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Old 01-26-2014, 06:56 AM   #1561
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It wouldn't sell in the USA

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Why doesn't yamaha sell this bike over here again?
Yamaha knows the USA market better than most of us.

I have an XT660Z here in Israel, and most people think it is a huge bike, compared to what most folks ride here.

However, in the USA, I used to have an XChallenge BMW, that I modified for long distance Adventure riding out West. I rode it on the CDR, Death Valley, and across the USA- N.H. to Calif. Most other American riders thought that I was crazy for riding such a "small" bike cross-country.

Yamaha realizes that in the USA, either folks trailer their 450s to the off-road riding areas or they ride their big 1200s on Adventure trips and stick to the graded fireroads that are so prevalent in the States. There is no market for an in-between bike. In fact, many of the ADV guys I rode with in L.A. had both kinds of bikes- a 450 for trail/desert riding, and a 990 or 1200 for long distance riding. Only a very few of us rode big singles on the road TO the off-road riding areas.
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Old 01-28-2014, 06:09 PM   #1562
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I have posted this question on the OZ site already.
In relation to modding the standard Tenere muffler, rather than only removing the cat and drilling a couple of 20mm holes, has anyone cut the entire top of the muffler open and placed in a direct exhaust pipe all the way to the outlets? Basically the same as an aftermarket can has with the baffled or perforated tubing all the way through with muffler packing around it leading to larger outlets. Retaining the standard look is what I'm thinking for mine, but the current mod that some inmates have had done still doesn't seem very efficient.
I've got an older style single Akro muffler that I was going to fit, but I also have access to another standard Tenere muffler to play with. Thoughts?
I think 'Posiden' done a mod like that on http://www.xt660.com/showthread.php?t=13652&page=7
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Old 01-28-2014, 07:08 PM   #1563
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It's a good thing that Suzuki, Kawasaki, Honda and BMW did not get that memo that 650 dual-sport thumpers do not sell in the US. Last i read that is one of the largest % growth segments.

I'd say the 660 is not sold as it could not be sold cheap enough to stay well below the KTM 690.

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Yamaha knows the USA market better than most of us.

I have an XT660Z here in Israel, and most people think it is a huge bike, compared to what most folks ride here.

However, in the USA, I used to have an XChallenge BMW, that I modified for long distance Adventure riding out West. I rode it on the CDR, Death Valley, and across the USA- N.H. to Calif. Most other American riders thought that I was crazy for riding such a "small" bike cross-country.

Yamaha realizes that in the USA, either folks trailer their 450s to the off-road riding areas or they ride their big 1200s on Adventure trips and stick to the graded fireroads that are so prevalent in the States. There is no market for an in-between bike. In fact, many of the ADV guys I rode with in L.A. had both kinds of bikes- a 450 for trail/desert riding, and a 990 or 1200 for long distance riding. Only a very few of us rode big singles on the road TO the off-road riding areas.
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Old 01-28-2014, 07:46 PM   #1564
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It's a good thing that Suzuki, Kawasaki, Honda and BMW did not get that memo that 650 dual-sport thumpers do not sell in the US. Last i read that is one of the largest % growth segments.
I'd say the 660 is not sold as it could not be sold cheap enough to stay well below the KTM 690.
Agreed. KLR650's are on every street corner. I was told the XT didn't meet the California emissions limits so it couldn't be sold there.
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Old 01-28-2014, 09:11 PM   #1565
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Old 01-29-2014, 01:20 AM   #1566
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Yamaha should update the xt660z. Or at least give these available as options, usd kyb in the front, small hub in the frontweel, 18" at the rear with a decent cush drive, place a better keylock and ad a few hp. Makes the bike a bit more expensive, but that would make it a direct competitor with a 690 etc. And make the plastic guards available in different colors. So i don't need to mess around making these changes.
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Old 01-29-2014, 01:26 PM   #1567
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Old 01-29-2014, 01:37 PM   #1568
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Hey Naco , great vid and play ground ,i'm coming over that way in May , maybe you could show me some trails
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Old 01-30-2014, 12:24 AM   #1569
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Great video,the drone did a big difference
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Old 01-30-2014, 07:04 AM   #1570
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i have had lighter and faster (xr650r, ktm625sxc) so i do notice the weight and the lack of suspension but now i just take it easy on the tenere and enjoy the scenary

fingers crossed they bring out a 900 version with that triple engine - i coulld do with some more speed.....
I've got one - TDM900
Just wish it had an 21" front
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:19 PM   #1571
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Ja. Ja. Ja. Great video friend!!!
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Old 01-31-2014, 02:50 AM   #1572
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Thanks guys!
PHIL, let me know by pm your plans.
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Old 02-02-2014, 01:22 PM   #1573
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Great Video Naco! Love the quadricopter view

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Old 02-05-2014, 09:00 AM   #1574
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Out yesterday trying Giant Loop on the XT ready for my Balkans trip thrashed about in the woods a few jumps and it stayed on





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Old 02-05-2014, 11:19 AM   #1575
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Out yesterday trying Giant Loop on the XT ready for my Balkans trip thrashed about in the woods a few jumps and it stayed on
Using the very same Giant loop with my WR. Best baggage solution ever. Perfect.

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