1986 Yamaha XT600 from Canada


King of reliability


Absolutely nothing has gone wrong with my XT600. All I do is routine maintenance - such as change oil, replace tires, sprockets, and chain.

General Comments:

I would recommend the XT600 to anyone. Reliable motor, excellent mileage, great handling/comfortable.

Probably the best characteristic of the bike is the amount of torque it produces. (On a flat road it will out accelerate many motorcross 450cc bikes)

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th December, 2009

1983 Yamaha XT600 from New Zealand


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

1993 Yamaha XT600 from Finland


A friendly powerful enduro bike, but heavy.


The bike has seen many kilometers, so some wearing has appeared.

General Comments:

Very heavy to move if you get stuck somewhere.

Very nice to drive around, except on motorways without a windshield.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd January, 2008

1984 Yamaha XT600 from Canada


It's a road warrior bike


Stolen many years back - ran hard by thieves. Got it back - never started easily again. Hard starter now - used to start 2-3 kicks in the middle of winter. No other problems.

General Comments:

Otherwise great bike - tough as nails - lots of balls.

Fun to ride, but the seating position is not optimal for a tall guy.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th May, 2007

2003 Yamaha XT600 from Greece


Got to see..


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.

1995 Yamaha XT600 from Australia


The best all round commuter/weekender on the market


Some of the wheel spokes have surface rust.

The carburettors have a small gauze filter that became clogged. The filter is not shown in the manual, and it not visible in a basic strip down. The bike would starve for fuel after approx 3 minutes of running. After about 15 minutes it would run again! Eventually I realised that just enough fuel was leaking past to fill the bowls up again. Found the problem after the third carburettor strip-down. Removed the gauze filters and put in an in-line filter instead. No more problems.

The plastics are not very durable and are easily cracked.

General Comments:

A top commuter bike, nimble and plenty of low down torque.

A bit tiring on long trips at 100kph due to the upright seating position and the lack of a fairing.

Tank and footpeg vibration are tiring on long trips.

Road tyres make this bike a seriously good handler, considering the road/trail design of the bike.

The reserve tank is poor. You have to be very close to a service station, as it is only good for a few minutes riding.

The ignition (key) is between the instruments and is difficult to access.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th November, 2004