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Old 01-23-2015, 09:24 PM   #1
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Location: I5 corridor Oregon
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Question XT600 for me?

So I may be missing the info I'm after elsewhere so please feel free to redirect me if so but here we go.

I'm currently considering buying this super clean 89 xt600 for $1500. Here's part of the description "600cc Dual Sport Yamaha. New tires, chain, sprockets, 4 Gal. Clarke tank, rear bearings, seat cover, handle bar, grips, helmet lock, headlight, dash light bulbs, tachometer cable, replaced front shock boots with neoprene sleeves" and by the ad it appears to be running a standard set of dualsport style tires.

Now about me. I'm a first time bike buyer looking for a commuter and occasional offroad toy. My commute is less than 30mi a day and on 45-55mph highways. I live in Oregon where we have tons of terrain to play on, for me mostly sand with friends and family.

So I'd like to know if you guys think this would be suitable for me. As well as getting suggestions on tires, mods, maintenance and really any two cents you have folks have to offer
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Old 01-24-2015, 09:19 AM   #2
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Have you ever kick started a 600cc 4-stroke single? Xts have an automatic decompression system to aid in starting but there is still a drill you should follow in the starting procedure.
Another question--have you ever ridden a 320 lb. + motorcycle off road? Not the easiest first bike to take off roading.

Just a couple things to think about.

Try asking in here:

By the way, I saw that bike on CL your speaking of--looks pretty clean.
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Old 01-24-2015, 11:37 PM   #3
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No and no. Those are two of my biggest concerns, though I would plan to keep it on road for a while to at least get a feel for its size and personality before taking it into any rougher stuff. And thanks for the link, I've seen that thread before but completely spaced it in asking the question
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