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Offline drewza

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Yamaha XT 350 Reliability
« on: February 13, 2014, 06:05:35 pm »
Hello,

I am looking at a 1993 Yamaha XT350 to purchase for some off-roading and trail riding. Anything to look out for when buying one? Does anyone have some pointers or know about reliability and things to watch out for with them?

Was lead to believe they are rock solid bikes.

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Re: Yamaha XT 350 Reliability
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2014, 06:09:18 pm »
Welcome. There's a guy here called 2SD. He'll tell you buy it... its a Yamaha. Most of the rest of us, who have some sense, ride BMW, so we can't help you.

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Re: Yamaha XT 350 Reliability
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2014, 06:11:37 pm »
I will buy it, where can I do it !  :peepwall:
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Re: Yamaha XT 350 Reliability
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2014, 06:14:12 pm »
Welcome. There's a guy here called 2SD. He'll tell you buy it... its a Yamaha. Most of the rest of us, who have some sense, ride BMW, so we can't help you.

(Hang around a while... you'll get the drift  :imaposer: )

Haha. Thanks, will see if I can track him down and get his thoughts :)
 

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Re: Yamaha XT 350 Reliability
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2014, 06:15:25 pm »
I will buy it, where can I do it !  :peepwall:

I take that as a vote of confidence in the bike.
 

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Re: Yamaha XT 350 Reliability
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2014, 06:16:31 pm »
Welcome. There's a guy here called 2SD. He'll tell you buy it... its a Yamaha. Most of the rest of us, who have some sense, ride BMW, so we can't help you.

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Haha. Thanks, will see if I can track him down and get his thoughts :)

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Re: Yamaha XT 350 Reliability
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2014, 06:22:08 pm »
I will buy it, where can I do it !  :peepwall:

I take that as a vote of confidence in the bike.

Yeah good solid bike.

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Re: Yamaha XT 350 Reliability
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2014, 06:30:37 pm »
I had one.

Nice soft bike with mild powder and ride.

Look carefully at the head. Some cracked between the valves.
 

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Re: Yamaha XT 350 Reliability
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2014, 07:00:53 pm »
Thanks. Will keep it in mind when I go take a look. As long as it starts easy, sounds good and no damage to the head should be good.
 

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Re: Yamaha XT 350 Reliability
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2014, 07:45:16 pm »
Welcome. There's a guy here called 2SD. He'll tell you buy it...

'Stue.

But there's also a guy here called Le Cap. And he'll tell you to leave it the hell alone ...  :lol8:
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Re: Yamaha XT 350 Reliability
« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2014, 07:56:14 am »
Here I am!!!

I had one.

Nice soft bike with mild powder and ride.

Look carefully at the head. Some all cracked between the valves.

And fixed!!!

Best thing about the XT350 is the disc brake front end which can be transplanted without too much fuss into an XT500. :cheers:
The rest I'd throw away ::)
« Last Edit: February 14, 2014, 07:57:40 am by lecap »
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Re: Yamaha XT 350 Reliability
« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2014, 08:01:11 am »
Here I am!!!

I had one.

Nice soft bike with mild powder and ride.

Look carefully at the head. Some all cracked between the valves.

And fixed!!!

Best thing about the XT350 is the disc brake front end which can be transplanted without too much fuss into an XT500. :cheers:
The rest I'd throw away ::)

Well at least I will know what to do with the disc brake if I go through with the purchase.   ;D
 

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Re: Yamaha XT 350 Reliability
« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2014, 08:16:51 am »
Not a bad little bike ,I had one for awhile many years ago. The CDI unit was prone to blowing which was expensive to replace . I remember a new CDI was about R2500 which was a huge amount of money in the early nineties I was advised to post it to some guy in the air force in Pietersburg and we would fix it for R300 which amazing enough he did.
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Re: Yamaha XT 350 Reliability
« Reply #13 on: February 14, 2014, 08:28:28 am »
Something to be aware of. Any other recommendations in the 350 to 400 range that I should consider and look for? Perhaps a DR400?
 

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Re: Yamaha XT 350 Reliability
« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2014, 09:07:12 am »
I'd buy tem DRZ400 before even considering one XT350.

Totally different bikes. The DRZ was pretty close to a competition endure bike when it was released some sort of a poor man's war bird. Still a very capable bike by todays standards although obviously not up to the level of the current 450s.

The DRZ is a tough bike although can be destroyed in expensive ways if overstressed or not looked after properly.
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Re: Yamaha XT 350 Reliability
« Reply #15 on: February 15, 2014, 12:05:24 pm »
Here I am!!!

I had one.

Nice soft bike with mild powder and ride.

Look carefully at the head. Some all cracked between the valves.

And fixed!!!

Best thing about the XT350 is the disc brake front end which can be transplanted without too much fuss into an XT500. :cheers:
The rest I'd throw away ::)

Jurgen, is this almost like the problem ALL DR650's have with their gearboxes?
 

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Re: Yamaha XT 350 Reliability
« Reply #16 on: February 15, 2014, 12:10:17 pm »
BMW. Well, let us see.......they started building bikes in the very early part of the previous century, and their very latest and most expensive flagship gives you a wide choice of
problems from early onset timing chain breakages right through to you as operator being the main actor in a terrifying tankslapping high drama.

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Re: Yamaha XT 350 Reliability
« Reply #17 on: February 17, 2014, 01:36:48 pm »
 :laughing4: :laughing4:
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Re: Yamaha XT 350 Reliability
« Reply #18 on: February 18, 2014, 08:56:06 am »
 :laughing4: I love this site. :imaposer:
 

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Re: Yamaha XT 350 Reliability
« Reply #19 on: March 07, 2014, 08:01:50 pm »
Police had a few. Ours never gave any problems.
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