With spring and summer just around the corner, there is nothing better than camping in the Northwest! Well there is nothing better than camping with your buddy a vintage Yamaha Enduro. Last year I took my light weight vintage dirt bike/enduro with me camping numerous times. If I couldn’t take my dirt bike I took my Trail 90.
I usually packed my Honda Xl250 with me, but a few times I bought the Yamaha. I suggest this year if you love motorcycles and mainly ride vintage street bikes to get yourself an old Enduro and give it a try. They are reasonably cheap and reasonably easy to work on and maintain. I suggest getting one that is street legal with license plate and is tabbed. I know you could go to a ORV park with ORV tabs, but you're really cutting yourself short if you can’t hit some Forest Service Roads, logging roads etc..legally.I like to bring my bike to Lake Wenatchee State Park to camp. So many dirt roads and trails up there by Leavenworth, Wa. I will give you a list of rides in another post.
I suggest getting yourself a little tool bag and a little extra storage so you can pack yourself a couple of good Session Ales, matches, a knife and your phone. Only use your phone for pictures and stuff, don’t go on social media, enjoy the ride and great outdoors! Also you might want to attach an extra gas can in case you plan on going far or need to start a quick fire. That’s what the matches are for. I am not sure why you’d want to start a fire? Perhaps you come upon fire pit and you are little chilly and you want to enjoy a campfire while you are drinking a nice session ale or sip of whiskey with that flask you brought. I also like to carry a little axe or machete. You never know when you might have to clear some brush or need a log for your fire or come across a big mean killer grizzly bear!
Why I am talking about all this stuff? I don’t know.
This story is really about the Yamaha. So here are the details you came here for. This Yamaha 175-CT1-C is a decent Enduro with great clearance and decent power band. Remember this is 1971 so it's state of the art. They produce about 14 horse power at about 6350 RPM from this single cylinder two-stroke engine also has a five-port cylinder. They are easy to maintain and super reliable. They also have an Autolube feature that if maintained work like a charm. You can start this bike by disengaging the clutch and kicking without having to shift gears to neutral. This also has adjustable rear spring tension to compensate for weight, speeds and different road condition. I love this Yamaha because it’s lightweight enough to throw on the back of your SUV. Oh yeah and it’s pretty.
Stay tuned for more outdoor stories, motorcycle stuff and products we like or not like or think is ok and other things coming soon.
If it ain’t smoking it ain’t working or something like that.
Todd Werny, Sean Westlake and Sean Dunlap.