Ridin The “T” and the “Ok”: The Huge Stock Job


 Been down within the basement this final week sorting by packing containers and packing containers of bike components. It is an amazing job at occasions however I am lastly beginning to see progress. I have been accumulating components for the 4 fashions of Yamaha two stroke bikes I am excited by for the higher a part of forty years now . Final stock was twenty years in the past after we moved into the home we now dwell in. It began approach again when my little 1969 Yamaha DS6C acquired stolen from my again yard in 1978 . What occurred is that it acquired
stolen, destroyed, and recovered again within the late 70’s . It sat whereas I fooled round with this 650 Thiumph that was nothing however grief and
aggravation , bought it and located myself with no bike . That lasted for about
3 days. I regarded round and located this 70 DS6 with no papers.
Again then no papers was an actual drawback so I acquired the bike
low-cost. I had the paper on my DS6C so I took the brand new one aside
and set it up on my DS6C body. It was ugly but it surely was
runner. I drove it like that for 10 years. It was my solely bike! I regarded
and regarded however might by no means discover a DS6C . In 1985 it wanted work so I purchased a 1971 Yamaha R5 to interchange it . Then I discovered a ds6 components bike to repair my outdated DS6C . Received her working once more  so now I had two bikes on the highway and working. Sooner or later I noticed a 1966 Yamaha YM1 on the market within the paper so I purchased it. This acquired me began on this factor about discovering a YDS3 like I had again within the 60’s and crossed the nation on. The M1 was an in depth relative of the YDS3 so I began to revive the
blue YM1 and began sending out needed photos of a DS6C in
all my letters and components orders. Sooner or later I acquired a name and
some man in Pa. advised me about this Harley Seller in NJ. who had
about 100 outdated Yamahas in a storage constructing.It turned out the
dealership was initially a Yamaha dealership and these have been
all simply left behind by the earlier proprietor. I known as and made an
appointment for the subsequent day and once I acquired there I could not
imagine my eyes. There have been about 150 Yamahas from the 60’s
simply sitting there and a components room stuffed with NOS components! I discovered my
DS6C and one other one for components.The great one was left there in
1969 over an unpaid restore invoice!! It had 1400mi on it,a dented
tank,smashed devices and a dented rear fender,the remainder of
the bike was like new.I acquired the pair for 300 {dollars}. After we did
the deal I requested if I might look across the components room some.The
proprietor stated certain go forward so I did. I discovered a YDS3 entrance fender
and all kinds of bits and items for my M1. I additionally discovered a entrance
brake for the TD1B that my buddy Don Scarborough was
constructing. This place was a gold mine. Over the subsequent 12 months I advised all
my pals about it and we cleaned him out. The one factor he
did not have was a inexperienced DS6C gasoline tank. That was the one half I
wanted to get again my DS6C. I regarded and regarded and at some point I
discovered one in NC. at Wilson Cycle Middle. This place turned out to
be one other gold mine.The proprietor was an actual gentleman. He used
to ship me my components with a invoice and provides me 30 days to pay! So I
order the tank and I wait and wait,no tank.  I name, he says he despatched it
UPS so I monitor it.  It seems he despatched it to my buddy Don in
Michigan. I lastly get the tank and a completely restored DS6C with
1400 miles on it. Just like the YDS3 I exploit it on a regular basis and it seems to be
and runs nearly as good because the day I completed it.I ‘ve owned this bike
since 1972.  I rode it to Newfoundland, everywhere in the Adirondacks,
and Major & Nova Scotia. It is most likely the perfect bike I’ve
ever owned however now that I have been using my 1975 Moto Guzzi 850-T for the previous 15 years  it is now a tie between them on this better of contest. So, that is how I ended up with all these rattling bike components . I simply stored on bringing residence wrecks ,damaged ,non working rusted bikes that folks did not need. I stripped them for no matter components I might salvage  and constructed a listing of components to maintain my bikes going .I have not been in a dealership to purchase components since approach again within the 1970’s ! Now I am an outdated man and I have to loosen up the load a bit so it is a good factor I am spending all this time down within the basement digging by packing containers of bike components. I consider it extra as treasure which makes it arduous to half with however I’ve been promoting components for some time and as I am going by it it is getting simpler to let go. Look , I bought that lovely DS6C I constructed as a duplicate of my unique one. It was orange when it got here from the manufacturing facility however I might solely discover inexperienced components within the 1990’s so I restored it as a inexperienced one.  Needed to have manufacturing facility paint and chrome to maintain it unique . I discovered to do auto paint after which constructed an orange one.  Nicely age brings an finish to the must have sure issues and having two of the identical bikes is a type of issues so I let the orange one go. That is kind of how I really feel in regards to the stock of components now. I am coming to just accept that I will not be needing all these components and bikes for much longer.  I flip 75 in April . I will all the time have just a few however I do not want 6 registered and one other 6 or 7 tasks . So, this winter venture is an effective factor for me. Listed here are some images of the mess I am coping with and the way it’s shaping up.

The unique 1969 DS6C that I purchased in 1972  

What she regarded like within the 80’s 

What she regarded like within the 90’s and nonetheless seems to be like at present 

And eventually the reproduction I constructed of her in orange that I bought to a man in California who I since turned pals with.  That is what I like most about using bikes , you all the time make these unimaginable pals . These two images are of the day I completed it and the day I handed it off to the shipper

However , who is aware of , as I preserve going by these packing containers of components I preserve discovering all this cool stuff to work with. Up to now I solely handled the YDS3/YM1 components.There have been over 60 packing containers once I completed this mannequin . Immediately I begin on the DS6 mannequin. Who is aware of what I will discover in there and the way it could or could not encourage me.I’ve an odd feeling there may be one other orange DS6C in my future solely this time it should have the European gas tank and it is going to be a keeper. I believe it might look actual good in orange with this tank .

I traded a seat for this tank. Within the US it is a uncommon piece , not a lot in Sweden the place it got here from. I can not ever see myself not within the bike world !