1978 Yamaha DT400 Scrambler 

The DT400 Scrambler has a lot going for it, they had some of the nicest tanks made in the 70’s, the frames were light for the era, and at the heart of it all is a 400cc 2-stroke engine. Now I won’t lie to you and say it’s a darling to ride, its an animal, a snarling twitchy fucking animal. 

If you're looking for a bike to take a leisurely cruise around town, this isn’t what you want. However, if you want a bike that doesn’t feel happy unless you’re wringing its neck, it can get around on the street but will be at home down a fire trail, and no matter where you point it will deliver a heap of fun. Then our re-imagining of the 1978 DT400 Scrambler may just be the medicine you need. 

I own a 1975 DT400 Scrambler myself, it’s a great bike. In stock form they’re an over powered farm bike, a vintage enduro racer you can register, and that bike your drunk uncle told you to have a go on at a family BBQ when you were 10 and it scared the life out of you. But when you take them down to the bones and rid the chassis of its tired and slouching suspension. The DT400’s look more like a bike you could point at an MX track. This is what our rider, Clint was after. 

Read the full build blog here