bike in the photo is not a DT360 but rather a DT100. Looks to be a 1971 model.

Besides the fact that the DT360 had a 260 CC larger engine it was a completely different bike than the DT100 to be sure.
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May 22nd 2016, 11:03 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Bremerton

  '12 Concours14, '06 Sprint 1050ST, '06 GSX-R 750, '07 Ninja 650R, '03 R1
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rustydust
Did you get your pictures mixed up? The bike in the photo is not a DT360 but rather a DT100. Looks to be a 1971 model.

Besides the fact that the DT360 had a 260 CC larger engine it was a completely different bike than the DT100 to be sure.
Feel free to read the entire post.

Quote:
He had planned to fix it up in honor of his grandfather, who had a similar bike.
May 22nd 2016, 11:41 AM   #6
 
  Jan 2016
  Newcastle, WA

  1995 Suzuki Katana
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pavement Tested
Feel free to read the entire post.
I applaud your polite reply, as hard as it must have been.

Back to the OP: Awesome to see a project bike moving along, especially one that has a special meaning and memory behind it.
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May 22nd 2016, 11:48 AM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Bremerton

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I applaud your polite reply, as hard as it must have been.

Back to the OP: Awesome to see a project bike moving along, especially one that has a special meaning and memory behind it.
I can exercise restraint when I want to, I just usually don't want to...

Candiya and Jim, excellent to see the ol' Yam running. Will it be at bike night in June?
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May 22nd 2016, 01:42 PM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Beaverton, OR

Sweet news <3

Sent via XT907
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May 22nd 2016, 02:22 PM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  2008 EX-650R Kawasaki 'Fighter, 2005 ZX-10R Kawasaki 'Fighter, '12/99 Yamaha TW-200
There is a feeling that goes beyond mere satisfaction in undertaking a project like this. Congrats, and good to hear from you in such a positive posting of results.
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May 22nd 2016, 03:37 PM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rustydust
Did you get your pictures mixed up? The bike in the photo is not a DT360 but rather a DT100. Looks to be a 1971 model.

Besides the fact that the DT360 had a 260 CC larger engine it was a completely different bike than the DT100 to be sure.
My first thought was someone had put a 100 pipe on the 360, but I realized it was actually a DT100... 'In Honor Of' is the key here.

I do understand the concept as I own a 2002 Kawasaki Drifter (Indian Tribute) that people often mistake for an Indian.
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May 22nd 2016, 04:27 PM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  Emmett Idaho

  2010 Honda Goldwing, 2007 Suzuki Burgman 650, 2005 Kawasaki KLR 650, 1995 Honda PC800
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Originally Posted by Pavement Tested
Feel free to read the entire post.
OK smartass- I did. Please point out the part about the pictures being a Yamaha 100.

Take your time. I'm a patient man.
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May 22nd 2016, 04:41 PM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  Bremerton

  BMW F800R, Honda CBR250R
Thanks, everyone! Sorry I didn't make it more clear. The bike in the photos is Mike's grandfather's bike, the DT100. The bike in my garage (and in the video) is a DT360. I'll post some more photos of the 360 at some point here.

I wish the bike could be at the June bike night, but it's not close to being ready. I currently have head and base gaskets on order, and I'm trying to source fork tubes. (Anyone know if the '75 DT400 fork tubes are the same as the '74 DT360's?) We'll also need to fabricate a couple of cables. I just picked up deruster to take care of the tank and various other bits. We need rear shocks, an air cleaner, chain, sprockets, mirrors, rear turn signals, yadda yadda yadda...

But I had to celebrate the fact that it idles. Yippee!

Just figure that this is a project thread - posted by someone who doesn't know anything about building bikes, lol.
May 22nd 2016, 04:47 PM   #13
 
  Jan 2016
  Groton, CT

  B-King I: in a coma; B-King II: Going strong; My wife's bike!
Quote:
Originally Posted by Candiya
...

Here's his grandfather's bike. ...
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rustydust
OK smartass- I did. Please point out the part about the pictures being a Yamaha 100.

Take your time. I'm a patient man.
Third paragraph. First sentence.
May 22nd 2016, 05:11 PM   #14
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle ,Wa

  Burgman 400, WR250R, TW200, Boulevard M50 & C90T
I had a '77 DT250D, first year for a Monoshock Enduro, lotsa fun them AutoLube 2-Smokes
May 22nd 2016, 05:28 PM   #15
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  Jan 2016
  Bremerton

  '12 Concours14, '06 Sprint 1050ST, '06 GSX-R 750, '07 Ninja 650R, '03 R1
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rustydust
OK smartass- I did. Please point out the part about the pictures being a Yamaha 100.

Take your time. I'm a patient man.
Ok brain trust, I already pointed out, through direct quote, that the OP never said the bike pictured was the same as the bike she is working on. All the pictures provided are clearly narrated which leaves little to the imagination.

You decided it was your place to come here and tell her she was AFU when in reality, it is you that has you head in all the wrong places. It was mentioned that I politely corrected you and yet here you are poking. Maybe don't do that. Just be done with this exchange.

The point of this thread is to illustrate one person's dedication to carry on a fallen rider and loved one's dream. Get behind it, or get gone.
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