1. Yamaha DT-1
The success of the Yamaha DT-1 cannot be overestimated. Introduced in 1968, the “Dit-One” truly redefined what a Dual Sport motorcycle should be. Its lightweight, powerful two-stroke engine, enduro-tread tires and state-of-the-art suspension made it a winner right off the bat, and DT-1s exploded out of dealerships, with 50,000 units sold in the model’s very first year… 50,000! DT-1s. You saw DT-1s everywhere—on the way to work, tied to the back of a motorhome, on the starting line at your local motocross or desert race where it could easily be made competitive with the addition of a Genuine Yamaha Tuning (GYT) kit. Its solid performance and claw hammer reliability is the stuff of legend. In fact, it may be the single most influential dirtbike ever built, right up there with the 1973 Honda CR250 Elsinore and the 1998 Yamaha YZ400F. Even with so many units sold, finding a DT-1 today can be a challenge, especially one that hasn’t been trashed or modified to the point of being unrecognizable from a stocker. But, if you can find one, you’ll have the most classic Dual Sport machine of all time.