Yamaha XT600E (1990-2004)

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

Un­break­able four-valve air-cooled en­gine in a sim­ple no-frills trail chas­sis. Crash­proof polypropy­lene pan­els and guards, chromed steel rims, and it didn’t even have a tacho for the first few years. Only 45bhp, so you won’t be see­ing the ton very of­ten, but 70mph cruis­ing is fine. It han­dles very nicely on-road and is per­fect for trails, but it’s still a bit heavy for se­ri­ous mud­plug­ging. Does 55mpg, can be fully DIY ser­viced in lit­tle over an hour, and there’s a whole in­dus­try pro­duc­ing af­ter­mar­ket bits. What you’ll pay now £850-£1500 But should you? There hasn’t been a ba­sic trailie since they killed it off, so yes.

Su­per-strong XT600E is a favourite with globe trot­ters

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