For Sale:- Yamaha XT660R in the UK
After much deliberation, I've reluctantly decided to sell my excellent Yamaha XT660 R.
It's a 2004 model with 34,969 miles and I'm the second owner, having owned it since 2005.
I bought it outright - there is no finance owing on it and I have all the documentation for it.
It comes with the following equipment:
large (locking) aluminium panniers on sturdy Touratech pannier frames
Yamaha rear carrier with spare rear inner tube attached
Carbon Can Company stainless steel silencers and original Yamaha items
centre stand & metal plate welded to foot of sidestand so it doesn't sink into soft ground
solid aluminium bash plate beneath engine (not the flimsy Yamaha item)
tubular steel engine bars
spare clutch & throttle cables in situ
slightly higher XT600 (34L) handlebars and original Yamaha items
Acerbis handguards with raised front
spare brake and clutch levers
taller aftermarket screen and original
Hein Gericke large tankbag with harness and matching tank panniers
spare front wheel with brake disc, tyre & tube
pair of part-worn Continental TKC60 tyres
pair of part-worn Pirelli MT21 tyres
spare (part-worn) front & rear sprockets
power sockets on left and right sides (to power GPS, mobile phone etc)
Hein Gericke soft rear panniers (for when you don't want / need the bigger aluminium items)
original Yamaha key set (including the all-important red master key)
helmet lock (these bikes don't have one as standard)
tommy-bar welded to rear wheel spindle (for easy wheel removal)
Touratech footpegs (wider than standard) and originals
gearlever with folding tip and original
original Yamaha toolkit, oil draining funnel & owners handbook
tyre levers, jump-leads, spare bulbs & spark plug etc
I bought this in the summer of 2005, when it was one year old - the original owner kept it in his living room and it had done a mere 300 miles in that 1st year.
It took me to Morocco at the beginning of 2006 in order to follow the Dakar Rally, it's been to a HU meeting in Portugal, done the HUMM for 3 years and taken me on many enjoyable trips around western Europe.
I find it to be extremely comfortable and very good on fuel, regularly returning 80 mpg - I've never owned one bike for so many years! The headlight is (quite literally) brilliant - even with the standard bulb fitted.
The rear sprocket has 2 teeth more than standard. This lowers 1st gear slightly, allows it to accelerate a touch quicker and makes it snappier up the hills whilst still doing 70+ mpg and pulling the ton
The engine, clutch, gearbox etc are all perfect. The engine doesn't leak oil or water and has never been apart. There are no tears or rips in the seat, though there are some light scratches on the tank plastics due to the tank bag rubbing.
There are no stripped threads, nothing bodged and everything works just as it should do.
Despite being a trail type bike, I'm 5'9" with a 29" inside leg and can comfortably get both feet flat on the ground when stopped.
When comparing against other bikes, such as the Tenere, GS, Tiger etc, bear the following in mind:-
this XT660 R model has a 21" diameter front wheel, many similar bikes have a 19" wheel. The larger size helps the bike to ride over potholes and rough roads rather then fall into each hole as the smaller wheel will do
the plastics are soft, bendy and reasonably priced - not brittle and easy to smash as on other bikes. I saw a price somewhere fairly recently of about £50 to replace all the coloured plastics on this bike. And they're not painted - the plastic is coloured so scratches are less noticeable
you don't need the massive fuel tanks that some bikes have - this makes the bike extremely heavy each time you fill-up. If you need to have more fuel, then use a jerry can or two. If the bike falls over it's easy to lighten the load by removing the jerry cans. And it's much easier to determine the quantity of fuel in the tank. Also, carrying a couple of jerry cans on the back of the bike spreads the load rather than carrying 8 ~ 10 gallons in one place
the flat seat means it's easy to move around - you're not forced to sit in just the one place as the sculpted seat on other bikes makes you do
the metal panniers are attached to the bike so that the tops are level. This means they can be used as a table for cooking, eating etc. Other bikes have their panniers attached with a massive slope rendering them incapable of being used as a table
the same locks are fitted to both pannier lids, so there's less fumbling around in the dark trying to find the right key. Also, all the locks on the bike are original and one key fits them all
I'll also throw in a set of 4 videos (VHS) made by Nick Sanders of his global expeditions and another by the late Robbie Marshal of his round-the-world travels on a Triumph Trophy, a couple of spare inner tubes and a can of chain lube.
The bike is currently un-taxed and declared SORN. When sold, I'll take it to the local Yamaha dealership and provide a new MoT.
I'm advertising it first on these boards as I'd really like it to go to someone who'll get some good rides from it and enjoy it the way that I have, before I put it on eBay and flog it to some youff who'll just use it to pull wheelies trying to impress his mates and the girlies!
I'd like to see about £2,900 for the bike with all the extras listed here, but I'm open to sensible offers as it (sadly) has to go.
I'm near Newtown in Mid-Wales, UK. Please contact me in the first instance, via these boards or oldbaldrick*at*mac*dot*com*nospam* - replacing *at* and *dot* with the correct symbols and omitting *nospam*.
Have a look HERE
for plenty of info about these bikes.
Link to pictures: HERE
- click on thumbnail or main picture to see all 12 photos.
I've put a video on YouTube that shows the bike better than these photos do. Just click HERE
If the new owner doesn't want some of the items listed here, then I'll sell them on separately - otherwise they are all being sold with the bike.
Thanks for reading this far...