Yamaha XT600 Review from Greece

2003 Yamaha XT600

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance12000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleHonda Honda XLR

Summary:

Got to see..

Faults:

When I bought the bike, oil leaked from two caps, but the problem was fixed on the first appointment.

When the engine warmed up, a ticking sound was heard as if the valves were knocking. After 3 fruitless visits to Yamaha dealers, who adjusted the valves, the problem was fixed at the official dealership's workshop. It turned out to be large gap between the piston and cylinder, resulting in piston slapping on the cylinder walls. Later I found out that many later XT models had it, due to old cutting tools used in the Yamaha production line!! Of course it was covered under warranty.

Another problem was the backfire, at any RPM, when closing throttle. Solved again, after much drifting around, by the official dealership's workshop...

General Comments:

I bought the bike for its reputation to be "immortal", immune to problems. I have to say that after almost a year of owning it, I got to feel confident about it. Do I have a Monday model? Is it normal and acceptable in terms of quality for such a big company to accept old cutting tools in its production line?

Plus, why not a replacement bike for the time your problem is fixed, under warranty? Things they should consider...

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 21st April, 2005

23rd Mar 2006, 11:16

Hey friend, I have the same piston slapping here in Greece.

Please send me an email to billygri77@yahoo.gr as I want communicate with you.

Average review marks: 6.3 / 10, based on 1 review