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“OLD RELIABLE”

Written on: 05/04/2014 by aryanto1 (1 review written)

Got my XT600 in 2004 and a few minor services - one battery change a few cosmetic fixes and she still goes strong - I'm looking at the XT660 it's time for a new one and I think the xt660 will be a good replacement ? HAD THE XT200 , THE XT550 , the DT175 and will stick with Yamaha for reliable no nonsense riding . FUEL CONSUMPTION - plus/minus 145KM on a tank is not too shabby. … Read Full Review

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“I'm very impressed .....................”

Written on: 21/08/2013

I've had many bikes ranging from customs, naked road bikes and trails. I was impressed with the BMW 650 dakar but it was too tall and it had water pump issues. I bought this yamaha xt600 because i was very impressed with the xt225 serrow i had before it. The only reason i changed it was that i wanted more realistic power for the roads. I managed to find a late registered 2007 one with only 2000 miles on the clock!!! The mileage was in km's but the speedo was in miles so wasn't that bothered… Read Full Review

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“I bought this second hand with 2 previous owners and...”

Written on: 10/04/2011 by binfer (11 reviews written)

I bought this second hand with 2 previous owners and 16,000 kms/miles on the clock. I'm unsure of the mileage because someone at some time has added a converter onto the speedo drive.
I read many reviews on the big trailies before finally buying the XT, choices included Honda XL600/650 (i'd had 250's and they were solid), Kawasaki KLR600/650 and Suzuki DR600/650. I finally settled on the XT purely and simply because it's bulletproof (like most of the above), it's simple, no fuss design is easy… Read Full Review

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“ive had my xt600e for 2 years now never failed me...”

Written on: 11/08/2010 by al64 (3 reviews written)

ive had my xt600e for 2 years now never failed me every day go to and from work 20miles a day. i love the way bike just sails through the traffic it also feels like your sitting on top of a throne so hight up you can see all around for dangers.i get around 55miles per gallon wich i think is good for a 600cc. and yes i know its basic motorbike but very reliable. the new xt,s after 2003 seem to have bad reviews about cutting out ,doint know why? so my final thought is (old is gold);)… Read Full Review

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“ive had my xt600e for 2 years now never failed me...”

Written on: 19/07/2010

ive had my xt600e for 2 years now never failed me every day go to and from work 20miles a day. i love the way bike just sails through the traffic it also feels like your sitting on top of a throne so hight up you can see all around for dangers.i get around 55miles per gallon wich i think is good for a 600cc. and yes i know its basic motorbike but very reliable. the new xt,s after 2003 seem to have bad reviews about cutting out ,doint know why? so my final thought is (old is gold);)… Read Full Review

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“If you want a third world adventure tourer there is no...”

Written on: 19/05/2010

If you want a third world adventure tourer there is no better bike. Incredibly tough, extremely reliable, and very capable on the roughest of roads. Lots of fun riding on tarmac too, IMHO, even though it is not the fastest or best handling road bike. Not much fun on the motorway - but who buys a bike to ride on motorways.
Stick an Acerbis 23 litre tank and luggage on it and you are ready to tackle any country in the world… Read Full Review

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“I have owned the honda xr650r,kawasaki lkr 650,suzuki...”

Written on: 08/10/2009

I have owned the honda xr650r,kawasaki lkr 650,suzuki drz 400 and in my opinion the yamaha xt 600 is the better bike by far, the weight is just right and well balanced and sounds nice but without too much noise… Read Full Review

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“The Yamaha XT600E survived some of Lesotho's worst...”

Written on: 21/03/2009

The Yamaha XT600E survived some of Lesotho's worst roads. This bike will become a collectors item before long! One of the best off/on road bikes ever made. Good points are Reliability. Awesome power. Smooth. Only bad point is a bit on the heavy side… Read Full Review

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“The XT600E will go on until you give up, this is an...”

Written on: 15/03/2009

The XT600E will go on until you give up, this is an ultra reliable bike, economical, easy to maintain. If you want something fun to commute with, this is the bike, it's loads of fun. However it's not the fastest bike out there, but that's not what the XT is about anyway. If it survives Africa, It'll survive anything, believe me… Read Full Review

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“I think this bike is just GREAT and it's a shame that...”

Written on: 18/02/2009 by ilmann (1 review written)

I think this bike is just GREAT and it's a shame that Yamaha haven't come up with anything that effectively replaces it after they went out of production in 2004. The XTZ is just NOT the same, it's heavier, bulkier and not half aas much as a blast to ride. My only complaint is it's recurrent habit of frying the solenoid every 6000miles or so. I bought the bike in 2005 for about 4000 quid and haven't regretted once . . . except when I had to push it home after the solenoid died for the third… Read Full Review

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“After owing various bikes over the years. I wanted a...”

