Greg's - 1971 YamahaJT1 Mini Enduro
I think all of us remember our first bike, and Greg certainly does. Having received a 1971 Yamaha JT1 Mini Enduro for his 6th birthday, a gift from his grandparents, Greg wanted his grandson to share his wonderful childhood experience.Sadly, the bike had gone missing years before. With a little help from AMW, he was able to find one in Southern California and had it shipped our way.
This was our starting point: Hallmarked by plastic aftermarket fenders, missing parts, "fabricated" seat posts, and rust, we had our work cut out for us. The rotary valve had seen its better days!
After a complete tear down, all parts were sent out for powder coating. The engine was completely disassembled, and rebuilt with a brand new Yamaha NOS cylinder and piston.
Continuing to scour the earth for NOS parts (yes, even those fenders!), we began reassembly. Greg's bike was an "L" model which included head and tail lights, but he decided to forego the tail light for this build.
We were able to procure an NOS Yamaha headlight bucket to obtain the exact, and factory correct, match to the "Desert Orange" paint color.
A childhood dream revived, the finished JT1 is ready to be passed on to the next generation. A childhood dream revived, the finished JT1 is ready to be passed on to the next generation.