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General => General Bike Related Banter => To Buy or Not To Buy => Topic started by: michnus on September 22, 2011, 09:00:50 am

Title: BEFORE BUYING A YAMAHA 660Z..XT..X..R AND OTHERS LOOK OUT FOR THIS
Post by: michnus on September 22, 2011, 09:00:50 am
Please add information for prospective new owners of second hand bikes, that you feel they ought to know and things they need to look out for, before spending the money.

Make sure you mention the model of the bike you post information for.

please keep the threads clean of spam and rubbish hi jack post.
Title: Re: BEFORE BUYING A YAMAHA 660Z..XT..X..R AND OTHERS LOOK OUT FOR THIS
Post by: Buff on September 22, 2011, 09:04:41 am
For the Z - Check the rims for cracks. The standard rims are prone to crack when taking a hard knock.
Title: Re: BEFORE BUYING A YAMAHA 660Z..XT..X..R AND OTHERS LOOK OUT FOR THIS
Post by: Buff on September 22, 2011, 09:06:28 am
For the Z - Replace the cush drive rubbers every 10 000 / 15 000km's, they are prone to wear quickly and will cause premature damage to the chain and sprockets.
Title: Re: BEFORE BUYING A YAMAHA 660Z..XT..X..R AND OTHERS LOOK OUT FOR THIS
Post by: Buff on September 22, 2011, 09:22:49 am
For the Z - If it's the 2009 model and has done any kilometers on the standard air filter there is a very good chance that the motor will begin to use oil. AFAIK, Yamaha has been willing to repaired all these motors under warrentee, this includes new barrel, piston & rings. Once this is done, the air filter gets replaced with the new DNA filter and the air box gets sealed entirely with red rubber grease. Any dealer worth his salt will do this when redoing the motor.

NB! The little plug at the bottom of the air filter breather pipe must remain in at all times (except when draining it) overwise it will suck in dust from the bottom up.
Title: Re: BEFORE BUYING A YAMAHA 660Z..XT..X..R AND OTHERS LOOK OUT FOR THIS
Post by: GRIM on September 27, 2011, 09:07:11 am
All models front rim cracks  ::)

Make sure you get the red key
Title: Re: BEFORE BUYING A YAMAHA 660Z..XT..X..R AND OTHERS LOOK OUT FOR THIS
Post by: katvis on October 02, 2011, 10:23:23 pm
All models front rim cracks  ::)

Make sure you get the red key


Cracked rims??? I had my first 660z for 25000km and the rim took a few knocks and no cracks!
Title: Re: BEFORE BUYING A YAMAHA 660Z..XT..X..R AND OTHERS LOOK OUT FOR THIS
Post by: Pote on October 02, 2011, 11:19:30 pm
For the Z - Check the rims for cracks. The standard rims are prone to crack when taking a hard knock.
so dan plak ons dit toe met rimtape vir die amder om nie te sien nie      :peepwall:
Title: Re: BEFORE BUYING A YAMAHA 660Z..XT..X..R AND OTHERS LOOK OUT FOR THIS
Post by: GRIM on October 04, 2011, 03:13:48 pm
I've had 3 crack along the weld on my R...
Title: Re: BEFORE BUYING A YAMAHA 660Z..XT..X..R AND OTHERS LOOK OUT FOR THIS
Post by: subie on October 04, 2011, 04:29:40 pm
Mine too.  Front rim XT660R  2006 :patch:

I've had 3 crack along the weld on my R...
Title: Re: BEFORE BUYING A YAMAHA 660Z..XT..X..R AND OTHERS LOOK OUT FOR THIS
Post by: GroenMamba on September 26, 2012, 06:02:02 am
I'm thinking about buying a 2011 660Z. According to this thread there is not much to look out for. Can this be true, is it such a great bike? Any advice will be appreciated, thanx :thumleft:
Title: Re: BEFORE BUYING A YAMAHA 660Z..XT..X..R AND OTHERS LOOK OUT FOR THIS
Post by: corne.l on September 26, 2012, 08:55:55 am
I'm thinking about buying a 2011 660Z. According to this thread there is not much to look out for. Can this be true, is it such a great bike? Any advice will be appreciated, thanx :thumleft:

