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XT600

Post by davido » Wed May 09, 2018 7:56 pm

Looking at XT600s. A lot of different models about,from the mid 80s up until it turned into the LC660. Any advice on which model to go for?
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Re: XT600

Post by Nepomuk » Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:37 am

Hi, Im also looking into those.

Here is a comprehensive guide to the XT 600 Family from 1983-1998, unfortunately in german:

https://www.xt600.de/xt_stammbaum/index.html

Basically they got heavier, more durable and softer during the years. Around 1990 they changed from kick start to electric. If you want something lighter and more off-road oriented and have the ability and time to work on it i'd go for the earlier ones, if you dont mind trading a few kilos for some comfort such as button-start and better durability I'd go for the later ones. Years 1986 and 87 were rather troublesome with overheating engines and pitting on the 5th gear, not recommended.

Thats just some second hand knowledge that I found through that page.

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Re: XT600

Post by Redballrun » Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:40 pm

I love my 3AJ. Tackled everything from UK mud and Breast High to Portuguese trails on it. Comfy, frugal, dependable. My 19 year old son is taking it over and loves it too. A true overland classic
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Re: XT600

Post by Nepomuk » Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:06 pm

The 3AJ is quite heavy, right? Around 180kg. How does it handle in heavier terrain?

Whats your experience with overall quality?

Did you have the chance to compare it to any of the other XT's out there? I've been looking at 3TB models until now, would be interesting to know how they compare.

Thanks.
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Re: XT600

Post by Redballrun » Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:16 pm

Yes it's heavy, But it "chugs" very happily and the seat height is low. Build quality? It's a 1989 bike and is still going which is probably a testament to that!
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Re: XT600

Post by Nepomuk » Tue Aug 21, 2018 2:10 pm

Great, thank you.
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Re: XT600

Post by JDavid » Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:22 pm

2001 XT600E
My first love and still a tank of a bike. :handgestures-thumbup:
Ah XTs... :romance-hearteyes:
Recommended if your looking for low end torque, easy riding, reliability, simplicity, and don't mind the soft suspension (stiffer springs and oil tweaking help alot).

Older ones (all the way to XT500)... waft old school Dakarian vibes

Good luck picking! :old



P.S. Note regarding brand myopia prevention: I also ride KTM 950ADV and Honda XR400R
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Re: XT600

Post by davido » Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:47 am

Thanks for the input everyone. I really had a hankering for the older kickstart models. They look great and I miss the reliability of a kickstart. Then I realised,Im too old for that nonsense, I need the ease of a button start. Also, though I do have the knowledge to keep an old bike going (still have my trusty CB550/4 and just finished building a Z1000), I dont have the time or the energy for it. 2 classic bikes is enough,thanks. I want something young and fresh (as the bishop said to the actress). So, Im looking at the later turn of the century models. The E model. Seems to just come in blue or black. Im keeping an eye on local adds and they seem to be going for around the e2000 area. Does that sound about right?
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Re: XT600

Post by davido » Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:15 pm

Ok. I went done did it. A 1999 XT600e (blue). Its a bit rough around the edges,the P.O. did some 'interesting' mods. Damage seems mostly cosmetic,engine sounds solid enough (fingers crossed).
The plan is to use it as my everyday work bike to get familiar with it and pinpoint any dodgyness. Then once ive got a TET sticker, it should be good to go.
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