Opinions on XT660R

Discussion in 'Australia' started by kingoddball, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. Cruz

    Cruz Lost but laughing.

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    Boneman, have you found the same wear problems of the Cush hub rubbers that the Tenere owners have?
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  2. boneman660

    boneman660 Try Hard

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    Cruz, It's only just got 5000km on it, but last change of wheels the rubbers were starting to look a bit shabby. I have a set of SW Motec replacement rubbers waiting in the wings to go on. Fair bit cheaper than the Yamaha ones, also appear slightly harder.

    Bit of a contentious issue the wear rate on the 660 rubbers, might be the price we pay for a smoother ride?

    Hope you are haling up well, Boneman :freaky
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  3. Cruz

    Cruz Lost but laughing.

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    Strange though, never had to worry about the ones on my BMW or Berg, with no wear showing at all on them. Hope the SWM ones are the go.
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  4. supamanaint

    supamanaint when in doubt - power out

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    Yes the cush drive rubbers wear (mine were shaged by 8000km) but if you fit new ones with graphite powder then all is good.
    You can also fit rubber spacers in the shaged cush rubbers to extend the life (I have gotten 7000km more out of em and they are still ok).
    It is no problem to do big kays on these bikes (boneman needs some cement powder) (and they are legal drugs....honest).
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  5. obe01

    obe01 Wannabe Adventurer

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    Great Bikes.....I recently purchased some gear from "Off the Road" and received a booklet on what can be done to the XT660R's. I highly recommend "Off the Road" for all ya accessories. They are well priced compared to what we pay here in Aus and they keep ya posted on where your order is at and they are super quick, love em...

    Bloody good looking and as reliable and strong as they come. I would definately own one if I did not have to pay rego on every bloody bike I own and you cannot beat the pricing on these beasties. Value for money plus.... As for parts, cheap as chips.....

    Having owned one of the new Tenere's I would definately prefer one of these over the Tenere any day. Don't get me wrong, if you like overweight, top heavy bike's then the Tenere is the bike for you..:D. At least with the 660R ya have a great seat and still that bullet proof 660 that goes and goes and goes....

    Not sure about the cush hub drive on the 660R's and if it is as suicidal as the Tenere's but something for ya to do some research on....

    I reckon Kingoddball go for it and please keep us all posted on ya progress of ya next true love....Oh yeah, if you can afford it go and invest in a Powercommander and a set of Leo's, (from overseas) on her as soon as you can, you will not be disappointed with the gains from these two items...

    Johnnie
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  6. obe01

    obe01 Wannabe Adventurer

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    I guess this just answers my question about the cush hub drives. Not sure why or what Yamaha were thinking but it is a small price to pay for such a good setup....

    Thanks for that supamanaint....
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