2004 Yamaha XT660X Motard — Motorcycle USA

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Yamaha XT 660 R Supermotard

2004 Yamaha XT660X

Yamaha’s new supermoto streetbike

riding just one block a grid-locked inner Sydney for that Australian icon the Bridge, the light bulb on in my brain. This was the type of that most motorcyclists own, a bike for all seasons and all

But as I edged past yet another its rider hunched painfully clip-on handlebars, I realized the ahead for Yamaha’s sales In countries where big, twin- and four-cylinder engines ruled since the early such as Australia and America, will it take to wean

I glanced across at my riding on this world launch. The journalists already know all the benefits of single-cylinder dirt-bikes road wheels and brakes. motorcycles are riding a surge of on the other side of the world but is taking a bit of gamble in other

The XT660X goes on sale in within a few months. If it can be priced $A10,000 it has a fighting chance middleweight … bikes. supermoto bike will be by an enduro version, the XT660R.

the XT stands out is its versatility and ease of The launch route reminded me of in California’s San Gabriel Mountains and the Highway 1. It wound from the in busy central Sydney, up to dirt trails alongside the River, and then some carving on paved backroads. as much fun as you’ll have on a and all within the legal speed of 35 mph in built-up areas, 70 mph on freeways and on country roads.

On the international launch, which was with the R1, quite a few of the journalists admitted they’d had as much fun the supermotard as the powerhouse sports Yamaha’s XT series has been since 1976, and alloy-tank from the late 1970s are classic status. This air-cooled single became a enduro.

It won the first Paris-Dakar before the Tenere became an favorite for round-the-world travelers.

For the XT660 has been completely Only its engine capacity is over from the faithful old Now liquid-cooled, the single-cylinder has a 100mm and 84mm …. The 10:1-compression piston runs in a ceramic-composite bore. A fuel injection with a 44mm throttle feeds a new SOHC, four-valve (with larger inlet

Twin big-bore exhausts let the breathe while meeting regulations.

Power delivery is with a flat torque that encourages aggressive out of tight corners. You can get all the power to the The bike handles all types of surfaces and doesn’t feel out of battling semi-trailers and buses on the with little buffeting other traffic.

On back country roads it can be aggressively into corners and as far over as any big-bore sportsbike. I touched down a footpeg, isn’t bad considering the high of a dirt-derived bike.

Considering its the X supermotard doesn’t feel a compromise created from its sibling. I know, because I previously ridden a Honda XR into a supermotard. It ran road and brakes but retained its too-supple suspension.

Its power delivery was a bit and flat, as well.

I also own a KTM II, which has excellent WP suspension and a engine with lots of zing. Unlike my vibrating II, the XT 660X is the sort of bike you ride every day while you had dream bike (whether it be tourer or sportsbike) sitting in the for those special days.

The XT unbreakable and undemanding to ride European-inspired styling gives it a presence. But you really have to one to understand what I’m about.

On paper, this factory doesn’t measure up. It weighs as as Yamaha’s R1 with less a third of the power. A seemingly 48-hp Single pulling 381 (dry weight) of motorcycle is never going to set the world on But the XT660X sparks enthusiasm just a few minutes in the saddle.

all to do with the fun factor and being to ride at full throttle

Whereas a lot of lightweight dirt feel skittish and oversprung for the the XT physically feels more a 600cc …. Its weight it isn’t knocked around by blast and the seating position well, giving good leverage while positioning the in a more sporting stance.

is delivered in a way that plants the wheel in the tarmac from low revs while accelerating more crisply than a big-bore enduro. It doesn’t the top-end rush of KTM’s 640 single but it also doesn’t the tiring vibration, either.

The steel frame, with two frame tubes, uses the as a stressed member to result in a claimed to be 60% stiffer than its While both road and models have a 43mm fork, the X version is more The 17-inch spoked Excel wheels run sticky 120/70 and 160/60 rear radial

The 320mm floating disc the front wheel and is as good as it being fitted with a four-piston caliper.

The narrower and the roads get, the better the works. This means it is a to ride through busy streets and serious fun on empty, backroads. Fitted with road tires designed for more powerful motorcycles for an aggressive cornering style.

Yamaha XT 660 R Supermotard
Yamaha XT 660 R Supermotard

it at a corner and keep the throttle on you would in the dirt and it steers The suspension soaks up bumps throwing the bike off-line. It dive excessively under and there isn’t the wash-out-type you sometimes get from dirtbikes hard on the road.

The XT660 its line with no wallowing.

a totally different sensation to a middleweight … hard, but a lot of is because of the unnecessarily tall height. The secret is to keep the pinned and push your over the handlebars. If you think overcommitted to a corner, back off a then reapply the throttle and the bike right over.

It can it.

The suspension has been well for this application. It isn’t a dirtbike with road slapped on, it’s a total In the right hands, the XT660X surprise a lot of hypersports riders in a chase, which is pretty praise for such a humble

With all the fun of a dirtbike but with suspension, wheels and brakes, the is the everyman’s supermotard. It isn’t a race-souped single that’s a to live with in the suburbs. You ride it to work every then thrash it up secondary and fire-trails at the weekend.

If it’s at the right price, it could be a runabout for the motorcyclist who already his dream bike. It could be cheap fun for anyone who loves two The XT660X doesn’t break new with technology but it takes into an entirely undeveloped that of the supermotard.

But motorcyclists are a lot, whether it be the cruiser or the clip-on clique. Change slowly. If Yamaha recoups costs with healthy in Europe, then maybe the will be released in new markets at a bottom price.

Unfortunately for supermoto fans, there are no plans to import the XT to the U.S.

isn’t enough support dealers or customers to bring a like this to the US., Yamaha spokesman Brad There will certainly be a few vocal motorcyclists who must the bike, but we haven’t heard interest in this type of like we have with, the FJR1300, which was originally a model.

This position by Yamaha is a bit of a considering its support and enthusiasm for racing.

We certainly love all of motorcycle competition, however a supermoto race bike and would be mutually exclusive, continues. Serious racers probably always convert motorcycles to supermoto specification than the other way around. has been very good studying the market and determining products make sense for the place.

As it stands right the market won’t support type of product in any significant

Yamaha XT 660 R Supermotard
Yamaha XT 660 R Supermotard
Yamaha XT 660 R Supermotard
Yamaha XT 660 R Supermotard
Yamaha XT 660 R Supermotard
Yamaha XT 660 R Supermotard

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