Yes it is such a great bike  :ricky:
Title: Re: BEFORE BUYING A YAMAHA 660Z..XT..X..R AND OTHERS LOOK OUT FOR THIS
Post by: GroenMamba on September 26, 2012, 09:12:30 am
I also think it is a great bike, but I want to make sure what I must look out for.
Title: Re: BEFORE BUYING A YAMAHA 660Z..XT..X..R AND OTHERS LOOK OUT FOR THIS
Post by: lecap on January 31, 2013, 04:49:19 pm
Progressive aftermarket fork springs are a big bonus.

The 660R comes with progressive springs but they are very soft. Fitment of preload spacers into the fork tubes does not cure the problem sufficiently.
The 660Z comes with linear springs which are also a bit on the soft side and - erm - not progressive.

Check higher mileage bikes for cracked frame tubes above the swingarm pivot. Especially if the bike might have been ridden hard and / or with plenty of luggage or two up.

Longer lasting generic polyurethane cush drive dampers are available to replace the fast wearing OEM parts. They cost a bit more but - last longer :D
Title: Re: BEFORE BUYING A YAMAHA 660Z..XT..X..R AND OTHERS LOOK OUT FOR THIS
Post by: Gérrard on June 07, 2013, 11:56:16 am
Steering head bearings don't last long, also depending on how much dirt riding you will do. Average 15 000km on my bike. I think its a good idea to have them serviced every 10 000km, regardless.

Cost you a bit, but could save in the long run.

My bike has 44 000km on the clock and have not had any further issues. Also, I'm beginning to sence that it is only now run in. So anyone thinking of buying one, I would not sweat too much about the kilo's, as long as you ensure its been looked after by someone who knows.
Title: Re: BEFORE BUYING A YAMAHA 660Z..XT..X..R AND OTHERS LOOK OUT FOR THIS
Post by: Offshore on June 25, 2013, 01:59:10 pm
I saw a nice XT600 1995 With 13000 km on the Clock today. The Bike looks good, runs nicely and has a long Range tank on. It had two owners and looks ok. What is the max a Bike like this is worth? Unfortunately I did'nt take a Pic.
Title: Re: BEFORE BUYING A YAMAHA 660Z..XT..X..R AND OTHERS LOOK OUT FOR THIS
Post by: MattRides on July 04, 2013, 12:28:33 pm
My case is probably a one off but the fourth gear cracked and had to replace it... Had 24k on the clock and hadn't serviced it for the last 5k... but still!!!
Title: Re: BEFORE BUYING A YAMAHA 660Z..XT..X..R AND OTHERS LOOK OUT FOR THIS
Post by: Sardine on January 06, 2014, 11:28:42 am
2006 XT600, with 38 000km.
What to look out for?

And will it chug along at 120km/h?
Can only find info on the pre-2000 models.
Title: Re: BEFORE BUYING A YAMAHA 660Z..XT..X..R AND OTHERS LOOK OUT FOR THIS
Post by: 2StrokeDan on January 06, 2014, 09:49:15 pm
XT600E, same from 1996? to the last one made. Last one AFAIK made in 2004? so check the 2006 claim.
Easily cruise at 120, but I do not take mine higher.
Title: Re: BEFORE BUYING A YAMAHA 660Z..XT..X..R AND OTHERS LOOK OUT FOR THIS
Post by: Sardine on January 07, 2014, 07:41:41 am
XT600E, same from 1996? to the last one made. Last one AFAIK made in 2004? so check the 2006 claim.
Easily cruise at 120, but I do not take mine higher.

