Looking for a thumper of a trail bike?
Yamaha XT600 is a brilliant bit of kit. While it’s not going to win any awards for its outright performance, it’s solid, reliable and uncomplicated; making it the perfect example of the back to basics trail bikes of the ‘90s.
Its knobbly tyres, soft suspension and sightly lacking brakes might feel a little out of their element on the Tarmac – but with a top speed of 90mph and all-day comfort, you could easily cover some big miles together (and you’ll always have the freedom to jump off the main road and take to the trails).
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There’s very little to grumble about with the XT, and although bargains are getting ever harder to come by thanks to a resurgence of sorts in this category (likely inspired by the recent success of the new wave of slightly less-bloated adventure bikes), you should be able to find one that’s been well looked after for half the price of the new GasGas.
£2000 – £5000