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Old 10 Apr 2008
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1991 XT600 in the states

Someone locally is selling a 1991 XT600. What kind of machine is it, how reliable, hows the power, does it do well on the highway, how much aftermarket support is there in the US?

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Big Canoe,
If you want an unbiased opinion, you're at the wrong place! We love 'em! Seriously thought, they are a great bike if reliability and durability are what you want. You probably wont win many races, if that's your thing.

Good Luck! Steve
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It's tall and upright so you will be pushed around by the wind and passing vehicles on the freeway. Fitting a generic aftermarket windshield will help some at typical freeway speeds. Aftermarket support in the USA is sparse (much more in the UK and Germany) but Yamaha still can supply any part needed. It is too big and heavy for much off-road stuff but fits tall riders real well for 2-lane travels. Typical thing to look for in that bike would be the intake manifolds - the rubber has a great tendancy to separate from the aluminum flange (the carbs are a pain to get off due to there being 2 of them and the air box size). I bought new replacements for my '94; others have glued them together with auto windshield adhesive. Plastic body parts seem to be more vulnerable to heat (the two false scoops beside the tank) and pin breakage. The tank is somewhat vulnerable to pinholes in the lower/rear section as that is lower than the petcock and collects water there. Good (but expensive) bike for its day.
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Originally Posted by zap2504 View Post
Typical thing to look for in that bike would be the intake manifolds - the rubber has a great tendancy to separate from the aluminum flange (the carbs are a pain to get off due to there being 2 of them and the air box size).
I got a 1990 XT600E and I never had that problem.....

The tank is somewhat vulnerable to pinholes in the lower/rear section as that is lower than the petcock and collects water there. Good (but expensive) bike for its day.

neither this one.... So I guess it's a bit relative...
Ask the person selling the bike if you can test ride it or a friend a yours who might have one...that's how you'll know if it fits you right...
As for parts availability you do have some websites in the US such as Yamaha Parts and Accessories - 20% Discount on Yamaha OEM Parts, 10% Discount on Aftermarket Parts , Yamaha of Troy. and check some yamaha marine seller...some of them can also get you the parts you'll need for the XT600....oh and import of yamaha XT600E parts of the models after 1995 are hard to get in the US....

I only wished it could be a somewhat lighter..... mine has only gone 100mph but if you make some performance upgrades you can have a lot more performance (but it would increase your mile per gallon fuel consumption)...
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