Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Take a sleek, stylish, and technologically savvy sedan, and inject with pure, hybrid eco-friendliness, and out will come the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. In a world of car manufacturers hybridizing their favorite models, the Hyundai Sonata is a true standout. At first glance, you wouldn’t even know that it’s a hybrid, which is exactly what we …

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Hyundai Sonata

When it comes to contemporary automobiles with subtle, yet refined style, the Hyundai Sonata sits just at the top of the list. This borderline luxury sedan is one of the most comfortable and stylish sedans on the market today. While it may not be the most stand-out in terms of expression and performance, it is …

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Hyundai Palisade

When it comes to making affordable, functional, and stylish vehicles, no other car manufacturer seems to be able to do it quite like Hyundai does it.  The Hyundai Palisade has helped bring the company to the larger vehicle market, as it is one of their best and biggest three-row SUVs that they have ever released. …

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Hyundai Kona

When it comes to developing stylish, budget-friendly, and fuel-efficient vehicles, Hyundai has been on a roll. The Kona is one of the most charming vehicles that has come out in the past couple of years. With a tight and punchy powertrain that is fun to drive and a stylish design that provides you with class …

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Hyundai Ioniq

You usually know when you’re looking at a hybrid or electric car thanks to the least-aerodynamic designs and non-intimidating looks.  With the Hyundai Ioniq, that is not the case. It does a great job at being as unassuming as possible, although it’s a wonderful electric vehicle. A History of the Hyundai Ioniq The Hyundai Ioniq …

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Yamaha XT 600
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The Yamaha XT 600 led the world in off-road performance, precision, and power during its heyday. Not only did it rise to fame for its success and popularity in the Enduro circuit, but it was also widely purchased for casual off-road entertainment.

Yamaha’s Breakthrough into Enduro

Enduro motocross isn’t just any old ordinary off-road race track like AMA flat-track racing. Far from it! In fact, Enduro competitions typically don’t even have a track at all, but a designated path through mud, swamps, gravel, mountains, and worse. A real nightmare for most motorcycles.

However, this sort of circuit was a piece of cake for the Yamaha XT 600, which was specifically designed to be an all-purpose Enduro racing champion.

Versatile Design

Between 1982 and 2003, the Yamaha XT 600 was the most popular Enduro racing bike in the world, but why? It might have had something to do with the incredible suspension system, capable of absorbing shocks and redistributing pressure in a more economical way.

Then again, it might have been due to the air/oil-cooled, four-stroke, single-cylinder, SOHC engine with four valves per cylinder in a frame with a mere 339.5lb total wet weight.

Multiple Variations on a Theme

Yamaha tweaked and modified the XT 600 quite a few times. However, plentiful modifications doesn’t necessarily mean plentiful generations.

  • Yamaha XT 600 (1982-2003)

The XT 600 demonstrated its affinity for mud and power to win by dominating the Enduro circuits between 1982 and 2003 thanks to an ingeniously designed suspension system that used a combination of telescoping forks in the front and a swing arm in the back.

The engine used was capable of producing 46 horsepower at 6,500 rpm, top speeds of just about 100 miles per hour, and about 32.55 pound-force feet of torque, making it perfectly suited for driving in and out of rough terrain as well as shooting down the straightaways.

The XT 600 in the News

As recently as April of 2019, multiple XT 600 builds were showcased at the Outlier’s Guild Motorcycle Show and featured in a highlight reel titled “The Best of the Outlier’s Guild Motorcycle Show” published on BikeEXIF.com

One of the Most Famous Motorcycles Ever

Very few, if any, motorcycles are said to have been used in as many films and TV shows as the XT 600. In fact, if you search for the Yamaha XT 600 in the Internet Movie Cars Database (IMCDB.com) you’ll find more than 100 results.

Social Groups

Considering how many credits the XT 600 has under its belt, you would expect that it would have countless Facebook groups with thousands of members, right? Well, that is exactly the case. This page in particular has more than 20,000 likes.

The Yamaha XT 600 – the Godfather of Enduro Racing

No other motorcycle in history has had as much of an impact on the Enduro racing industry as the Yamaha XT 600, a credit that the XT 600 will quite likely keep to itself for decades to come. Then again, who knows? Maybe Yamaha has something better in store. Here’s hoping.

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