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Old 02-25-2013, 08:06 PM   #1
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DT400 to Supermoto 400 build-street legal

I have a 1978 DT400 that I really enjoy riding around town and on backroads, the down fall is it has knobbies front and rear, so thought about what I could do to make this a fun get to work bike. Here is the bike I started with.
My goal was to create a vintage super moto, street legal, out of the DT400 to be known as SM400. Part of the project was to use bolt on parts so I can easily return it to the stock configuration. I bought a set of TW200 forks, along with a front rim with a brake hub. I also have a parts DT400 so had extra rims and parts from that. I laced the rear rim from the DT400 to the front hub from the TW200, then laced the TW200 front rim to the DT400 rear hub. Tires are 18 x 4.10 Kenda trail masters, 80/20 on road off road. Front fender is an Acerbis Supermoto with a tw200 high mount bracket, Rear fender is a spare DT fender painted black.



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Old 02-25-2013, 08:17 PM   #2
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a couple more pics.
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:13 AM   #3
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I love it.
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:52 AM   #4
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wow

That thing looks killer! How does it ride?! more pics
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:15 AM   #5
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:39 AM   #6
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That looks fun, does it ride well on the street?
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:45 AM   #7
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I just finished this build so have not been able to ride it yet due to snow and salt on the roads. I will take it to FL for two weeks in April, can't wait to try it out!
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:22 AM   #8
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Sweet!

I had a 1979 DT125 as a kid.
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:42 AM   #9
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That is pretty much what i want to do to my KE100...after i swap the 250cc piston port motor i have into the frame...hehehe talk about a hooligan bike there... Sub 200# 250 smoker...
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Old 02-27-2013, 04:46 PM   #10
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I like the early anti-lock brakes.
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:49 PM   #11
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Yeah, The brakes are lacking on the DT400, how ever I have a plan for that! I am looking for a disc brake left side fork lower, a hub with disc and caliper, and the handlebar controls with master cylinder from a late model tw200. Then it will be simple to convert to disc brakes in the front, just have to find it all for the right(cheap) price!
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:02 PM   #12
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where ya' gonna ride in fla?....
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Old 02-28-2013, 05:47 PM   #13
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Will be riding in the Englewood area. April 6-18
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:55 PM   #14
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I have about 100 miles on the bike now, motor is super strong, handles great in the corners, much better feeling then stock configuration. I have been running it with the spark arrestor out and it definitely crackles! Of all the vintage two strokes I have done this one is the most fun to ride. I have been seriously considering an IT400 transplant motor for this bike, but it sure is fun the way it is. I am looking for a disc brake tw200 left fork lower and rim to convert next. Brakes are the weak point
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:11 AM   #15
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Being someone into SuperMoto I have a suggestion. Next time you need tyres, get Avon Distanzias and o a bike that light, use a 110 up front,. and a 130 in the rear. It will be quicker everywhere even in accel and braking than with those oversized tyres. Looks cool for sure.
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