Man, I still think the Yamaha IT is the best. Light enough to do all the tight nimble stuff you want. Powerful enough to keep up with modern dirt bikes. Can be pretty easily street legal. Can pretty much do it all except extended highway, def can’t do that. Can’t get enough of these old […]
I’m excited about picking up this trail boss. Should be a lot of fun.
There is a blog post I meant to make showing the engine cases split and trans all disassembled. Showing the new crank installed and me confused about what was wrong with the trans because everything looked perfect. I forgot to make that post oops. So… Turns out the it250 has a spring loaded pin inside […]
Maybe I’m wrong in thinking this way; but I never put much effort into fine tuning the front suspension on my other bikes. For example, on my 74 Z1, I bought progressive suspension brand front springs, put them in with the pvc spacers… it was stiffer, so I thought, “cool, feels good, done”. I didn’t […]
So things are getting weird. For clarity, other than popping out of gear which is the reason for the tear down, my it250 runs super crisp. Gobs of power. Compression is spot on. After taking the cylinder off, the piston looks perfect. Zero scoring on piston or cylinder. Rings also look perfect. So I didn’t […]
I’m sure it is. Mine is. My IT250 suspension is clapped out like mikes moms squeeze box. It’s beat the F up. Since it’s the start of winter I’m taking some time to redo a couple things. My bike always pops out of gear so gonna sort the trans, but more importantly… do the suspension. […]
Trails up in Reading PA are pretty awesome. No rules, and a river to swim in once you’re tired and dirty. Some pics from Brian R, vids from Jake, and Instagram random. @chinonthetank hill climb #readingdirtbikegetaway A video posted by Nate King (@natemking) on May 30, 2015 at 5:06pm PDT Getting cocky on the IT […]
The IT is coming along. Got the Vermont registration so I can actually ride the thing legally now Sorted out all the little missing bolts and retarded shit from the previous owner. Needs a different silencer. Looking for a good, used DG piece. Got it cleaned up. The blue and yellow is pretty wild looking. […]
Ya know… I’ve always been impulsive with making decisions. Yesterday was one of those days. Someone in middle-north NJ put a Yamaha IT250 on craigslist. Within 2 hours I called him and decided to go check it out. The guy wanted $650. I bought it for $540. No title. Stuff like this goes quick, so […]
In the really early 70’s… Yamaha had these as their dirt bikes: – AT1 – 125cc – CT1 – 175cc – DT1 – 250cc – RT1 – 360cc All were 69-71 era, piston port motors, before Yamaha really knew what dirt bikes would become. And all were relatively about the same dimensions, just different weight. […]
Published - Sep 13, 2010
I was proudly representing Chin-on-the-Tank at The ACE Cafe this past weekend during the 17th Annual ACE Reunion.