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Old 29 Jan 2013
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1991 XT600 Purchase?

Hi guys, a question for all the XT600 enthusiasts. My cousin is looking at a 1991 ex-Australian Army with 50,000 kilometres on the clock, for about $2,000.00 . He is attracted by the price and size as he is about 6 foot five inches and quite strong ( a farmer ) and perhaps weighs abou 95 kilos.

Whilst acknowledging the reputation of these bikes, it is quite high mileage and old; as a runabout on the farm is this a good idea? Are there any specific issues to this model that we need to look closely at. I've ask my cousin to look at a bigger budget and a newer bike such as the Suzuki DR400 as well. All advice appreciated.

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I have seen in the the army, how Military equipment is treated or abused if you will. "Ride it like you stole it", and no major service before break down.
Therefore I would personally don't touch a ex army bike with this amount of km´s

It also seems a bit pricey, but i don't have a clue about the Australian price level. Or the Australian army.

On the other hand, the XT 600 is quit strong and base on stone-age technology. And it is easy to fix if something is wrong.

50kkm is normally not a problem for the engine if it treated nicely.
But expect rear swing arm assembly to be worn. And exhaust system to be rusted away.
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Are you buying from Mike O`Neil? he gets them direct from auction, he has a few for sale normally. Some are very low mileage & some average, if your buying direct they will come with blackout lights & no ignition switch (just on off toggle switches) but its easy to covert them back to key switch, some have army panniers.



They are not used & abused, they are or were used my the MP`s (military police) we have one sitting here we got from Mike a couple of years ago which is going through customising.

They come up know & again at Manhiems auctions throughout Australia, that`s who the army uses to dispose of old stuff.

I did see one Mike had with only 1500 k`s hardly run in, they all come with the big Acerbis tank.

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I'm wondering for a year or so, looking at these bikes, is it possible to ship one to Europe? And if it is, how much would that be?
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I'm wondering for a year or so, looking at these bikes, is it possible to ship one to Europe? And if it is, how much would that be?
More fun to fly here, ride it around Australia & then back home.

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More fun to fly here, ride it around Australia & then back home.

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Won't argue about that, haha! And would gladly do it if it would not cost me an arm and a leg! (~5000EUR)
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