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« on: September 06, 2008, 01:25:38 AM »
Welcome to Yamaha IT Australia!  ;D

I am the proud founder of this forum and site and I am very happy to have you all on here.
Lets work at promoting the site to build a strong Yamaha IT community.
I am only one man but with your help I'm sure we can make a good go of it!

I look forward to meeting as many of you as I can and hopefully riding with a lot of you at our various events
in the near future. Post away and keep your love for the IT and WR 2-Strokes forever strong!!!

Best Regards

Jock Davidson
Yamaha IT Australia

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Re: Introductions
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2008, 09:25:39 AM »
Hi. My name is Mark Boddy.
A 48 year old Computer Nerd from Canberra.

Racing motorcycles is my passion and I do well at it - holding six current titles:
  • 2nd Australian Classic Dirt Track Pre-78 250cc
  • 3rd Australian Historic Road Racing Period 5 250cc
  • 3rd Australian Historic Road Racing Period 5 500cc
  • 1st NSW Historic Road Racing Period 5 250cc
  • 1st NSW Historic Road Racing Period 5 350cc
  • 1st NSW Historic Road Racing Period 5 500cc

This year I have been racing; Next year I would also like to do a couple of Vinduros.

I look forward to meeting some of you.
Jock has made me moderator of the IT400 section but I will also help out with questions about IT250D/E, racing and Lectron carbies.

Racing old bikes sucks up any available funds and so I do not own any registered bikes or anything newer than 1992.
I stick to Yamahas only these days.
My current bikes (and potential bikes) are:
  • 1977 Yamaha IT250D for Pre-78 Classic Dirt Track and VMX
  • 1977 Yamaha IT400D for Pre-78 Classic Dirt Track
  • 1977 Yamaha YZ400D for Pre-78 VMX (just buckets of bits)
  • 1978 Yamaha IT250E for Vinduro (just buckets of bits)
  • 1979 Yamaha IT175F for Vinduro (needs restoration)
  • 1979 Yamaha TZ350F for Historic Road Racing Period 5 (needs restoration and race preparation)
  • 1980 Yamaha RD250LC for Historic Road Racing Period 5
  • 1980 Yamaha RD350LC for Historic Road Racing Period 5
  • 1980 Yamaha RD370LC for Historic Road Racing Period 5
  • 1986 Yamaha TZR250 (Jap import) for registered road bike (needs restoration and registration)
  • 1988 Yamaha TDR250 (UK import) for Road Racing New Era 1 F3
  • 1989 Yamaha FZR1000 EXUP for Road Racing New Era 1 F1 (needs engine rebuild)
  • 1989 Yamaha TZR250 for garage queen (just buckets of bits)
  • 1992 Yamaha RD350R (UK import) for touring (needs restoration and registration)
Yamaha IT400D

Yamaha IT250D

Yamaha RDLCs

Yamaha TDR

Photos thanks to Gina Stephan.
Vinduro Penrite Team
1980 IT125G, 1979 IT175F, 1984 IT200L, 1977 IT250D and IT400D

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Re: Introductions
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2008, 01:07:13 PM »
Welcome indeed, Mark!
You are making me miss my '80 RD350LC all over again. What an edgy bike that one.... Stuttered to 4000 RPM and then BAM! It'd hit you square in the eyes with the ignition key if you weren't ready for it. We timed it on the Tanami highway and it was a low-13 second bike in the quarter mile, if you could slip the clutch "just-so".
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« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2008, 01:59:39 PM »
Hi All,

I'm Tony Marshall - 44 years old, from Brisbane, Australia, and work as a Structural/Civil Draftsman.

I currently own an IT400C that I'm in the process of restoring, and an '05 KTM250EXC that is my playbike.

Since 1974 I've owned (in order of owning them):
'74 GTMX80 A
'74 DT100 A
'76 TY175 C
'76 TY250 C
'78 DT175 E
'80 IT125 G (the actual bike tested in ADB)
'82 YZ125 J (registered - for enduros)
'83 YZ125 K (registered - for enduros)
'83 IT250 K
'86 YZ250 S
'88 YZ250 U
'92 RMX250
'86 RZ250 S
'97 WR250J
'98 YZ125 K
'99 KTM125EXC
'00 WR250F M
'01 YZ250 N
'05 KTM250EXC
'76 IT400 C

Dad's Bikes:
'72 RT2
'73 RT3 (or is this the DT360A - think it was called different things in different countries)
'74 DT360 A
'75 DT400 B
'76 IT400 C
'77 IT400 D
'78 IT400 E
'79 KDX400 A1
'80 IT425 G
'81 IT465 H
'83 IT490 K
'84 TT350 L
'03 WR450F R

Looking at the list, you can probably understand why I love IT's - either owned them or grown up around them!!!   :D

Future purchases are probably an IT400 D/E/F and maybe a 175 D/E/F - and a 125 if I can find a good one...  haha

Tony Marshall.
1972 - DT2MX
1975 - MX400B , YZ125C
1976 - IT400C (Standard), IT400C ISDT Replica, 3 x IT400C's to be restored
1977 - IT400D to be restored
1979 - KDX400-A1
1980 - KDX400-A2 parts bike
1983 - YZ125K
1984 - YZ125L
2005 - KTM250EXC

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Re: Introductions
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2008, 11:48:20 PM »
Hi ya Tony!

