Yamaha XT600: review, history, specs

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Yamaha XT600
Also called XT600 Ténéré, Tenere
Production 1984 - 2003
Class Enduro
Predecessor Yamaha XT550
Successor Yamaha XT600E
single cylinder, four-stroke
Bore / Stroke 95.0mm x 84.0mm
Compression ratio 8.5:1
Top Speed 91 mph (146 km/h)
Horsepower 41.44 HP (30.9 KW) @ 6250RPM
Torque 35.4 ft/lbs (48.0 Nm) @ 5250RPM
Spark Plug NGK DPR8EA-9 '90-95
NGK DP8EA-9 '84-89
Battery YUASA YB5L-B '84-89
YUASA YTX9-BS '90-95
Transmission Gear box: 5-speed

Final Drive: chain

Clutch: Wet multi-plate
Final Drive Chain: 520 `84-89[1]
Suspension Front: Telescopic Forks
Rear: Monoshock Swing Arm
Brakes Front: single disc
Rear: single disc
Front Tire 90/90-21 54s
Rear Tire 120/90-17 64s
Wheelbase 56.69 inches (1440 mm)
Length 87.4 inches (2220 mm)
Width 34.06 inches (865 mm)
Height 47.44 inches (1205 mm)
Seat Height 33.66 inches (855 mm)
Weight 343.92 pounds (156.0 Kg) (dry), 179.0 kg (wet)
Oil Filter K&N KN-145[2]
Recommended Oil Yamalube 10w-40
Fuel Capacity 3.96 Gallon (15.00 Liters)
Fuel Consumption 0.54 liters/100 km (185.2 km/l or 435.59 mpg)
Related Yamaha XT600Z
Manuals 1987 Yamaha XT600 T Owners Manual

1988 Yamaha XT600 U Owners Manual

1989 Yamaha XT600 W Owners Manual
More Manuals

The Yamaha XT600E was a single cylinder, four-stroke Enduro motorcycle produced by Yamaha between 1982 and 2003. It could reach a top speed of 91 mph (146 km/h). Max torque was 35.4 ft/lbs (48.0 Nm) @ 5250 RPM. Claimed horsepower was 41.44 HP (30.9 KW) @ 6250 RPM.

History[edit | edit source]

This bike traces its roots back to the original big Japanese thumper, the XT500 of the 1970s. Although it was a very nice dual sport, it wasn't competitive with the other thumpers from Japan and was discontinued in 1995. It was a direct replacement to the XT550 and was a drastic improvement to that model. It was later brought back in the form of the more road ready Yamaha XT600E.

Engine[edit | edit source]

The engine was a air cooled single cylinder, four-stroke. A 95.0mm bore x 84.0mm stroke result in a displacement of just 595.0 cubic centimeters. Fuel was supplied via a single overhead cams (sohc).

Drive[edit | edit source]

The bike has a 5-speed transmission. Power was moderated via the Wet multi-plate.

Chassis[edit | edit source]

It came with a 90/90-21 54s front tire and a 120/90-17 64s rear tire. Stopping was achieved via single disc in the front and a single disc in the rear. The front suspension was a Telescopic Forks while the rear was equipped with a Monoshock Swing Arm. The XT600E was fitted with a 3.96 Gallon (15.00 Liters) fuel tank. The bike weighed just 343.92 pounds (156.0 Kg). The wheelbase was 56.69 inches (1440 mm) long.

1986[edit | edit source]

1988[edit | edit source]

Second Gen XT600E[edit | edit source]

1982 - 1988 Yamaha XT 600[edit | edit source]

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The steel frame used a single downtube to the front of the engine, and a large backbone that came down to the transmission. A big skid plate protected the sump. The front suspension looked like it had taken its styling cues from the competitive YZ models, using a 41mm Showa fork with aluminum sliders, but without any adjustments.

1999 - 2003 Yamaha XT 600[edit | edit source]

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The single cylinder air cooled engine of 595 cc, fed via a carburetor, provides adequate torque and power for everyday use and up to an extend for sporty riding. Conclusively for the single cylinder 600 cc category standards, the weight of the bike feels average. The dimensions of the bike are average, the width is narrow. The neutral riding position places the rider in and mostly above the bike.

In Media[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 2019 Western Power Sports Catalog. Western Power Sports. 2019. 
  2. 2019 K&L Supply Co Catalog. K&L Supply Co. 2019.