Petition to Release the Yamaha XT660Z Ténéré in the US

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Johnny Dakar, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. FJracer

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    Either an XT660 or the MT-03 would be a welcomed addition to my Garage. But judging by the time range of this thread, it ain't gonna happen.
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  2. Barman

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  3. Pablo Mac

    Pablo Mac Been here awhile

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  4. seldomseen93

    seldomseen93 I lit out from Reno

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    hopeful, wonder what an import cost would be to buy one overseas??
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  5. Crife2001

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    Signed!! :D
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  6. eakins

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    wow this old thread is alive.

    at this point in the game the 660 is not gonna happen in the US!
    i was excited, but after talking with enough Yamaha reps, it's clear the top execs are not gonna sign it off. they have ZERO interest in the bike. one issue, a big one, they can't sell it cheap enough in the US. Yamaha is probably focused on a 800gs-class bike for the US anyway.
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  7. eakins

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  8. fatboy

    fatboy Been here awhile

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    Had to check the date to see how old this thread is. Called Yamaha and their reply was buy the ST. Didn't understand why anyone would want its little brother. Go to shows and Yamaha has winches, cases, spot lights, roll cages, four wheel drive, convertible tops and all manner of crap on the ST to give you an idea of their notion of a dual sport. Nothing short of amazing. I like the 660 but think yamaha has replied to this petition long ago. And the ST is simply way too big for much of what I consider fun dual sport.
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  9. Rogue_Ryder

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    Holy Crap that's like nearly $12,000 and you still have crappy suspension! I don't think it's worth nearly 2 KLRs but maybe at $7500 it'd be worth it.
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  10. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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    Many basic Harleys are selling at $18,000! The big four should wise up and bring top quality over and it will sell.
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  11. TexaNate

    TexaNate Been here awhile

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    I would love to see a 650-850cc ADV bike from Yamaha but I feel they won't do it in the US - not for lack of demand but because such a bike would cut into their high-margin Super Ténéré sales. Think of how many guys go shopping thinking they'll get a cheaper bike, then they end up talking themselves into a Super Ten. That's where Yamaha makes the big bucks. They make money off of Americans' displacement obsession.

    In addition, if they're going to make a middleweight ADV, I would really like to see it be based on the newer FZ-09 or MT-06, rather than older European designs. (flame away)

    I have heard from a source within Yamaha that an FZ-09 based ADV machine is in the works. Bigger tank, more travel and higher seat. Seems promising. Hope it could be a happy medium between a CB500X and an 800XC, price-wise.
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  12. eakins

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    the word is Yamaha is building a mid-weight ADV based on the triple motor in the FZ-09. Yamaha Europe has expressed their interest on them using their new 700 twin platform however.

    2014 Super Tenere is going more upscale and is $14k (after all the 12s and 13s close out cheaper) so Yamaha could bring in this new bike around the 10K range. another 4k in price and more weight is a big decision maker for many to go smaller.

    Mfg plan out 5yrs + of model steps and revisions and position bikes & prices for very logical reasons. These are not apparent when you just look at 1 year and don't know the big picture of models. For example Honda has very specific reasons why their inline twin started at 700cc and some models now bump to 750 while others stay at 700. It's not random, but very deliberate long term planning.

    ...so say Yamaha brings the new triple ADV bike (which the highest level US corporate guys have probably know about for several years, atleast in concept theory) in at 10K & the expensive to produce and bring in 660 would have to costs $9k (to work in the US), you can see why the 660 never had a chance. the decision makers at Yamaha surely looked at the 660 and then number to bring it in. they instead said lets bring the big one instead and then latter fill out the line with the triple ADV. the 660 mfg and thus selling price killed the deal for US tight wads. only a $5-6K KLR price would have worked here. this is all my speculation of course, but i've talked to enough reps to get a decent picture of what's going on.

    personally i'd like to see Yamaha built a 700 twin ADV bike not a triple to compete with the 2015 Honda Africa Twin. Who knows they may do an 10k triple and a sub 8K twin with cheaper suspension.
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  13. Proveick

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    Signed as well. I have no interest in driving trails on a 500lb+ 3 foot wide machine.
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  14. Velvet

    Velvet El lobo solitario

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    I just signed the petition. Since it has been circulated for quite some time, when will it be submitted to Yamaha?
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  15. Jolly705

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    I really want one of these......
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  16. Johnny Dakar

    Johnny Dakar Fuckin' Smartass

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    Petition sent, with 735 signatures.
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