It’s no secret that we love 2-strokes here at BikeBound. Well, this Brazilian 2-smoker, which began life as a Yamaha DT180, has to be one of the most interesting we have featured.
The Yamaha DT180 was a 176cc, air-cooled two-stroke enduro sold in Brazil from 1981 to 1997. The bike offered nearly 20 horsepower at a weigh of just 102 kg (224 pounds). The bike was famous for its low-maintenance durability, and many are still brapping around Brazil today.
Did we say it was air-cooled? Because this one has been converted to liquid-cooled, using the top end of a liquid-cooled DT200, a pair of side radiators. The bike now boasts 235cc of “pure poison.” What’s more, the builder, 2-stroke enthusiast Robinson Cristian Santos, is a luthier — a maker of string instruments. He works under the name “Luthier Coruja,” and decided to use wood in the design of the bike, which he built for his wife, Denise Dalla Costa. Believe it or not, the seat is shaped from mahogany, wrapped in Brazilian Imbuia.
Below, we get the full story on the bike from Denise herself.
DT180/DT200 Tracker, “Harpia”: Build Story
This is a Brazilian Yamaha DT180, year 1994, made by the enthusiast of 2-stroke engines, Robinson Cristian Santos (Luthier Owl), who manufactures musical instruments and decided to use wood in its design.
The bike was made with the same careful process as a guitar, with details only found in the most delicate musical instruments. The engine was changed to liquid-cooled, with the top of the engine of another Yamaha DT200cc with a pair of side radiators.
Improved brakes, front showa suspension, belt in place of chain drive, and wooden (Mahogany) cowlings wrapped with Brazilian Imbuia.
Moto baptized with the name HARPIA (from mythology), made exclusively for Robinson’s wife Denise Dalla Costa.
Yamaha DT 180 (LC) the union of the elegance and delicacy of luthieria and the strength of the 2T engine that totaled 235cc of pure poison.