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.