Yamaha XT 660R
Remember the days when manly men rode XT's? Almost three long decades ago Yamaha launched the XT500 and the model would grow to become the inspiration source for countless variations on the rough-and-macho dual-purpose theme. You could almost say that the whole cult of adventure sports started with this model. People rode XTs -- -500s, -550s and -600s -- across deserts and trails, raced them (mainly in their TT guise) or simply set about crossing Australia or Patagonia on one, tent and sleeping bag strapped to a sturdy rack.
With the raise in importance of the Paris-Dakar race, parking a "Ténéré" (the so-called 'race replica' version with its 7.5 gallon gas tank) in front of a bar or coffee shop in Paris was a proven method to get the chicks, especially if you wore a color-matched off-road jacket lightly spotted with mud stains. Just how big an impact the XT series had at the time can be judged from the fact that for quite a few years, the XT600 used to top European… Read more