Bring the Yamaha Tenere XT660Z to North America!

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by MidnightSpecial, Sep 4, 2010.

  1. eakins

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    that's been the same story all along. doubt it will ever happen. Yamaha probably can't bring it in for the right low price either.
    i'm betting they produce a 800cc class ADV bike with their new triple engine and that will compete in the US.

    the Japanese are not investing in the 650 thumper class these days. Suzuki and Kawasaki will just keeping selling what they have as they can keep making carb bikes as they are low sales numbers and their EPA numbers are spread across the whole line so older carb models can existing with newer clean FI models that sell alot more.

    as much as many of on ADV think that 650 dual-sports are the ultimate bikes for the US, the #s (even though increasing a small amount) show it's a small niche market. the Japanese just don't respond to that in the US. they'll compete in the large ADV market however.
  2. Ramseybella

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    I signed it but it say 693 not a big number if this is to convince Yamaha..:*sip*
    I also noticed how the old 1990's Triumph Tiger 900 looked like the older Tenere.:wink:

    I love my Super Tenere just would like to see a choice and not HD clones and ATV's..
  3. Superstar

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    Yamaha just killed the Super Tenere for 2014...we begged them for this one and they delivered only to have the model fail to sell well enough to justify it.

    No way they do the same thing with the 660...once burned...
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    Well you can look at my post to have wet dreams at least :evil :rofl
  5. jaumev

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    Well... at least you can look at my post to have wet dreams :evil :rofl

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=917993
  6. steveWFL

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    Killed it as in discontinued it? You have a linkie for the article?
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  8. Sparrowhawk

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    I don't see where Yamaha killed the Super Tenere. It is available in all the normal markets. They simply have not built an updated model for 2014. No brave new graphics. They could be just hitting pause while developing a new CP2 or CP3 adventure bike.
  9. MrMac

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  10. TheWalkman

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    For three years, I've had nothing under the Christmas tree, so in 2013, I changed my request to the big guy and he delivered.

    Apparently his elves have a good relationship with Honda Powersports.

    [​IMG]

    Though the 500XA isn't an XT660, it is far more entertaining than having a picture and a dream of owning an XT660.

    Sorry Yamaha!

    And I wish all the other American wanna-be XT660Z owners best of luck and adieu!
  11. eakins

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    it will not hit the lineup till March (per Yamaha reps) but the S10 is alive and well for 2014 in the US.

    as for the 660, that's a lost cause.
    move to Mexico where you can also buy the 250 Tenere.
  12. The_Precious_Juice

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    For blanks and giggles I looked more into the 660.

    Man, it's so close in weight to the Tiger 800XC and BMW F800GS.

    WTF?
    Granted it's six gallons of fuel

    I see the advantages over the two 800cc MCs.

    1. Initial price.
    2. fuel economey
    3. low cost of ownership
    4. picking up off the ground
    5. narrow wheel base for off roading.
    6. Range.
    7. Suspension (?)
    8. Better logistical support.
    9. More travel ?



    On the other side of the table is to drop weight and go with a KLR or a Mighty DR.
    Advantages the 660 has over the KLR/DR.

    1. suspension
    2. fuel economy
    3. range
    4. acceleration (I'm sure the Mighty Dr could hold her own:D)
    5. fuel injection
    6. solid engine life
    7. Smoother ride (?)
    8. Breaks (two disc in the front)



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    I see where the 660 would fill the void between KLR/DR and the Tiger/FGS, but I understand whey they do not bring it here to the U.S.

    I guess they looked over tons of data, and have a feel for the American consumer.

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    If I was to up grade and the 660 was here, I'd most likely have to go with her, because the Tiger is too much power (garbage fuel economy) for me, and the GS is to expensive for me to up keep.

    I'm sure the 660 DOCH thumper would be more smooth than the DR. Granted, the extra horses is bogged down with the extra 82.8lbs she has on the Mighty DR. Granted, about 19lbs of that is fuel and the extra mass of the fuel cell.

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    Who knows, maybe we will get some good news this summer and fall.
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  14. diverandrew

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    I just read the article link from the post above and it indicates that the Tenera XT660Z is available in Canada. This is not the case at this time. If this was so I would be riding one. <?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
  15. Chill

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    Triumph Tiger XC 800 vs BMW F800 GS vs Yamaha XT660Z Ténéré test here
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    Tenere seems to be really well liked in that test.

    I'd buy one.
    I'd say it's the best all around mid size choice we have right now.
  17. Pcfly

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    Let's hope the new Baby Tenere that seems destined to be realized this fall will fill the hole of the missing XTZ660 here in the USA. Look to this October/Novemebr(2014) for some cool stuff from Yamaha!!
  18. Harry Potter

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    That article really got me wishing Yamaha would bring that bike to North America.
  19. Chill

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    What's the baby Tenere? Is it the mt-07 engine (700 twin) in a smaller version of the Super Tenere? I heard this a while back but is it confirmed now? Also the Africa Twin is rumoured to make a comeback soon, another Dakar style bike. Looks promising but will they make it light and simple or another obese bike?

    The Tenere is available here in Australia but priced at $14k so it probably doesn't sell particularly well. It would need another $1k spent to make it "dirt ready" (sump guard, hand guards, tires etc). Then there's the DR at half that price. Granted, it needs the same extra parts plus a bigger tank. No doubt the Tenere can cover greater distances with more comfort but at double the price it's hard to swallow.

    New model prices are also making existing models look overpriced. Yamaha dealers are heavily discounting 800 Fazers but they're still more than the new mt-09. Why is the Tenere so expensive compared to the MT-03 when they share many parts? Look at the price of the mt-07 and imagine an adventure model (baby Tenere?) were priced similarly it makes the price of the Super Tenere look ridiculous.

    CFMoto are soon to release an adventure bike using their 650 parallel twin engine which is direct copy of Kawasaki's ER-6 engine. Made in China, maybe, but it looks like this could be the only option soon for people who want a cheap bike without all the fluff that they never asked for.

    But I truly believe the reason for all these bloated bikes is so they can justify the price. Same with cars that now all come standard with fog lights and reversing cameras and built in sat-nav etc etc. If anyone built a basic adventure bike now they can't charge $10k+ for it.
  20. crunchiespg

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    So I emailed yamaha canada asking if we were going to get the 660 tenere.

    This was the reply.

    So that seems quite positive and with all the rumours of big changes to yamaha I wonder if they are just going to sell every model in every country and just make a world market.

    If they don't I'll be jumping ship to honda for an Africa twin.