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At the moment I have an Africa Twin which I've had for 6 years. I sold back in July my KLR650 which I'd had since brand new (04/2002). Still don't if I did the right thing letting the KLR go. Having owned the KLR for many years - I know the "limitations" of singles & I'm not a speed freak with type of bikes I ride

I was going to buy a white 660 straight after I sold the KLR but my local dealer wouldn't do me a deal for price I was willing to pay - he would do it in Black for that money but not white. Must not have needed my business that badly ... !!! I ride April - Oct & commute to work which is what the 660 will be mainly used for. Its a 40 mile round trip - mostly motorway. Weekends\ evenings - maybe 100 miles or so although I tend to use the AT for dry\ sunny weekends.

I'm 6'5 & have looked at the transalp - too small (my knees don't fit under the lip of the tank) & I did look at the BMW 800GS but far too expensive for what I'd use it for plus I think it would rival the AT's place as my pride & pleasure (anyone saw the aniversary model - wow !)

My choice of colour scheme in this order would be white, blue & then red. Black & brown out.

Just wondered if anyone on here got any advise on the pro's\ con's of the 660 having owned\ ridden over the past few years ?

Also are the white models older bikes that haven't sold in previous years as don't seems to be listed as the current choice of colour ? Would this affect resale value in say 4/ 5 years ?

I saw in MCN the other week that a dealer offering 2 red 660's at sub £5K. My local yahama dealer wouldn't go under £6K so that's a massive saving but I'm not sure if over a 4/ 5 years period I'd be better off biting the bullet for colour I want. I've already asked & its red only. My local dealer still has the white models - tempted to go in after xmas & show him hard cash for a last chance deal before I go down south for a deal (based in scotland)

Anyway - sorry for rambling on. Experiences, advise & pictures most appreciated
 

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ask sean,

he just sold his and by all accounts was good bike just not what he wanted for the future,

I looked at them too and would have one but not in my price range yet either, also watching to see how they handle the uk winters as regards finish etc. i just love my Alps reliabilty and no fuss approach to things much like me:rolleyes:.

I had a early KLR600 and loved it for what it was , no good for long motorway jaunts thought and rear frame a little soft.

The 660xt aint much lighter than the Alps just has better fuel economy and fuel injection for the high mountain passes.

also loads on here: . : XT660.com The #1 xt660 resource : . | The #1 xt660X, xt660R and xt660Z Tenere resource

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/2009-YAMAHA-X...2168205?pt=UK_Motorcycles&hash=item45f622058d

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Yamaha-xt660z...7793444?pt=UK_Motorcycles&hash=item2a0b4675a4
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/2009-09-YAMAH...3444273?pt=UK_Motorcycles&hash=item563d2b6fb1


if you like big singles the Xt should be right up your street and its great for "Girraffs".
 

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not a bad bike if youre not in a hurry - diabolical build quality though......

yamaha prices are eye watering as well. dont buy the panniers - they are ****e!!!!!!!!!!

erm thats it really.....
 

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Hi Sean

Just had a look at one of your older posts regarding the 660 - did you run the bike over a couple of winters in all weather with Salt, grit on the roads, etc ? I had my KLR for just under 8.5 years & it was just starting to go at the edges i.e. rust on frame etc which I reckon cos the last few summers - the weather was crap & I was running the bike in rain most days but not over winter. Just wanting to understand the conditions the bike was run through as those conditions might not affect myself i.e. bike off road end of Oct & stored in a garage.

"The biggest gripe is the quality of finish - its poor to say the least.... there is corrosion on the spokes, brake line banjo bolts, various bolts and the frame is just starting to corrode behind the front wheel.

other than that its fine.......... "
 

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32,000 miles in just over a year - ran it all winter including down to this years elephant rally in Germany. the spokes, banjo bolts, discs and engine bolts were all corroding (as in thick with rust not just furred up!!) it played up in germany and wouldnt start due to moisture in the coil. the loom and regulator/rectifier burnt out, then the gearbox shat its self. The panniers were replaced under warranty,the locks were replaced, the fuel tank was replaced due to the laquer peeling off, 2 sets of cush drive rubbers under warranty as well......

nice handling bike, brilliant on the lanes and round town but hard work anywhere else...
 
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