Heather’s First Bike – 1988 Yamaha DT200
Heather has just entered the world of motorcycling and we picked her up a 1988 Yamaha DT200, a Liquid cooled 2 stoke Enduro, a fantastic starter bike for her.
As with any new rider you want a bike that will be easy to learn on, maneuvers well and is not too small for the rider. So off we went looking at the bike shops sizing up various styles of bikes and brands, I even considered a 883 Sportster for her at one point, just for the fact it is a easy bike to learn on. Heather is not much shorter than I am, and we discussed what type of riding we wanted to do, both agreed on dual sport, bit of everything , so her first bike would be an enduro, we started looking online for used bikes and found the Yamaha, so after a couple of text messages and getting a time set, off we went for a 3 and half hour trek to go see this bike. We get there, and it’s in a nice clean shed, bike is clean, no major rust, deterioration or signs of abuse, tires are OK, battery is new (last year), and being an old 2 stroke I was anxious to hear it run….turn the key, pull the choke, fuel is on…all set…..kick , kick ,kick….it wants to go….hmm maybe this or that…..check spark, fuel etc….. try again…….kick kick..pant ,pant pant….dam I’m outta shape….. and again, it really wants to go….well being a mechanic I figured it was just the Carb/filter not letting fuel into the Carb…….so we bought it !
We loaded it on the truck, and the fellow says oh here is a manual for it…and inside his garage is a 2000 KLR650……bugger is for sale as well. Damn so we had to strike a deal on that one before we even had the first one strapped into the truck, hot dam. I’m on a role…..went back 2 days later to pick it up….more on that one later.
So we get home unload the white stubborn little @?! and I go for another round, key /fuel on…check, choke , check…..kick starter out, check……and kick it over…..away it goes….started right up, let it warm up for a min, bam its idling away in the driveway, so off I go for a rip….motor runs strong, brakes are really good…shifts well, clutch cable is a bit stretched…no biggie…..end result…..go a bike that runs awesome and was a great fit for Heather’s learning.