Yamaha XT350 Reviews

2000 Yamaha XT350 from Canada

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 6 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.7 / 10
Distance when acquired2000 kilometres
Most recent distance5000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleYamaha DT50

Summary:

Amazing reliability at an affordable price

Faults:

Nothing other than the usual wear and tear (fork seals, battery...)

General Comments:

This motorcycle worked without a flaw. The six speed transmission was geared a little tall for the dirt, but for cruising around town and the back roads it was fine.

The torque on this bike was amazing. This bike would break traction non-stop from 1st to 6th gear with dirt tires on a dirt road!

The suspension was very plush and comfortable, but too plush for serious trails.

The riding position was very good, it was easy to put your feet down when needed.

The XT is a little heavy for serious trails, but much lighter than the on/off road 650's.

Very easy to start. Automatic decompression made for an easy kick.

The air filter was easy to access and clean.

The rear drum brakes did wear out quickly when used off road.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th December, 2006

2000 Yamaha XT350 from United Kingdom

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Acceleration marks 5 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 5 / 10
Handling marks 6 / 10
Braking marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired500 miles

Summary:

A lovely way to get around on a hot summer day

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

I hired one of these on holiday in Cyprus and found it perfect for the roads of that country. It was a nearly new model, so in perfect condition. The high seat (33.7 inches) made it comfortable for a tall person.

As I cruised down the Tomb of the Kings Road, on opening up the throttle, it zipped up to its 90mph top speed through a smooth six speed gearbox with no trouble. Off road tracks and fields were also handled without problems.

Fuel consumption was a pleasant feature at 60 mpg. It has a 3.2 gallon tank, and that includes a half gallon reserve. A nice way to get around on a sunny day.

It has recently been detuned to 18hp for some reason, so be careful if offered one for sale as it will be a gutless wonder. The air cooled single cylinder 4 valve 346cc has a bore and stroke of 86 x 59.6mm, and a compression ratio of 9:1. Also 24mm dual Teikei carburettors are fitted.

Ground clearance of 10.8" is good, and telescopic forks with 10” travel and a single rear shock with 8.6” travel offer a very pleasant ride.

A chunky dual purpose 3.00-21 front tyre, and 110/80-18 rear tyre are fitted.

A single front disc is not very powerful.

Overall, recommended as a good dual purpose on/off road machine.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th July, 2006

23rd Oct 2006, 21:58

Ah yes, the xt350. Good review. As I found out, it can also wheelie like nobodys biz! I don't own one, but that's what I took my msf on and effortlessly

Pulled up the front (by accident, of course) in first! I'm into 600s now, but I wish I had one to do all the stupid things like wheelies and such on my property.

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 2 reviews