2009 xt660z tenere RTW mods & upgrades after 50,000 miles

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by rtwpaul, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. rsgixer

    rsgixer n00b

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    I just wanted to say that after buying my XT in december and reading your posts, I have purchased some new levers from the chinese company you recomended and fitted some daytime running LED's in place of the indicators based on your post as well. I will try to add some photos soon.:D Many Thanks
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  2. rtwpaul

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    glad i helped you out...thats what its all about sharing experiences :super
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  3. The Lone Deranger

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    Hey mate, great thread, very thorough! I am gearing up for an Oz-UK trip over a few years (working along the way) and am thinking the Tenere would suit me down to the ground.

    Bit of an open question, but I have recently come across a 2010 tenere with 23,000km (~14,000 miles) on the clock going for $8000 AUD. I'm giving it some serious thought, as it would allow me an extra $5,000 to spend on the trip as opposed to buying brand new. Just wondering whether there is anything I should be looking at in particular with that many km on the clock, what would I be looking at to assure myself we are Mechanically A+. Or would I be better off forking out $13k for brand new ya reckon? I'm a bit of a beginner with mods and mechanical sorcery, just what I've been able to teach myself with my EXC 400 over the last few years
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  4. rtwpaul

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    mechanically wise it should be perfect, but look it over thoroughly, things you should definitely do to it before you head off are grease the bearings, neck bearings and swingarm bearings in particular, do a valve adjustment even if the previous owner has done it, just so you know how to

    make sure it has what you need to do the trip, suspension, luggage, electrical mods, lighting, handlebar height and position, seat comfort

    basically use this as reference of things to check or change before you head off, any other specific questions fire away

    don't spend the money on the new one, its not worth it
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  5. Achtung

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    Yeah, that's pretty cool. Few shots, no big deal. Ugh.
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  6. majland

    majland Commuter dreaming of adv.

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    You don't happen to still have a link or a name of the seller. The direct link has expired again
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  7. rtwpaul

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    i don't have the link anymore, i just found a company on ebay and told them what i wanted and they sent them, some thing like this seller LINK
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  8. Croissant Warrior

    Croissant Warrior Because it's there

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    Cool stuff RTWPaul, and reading this thread with eagle eyes as I prepare to set off on a 2010 Ten from Oz to the US. Will have a look at greasing bearings and do my valves.

    Thanks for a beautifully written thread.

    Croissant Warrior
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  9. Croissant Warrior

    Croissant Warrior Because it's there

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    Hey again,

    In prep for the overlander, I am puzzled about what spares to take along the way, considering I will be in second world countries and Americas (where Ten pats are few and far between)

    I plan to replace wearables:
    Chain/Sprockets
    Tires
    oils and lubs and fluids

    In the tool kit I currently have only one set of brake pads and one front tube. What would you suggest I add to this?
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  10. rtwpaul

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    not sure where you are headed but on the American continent you can get parts in Brazil and Mexico as they are sold there...as for other things to carry, add a regulator, clutch lever (sucks if it breaks in a fall), rear tube 17's are hard to find in some places, clutch and throttle cables in places next to the originals, cush drive rubbers if you haven't done the inner tube fix or about 8 inches of inner tube

    besides that not too much else if you have covered all the other things i have in this thread

    any other questions drop me a PM or add them here, i don't get back on the road carrying on RTW until May '14...south korea and russia next
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  11. Juan Valderrama

    Juan Valderrama Been here awhile

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    Hola, I find your post very interesting. I have some questions for you:

    What do you think about the original Yamaha Panniers/side cases? I currently have the GIVI trekkers, but I am thinking about changing them for Yamaha´s originals, since their rack seems simple and lighter that what I have, although not very strong. I currently go with drybags. The problem is that I am in Colombia and here you cannot find the original Yamaha panniers to check them out, so I have to bring them from Europe, so I really appreciate your input.

    and Why did U skip Colombia?
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  12. rtwpaul

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    the yamaha stock bags are absolute junk, don't waste your money, the mounting mechanism broke on mine in less than one week, if you come off the whole thing comes apart, they are made of the thinnest aluminum maybe 0.5mm and lined in plastic...

    i have some hard bag mounts from SW motech that i ordered specially before i got the jesse luggage...there mounting system is compatible with lots of brands...let me know if you are interested - drop me a PM - i am in las vegas and can ship them to you, they are brand new never even opened the packaging

    if you read my ride report from post #695 onward i am in Colombia this year, and was there in 2011 as well LINK
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  13. majland

    majland Commuter dreaming of adv.

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    I'll second that the original Yamaha side cases are only for road use and don't drop your bike on them.

    The best thing about them is that the rack blend in when the boxes are off :-)

    The locking mechanism is also not great - You have to be careful not to break the keys when you unlock it, and you have to keep pressure on the key when you open or lock them.

    I'm considering having some alu boxes made to use the the same fittings point (Know a guy that is alu welder by profession and he can make very solid custom boxes at no more than major brand prices)

    That aside I've only ridden ~2500km with them so far and for commuting to work they are fine. Could have been just a few cm wider for better to take my backpack with laptop computer etc.
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  14. Juan Valderrama

    Juan Valderrama Been here awhile

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    Hi guys, talking about headset levers, check this out.

    I have a price and reliable pair I got from www.off-the-road.de.

    The pair are adjustabl and light.
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  15. amzouri

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    Hello ... a great adventure of seasoned adventurer Rider
    Great pictures
    What camera name
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  16. rtwpaul

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  17. fzmannen

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    Great thread. Good pics and notes for the mods. :clap :clap
    Searching info for my next bike and 660 Tenere seems to be a great bike.
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  18. Juan Valderrama

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    Hi all. Sorry to post this here, nonetheless I wanted to share my experience about this set up of the Ralle Moto and ST Motech endurance bar. Overall the setup is amazing. I really like the feel of the handle bar, and it allows me to get around rocky stuff easier and concentrate on the track and running line better. The damping of the estabilizer works more towards the right that towards the left! But also helps. I am surprised that this handlebars are not more popular..... The only drawback is the weight.

    Enviado desde mi SM-N9005 mediante Tapatalk
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