YAMAHA TT600RE (2004 - on) Review
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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 vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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
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.
|Engine type||4v single, 5 gears|
|Frame type||Tubular steel cradle|
|Fuel capacity||10 litres|
|Front brake||Single 267mm disc|
|Rear brake||220mm disc|
|Front tyre size||90/90 x 21|
|Rear tyre size||130/90 x 18|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||45 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£67|
|Annual service cost||-|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||42 bhp|
|Max torque||35 ft-lb|
|Top speed||83 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||14.5 secs|
|Tank range||110 miles|
Model history & versions
2004: Yamaha TT600R introduced.
Owners' reviews for the YAMAHA TT600RE (2004 - on)
3 owners have 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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Decent bike does what you would expect it to. Probably too heavy for true off road but I didn't buy it for that. Commutes well and is fine for 40 mile trips and very good over in the increasingly poor country roads we all have to ride on. Iv'e had +20 different bikes over +30 years and this is an enjoyable good looking bike that you would be happy to own and ride, probably best as a second bike, I like the fact that I don't mind getting this one dirty and then just giving it a wipe over.
Good town bike and reasonably comfy. Iv'e had many bikes and enjoy riding it. I bought it to ride through the cold weather and I'm happy with it.
Runs fine for a single and has a bit more oomph that most reviews say, if you want it to get a shift on let it rev quite high before a gear change. Mine will max at about 150 kph on the speedo which is probably about a true 90. Iv'e had a few different singles and only my Aprilia Pegaso Strada with the XTZ660 engine pulled better and was faster.
Mine is one of those bikes that like to be run every week else it's a bit slower to start, I changed the battery just to be safe and always have it on a trickle charge. No other issues so far.
Service parts are quite cheap, air filter a bit pricey but the sponge one can easily be cleaned and used a few times. MPG must be +60 however there is only a small fuel tank so full to reserve is about 120-130km on the trip.
You don't get much but it isn't that sort of bike so nothing to worry about.
Buying experience: Bought privately with 44km but has a good service record.
The TTR is a lovely bike it has the charm of a big single, its tough, pretty and reasonably comfortable. Best ridden sedately otherwise a bit vibey. This bike has a good balance of qualities. I really like it.
Brakes aren't great on mine despite being Grimeca. Ride quality is OK if you drop the frame on the forks a centimetre or so, this transforms the handling on the road. Bikes assembled in Italy so Italian forks wheels and brakes...nice. I run it on Pirelli Scorpion tyres which are fine for the road and the odd fire trail.
Starts well as long as you keep an eye on the battery charge.
Low running costs, slow depreciation, this is a tough bike.
Basic, comical horn, weedy lights so best not ridden on the motorway on a rainy night.
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.