Yamaha’s first big four-stroke single, and a cult machine in its own right. Winner of the Paris-dakar Rally. In fact Yamaha got it so right from the off with the XT that it remained in production, largely unchanged, for well over a decade. Early XTS, with their low-slung exhaust, look best, but for off-road a later high-pipe model is best.
XTS were a huge hit across the world, and Europe in particular, so spares are not a problem.there’s a wealth of knowledge out there, too. Being a child of the 1970s the XT sits lower than later dual purpose bikes, so if you’re short in stature you’ll fit on one as well. Plus they’re really easy and enjoyable to ride.
Starting – kicker only – requires practice and technique, especially if the motor is warm.the XT enjoyed subtle changes through its run, so it’s important to understand exactly which model you have when buying parts. Battle scars are a distinct possibility. Prices are getting silly, too.