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Motorcycle insurance bargains: Yamaha XT660

Motorcycle insurance costs are an important consideration for any bike buyer. That's why MCN is highlighting some of the best cheap-to-insure motorcycles out there. This time it's the Yamaha XT660.     

Insurance group: 10
New price: £4,599
Engine: 659cc 4v single, 5 gears
Power: 47bhp
Top speed: 98mph
Weight: 177kg     

The Yamaha XT660 comes in two versions - the supermoto style XT660X and the enduro style XT660R.

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.

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.

As A tough commuters the Yamaha XT660 makes sense. But you should also consider Honda’s FMX650 (nicer to ride) and Suzuki’s DRZs (cheaper).

MCN verdict

Handling

3/5

Engine

2/5

Reliability

3/5

Value

2/5

OVERALL

3/5

 

Thinking of buying a Yamaha XT660? Get motorcycle insurance quotes from lots of providers in one place with MCN Compare

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