The XT600 Thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by CR_TurboGuy, Jan 21, 2007.

  1. Desertpistons

    Desertpistons 80s dakar

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    My Yamahas XTs

    The first one is an xt600 with the ultra rare DAKAR BELGARDA tank (just completed):D :D :D

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    and my dutch special with the last BELGARDA dakar suit

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  2. Sucks2drive

    Sucks2drive Banned

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    remove, seat, sidepanels, snorkels, tank, battery box, undo rear brake fluid reservoir let it hang, and you vcam have these babies sat on your bench within 10 ( yes TEN) minutes of starting on the strip down. I have done mine probably 18 times in 1 weekend while re-jetting.....though I will admit to getting mighty peed off by time 15 or so!

    if you cant get em off in 10 minutes your doing it wrong! and they go back so easy too, esp if you spray a little WD40 on the stubs.

    Martyn
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  3. Cactus Dave

    Cactus Dave Born to Argue

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    Any one have a set of XT600E cases in good shape they are willing to part with?
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  4. GR0NK

    GR0NK Got some screws loose!

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    Several years back, my buddy's bike. Been in my garage for too long and I had a few barley samiches one night while poking around! The training wheels are WELDED to the axle. My buddy wasn't amused. :huh

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    Sean :freaky
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  5. Jeff4680

    Jeff4680 Been here awhile

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    Bloody classic! :lol3

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  6. Sucks2drive

    Sucks2drive Banned

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    :rofl:poser:rofl:poser:poser:poser:rofl:poser:rofl:poser:rofl:poser:rofl
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  7. Tagati

    Tagati tEAM iDIOT

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    we had them when i was in the Army here.
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  8. grizzzly

    grizzzly The Pre-Banned Version

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    thats evil! funny but evil:lol3 :evil
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  9. BIG ED XT FAN

    BIG ED XT FAN Long timer

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    Anybody replace there rear shock? The good the bad?>????:norton
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  10. Sucks2drive

    Sucks2drive Banned

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    Do you mean How easy was it? 20 mins! easy as falling on an XT! :rofl
    with what did I replace it? Another Standard but NEWER shock I bought on Ebay.

    Ohlins are EXPENSIVE but rebuildable, WP (White Power) are also expensive and also rebuildable.. if i had the Money WP..no Ohlins....no WP, wait Ohlins.er its such a hard decision! they are BOTH good!

    martyn
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  11. mwolff

    mwolff Been here awhile

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    Glad to have found this thread. I just bought this '86, pretty clean with 25,000 miles from the first owner who seemed to take care of it. Now after starting it, maybe 100 times, and a good 40 mile ride in the Natl. Forest, I need some advice on how to make it run better. I have gotten the starting routine down, and it has never failed to start after 3-4 kicks, and it idles perfectly, but then runs kinda rough at speed. It seems to have plenty of power, doesn't backfire, just runs rough as the RPM's climb. I adjusted the valves, they were pretty loose, and changed the plug, it was old but looked like it was burning fuel properly. Do I tear into the carb for a rebuild, or just clean. BTW, the air filter looks pretty clean also. Anyone's $.02 would be good. Now, can I post the pic.? Nope, I'll go to SmugMug and re-post.
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  12. BIG ED XT FAN

    BIG ED XT FAN Long timer

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    Hi, Do you have the side stand switch hook-up? If so, thats your problem. Just plug the 2 wires together. Will run better. I have a set of TT600 carbs on my XT 600. Way better choke system. Have a supertrapp muffler. Stiffer front springs. Ceet seat cover. Clarke gas tank. Moose handbars. Emgio bartbusters. Kende dual-sport tires. Trackmasters. 450x18 rear tire. Bigger just hits the oil tank. Uni-filters air that is. dual-grip grips.All blue frame, fenders.:clap Thats my 2 cents! Hope it helps! BIG ED XT&TT 600 FAN!!
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  13. BIG ED XT FAN

    BIG ED XT FAN Long timer

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    Thanks for the reply! Anybody put on a Hagon shock? Had a XT 600 with a "Works Shock" :bash Sold it!:evil Had a TT600 with a Ohins tooo!:kboom Sold it too! :evil Found a Ohins on e-bay but no $$$ Big ED XT&TT600 FAN!!
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  14. Sucks2drive

