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The Yamaha XT 660 is a series of on/off road motorcycles by Yamaha Motor Corporation as a for the old Yamaha XT 600 . a motorcycle very with the Off road and travelling

It is a development of the original XT series stands for CROSS, ‘T’ for a line of motorcycles inspired by used on the Paris Dakar The first XT was released in 1976.

Engine: 1-cyl. 660cc, 35 kW,

1 chain-driven cam shaft, rocker w/ball bearings, 10:1.

brake on both wheels,

fuel injection ,

catalysators and

wheels (only R)

Two versions of motorcycle are being produced. The the XT660R, a trail-rated version semi offroad tires and wheels, and a more street-oriented the XT660X, with road-only standard wheels and a smaller wheel. Both versions the same engine and chassis

Additional information on the Yamaha the Yamaha XT660R and indeed the new XT660Z Tenere can be found at here which is a non profit owners’ forum, where can share a multitude of information with devoted mechanics who are 24/7 to help with any This forum is also recognized by Yamaha Motors Uk Ltd as per the link from their .

History of the Yamaha XT Bikes

first single-cylinder 4-… made its debut at the 21st Motor show in 1975. As as being the latest in a series of (off-road) models Yamaha had at each of the Tokyo Motor since the DT-1’s debut in the new XT500 represented a whole new in trail bike design.

The DT-1 had introduced many to the world of trail riding, and ground-breaking model was later by the introduction of many other bikes from other The new Yamaha XT500 was a natural of the growing trail bike and although it shared the same as its 2-… brother, the DT-1, it was an different breed of motorcycle.

by Yamaha’s first 4-… engine, the new XT boasted a large of 500cc, and this was at a time the popularity of big-single machines was by many to be past its peak. the mid-1970s Britain’s BSA was one of the few manufacturers offering big single machines, but this renowned brand had not a new big single model in a good of years.

Although some preferred the feel of the vertical produced by these big singles to the of the newer multi-cylinder models, riders felt that the big was a crude, uncomfortable and dated

Yamaha’s brave decision to a big single was inspired by a request the product planners at Yamaha They believed that was a demand for a bike with the to let you ride at will across the open spaces of the American countryside. The machine would to be rugged and simple, and so it was agreed a big single was the way ahead.

And, it a 4-… would also fit Yamaha’s policy at the time of the quality and range of its 4-… line.

The project got under way the clear design aims of a big single engine that was compact, highly durable and to look at. By now there was also the that this engine form the basis of a road model. While the engine was under way, work began on an all-new chassis the strength to take the vibration of the big and one that could handle the all-terrain riding that a big machine would be subjected to.

a motto of a yen for every gram, the team tried every possible to keep the new XT500’s as low as possible, and this was achieved by the TT500 Enduro machine’s cover out of Magnesium . and using for the fuel tank on both the XT and TT To help create a slimmer a newly-designed semi-cradle frame was which featured an integral oil the first time this had seen on a Japanese motorcycle.

Yamaha launched the TT500 machine without lights in and the street-legal XT500 followed in They were an instant in the American market, where were used mainly as bikes for weekend off-road With the machine’s image by news of the XT500’s string of wins in the USA, the XT500 was in Japan in February 1976, and the bike of choice for a young of touring riders.

The big surprise, was how these models eventually the imagination of riders in the European After winning the first two in the inaugural Paris-Dakar Rally in and then the top four places in the event, a new generation of fans a passion for adventure motorcycling was in countries like France and The Yamaha Ténéré brand grew out of the XT500 would synonymous with the word among European motorcycle in the years to come, and Yamaha become market leader in the adventure sport market

Released in 1978, and powered by an engine, the SR500 and SR400 sports models became sellers in many markets, in Japan, where their continues to this day. to say, the record shows the reliability of this Yamaha big engine, which the original proudly describe today as one a good basic design has undoubtedly stood the test of Thirty years on from its the XT500 and the SR500/SR400 models can be described as classics that earned their place in the of motorcycling.

Yamaha started producing its 4-… enduro in 1976 and it was XT500C. This bike the rich heritage for the next of reliable enduros. In 1977 the became brown and to mark its Yamaha added a “D” to the name of It had the same technical features, and structure. As you probably guessed, in the year, the bike was called

The U.S. model sported the polished aluminum tank. I also mention the addition of fork gators in 1978.The XT500F model added new turn signals and a brand new start indicator. In 1980, the was not improved and 1981 XT500H was the production version of the XT500 in the States. At the European models we the new skid plate and head

The European 1978 XT500E had a new red and color scheme instead of a tank and black fork that were also that year. The 1981-1985 had a new rear fender and headlight. there was little change for the XT 1986-1989 but we should notice the style rims.

When it was introduced on the market, the had no competition because of its unique engine and reliability. Then, started producing the KX500 and the CR500. Suzuki also with DR500 in 1981, and are the bikes that created the enduro generation.

The Yamaha eventually evolved into the Tenere during 1993 in turn in 1988, fell to disastrous styling changes, to counter the hordes of copycat raiders jostling for Yamaha’s share. A windscreen was added, onto a new, blocky Though the tank graphics slightly improved, the traditional bike side panels replaced by bland plastic

The addition of twin headlights and a brake at the rear brought maintenance with no benefits. the windscreen and a conventional front undoubtedly increased the bike’s potential, the other additions cost cutting elsewhere. chrome-plated wheels replaced the aluminium of earlier machines, and the start was removed.

It isn’t to bolt the new front mudguard to an machine, as it attaches to brackets on a fork leg casting. The old mudguard better, even if it caused the to behave like a hang at speed.

The last Yamaha released before the current XT660X and XT660R was the TTR600 was a street-legal enduro. Finally in Yamaha launched the XT660X and R which became immediately for their look and their and also for being the first production Supermoto away the already well known built bikes such as Husaberg, Husqvarna and CCM.

The XT660 was a success straight the launch date, thanks to reliable engine, the low maintenance and intervals which allowed the to use this bike as a daily or for weekend fun. Powered by a single cylinder, fuel-injected and coupled with excellent Excel rims, this offers a comfortable and very ride, point and click, cornering and stability in all road All this in one package that stops amusing the rider, be it a stroll to the shop or a fast-paced back home from this bike is guaranteed to a permanent (evil) grin every ride.

Written by F. August 12, 2007

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