I'm Dan Burk, a Yank who spent a couple years in Alice Springs back in the late 1980's. Now I'm back home in Michigan, USA where I'm gonna try to get back into dirt biking after eighteen years of road bikes. To that end, Jock managed to convince me that a WR500 is a good idea. I couldn't find an IT490 fast enough to satisfy my angst, so when the WR came up for sale, I snagged it.

Like Jock is trying on his RMX, I am going to attempt to plate the WR. In the mean time, the bike is coming apart for a full restoration, including some motor work.

I'm an engineer by trade, and a long time member of the American Motorcyclist Association, plus a full member of the Society of Automotive Engineers. I've been fooling around with cars since I first got a license, and my project car, a 1984 Pontiac Trans Am, does 1.21 g on the skidpad, and 12.40 at 112 MPH in the quarter-mile. (I just bested my time yesterday at the track, actually.)

A family man with three kids, ages 12, 10, and 8, I am also active at my church, St Luke Lutheran, here in Haslett.
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« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2008, 08:40:34 PM »
Gidday all,
I'm 30 and a trades assistant in an general fabrication shop making trailers. youngest of a large family and grew up surrounded by my brothers rather large collection of bikes...

I currently have a mottley collection of bikes,

IT465H, +parts J
YZ80H, (and a 'project' YZ80N with a DT175 engine installed)
RD250LC H, J (...with a banshee engine sitting in the frame)
RD350LC H, J
RZ350K +'donor' 250K
DT175A, F, G, N
MX80G x2
YZ80C (broken welded bodged engineless wreck that came with an XR80 engine welded in but with surprisingly ok bodywork and a great B model tank, just looking for a DT80 engine and frame with compliance plate to make something real naughty... or squeeze another DT175 engine in it.)

and the non yamaha's
XL175 XL185S
KH250 '77

I've spread my resources a bit thin to do all of the bikes I want to, buying a part for one bike, something for another so currently just focussing again on the IT465H, I don't do much riding except short blats around on the farm, had an acco on my DT last year with a stupid driver that was on the wrong side of the road and now have some permanant issues hanging onto some things with my left hand. The bikes are a bit of an obsession I suppose, but I'd guess it could be worse.

IT465x4 IT400C IT175F YZ465G YZ250C YZ250WR XJ650G RD350LC RD250LCx5 DT175Nx3 TW200x2 DT200L DT200R RT3 RX100G GT80F YZ80L PW50J KH250B1 KZ250D1 PE175C TS250ER TS185ER AG175B AG100

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« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2008, 09:07:27 PM »
Hi Leslie. Great collection of bikes you have there! Have you taken some pictures of your workshop to put on the site? It must be an impressive place. I have only my 250K but i had a YZ80H from new when i was a kid.- great bike. It was the first time I was racing a bike on par with everyone else, which means that it was the rider that made the difference ( no excuses ). Do you have any pics of your bikes? If not - get some please.
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« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2008, 01:24:33 PM »
Hi everyone!
My name is Rob from New Jersey. Ive always been a fan of all the jap competition enduros from the 70s and 80s. Ive been racing enduros for almost 25 years. I used to race a 84 IT490 occasionaly, my brothers, but mainly rode KDXs and enduro converted KX250s and a 500. I rode my first Black Water 100 on the IT. One of my all time favorite bikes was my 97(US version)WR250. Recently, my fiance and I have been gathering some of the bikes that I wanted as a kid. So far I have 3 PE400s, a couple of TS185s and a TS400, and a 75 KX250. Id like to add a IT490 and possibly another WR250 to the collection someday. My current race bike is a 04 enduro converted KX250. Looking forward to chatting with everyone!

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Re: Introductions
« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2008, 02:10:27 PM »
Welcome Rob,

Very glad to have you on here my friend. There seems to be an abundance of IT's in the USA.
So it won't be long until you find that 490.

If you have any info or pics of your WR250 please post them in the WR250 section of the forum,
resources and members that have/had these bikes are a bit thin.

Look forward to talking shop with you - welcome to IT land!  :D


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Re: Introductions
« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2008, 07:29:22 PM »
well, hi, my name is ash and im from mackay in queensland australia, im 22 years old and am a mechanic/tyre fitter, iv only began my motorbuike frenzee in the last year so, i did ride as a kid but had a nasty stack and hadnt been near them since, i currently have a 92 WR500 wich i have just done a ground up rebuild of, still waiting on a couple of parts to complete this one, i have an 88 ktm500mx wich is pulled apart all over my backyard, waiting for and saving up for parts for this poor old girl, i have an 87 cbr1000 wich is has been done up as a naked bike and runs a consistant low 10 sec 1/4 mile and around 125mph wen i can grab gear the right way (current problem with bent shift forks) and i own an 82 xr200.... to tell u the truth i dont even know were this one is, i left it in a paddock 2 years ago and dont know if its still there

i am deep down a car nut but am very quickly finding my legs in the bike world, and am very happy to be a part of this great forum :D