The Yamaha TT600, introduced in 1983, was one of the very first 600cc single-cylinder enduros — a lighter, more aggressive off-road variant of the XT600. Said Yamaha at the time:
“Yamaha TT600 – For people who climb over mountains, not go around them.”
In 1993, after ten years of production, there was no official successor on the horizon, so Italian importer Belgarda took over development in collaboration with Yamaha, producing the Yamaha TT600S Belgarda. While the bike was not the same uncompromising off-road weapon as the previous generation, it was a much sportier, better version of the XT600, with a 41-hp engine, reinforced frame, skidplate, and no electric starter.
Enter Ermete Colaneri, a mechanical engineer in Milan who’s been riding and modifying bikes since he was 13. He bought this 1994 TT600S with the intent of modifying it:
“My purpose was to realize a slender bike useful in the traffic of Milan.”
The result is one of the sleekest street scramblers we’ve ever seen. There’s only one problem: Ermete hasn’t nicknamed this beauty yet. Post your nickname ideas in the comments!
Yamaha TT600 Scrambler: Builder Interview
• Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop.
I’m a mechanical engineer with passion for motorbikes. My first bike was at 13. A modified Derbi 50.
• What’s the make, model, and year of the bike?
Yamaha TT600s 1994.
• Why was this bike built?
It is my personal bike and I bought it with the purpose to customize it.
• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?
The design is inspired by the myth of the scrambler. My purpose was to realize a slender bike useful in the traffic of Milan.
• What custom work was done to the bike?
Only the frame and the wheels are from the original bike.
The tank has been adapted from a Honda CG125, the front light is from a Moto Guzzi. The muffler is from a Yamaha R6 and has been fitted with the original pipe. The front fenders has been realized from the scratch in fiberglass.
• Does the bike have a nickname?
Not yet! Can you ask the users in your post?
• How would you classify this bike?
• Was there anything done during this build that you are particularly proud of?
The line. I like how the tank fits with the line of the seat.