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Yamaha YL1
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 8:59 am    Post subject: Yamaha YL1 Reply with quote

Going to look at a 1967 Yamaha YL1 on Sat. Guy said it was a two stroke twin 100cc titled 1967 so.. I am assuming it is a YL1 Twin Jet. I hope so. What can you tell me about that bike. Seems like a neat little girl. I hope it is in decent shape. I will post pics when I get it. Probably buying an RD200 with less than 100 miles on it in the same trip. I am stoked!! Anybody got any pics of a Twin Jet YL1 1966-67????
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool find Steve! My buddy has one in pretty decent shape. Here is a neat article if you haven't already viewed it.

http://www.classicyams.com/street-bikes/2-stroke/yamaha-yl1.html

Can't wait to see the pics.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

my buddy Andre (reproduction decals) restored one a while back.
nice find!

http://triplescanada.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=general&thread=3278&page=1

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess Ray was right, silly New Year's resolutions. SOMEBODY said they weren't buying any bikes this year....... Laughing

Just kidding Steve. I am down 7 pounds though!

You have an old Yamaha to pick up at my place don't you?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 2:54 pm    Post subject: Broken New Years Resolution-Darn Reply with quote

Ha, finally gotcha. You thought I was serious with my new years resolution, I could tell. WRONG! I will continue to buy every good deal vintage jap bike that comes my way. I might even buy one at Mid-Ohio just so you don't get it. Even if I don't want it, just to piss you off. Wink Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's mean man, that's just plain MEAN! Moon

Actually, after buying 10 bikes last year at Mid-Ohio, you'd be doing me a favor!

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is part of a group of bikes I'm helping a friend sell. I wish I had the space and money to buy it.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 3:08 pm    Post subject: YL1 Reply with quote

That is exactly a YL1. Did you know top speed on these babies can be 93 MPH with GYT kit!!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A twin jet is what I used to get my Motorcycle License! Having never ridden before, I drove it around a small city block twice then drove it to the DMV about two miles in traffic. The tester stood smoking a cigarette and talking to somebody while I went around a small parking lot stopping once (I was told to make sure I stopped at the stop sign). Got my license and drove it back to the girl I borrowed it from. Good ol'days?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 6:58 pm    Post subject: Here it is. Got it! Reply with quote

Well, here it is. The newest addition to my obsession. A 1967 Yamaha YL1. They called them a Twin Jet 100. You could really get the girls if you had one of these. Ahh..I would have been 12 if I would have boughten it new. Oil injection, twin, actually pretty fast. I read they had one of these going 93 MPH with the GYT kit on it. I need a "GYT" kit. Flat tires, saw blade holding seat on, etc. Why do I do this????


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was the sawblade seat attachment an option? Razz

Can't wait to see the kit on it.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How many motorcycles are you up to now? Leave the saw blade.....a fella never knows when he might need one while on the road. Why is the gas tank on backwards? Wink Ahhh...The 1960's Cool ....you gotta love it. Thanks for your part in preserving these old bikes.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Steve, I'll bet with that saw blade on there, it'll really "cut" through the wind..... haha
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 7:36 pm    Post subject: Piece of History Reply with quote

Good idea. I may need to hacksaw my way out if Jack Bauer is not around on my cycle trip. Well, that still leaves me somewhere in the 60+ range of number of bikes but it was too much work to count them all so I just gave up. I REALLY appreciate your comment about preserving these bikes. I feel that it is a little part of history. Yamaha made excellent small two strokes for a number of years. They were the king of two strokes. The Twin Jet was quick because of two cylinders. They only started importing in 1962-63 so this Twin Jet is a pretty yearly Yamaha. Probably not a ton of them left in the US so I will have one for people to see the history. Thanks for noticing. I do a lecture presentation on the history of japanese motorcycles and find it fascinating. Not real long after we dropped the bomb on Japan did they want to start selling little motorcycles to the US. Weird.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

awesome old yamaha. There has been a couple of them for sale on ebay in michigan last couple of months just did not have any luck picking one up. Found me a 68 suzuki b100p instead for a winter project
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