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Old 12-23-2010, 03:22 AM   #121
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Old 12-23-2010, 08:03 PM   #122
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Originally Posted by JMo (& piglet) View Post
Again, like with the KLR, it is a far more modern alternative...

Compared to the XR, it has better ergos, screen, modern instruments, 23L tank (as stock), EFi, twin disc front brakes, much stronger rear subframe (it is actually part of the mainframe, not a bolt on) for luggage and pillion etc. simple maintenance and long service intervals...

I've ridden an XR600, and still have an XR400 and love it as a trail bike (and have even traveled to Spain and Morocco on it), but it is still essentially an old-school dirt bike like the XR560L, with a few concessions.

The Tenere is still just as capable off-road, but is far easier and more comfortable to live with day to day too.

There is a reason the Tenere costs more than an XRL/DR650 etc. it's because it has a lot more stuff as standard, and really is ready to go out of the box* - it's not just Yamaha being greedy!


*Check the other threads and ride reports on here and other forums like to see where people have taken the 660 Tenere (round the world, mongolia, south america, africa etc etc) - and also how little trouble they had with the bike while they were doing it... that says a lot more about the bike than a few numbers in a brochure? If you actually want to travel off-road, I'd say it is the best new bike out there at the moment...
all good points about the 660 Tenere and one should expect to pay a little more for the quality and reliability of this fine machine and if one wants to be cheap there is always the KLR which is a good bike in its own right.

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Old 12-24-2010, 06:09 AM   #124
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Old 12-28-2010, 01:38 PM   #125
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Old 12-29-2010, 10:51 AM   #126
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OK, signed the petition. Would I buy the bike, not sure. But I want to support the movement to offer a greater range of bikes here in the USA. We miss out on a lot of good bikes.

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Again, when I spoke to the local Yamaha dealer they said the XT660 would end up costing to much to bring to the states.

Now, I don't understand this but then I am not a business expert either.
Unfortunately the USA has a whole stack of requirements to legally bring in a vehicle for sale here. Getting a vehicle certified for emissions, DOT safety etc, costs a bunch of coin. That doesn't take into account the various currency exchange rate and international shipping issues. Consequently they have to expect a sizable REAL sales volume to justify the upfront costs to bring the bike in and hopefully realize a profit on the whole deal.

After Yamaha experienced a sales flop with the TDM850 they are understandably gun shy about repeating this exercise. Other adventure bikes that came in "before their time" such as Honda's Transalp didn't sell well either. The US buying public has been slow to get on board with the adventure bike concept, I know it didn't appeal to me until fairly recently either. I do think things are changing here so maybe this time around they might succeed with this model if it comes in at a reasonable price.

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I too had a DR 650 and it was great bike. Wish Suzuki would make a dual sport version of the RMX450Z and bring the dual sport technology into this century. But people still buy the DRZ400 so I guess they have no motivation to upgrade.

I think this is the direction many of us would like things to go. I REALLY wish Suzuki would sell a road legal RMZ540Z like KTM & Husky does for their bikes. People still buy the DRZ400 because that's what is available street legal out the door. I personally will not buy any motorcycle that does not come with a license plate anymore thanks to the current policies in affect throughout the riding areas where I live.

I believe that if manufacturers were to offer something with a spec sheet similar to a Husky 630 in proper USABLE Adventure Bike trim they would move off the showroom floor briskly. I don't think it will be cheap, technology costs, so "we" will need to prepared to pony up if they offer it. Otherwise....... we'll be riding bikes like the KLR for the rest of time.
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Old 03-28-2011, 10:40 AM   #128
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signed. Much more appealing to do a South America trip with the 660 than the heavy Super 1200.

Can anyone comment on real world MPG?
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Old 03-28-2011, 12:35 PM   #129
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Originally Posted by snorske View Post
signed. Much more appealing to do a South America trip with the 660 than the heavy Super 1200.

Can anyone comment on real world MPG?
I'd say as an approximation, around 50 miles to a US gallon (3.98 litres).

Based on the consumption I got while in the US - I would reckon on around 200 miles before reserve, which comes on very early btw. and equalled about 16.5 litres out of the 23 litre tank (sorry, it's easier to use litres for the math as US vs UK gallons are different x) - you still have almost a third of a tank left once the bike is on reserve!

Basically unless you are hammering at 80+mph on the highway, you should comfortably see 250-270 miles from a tankful.

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Old 03-28-2011, 01:02 PM   #130
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Old 03-28-2011, 01:20 PM   #131
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Old 08-01-2011, 10:46 PM   #132
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Old 08-01-2011, 11:34 PM   #133
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I talked at length with the guys at the Yamaha tent at the Moto GP a couple of weeks ago about the XT660. I think they are almost sick of people asking them about it but they are listening....I think. I also told them that I would have loved to have a Yamaha in the garage instead I have a KTM 690!
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Old 08-02-2011, 12:23 AM   #134
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YOU GUYS AND GALS ARE THE BEST!!! Thanks for keeping this thread alive!!

I hope Yamaha does get an earful from people about the XT660 because if not the XT660 than maybe a newer, similar, well traveled alternative?! NAAAAH........Just bring the bloody Tenere to the USA!!

A year or so ago the petition had well under 100 names. In the time since it's clear that people are starting to understand.....hopefully someone at Yamaha will too. I'm still holding my breath and putting away a few more dollars towards a Tenny. Keep the dream alive!! Facebook them, call them and email them........don't let them forget!
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Old 08-02-2011, 12:42 AM   #135
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I was in Sydney Australia 3 summers ago for 2 weeks and there was a yamaha dealer across the street from my hotel.The dealer had 1 in stock-a very nice bike not needing much to make it ready to travel.Yamaha Australia shows 2 variations-an xt660r and a xtz660 tenere.specs show them as kind of heavy .until then i will stick with my plated honda xr650r-its about 30% aftermarkit parts and would just need an e-start to make me happy
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