Written on: 25/11/2008 by freexfrantic (1 review written)

After owing various bikes over the years. I wanted a bike I could just ride and then lock up for months without worrying about the initial cost and depreciation. Its cheap to insure and cheap to maintain. I bought the bike brand new in 2007 for £3300 and have really enjoyed throwing it around the country lanes of Cheshire. Then when winter comes, I can give it the once over and lock it away until Spring. It really is a toy that comes out when the sun shines and will be a fantastic buy for… Read Full Review

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“My 1999 Yamaha XT600E is one of the wickedest (dirt...”

Written on: 13/11/2008 by pursang (1 review written)

My 1999 Yamaha XT600E is one of the wickedest (dirt bikes) ever made, the engine starts awesome everytime, it has loads of grunt, runs crisp and comes onto the cam really nice with 45hp, some have said the bike is underpowered, but it's not, with 15/45s = 3.00 it's over geared. For serious off road riding it has to work against the overly high stock gearing and makes climbing steep rocky and tight stuff a real challenge. maby 15/45s are alright if you spend all day on the highway, but many… Read Full Review

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“I use the Yamaha XT600 for commuting and taking 90...”

Written on: 03/08/2008

I use the Yamaha XT600 for commuting and taking 90 mile trips on the motorway and it is perfectly fine for both. Is comfortable enough at 80 or just cruising at 60-70. Very very low maintenance bike, just lube the chain and check you have enough oil and air pressure, and thats it really. I do remember this bike feeling extremely windy with a textile jacket, but after switching to a leather one I can't even feel it. Also, my XT always starts up first time with the choke on and it's ready to ride… Read Full Review

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“Because it is a relatively simple machine to...”

Written on: 06/05/2007 by cantiki (1 review written)

Because it is a relatively simple machine to check-over I bought this one second-hand (first ever) and have been very happy with it since.
What it lacks in top-end whoosh it more than makes up for in versatility and agility.
Good performance off-road and great around town through traffic. Will cruise adequately on the motorway though prone to buffetting. Suggest you chose your tyres with care though - dual purpose on/off road tyres are by nature a bit of a compromise.
Has the power to… Read Full Review

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“A very easy ride, and good fun on green lanes. Good...”

Written on: 23/01/2007 by Ian Bellman (1 review written)

A very easy ride, and good fun on green lanes. Good upright riding position. Nice bit of grunt for overtaking up hill. Light enough to pick up if you do drop it! And it does 65 miles per gallon! Very useful bike for generally knocking around as is so simple to ride. Would also like to take it further afield, but the saddle is probably a bit hard, and it's a bit too light when windy… Read Full Review

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Bmw E30's Response to 275626_Ian Bellman's Review

Written on: 20/08/2008

I found this review helpful because... he mentions the MPG which is very hard to find out otherwise!

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“Had a Hornet 600 for only 2 days and got knocked off...”

Written on: 02/10/2006 by Bobo3 (1 review written)

Had a Hornet 600 for only 2 days and got knocked off and bike was a loss. Needed something to get back and forth to work. The Yamaha XT600E really took my fancy. Nice upright position, plenty of poke and can lay it down in the bends like it was a racer! Never had so much fun. Really easy to maintain and brilliant on fuel. Was getting itchy feet for something quicker, but the insurance on the XT is really good (42 years of age - £118 tpft, no NCB). So the XT stays for the foreseeable. If you're… Read Full Review

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“I did have a zx10 whitch was a beast, but with all the...”

Written on: 23/07/2004 by andy71 (1 review written)

I did have a zx10 whitch was a beast, but with all the speed camras & stuff i was going 2 get nicked so i went out & got a Yamaha XT600E bike, the first thing i liked about it was the weight, there was none and i'm 6 foot 4 & it's well good for me in the height game, then the petrol department, i fill it up for £12 & it just keeps on going, 175 miles i get before i filled it up again, I do a bit of green laneing on it's fine, it's also very good on the road, the breaks are not the best but you… Read Full Review

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Bmw E30's Response to andy71's Review

Written on: 20/08/2008

I too am coming from a sports bike-Honda Fireblade after i've owned it for nearly 5 years and have had enough of the high speeds, crazy cornering, paranoia of police, expensive tyres, running costs etc.
<br/>Its actually going up for sale in the next few weeks and in the meantime a few months ago i bought myself a Honda CG125, 2 years old, and love it! The light weight, manouverability when parking with the huge left to right steering lock, 90-100mpg, and simplicity compared to a Sports Bike are all appreciated, apart from the dire lack of power, so a 600 traillie will be a great tool for me to use locally to and from work 4miles away, and being more rugged and robust than a chromed bike should require less looking after, i.e. not minding it being out in the rain. My bikes hardly see rain so its a pain getting the bike cover on/off all the time. And having fun at much lower speeds is what its all about! I'll post a review when i buy one, wont be for another 6-9months as its mid august and bad weather is already looming.

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