It wears a sticker on the side of it which says "Enduro" but it doesn't look much like an enduro bike to me. Yamaha NZ describe it thus:
The XT660R is a highly evolved member of the XT clan that thrives on journeys of any length. A bike that can waltz through the weekday commute and head out on the adventure trail when the weekend beckons.Whatever it's supposed to be, it is a nice little bike. I say little because I got off a 280kg tourer and the little blue bike felt tiny. I was actually surprised to see that it's wet weight is 181kg - it feels a lot less than that. A reasonably low (for this style of bike) seat height also made it a doddle to get on and off and stop at lights etc.
|Screen looks aftermarket to me, as are the bark busters|
First gear is possibly a bit tall for off road stuff and the 5 ratios are spaced fairly wide giving effortless cruising at 100km/h (you may even need a downchange on big hills if you want to maintain the legal limit) and the ability to sit on slightly higher speeds should you want to be naughty. I think that if you lowered the gearing slightly for off-road riding you would still easily be able to pull 100km/h without pushing the bike too hard.
Around town I didn't take it out of third gear and thought that perhaps the fueling was a little snatchy, although the bike is still new so maybe it just needs some more miles under the wheels. I didn't attempt a wheelie (due to my lack of skill in this department) but the old man went for a wee squirt and he reckoned it was a piece of cake and even popped it up in 2nd...
|Brake line is in the way of the speedo most of the time...|
|Old hooligan prepping for a taste of Yamaha|
|Pipes are too quiet|
|Pick your Adv weapon...|