I have been thinking more and more about a dual-purpose motorcycle. They seem to make so much sense for the city, offering tires and suspension that MIGHT handle the awful road conditions we deal with every day, and the light weight advantage to maneuver the traffic that plagues this city. All in a nifty package that is downright bad-ass looking! When I was a kid, I used to ride these types of scoots endlessly with my friends, buying the cheapest one available, and fixing them up to just enough get us to the woods, for some fun.
But my heart lies with the bikes of yesteryear. My eyes are rarely drawn to the new breed of motorcycle, overpowered and under styled. So it was a revelation when I stumbled upon an article on Motorcycle Classics, about the Yamaha DT-1. Apparently, this was the game changer, and took dirt bikes from a thing for only a select few, to the masses. This appears to be the first bike offered for mass consumption, which offered good design, competitive off-road capabilities, and the street legal gear to legally get you to the trails. All at an affordable price.
This is how they describe it:
A fresh idea
Looking back, it seems simple enough: Build a lightweight but strong frame, put some moderately-long-travel suspension under it, add some dual-sport tires, throw in a reliable and reasonably powerful engine, add the street legal bits, and then sell it for a good deal less than the nearest true dirt bike. Presto, instant hit.
Check out the full article HERE.