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    BadAss Hooligan
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    '78 DT400

    Friend of mine picked up this '78 Yamaha DT400 from a guy while he was buying a classic '88 Ford F-250. It's in excellent shape, and he was wondering what it would be worth.

    I did some research and found out that Yamaha was starting to produce the XT series of four strokes about the same time, which made the two stroke DT a bit of an orphan.

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: '78 DT400

    I was about to say how optimistic Yamaha was with the speedo until I realized it was KPH not MPH
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  3. #3
    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: '78 DT400

    Yep. I should have mentioned it's a Canadian model!
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    I used to be....
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    Re: '78 DT400

    No idea what it's worth but I had one and the only new motorcycle I have ever owned.

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: '78 DT400

    I'm casually looking for a 75 DT400. IMO Yamaha messed up the looks with the 78 model.

    Oh...1,500 to 2,500 I would think.
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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: '78 DT400

    big horn
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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: '78 DT400

    I had that identical bike and of course early 80's when I bought it and only paid $800. I thought it really lacked power and sold soon after I bought it. My guess is maybe $1500 to right buyer they are not really sought after by many.

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: '78 DT400

    Thanks guys. He ended up getting $2500 for it, although that's in Canadian $ so more like $2000 US.
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    Hooligan
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    Re: '78 DT400

    My first ever bike, tho mine was a bit older than that one. 76? Thats a beauty- I'm still hoping to own another.

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: '78 DT400

    Quote Originally Posted by Ian H. View Post
    Thanks guys. He ended up getting $2500 for it, although that's in Canadian $ so more like $2000 US.
    You scored

    I had the XT 250 four stroke.... it was gawdaful.


 

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