The Yamaha XT was a range of street-legal four-stroke enduro/dual-sport motorcycles that began with introduction of the now-legendary Yamaha XT500 in 1976. The twin-shock single-cylinder machine would win the Paris-Dakar Rally in 1979 and 1980, establishing a reputation for true off-road prowess and laying the groundwork for the XT models to come.
In 1980, the mono-shock XT250 become an immediate success with the buying public, and models such as the XT400, XT550, and the mighty XT600 would follow. These models competed directly against the Honda XR/XL and Suzuki DR ranges, serving as capable mounts for dual-sporting, desert racing, commuting, adventuring touring, and more.
Below are some of the Yamaha XT scramblers we’ve featured here on BikeBound.com.
Retro Thumper: Yamaha XT600 “113” by Unik Edition-A 70s-style scrambler built for the mom of a motocross racer… In 1984, Yamaha released the XT600, the latest in the company’s XT series of four-stroke dual-purpose machines that began with the famed XT500, winner […]
Dirt Road Ripper: Yamaha XT500 by MotoRelic-“Foot down and elbows up! Braaap!” The Yamaha XT500 is one of the most successful dual-purpose machines of all time, a big-bore four-stroke that proved itself in professional desert racing and on thousands of miles […]
She-Wolf: Yamaha XT550 “La Lupa” by Francis Von Tuto-A modernized classic, elegant and streamlined… The Yamaha XT550 debuted in 1982, a successor of the beloved XT500 — itself one of the most successful “thumpers” of all time, highly regarded by pro racers and […]
Yamaha XT250 “Dragonfly” by Francis Von Tuto-A dragonfly built from a $150 box of parts… Introduced in 1980, the Yamaha XT250 quickly became a popular workhorse on farms and ranches, earning a bit of notoriety in 1982 as Rambo’s getaway bike […]
Supermoto Agricole: Yamaha XT500 by Y.C. Design-A “rural supermoto” from an elite French firefighter… The Yamaha XT500 is one of our favorite vintage Japanese motorcycles, and one of the greatest multipurpose bikes ever created. We’ve seen a varied assortment of customized […]
Retro Motard: Yamaha XT600 by M.A.M.-A retro-inspired, short wheelbase, 264-lb motard… The Yamaha XT600 was the successor to one of our favorite enduros of all-time, the legendary XT500. Introduced for the 1983 model year, the XT600E offered a 44-hp four-valve […]
Yamaha XT500 Scrambler by Bikes Popayán-The Yamaha XT500 is one of our favorite 4-stroke dual-sports / enduros of all time. Introduced in 1976, the XT500 single competed in the big African rally raids, winning the first-ever Paris Dakar Rally in […]
Twin Yamaha XT500 Customs by Red Clouds Collective-The Yamaha XT500 is one of the most beloved enduros of all time. Introduced in 1976, it was the first big four-stroke “thumper” from Japan — a 27-horsepower big single brute that was stone-ax reliable, […]
Yamaha “MT660” Scrambler by RH Motorcycles-A Yamaha MT-03 Scrambler inspired by the legendary XT500! The very day we first spotted this Yamaha “MT660” scrambler — now more than a year ago — we fell in love. Immediately we contacted builder […]
Yamaha XT600Z Ténéré Scrambler by RHCC-The Yamaha XT600Z Ténéré, which debuted in the early 80s, was designed as a production version of the motorcycles racing in events like the Paris Dakar. The bike offered a long-range fuel tank (30 liters […]
Yamaha XT600 Scrambler by TOMA Customs-The Yamaha XT600 was one of the world’s most successful dual sport motorcycles, both in sales and performance. It was built in countless variations, but the air-cooled 39-44 horsepower single-cylinder engine and heavy-duty design remained […]
Yamaha XT600 Scrambler by Bold Motorcycles-Bold Motorcycles is the creation of two long-time friends, Pedro and João, who live in Sertã, Portugal — located in the middle of the nation’s longest, most mythical road: the Nacional 2. We were fortunate […]
Yamaha XT600 Desert Sled by Pancake Customs-“All purpose stealth scrambler…even James Bond would be stoked to ride.” Boy Janssen of Pancake Customs is a full-time, self-taught builder who builds original, high-quality customs out of his small shop in Rheden, in the […]
Yamaha XT600 Scrambler: “Crooked Rooster”-About four years ago, Zach Cohen crashed his bike and broke his arm. He used the insurance cash from the totaled bike to kick-start Cohen & Sons, the brand his grandfather had drawn up on […]
Yamaha XT600 Tracker by Revolt Cycles-Based in the Middle Islands of the Philippines, Revolt Cycles has been turning out some of our very favorite builds in recent years. Much of the time, they work with the small-displacement platforms popular in […]
Yamaha XT550 Scrambler by Gibson Motorcycle Co.-The Yamaha XT550 is a rare machine these days. This dual sport — the predecessor of the XT600 — was only produced for two years: 1983-1984. The 558cc, air-cooled, four-valve single offered 38 horsepower, and […]