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Author Topic: 1973 DT250 Cafe/Brat build  (Read 6785 times)

Offline Hurco550

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Re: 1973 DT250 Cafe/Brat build
« Reply #50 on: May 23, 2017, 18:50:40 »
Just saw this thread and man I love it. You really turned that thing into an awesome looking machine. I am one of those that am really bummed that the firestones are such terrible tires, because honestly I think they look neat with the vintage look of the machine, but alas, they really are garbage (I know the dead horse has been beaten enough). I can though say first hand two thumbs up to avon roadriders. They grip beyond my ability as a rider. I think if you go that route after the firestones you will feel as though you have a whole different bike! (in a good way)

also, another dead horse that gets beaten a lot, watch that rear tire to seat clearance. I don't know your weight, but it looks a little close, and a good bump could make the seat contact it, "brake" the rear tire and cause a less than desirable effect aka "not keeping er' between the ditches"

Again great work. Not often someone pulls off the brat seat looking enduro-turned-café look like you have. Thanks for sharing it here
« Last Edit: May 23, 2017, 18:52:46 by HURCO550 »
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Offline Giancarlo124

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Re: 1973 DT250 Cafe/Brat build
« Reply #51 on: May 23, 2017, 19:10:17 »
Just saw this thread and man I love it. You really turned that thing into an awesome looking machine. I am one of those that am really bummed that the firestones are such terrible tires, because honestly I think they look neat with the vintage look of the machine, but alas, they really are garbage (I know the dead horse has been beaten enough). I can though say first hand two thumbs up to avon roadriders. They grip beyond my ability as a rider. I think if you go that route after the firestones you will feel as though you have a whole different bike! (in a good way)

also, another dead horse that gets beaten a lot, watch that rear tire to seat clearance. I don't know your weight, but it looks a little close, and a good bump could make the seat contact it, "brake" the rear tire and cause a less than desirable effect aka "not keeping er' between the ditches"

Again great work. Not often someone pulls off the brat seat looking enduro-turned-café look like you have. Thanks for sharing it here

Thanks for the great feedback! It was certainly a struggle turning an enduro into a "brat-cafe". as for the tire clearance fortunately I am only about 105 lbs so the bike doesnt even sag when I sit on it, So fortunately I dont think the tire will ever hit the seat but I understand the concern
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Offline Giancarlo124

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Re: 1973 DT250 Cafe/Brat build
« Reply #52 on: May 26, 2017, 15:03:44 »
Quick little idle and walk-around video

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Offline Giancarlo124

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Re: 1973 DT250 Cafe/Brat build
« Reply #53 on: Aug 05, 2017, 22:12:18 »
So I'm gonna do a little post build update here. Been riding the bike for a bit now, tuning as I go.

So I changed the header length of the pipe to get the powerband in a more desirable rpm range. Bike is getting closer to running really well. It pulls pretty good when it gets on the power band.

I also swapped out the Firestone tires for some Avon road riders. The Firestones look very cool but do not perform very well.

I also found that the shift drum detent was non existent so I replaced that as well. Mad the shifter feel so much better.

And lastly in addition to the r5 triple clamps I already had on the bike I went and got the r5 forks and installed the 2ls front wheel that I had on the shelf. Stopping performance is way better. If anyone is interested in putting this font end on their bike keep in mind that the r5 forks will probably be too short for Enduro riding. But based on the construction I'm almost certain you could bolt the r5 fork lowers onto the DT fork tubes
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Offline JustinLonghorn

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Re: 1973 DT250 Cafe/Brat build
« Reply #54 on: Aug 06, 2017, 11:25:00 »
Very nice, man. Glad you saw the light on the Firestones
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Offline Alex jb

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Re: 1973 DT250 Cafe/Brat build
« Reply #55 on: Aug 06, 2017, 18:38:00 »
Great bike buddy, nice to see such a clean bike.


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