Yamaha XT 660 R 2016

The XT 660 will slowly shut down. It has long since ceased to arouse enthusiasm and only interested a handful of enthusiasts; of those who like paths and monos. And the conclusion of its story will be decided by Euro4 standards. An iconic piece of Yamaha history to come to an end. And what an adventure! The first XT was born in 1976; Both a machine for everyone and a machine that has become legendary, it has traveled on all terrains for 4 decades, evolving with customs and technology. XT 500 at the origin, it will know its great evolution in 89 by passing to 600 cm3 while changing design but not spirit. Yesterday, the XT 600 E disappeared on the altar of pollution to make way for the XT 660 R. This engine is well known because it is the adaptation of the block of the former XTZ 660 (nothing to do with with the current Dakar-type machine). The cylinder head is no longer with 5 but with 4 valves. The internal parts are of course optimized and the cooling is now water. As the XT enters the 21st century, it is entitled to the injection bonus, guaranteeing more flexibility and range of use but above all essential to meet the old Euro 2 anti-pollution standards. The frame is a classic in steel tubes with a new design, which contains engine oil in its upper part. The plastic of the bike has refreshed but remains in the tones of the lineage. The multi-reflector optical unit and the two exhausts bring a touch of aggressiveness while the mudguard is more unique: one part is raised just under the optics (as on all trails) while the other half licks the wheel to protect the engine from projections. New dashboard also, all digital, but still no tachometer. The suspension travel remains unchanged, the XT still allowing you to dawdle in the countryside, although the city will always be the land where it will be used the most. In this regard, good news: the 660 is equipped with a coded key lock. The braking system is beefier with a large 298mm front disc; almost supermoto. With all these improvements, the XT gains in weight but not in weight: 13 kg overweight. One of Yamaha’s flagship models left for 10 years.

On the road, the engine behavior remains faithful to the lineage: needy, with traction faithful to the mono architecture but without real excitement. Despite the injection, don’t think about going too low in the towers. it knocks, it suffocates, and the mill starts again without really sparing. A mono remains a mono. It is still more flexible than the 600, and it climbs calmly until approaching its top speed. No need to reach high speeds on this machine to get exhilarated. An overly optimistic entry into the curve? The XTR gets you out of there. A very good weight distribution, a rigid frame, and narrow tires: a good cocktail that allows the bike to turn in a flash. In addition, with a large handlebar and a large front wheel, you can catch up with a hazardous trajectory. The machine does not benefit from the latest technologies as for the R1, such as a die-cast aluminum frame, or an engine without liners; but it shows a beautiful homogeneity. Handy and accessible, it protects the vertebrae thanks to the high travel suspensions and their ability to erase irregularities in the road; without affecting efficiency.
Rigorous trail, the XTR fishes especially by a lack of character. We expect more from a big mono. And in history, the price has gone up. Too much can be. For the same price, you can ogle a Honda CB 500 X, a Kawa ER-6n, a Yam MT-07 or a Suz 650 SV.

Euro4 standards are getting ready to sweep away this singular chapter in Yam’s history. The XT 660 R ends its career this year.

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    Performances

    Max speed:
    166 km / h

  • Consumption
    medium: 5.50 l

The technical aspect

Yamaha XT 660 R 2016

  • Frame
  • Tank: 15 liters
  • Width: 845 mm
  • Height: 1230 mm
  • Wheelbase: 1505 mm
  • Dry weight: 169 kg
  • Weight in running order: 185 kg
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Yamaha XT 660 R 2016

  • Transmission
  • Secondary chain transmission
  • Rear axle
  • Engine
  • 659 cc
    (100 x 84 mm)
  • 48
    ch
    at 6,000 rpm
  • 5.95 mkg
    at 5,250 rpm

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Yamaha XT 660 R 2016

Yamaha XT 660 R 2016

Yamaha XT 660 R 2016

Yamaha XT 660 R 2016

Yamaha XT 660 R 2016

Yamaha XT 660 R 2016

Yamaha XT 660 R 2016

Yamaha XT 660 R 2016

Yamaha XT 660 R 2016

Yamaha XT 660 R 2016

Yamaha XT 660 R 2016

Yamaha XT 660 R 2016

Yamaha XT 660 R 2016

Yamaha XT 660 R 2016

Yamaha XT 660 R 2016

Yamaha XT 660 R 2016

Yamaha XT 660 R 2016

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