YAMAHA TT600RE (2004-on) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"Some off-road pretensions, but it's most at home pressed into the role of tough urban commuter"

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"Some off-road pretensions, but it's most at home pressed into the role of tough urban commuter"

  • At a glance
  • 595cc  -  42 bhp
  • 45 mpg  -  110 miles range
  • High seat height (890mm)
  • £4,899

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

With its low price, air-cooled, four-stroke motor and simple steel chassis the Yamaha TT600R represents the utilitarian side of modern biking. It does have some off-road pretensions, but it’s most at home pressed into the role of tough urban commuter. On the flip side, the Yamaha TT600R turns motorways into instruments of torture.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

The Yamaha TT600R's off-road handling is fine, providing you stick to light trails and muddy tracks. Anything else it feels cumbersome and it’s a swine to pick up time after time. The suspension is very simple and lacking in adjustment, but the Yamaha TT600R is a cheap enduro clone, if you want sophistication buy a KTM. The brakes work fine off-road, but lack power on it. It’s vibey enough to shake bolts loose.

Engine 3 out of 5

The Yamaha TT600R's air-cooled, SOHC, four-stroke motor is simple, unstressed and reliable, with whopping 6000-mile service intervals. It makes short work of commuting hops across town and chugs easily across dirt, with dollops of torque. The Yamaha TT600R makes a decent 37 back wheel bhp and once fitted with 17-inch wheels makes a better streetmoto than Yamaha’s own XT660X, thanks to better fuelling.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

Some riders complain that the Yamaha TT600R's front wheel isn’t central in the forks, with a 6-7mm offset to the left hand side. Check yours are true by asking a friend to hold the bike upright with the bars straight and peer along the line of the Yamaha TT600R. Shimming the wheel and caliper sorts it.

Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5

The soft-roading range is vast and cheap these days; with BMW’s F650GS probably the pick of the bunch for price, spares availability and user pleasure. The Yamaha TT600R is good enough, but used values are poor compared to the Beemer. Find a Yamaha TT600R for sale

Insurance group: 9 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 2 out of 5

The Yamaha TT600R is very basic and very simple, though you do get an electric start. The Yamaha TT600R's bars are made of monkey metal and bend in a strong breeze. There are heaps of aftermarket parts, including fruitier exhausts and more robust handguards. The stock Yamaha TT600R tyres are simply rubbish off-road.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their YAMAHA TT600RE (2004-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
4 out of 5

Owning a TT600RE

20 February 2008 by Dave Sarge

If you are contemplating buying one of these bikes I would suggest you give it a chance. I own a 2005 one and have commuted to work for 15 + years on everything from an MZ 150 to an XJR1300 with a couple of token Ninjas on the way. This fits the... Read more bill better than any of the above. I only travel 5 miles each way with 50mph being the upper limit of the roads I use although like most I probably do 70! It starts early morning with manoeuvring out of the garage, its light has a good steering lock and starts first time with the electric start. Its torquey, plenty quick enough, agile looks the bollox and I love it. Too many people slag it off as it is no WR450 or CRF but how many people would want to commute on those? If you realistically spend more time on the road or rough tracks than serious enduros but like the off-road style you will not find better value for money grin factor or contentment. 83mph is not true it will happily accelerate to 85 with little effort and sit there. I love it and will not sell, at under £2000 for a 2005 bike in mint condition you will not improve on this.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
Read all 1 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2004
Year discontinued -
New price £4,899
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 9 of 17
Annual road tax £58
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 42 bhp
Max torque 35 ft-lb
Top speed 83 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 14.5 secs
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 110 miles
Specification
Engine size 595cc
Engine type 4v single, 5 gears
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 10 litres
Seat height 890mm
Bike weight 153kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake Single 267mm disc
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 90/90 x 21
Rear tyre size 130/90 x 18

History & Versions

Model history

2004: Yamaha TT600R introduced.

Other versions

None.

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