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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Johnny Dakar, Aug 4, 2010.
Sign it here.
Good luck with it, though I suspect a fundamental engine homologation issue precludes the bike being sold in the US. The XT660Z's engine is made by Minarelli (a Yamaha subsidiary these days) in Italy, and since production started in around 2004 has appeared in a number of other brands' bikes (Aprilia Pegaso, Derbi Mulhacen) in addition to several other Yams - XT660X, 660R, MT-03 - none of which seem to have ever made it Stateside.
MuZ imported that engine (or an earlier version of it) from 1995-ish until the end of production around 2001 (perhaps) and used that engine in the Skorpion Sport, Tour, Mastiff and one other.
I owned a sport, and the engine was pretty fun... also thought it was used in some quads that were sold stateside?
Signed ....... But shouldn't this be in Thumpers?
Would that be the 5 valve, carb engine in the MZ?
The later post '03 660 is a 4-valve head, injection only. The crankcases look similar, but I know the crank itself is not the same.
I owned an XT660Z Tén until recently, and it's reputed to have the best iteration of the current 660 engine design - they finally got the fuelling spot on for one thing. Very smooth for a thumper, and smooths out even more after a few thousand miles. A lovely bike in many ways, but hampered a little by limited performance on the open road. Probably your best bet to get hold of one would be getting a dealer to ship over the pond from Europe, though it might surprise you to learn that the bike currently retails in the UK for the equivalent of over $10,000.
I tried calling Japan to get a letter stating that the bike was built to Canadian standars, but my Japanese was as good as their English.
Here's the thread with some contact info:http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=517694
If you shop around they can be bought for less than $8000 tho..
I got one for £5000, its a great little bike..
I signed. Won't buy one for many reasons, but the big four Japanese bike companies need to get serious about bringing real dual sports into the US market.
There are quite a few 'real' DS bikes already. :huh
That is true, but I know of several posts where guys are putting Yamaha forks on their KLR's and BMW Dakar's. It would be nice to have the option of a better suspension, large fuel tank and decent fuel economy.
Because the Tenere and a few other models are not available to North America, the other 2 (Honda, Suzuki) have not updated their 650's, the new KLR is not my favourite look although they did try to make a better bike by adding larger forks (and reduced the travel) and a few other things, upgrading is left to BMW or KTM. (IMHO)
I would not pass up a 20L F800GS (without carrying a fuel can).
Just what I want in a DS.
Not that it is going to help you guys in the US very much, but I'm shipping one to L.A from Australia in late January or early Feb to start my trip to Argentina. Happy to let you have a go if your in California then.
You headed down through Baja? Because you've a place to stay just this side of the border.
Your bike does, anyway.
I signed it. Though i dont think it will do much good. I will bet you that they will bring a street legal wr450 to the usa years BEFORE they import a xt660 here
Seems like a natural gap to fit. XR650L is gone and had to be modified anyway, F800GS has it's challenges and costs $$, KLR been around forever, ...............let's keep our fingers crossed.
So has everyone gave up on the little Tenere coming to the states, I hope not