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Old 11-03-2012, 06:09 AM   #1
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Yamaha XT 600

Hello everyone,

My name is Jimmy and I'm new here on the forum.

I'm 30 years old from NYC and will be taking my MSF course next weekend.
I've never ridden before and am looking for a bike I can do light trails and slab with, something rugged as the streets if NYC have potholes the size of elephants.

I've read several threads here on ADV and it seems for someone my size 6'2. & 260#s. I'd need a bigger bike.

An '86 Yamaha xt600 has come up for sale at a decent price and it appears to be in good condition.

Can anyone comment on this bike, whether its a good choice, reliability etc?

I've searched the forum and found nothing. Thanks to all in advance!



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Old 11-03-2012, 06:26 AM   #2
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I hope you like kickstart only. For a noob or someone who doesn't like to work on their own bikes I'd steer clear of it.

They are pretty good starting bikes if they are tuned correctly. They take a lot of maintenance in my book though.
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:33 AM   #3
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I hope you like kickstart only. For a noob or someone who doesn't like to work on their own bikes I'd steer clear of it.

They are pretty good starting bikes if they are tuned correctly. They take a lot of maintenance in my book though.
I'm mechanically inclined as I work on my own cars, but would rather have something with lower maintenance. Kickstart is okay but i know after a while it will be a pain. Any suggestions on a similar bike? I'm giving myself a tight $2,500 budget.
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Old 11-03-2012, 10:25 AM   #4
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Should be able to come up with a pre '08 Kawasaki KLR 650 for that much.
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Old 11-03-2012, 11:07 AM   #5
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not much to maintaining an xt 600.
About as easy as it gets.
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Old 11-03-2012, 11:18 AM   #6
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Iv had an XT600e for about a year now, I know its not kickstart but its a very easy bike to maintain. And my bike maintenance knowledge is not the best :)
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Old 11-03-2012, 12:58 PM   #7
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Hey Guys,

I appreciate the input so far.

I was thinking since its my first bike, I'll most likely be doing 80 slab 20 light trail riding. The XT looks to be in good condition and just had its carbs cleaned, new chain and sprockets font fork fluids changed and brakes bled.

With some negotiation, I can probably pick it up for $1300 as the asking price is not much higher. I figured for a n00b such as myself something basic with no farkles would work.

Theres also an '06 KLR650 down south near some friends thats offered for $2700 with LOTS of farkles, bigger tank, bags, some upgrades etc.

Now I'm torn between the XT thats cheap and can be abused in NYC vs the more premium KLR. What should I be basing my final decision on?
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Old 11-03-2012, 02:05 PM   #8
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If it was me with my money i would be going for the XT, Straightforward and reliable :)
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Old 11-03-2012, 10:27 PM   #9
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If it was me with my money i would be going for the XT, Straightforward and reliable :)
I will agree with this post. XT POWER all the way!! BIG ED XT&TT 600 FAN!!
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:06 AM   #10
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Going to look at the XT next week after my MSF course. Hopefully its not sold by then. Thanks for the advice guys, I will keep you posted.

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Hello all

I am new to this thread, I am happy to found all good information on Xt.
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