First Ride Out - "The Outrider" DT250A
"THE OUTRIDER" - Apart from the fact I think it's a cool name, brothers Peter and Doug (whom I bought the bike from 5 years ago) suggested that while it was now my bike, and I had every right to do with it as I pleased, they thought it best if the original patina was kept.
See, Peter and Doug were selling the bike as part of their late brothers estate and felt a certain nostalgia for the bike to continue to look just as their brother had parked it up in the back shed of his unassuming Granville property 33 years prior.
After 38 years laid up off the road, 5 years of that under my ownership attempting a rebuild then chasing electrical gremlins, my DT250A is once again officially N.S.W. road registered and begging to be ridden.
My first ride had to be epic so I just went ahead and loosely planned a 300km big day out riding the backroads and dirt roads of the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.
- No break down plan.
- No Spares.
- No worries mate!
With gas and oil tanks full to the brim, I jump on the bike, it starts first kick and I leave home just as the morning rush dies down. I live on the outer northern side of Sydney; In no time I was away on quite country back roads on route to my first fuel stop via the fun twisty roads into and out of Berowra Creek.
“Hey mate, cool bike” count = 3
Pulling into the gas station, a car that had followed me for some time pulls up right behind me and straight away telling me his cool stories of the same bike he had back in the day, plus other bikes still in his shed and stories of adventure and mis-adventure. Then Dave jumps out of his truck and joins in on the conversation lamenting of his past wild off road adventures. Both of em reminiscing and that makes me smile!
The road to my next fill up destination was nearly all classic Aussie bush tracks of twisty, steep, dirt ridge riding and I had an absolute blast of a ride! Not another vehicle in sight the whole way and happy to have made the next fuel stop without the need for reserve even with that unplanned extra 40km’s.
If you made it this far along my epic ride and even longer story then well done!
From Colo to home was another adventure in itself and I’ll leave that 3-hour segment of the day long journey with my first ride impressions of this wonderful 47-year-old machine called the Yamaha DT250A.
Total trip distance 337k’m over 8hrs. bike seat and rider comfort level was way better than I expected. Had a little “2 stroke vibration” hand tingling akin to operating a chainsaw at the end of the day, but apart from that, seat and riding position was super comfy.
Cool fun factor, OMG!
This bike is slow but soooo much fun. I used all 26 of those horse powers all the time and fully pinned and bike struggling to so the speed limit I quickly learned that if I went into a full tracker style chin on the tank tuck, the bike would instantly pick up another 10kph in speed.
Needless to say I spent a lot of time fully aero tucked and had so much fun riding this way.
Top speed on a massively long downhill - private road - was 122kph/76mph … that’s it, it would need a massive tail wind to go any faster though bike was confidently stable at that speed.
Brakes? it has brakes? Rear works so much better than the front which is like the line needs to be bled but it isn’t hydraulic. I’d hate to be in commuter traffic and need to emergency brake at any time on this, but the route I took was virtually traffic free and at the pace I was riding, braking wasn’t a worry.
The motor performed flawlessly, gained a little bit of a power above 4500 and revved out nicely to the 7k redline.
This story first published in the Sydney section of the VJMC Forum available to VJMC members on this website.