The Yamaha XT600 is one of the most popular enduros of all time, produced in various models from the mid-1980s to the early 2000s. The air-cooled thumper had up to 44-horsepower, with a dry weight of just over 350 pounds, and was known for being nearly bulletproof. Unfortunately, most of today’s surviving examples, even if they are mechanically sound, are well-bashed cosmetically.
Enter Nguyễn Việt Thắng of Vietnam’s TNT Custom, who wanted to give his Yamaha XT600 the look of a vintage enduro. Yamaha has an interesting history with Husqvarna, going back to the Yamaha HL500 — built on a Husky motocross frame. Inspired by the Husqvarna motocrossers of yore, TNT Custom has created quite the XT600 scrambler.
Yamaha XT600 Enduro: In the Builder’s Words
I am a small Vietnamese guy and I was just looking for some kind of on/off road vehicle that has a powerful engine. So I chose the XT600 and decided to take it from original shape into a vintage enduro.
I had seen some Husky vintage motocross bikes on the internet and just loved them on first sight — that is a reason I put the ’72 Husky CR250 aluminum tank in to the xt600.
The stock frame did not fit with the tank, so I had to cut the tank into two pieces and make it 1 inch wider. This also made the fuel capacity a little bit higher than stock (it is about 9 liters now).
The rear shock I took from the Kawasaki KX250f and it also come with front hub and brake system. Stock front wheel of the xt600 is 21 inch. I just wrap the 19×2.15 inch rim on front and 17×3.50 on rear. It come with Mitas E07 Dakar enduro tire.
I just put some stuff like the Yamaha power beam, headlight from harley 48 Sportster, etc. I just keep the stock air box for the best performance. The frame have some modified on rear end, with hand made custom taillight and alloy rear rack.
Tank cap is the old Russian car’s cap with code lock.
Exhaust muffler from earlier crf250r and custom titanium headers.