Regular Helmet Hair reader, David, from Hamburg, sent me this great story on how he had a blast riding a Yamaha XT660R around Mallorca for a weekend.

Last weekend I was in Mallorca as the person I was visiting had to work I decided to rent a bike. The shop, I think called Reus had a brand new XT660R outside so I quickly signed up for it. Now after 600km in two day only on mountain roads I am in love with the bike and the island. The two days were some kind of motorcycling nirvana for me, I learned how to powerslide round hairpin turns, I rode off road, I wheelied and reached the limits of the skinny trail tires when trying to race some of the locals.

David and the XT660R

I was pleasantly surprised how loud the XT was and what a great noise came out of those double cans. The tourquey motor was ideal for the very tight curvy passes in Mallorca and the brakes progressive and predictable. In all the bike was easy to use and safe to explore the limits of my skills and the bike. If I lived near the mountains or any kind of twisters, I’d immediately buy this kind of bike for weekend fun.

Yamaha XT660R

I highly recommend Mallorca in the off season (I.e. Feb-April) for a a short motorcycling holiday as the rental was reasonable (73euro per day compared to 79 in Hamburg) the hotels are cheaper at this time of year and most importantly the traffic on those small roads is not too bad. Beware as on the larger roads there can be very many coaches and groups of cyclists, while on the smaller ones you usually only find cyclists (who can go faster than a motorbike on some of the very tight downhill sections!) I recommend the following roads:

Nice roads of Mallorca

Es Capdella –>Galilea –> Puigpunyent (for tight twisties)

Andrax –> Banyalbufar (the local racetrack of Mallorca with wider road and fantastic surface covered in rubber from all the superbikes, in fact some riders on this road were so fast that it reminded my of the IOM TT!)

Just don’t forget the Spanish drivers may be used to bikes and scooters but don’t expect them to have great reaction times or to be in any way predictable, I had one full emergency stop situation which would have been nasty in the wet.

Thanks to David for sharing his experience. Seems like the perfect way to spend a weekend. If YOU would like share YOUR motorcycle tall tales, please email it to

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4 Responses to “Tearing up Mallorca on a Yamaha XT660R”

  1. Francesco  March 28th

    I want to go everywhere in motorbike. Especially in places with no traffic and great landscapes.
    One spectacular thing you could try is “Costiera amalfitana” in Salerno, italy.
    I wait for your next suggestion.

  2. Great example of motorcycle riders diversity | Helmet Hair - Motorcycle Blog  January 29th

    […] who more than once contributed with great road tales here on Helmet Hair. Photo is from his trip to Mallorca with a XT660R, David normally rides a Honda […]

  3. A SoCal Ducati Motorcycle Blog » Post Topic » Great example of motorcycle riders diversity  March 31st

    […] who more than once contributed with great road tales here on Helmet Hair. Photo is from his trip to Mallorca with a XT660R, David normally rides a Honda […]

  4. Soller biker  June 22nd

    Great story. And what a way to see the island! Come by for a visit, next time you’re in the Soller Valley.

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