Thanks 2SD!  :thumleft:
Perhaps registered in 2006. I will ask.
I also found the XT600E thread, so been reading through that.
Title: Re: BEFORE BUYING A YAMAHA 660Z..XT..X..R AND OTHERS LOOK OUT FOR THIS
Post by: Hendrew on May 14, 2015, 07:25:20 pm
HI All

I am planning to buy a 2011 660z 2nd hand with 22000k's on the clock. The bike is in excellent condition (only about 500k's on dirt, rest is commuting)

Extras include: Crash bars, Flying brick soft luggage U-shape 65L, Spots, and rear luggage plate.

What would be the going rate for a bike like this?
 
Title: Re: BEFORE BUYING A YAMAHA 660Z..XT..X..R AND OTHERS LOOK OUT FOR THIS
Post by: Operator on May 14, 2015, 11:31:44 pm
HI All

I am planning to buy a 2011 660z 2nd hand with 22000k's on the clock. The bike is in excellent condition (only about 500k's on dirt, rest is commuting)

Extras include: Crash bars, Flying brick soft luggage U-shape 65L, Spots, and rear luggage plate.

What would be the going rate for a bike like this?
 

I would say about R65 000...... but that is just me  :P

Fair price upwards..... towards  R70 000
Title: Re: BEFORE BUYING A YAMAHA 660Z..XT..X..R AND OTHERS LOOK OUT FOR THIS
Post by: Hendrew on May 16, 2015, 04:59:15 pm
Thanks Operator for the info
Title: Re: BEFORE BUYING A YAMAHA 660Z..XT..X..R AND OTHERS LOOK OUT FOR THIS
Post by: Hendrew on May 22, 2015, 01:23:49 pm
Does anybody know what the average price is for a standard service of a 2011 yamaha xt660z in the Cape Town area?

Also which dealership(s) is known to give the best client and bike service?
Title: Re: BEFORE BUYING A YAMAHA 660Z..XT..X..R AND OTHERS LOOK OUT FOR THIS
Post by: Gérrard on May 22, 2015, 01:26:44 pm
Does anybody know what the average price is for a standard service of a 2011 yamaha xt660z in the Cape Town area?

Also which dealership(s) is known to give the best client and bike service?

What are the kilo's on your bike.

I only know of Helderberg Yamaha. Have never heard of any complaints.
Title: Re: BEFORE BUYING A YAMAHA 660Z..XT..X..R AND OTHERS LOOK OUT FOR THIS
Post by: Hendrew on May 22, 2015, 01:28:13 pm
+- 22000k's
Title: Re: BEFORE BUYING A YAMAHA 660Z..XT..X..R AND OTHERS LOOK OUT FOR THIS
Post by: Hendrew on May 22, 2015, 02:58:19 pm
Also, am I posting this in the correct section?
Title: Re: BEFORE BUYING A YAMAHA 660Z..XT..X..R AND OTHERS LOOK OUT FOR THIS
Post by: Gérrard on May 22, 2015, 03:02:49 pm
Also, am I posting this in the correct section?

Does not matter. You could have posted in the Yamaha board and maybe get more views http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?board=107.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?board=107.0)

Do you know if the steering head bearings and cush-rubbers have been replaced yet. Usually goes at around 15 000km's.

Have the steering head bearings cleaned and ghries-ed at every service in any case. Ekstra 1 1/2 hours labour but worth it.
Title: Re: BEFORE BUYING A YAMAHA 660Z..XT..X..R AND OTHERS LOOK OUT FOR THIS
Post by: Hendrew on May 22, 2015, 03:06:21 pm
Also, am I posting this in the correct section?

Does not matter. You could have posted in the Yamaha board and maybe get more views http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?board=107.0 (http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?board=107.0)

Do you know if the steering head bearings and cush-rubbers have been replaced yet. Usually goes at around 15 000km's.

Have the steering head bearings cleaned and ghries-ed at every service in any case. Ekstra 1 1/2 hours labour but worth it.

Thanks for the info