    Sucks2drive Banned

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    I replaced the Carb Diaphragm on Mine and she runs 100% better! mine is an 88 XT600 2KF model. the carb diaphragm is not cheap ( cost me 70 quid, about 130 dollars) but as part of a carby rebuilt that cost about 200 dollars total!
    Worth every penny. Starts second kick, 60mpg, pulls like a TRAIN! ( especially now i have gearing better too 14 tooth front and 39 tooth rear)

    Martyn
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  15. Going_Commando

    Going_Commando Been here awhile

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    Hey guys, I have been lurking on this site for a while, and registered just the other day. I have been cruising craigslist quite a bit trying to find a used dualsport for under $2000 or so, and found a 1989 XT600. Now, my only motorcycling experience was with a Yamaha Virago 1000 for 30 days while on my learner's permit last year (I am 19). That bike killed my confidence, not to mention that I crashed, but it was at a low speed and luckily I didn't get hurt. This spring I am going to take the MSF, which I should have done last year but was an idiot about it. I want a bike that can go more places and has less horsepower (that bike was quite snappy), and this seems to fit the bill. Now, my question is, is this bike too much for a new guy? I am a bit over 6' tall with a 32" inseam. I have never used a bike with kickstart before, but my dad had a bunch of bikes back when he was younger and now has a Harley (don't pick on him too bad :D). Will this bike be too much of a bitch to kick? From the looks of this thread and a little googling it doesn't seem like parts are too hard to find for this bike. It would be quite a hual for me to pick the bike up, and I would wait until after the MSF before really riding it. Here is the link to the craigslist listing.
    http://burlington.craigslist.org/mcy/545762468.html

    So, are there any problems I should know about for this bike? This is the first bike I have found that is within my budget.

    Thanks guys.
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  16. BIG ED XT FAN

    BIG ED XT FAN Long timer

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    You are over 6ft? No problem to start this bike. Keep a new plug in her she will start almost 1-2 kicks every time.
    Looked:evil it your link. Looks good. Problems??:eek1 Keep good gas, and go over the bike with a wrench and she will run a long time. The choke cable is crap! I am on my 3rd XT 600. Good Bikes. :clap BIG ED XT&TT 600 FAN!!
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  17. Sucks2drive

    Sucks2drive Banned

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    GO GET IT QUICK!! that is a nice, clean low miles bike. Enough Power to make it Fun, but gentle enough not to run away with you!

    Starting it, is a Doddle! (Easy) Fuel ON, Choke ON, NO THROTTLE keep it closed, press gentle on the Kickstarter, till you hear a feint 'Click' this is the De-compressor..then prod it down fairly hard.... Repeat... after the Second kick she should fire, THEN give it a whiff of throttle, The choke only needs to stay on about 30-45 seconds!
    The XT has a 'Knack' to easy starting, but after you learn it you will be away 2 kicks, 3 max.
    When first learning the most I did was 5 or 6 UNLESS I opened that throttle. If you open the throttle before she fires you will flood her.

    Enjoy your XT. you will NOT regret the decision to Buy
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  18. mwolff

    mwolff Been here awhile

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    Hey Big Ed, thanks for the idea. Mine does not have the side stand switch. I'll remove the carbs and take a look. The choke on mine sticks, but seems to work, but I need to manually move it back to non-choke after its warmed up. Great bike so far, plenty of power for an older guy like me, and nice and light compared to my V-strom.
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  19. GiorgioXT

    GiorgioXT Long timer

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    Think also the silencer ... the spark arrestor inside may gets clogged up from soot at the point that the engine seem seized ! - since is practically impossible to dismount it even after 2 months ... just punch open with a big scalpel the inner tube.
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  20. patrolskid

    patrolskid n00b

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    hey guys hope you can help me out . . . . figured a thread about XTs' would be a good place for advice .

    am currently contemplating a '91 xt 600 with 45,000 kilos' . the ad is over on dualsportbc.com .

    just wondering what the general beta on these bikes is . . . . strong points , weak points , recommended / necessary mods , etc .

    i'm 49 , 5' 7" , 160 with a fair bit of offroad experience ( slow singletrack grovelling ) with an '86 honda TLR 200 . intend to use the bike for paved / gravel / logging road type day trip exploring to prepare for longer multi day tours in the future .

    any and all comments appreciated . . . .

    'skid