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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

The new XT660 comes in two guises – the Yamaha XT660X (supermoto-style with 17-inch rims) and the Yamaha XT660R (taller, with an off-road friendly 21-inch front hoop). Both motorcycles are neatly styled, but sadly they’re compromised by a snatchy fuel-injection that blights their low-speed performance and a dry weight that borders on the morbidly obese. For commuting fun they pass muster, otherwise…

Engine

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 3

The SOHC, 659cc single of the Yamaha XT660 claims a decent 48bhp, with another 5bhp to come (and a decent weight-saving) simply by ditching the oh-so heavy dual cans and their catalysers for a single silencer. Sadly, though, the Yamaha XT660's fuel injection is very poor, spoiling the low speed performance with a strange surging that has no place in the modern biking world.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The Yamaha XT660X handles just fine on its gorgeous Excel rims, right up to about 90mph when the bars start to weave. The Yamaha XT660R is less impressive – the brakes are especially woeful and probably some of the least convincing fitted to a road motorcycle. And there’s something about the R’s riding position that’s just not right – it’s too uncomfortable for a day’s riding.

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Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3

Both the Yamaha XT660R and Yamaha XT660X share a neat digital dash, smart plastics and the same monkey metal, easy-bend bars Yamaha fits to all its off-road bikes.

Yamaha XT660X/R (2004-current)

Detail Value
New price £6,499
Dealer used prices
£2,370 (2004) - £6,000 (2012)
Private used prices
£2,130 (2004) - £5,400 (2012)
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Engine size 659 cc
Power 47 bhp
Top speed 98 mph
Insurance group 10 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 3
Engine rating is 2 rating is 3
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 3.5
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 3
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 3.5
Value rating is 2 rating is 3.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

Yamaha’s build quality is excellent and it shows on both the Yamaha XT660X and the Yamaha XT660R. The plastics are shiny and the finish is lustrous, though if you want to keep the R’s engine looking good an aftermarket bash plate’s the way forward, especially if you fancy some light trail work.

Value

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

As rough, tough commuters the two Yamaha XT660s work just fine, providing you can live with the horrid fuelling. But, to be honest, Honda’s FMX650 is nicer to ride and Suzuki’s DRZs cheaper and more versatile. Find a Yamaha XT660R for sale or a Yamaha XT660X for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 10 of 17

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Model History

2004: Yamaha XT660R and Yamaha XT660X introduced.

Other Versions

Yamaha XT660X (XT660R specs below): 17-inch Excel rims, 320mm front disc, 177kg, 875mm seat height.

Specifications

Top speed 98 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 14.06 secs
Max power 47 bhp
Max torque 44 ft-lb
Weight 177 kg
Seat height 875 mm
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Average fuel consumption 44 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 10 of 17
Engine size 659 cc
Engine specification 4v single, 5 gears
Frame Tubular steel cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes Single 296mm disc
Rear brake 245mm disc
Front tyre size 90/90 x 21
Rear tyre size 130/80 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3(13 reviews)

  • Crunchy clutch, stressful ride around town.

    stephenrhodes

    Average rating rating is 2.5

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    This is the first time that I have riden a big single and I am really dissapointed in how poorly set up the injection system is. I now its the injection system because the TTR600 rides as smooth as smooth. I borrowed one of these whilst Yamaha tried to sought out my XT660X. I have rang Yamaha UK and spoke to customer services who claim its a characteristic of the bike and I should ride around it!!! Poor R&R if you ask me! Strengths: When planted, confident around twistys, looks great, reliable and sounds good. Good brakes, nice seat height for over six footer's. Weaknesses:
    Fuel injection is appalling, the will not maintain a steady 30mph without surging and hunting. Makes for a very stressful ride around town.

    05 October 2006

  • Good all rounder if you don't want/need a pocket rocket.

    matt_not_andrew

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I bought my bike from new earlier this year and have so far done 4000 miles. I find the bike comfortable with the upright seating position. I use it to commute 20 miles to work and back. I try to stick to B roads to arrive at work with a big grin on my face. With all the traffic on the A roads and motorways, the XT is excellent for overtaking. The high perch allows you to spot gaps easily. It's never going to be a competition crosser so taking the bike greenlaning is always a handful. I let the KTM guys in my TRF group blast off down the lanes while I take my time, pick my lines and have more fun than I ever have on the road. The bike copes well in the mud with a decent set of MT21 road legal knobblies, but they are very squirmy on a wet road. For winter rubber or a semi supermotard ride, try the Bridgestone BT45's (21inch front avail.) for better grip and durability. Strengths: Easy to ride, cheap cost for replacement plastics, 65mpg, cruises at 85mph (with larger screen), great looking pipes. Although not a sports bike, people stare and double take when you ride past. Better in black! Space for all camping kit if you get a rack. Weaknesses: Change the rubber pegs for some metal ones. Get a decent bash plate and hand guards if you are going to take the bike greenlaning. It's a little heavy for a weekend trail/weekday commuter. The (well documented) fuel injection glitch it a little annoying so get it changed at the first service.

    23 August 2006

  • XT 660 X

    michael_faraday

    Average rating rating is 3

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    First thing that strikes is the poor injection / fueling which Yamaha have manged to develop. It's tricky at low revs, stumbling to maqintain smooth delivery. So bad when I first got this bike I took it in for inspection - ECU got replaced under warranty (generic fault apparantly - Yamaha need to do their design work prior to launch or it chaffs off their customers and increases their own costs). Dealers were slagging off their own supply chain - always a good sign of a harmonius company. New ECU made some difference but still nothing on more prehistoric Dominator engine. In fact dealer was bold enough to comment that Dominator was in a different class. Gearbox also poor - again typical as Yamaha dealer kindly pointed out. Hmmm, now they've lost me as a future customer. On the upside it's pleasant on the eye, good vision / seating position, pulls when you need it and breaks do a good job. Strengths: Handling. Pull over 3000rpm. Seating position when commuting. Weaknesses: Gearbox, fuel injection at low revs - MT03 has been revised. Decals have almost blown off.

    20 May 2006

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