What is a “Touring” Motorcycle? Part 1.

This week seems to be “old pics” week. Last weekend at a motorcycle concours at the LeMay Museum in Tacoma I came across a lovely 1967 Yamaha 250.  Memories flooded back, as a 1965 Yamaha YDS3 was my first motorcycle. This one was pretty much the same, although with a blue and chrome tank whereas mine was blue and white.

On my little 250cc two stroke twin I rode from Minneapolis to Seattle, and back –  camping!  Look at the picture. How many people today would consider such a bike for “touring” and camping?  I mounted a snazzy chrome luggage rack  (from the Webco catalog – a dream factory for young motorcyclists living in Minnesota) and a road-race style fairing by Craig Vetter.  The fairing required the removal of the front fender, which filled my young head with even racier self-images, but was a tad messy in the rain.

About david

I am a 69 year old motorsports nut who lives in Bothell, Washington. After a 31 year career as an English teacher, I segued into a self-created job in the motorsports business. Now retired, I was involved in customer relations for Ride West BMW in Seattle, after almost 10 years of similar work for the Cycle Barn MotorSports Group. I have been married forever and have two grown children. I own, at the current time, a Triumph Bonneville T 120 , a Triumph Thruxton, a Fiat 500S and a VW Tiguan. What else would you like to know?
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