Discovered by a friend of ours, a long time motorcycle mechanic, loitering in a garage in Spain near to where he has retired to. This (now) lovely example of a very late in production, registered 1979 the M/X came out in 78, twin shock DT175 Enduro became his project with the idea of using it as an off roader to do some light green laneing on.
With this in mind he replaced the battery, new carb to air box rubber, new rear shocks, new front and rear guards, new front and rear brake shoes, fitted the wheels with tyre security bolts, had the carb sonic cleaned but most importantly rebuilt the engine and gearbox with new bearings, seals, piston and rings, with the cylinder rebored to 1mm o/s, then through in new points and a set of new reeds for good measure. At this point he found out how much it was going to cost him to reregister a “Historic” foreign registered bike to be used in Spain, so it stayed in his garage until we bought it having covered maybe couple of hundred miles since its rebuild.
We then repatriated it being a UK bike that had not been noted as exported, it went back and forth on the back of an RV, it retained its original registration, in fact it still has its “original” number plate from the last supplying dealer here in the UK (pre 01 telephone numbers). On arrival we attended to its cosmetics, worse of all was it had a poorly repaired petrol tank so off it went to be repaired and while there relined with the latest ethanol proof coating, this is guaranteed not to leak or be eaten away by the crap they put in petrol today. The rear guard was mis matched colour wise to the front so that was resprayed, as were all the rest of the painted surfaces in the correct colour with the tank receiving new decals at the same time.
Now we have a very rare DT, itself in a rare colour and in great all round condition, starts easily, does not smoke and rides very well (still needs a bit more gentle running in). As with all Japanese two strokes these are getting very hard to find, especially a UK bike in this order.