Yamaha XT600 Review from New Zealand

1983 Yamaha XT600

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired48500 kilometres
Most recent distance54800 kilometres
Previous motorcycleYamaha RD 350


It puts a smile on my face every time I ride it


Nothing except for normal wear and tear for its age.

Front brakes not very good.

Has speed wobble with the front mudguard on.

General Comments:

5 litres of fuel per 100kms; excellent fuel economy.

Excellent cornering.

Good torque spread across the rev range.

Front brake fade a problem.

No stopping power in the front brakes.

Decompression cable, tappet clearances critical for easy starting.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st April, 2009

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review