The go any­where choice 2011 Yamaha XT660Z £3995

Surely there’s room for one more bike in the garage, my buy­ing dreams flit be­tween ad­ven­ture bikes, trial bikes and clas­sics

BIKE (UK) - - BIKE LIFE - Jonathan Pear­son Off-road Edi­tor

I’ve had a soft spot for the XT660Z since I first rode one a decade ago. A poor man’s ad­ven­ture bike? No. In this cramped land we live in it is more than ca­pa­ble of reach­ing all four cor­ners. Ad­ven­ture lite maybe but the XTZ is a gen­uinely good trail bike, is eas­ier to live with than a GS and far more ca­pa­ble than other mid-weight dual-sport bikes. Prices for good ones range from £3500-£4500. The more ac­ces­sories the higher the price, but this ba­sic bike has po­ten­tial and 3500 catches my eye.

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