Yamaha DT250 & DT400
Chris Perrott DT
Here are a pair of DT Yamahas owned by Chris Perrott from
Berkshire, Chris has been restoring these bikes. The older bike with the orange tank is a 1972 DT250, which was imported from
America in July of this year. As you can no doubt see its a bit of a wreck, and most of it has gone in
the bin. The petrol tank and seat just fell to pieces, the wiring loom was home-made, the clocks and
switches were useless... the list goes on. Luckily, parts for this model are plentiful in America and
Chris has found sufficient parts, most of which are NOS (new old stock) to get the rebuild under way. The
engine and frame will be sorted out by Redrose Retrobikes near Manchester as funds allow, and he hopes to
start sending bits off soon. With any luck the bike will be finished in time for the 2010 show
The picture of the green bike shows what it will
be like when it's completed.
The white bike is a 1976 DT400 type 513. It's pretty much complete, but again, some
parts like the wiring loom have been butchered and will need replacing. Unlike the 250, parts are much harder
to come by as this model was only sold in the UK for the 1976 model year and as many parts are country
specific (i.e. wiring loom, ignition switch) this makes hunting for bits even more
The frame and swinging arm have been stove enamelled nicely,
but obviously not done by anyone who knows much about bikes, as several parts have been coated that should not have
been. The seat was home-made, but fortunately Chris has found a restorable pan and foam, so just needs to get it
recovered. The wheels have been rebuilt, but instead of spending a bit extra on powder coating the hubs, the whole
lot, including the spokes, have been spray painted, so it will all have to be done again.
Chris is hoping to feature the restoration of these bikes in
future issues of Tansha, so watch this space!