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    Yamaha IT490 or IT200


    Looking for a Yamaha IT project.

    83-85 IT490
    83 IT250
    84-86 IT200

    I wouldn’t turn down a decent air cooled YZ either.

    Please keep your eyes out.

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    Re: Yamaha IT490 or IT200

    Both cool bikes. Cousin had the 490. Overkill for RI woods but a blast at the sand dunes.

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    Re: Yamaha IT490 or IT200

    Wow, Kickin it old school. I am always on the look out for old ass dirt bikes and i will tell you right now an aircooled yz is easier to find than the other models you listed. I saw a 490 for sale about a month ago and i dont think i have seen a 200 in years.
    Have you looked into an XR? much easier to come by.

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    Re: Yamaha IT490 or IT200

    Quote Originally Posted by backinthesaddle View Post
    Both cool bikes. Cousin had the 490. Overkill for RI woods but a blast at the sand dunes.
    My first brand new bike was a 86 IT200. It was bulletproof.
    The 490 may be overkill but cool factor trumps that all day.

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    Re: Yamaha IT490 or IT200

    Quote Originally Posted by boosten lebaron View Post
    Wow, Kickin it old school. I am always on the look out for old ass dirt bikes and i will tell you right now an aircooled yz is easier to find than the other models you listed. I saw a 490 for sale about a month ago and i dont think i have seen a 200 in years.
    Have you looked into an XR? much easier to come by.
    I found a couple 200s and a few older 175s. The two 200s are priced way too high.
    Funny you say XR…I am just finishing up a mech restoration on a 86 250R. It’s been in the family since 90.

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    Re: Yamaha IT490 or IT200

    I rode an IT 490 that my friend Bob owns years and years ago. I couldn't get over how much that thing shakes! The bars might as well be directly welded to the motor.

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    Re: Yamaha IT490 or IT200

    Quote Originally Posted by csmutty View Post
    I rode an IT 490 that my friend Bob owns years and years ago. I couldn't get over how much that thing shakes! The bars might as well be directly welded to the motor.
    Yeah, and it really didn't make lots more power than the 200. I think from that era, the smaller bore bikes are better riders. I never got to ride the 200, but have many miles in Latin America on the venerable IT175.

    I remember one day on the north coast of the D.R. I decided to see how far up a STEEP meadow I could make it. I was wearing board shorts and birkenstocks as I normally did back then. The meadow was so dry that there were deep wide cracks in the earth making even straight line travel dicey. THe hills there get steep very abruptly and when I could no longer keep the front wheel on the ground I pivoted off the bike. There was a distinct crunching noise as I put my foot down... right through the ribcage of a dead cow rotting in the afternoon sun. It took me a bit to get my birkie out of the lung. The unexpected chaos of Latin America and the IT175 make for some great memories.

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    Re: Yamaha IT490 or IT200

    This thread has me pumped! I'll keep an eye out. They definitely do pop up for sale from time to time. Seems they're either in super rough shape, or way overpriced. My buddy built an insane custom chopper with a YZ490 motor in it. I'll see if I can find a pic...

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    Re: Yamaha IT490 or IT200

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    Re: Yamaha IT490 or IT200

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    ... right through the ribcage of a dead cow rotting in the afternoon sun. It took me a bit to get my birkie out of the lung. The unexpected chaos of Latin America and the IT175 make for some great memories.
    hahaaa, NASTY! love that you were in Birks (Paul don't wear regular shoes...)

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    My buddy built an insane custom chopper with a YZ490 motor in it. I'll see if I can find a pic...
    that is sick! bet it sounds rad

    Quote Originally Posted by Sideshow View Post
    Funny you say XRÖI am just finishing up a mech restoration on a 86 250R. Itís been in the family since 90.
    need more pics, build is looking good!

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    Re: Yamaha IT490 or IT200

    That chopper is pretty radical. Looks like the headstock collapsed!

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    Re: Yamaha IT490 or IT200

    He builds some pretty wild bikes: https://motorcyclesandart.com/

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    Re: Yamaha IT490 or IT200

    Not local and not cheaper but it's there

    https://advrider.com/f/threads/1979-...ue-nm.1530280/

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    Re: Yamaha IT490 or IT200

    Wow, that 175 is nice!

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    Re: Yamaha IT490 or IT200

    Thanks for the heads up but Iím looking for a 83 250 or a 84-86 200.
    Those are killah though.

    Keep keeping an eye out for me guys.

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    Re: Yamaha IT490 or IT200

    My inspirationÖ

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    Re: Yamaha IT490 or IT200

    Iím gonna keep posting ITs that you donít want: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...8261467618337/

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    Re: Yamaha IT490 or IT200

    Now I want a 175 lol. Seems like a fun yard bike.

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    Re: Yamaha IT490 or IT200

    Quote Originally Posted by boosten lebaron View Post
    Now I want a 175 lol. Seems like a fun yard bike.
    I always have to hold myself back on decisions like that. "oh a fun new toy....that I'll use for 15 minutes after spending 30 minutes getting it started, twice a year"

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    Re: Yamaha IT490 or IT200

    I have owned many DT's and IT's over the years. The 175's and 200's were always my favorites, and they were easily best suited to our tight New England trails over the larger displacement bikes. The 1986 IT 200 is considered the "crown" - with its front disc brake. The only major failure I had was with an '84 IT200, where I stressed the frame so hard on a high speed G-out that the head stay yanked the cylinder away from its base studs. That cost me $400 for a new cylinder.
    If I could request Yamaha to revive 1 bike from their past, it would be difficult to chose between the RZ350 and the IT200.

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    Re: Yamaha IT490 or IT200

    Well I've got an rz350 in my basement so maybe I should an IT to the mix. Looks like a 175 is easy enough to find.

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