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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

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.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

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.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

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.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 3

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.

Yamaha TT600R (2004-current)

Detail Value
New price £4,899
Engine size 595 cc
Power 42 bhp
Top speed 83 mph
Insurance group 9 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 4
Engine rating is 3 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 2 rating is 3
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 3
Value rating is 3 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3

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

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

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

Insurance group: 9 of 17

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Model History

2004: Yamaha TT600R introduced.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 83 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 14.5 secs
Max power 42 bhp
Max torque 35 ft-lb
Weight 153 kg
Seat height 890 mm
Fuel capacity 10 litres
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 110 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 9 of 17
Engine size 595 cc
Engine specification 4v single, 5 gears
Frame Tubular steel cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes Single 267mm disc
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 90/90 x 21
Rear tyre size 130/90 x 18

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3.5(1 review)

  • Owning a TT600RE

    Dave Sarge

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    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 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.

    20 February 2008

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