show us your XT660Z Tenere

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by y2blade, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. BAP

    BAP Formally FYREGUY73

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    What you talking about Willis???? I herd they are coming later this year from the Yamaha dealer in Moss St......
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  2. BAP

    BAP Formally FYREGUY73

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    I have a HORN!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  3. BAP

    BAP Formally FYREGUY73

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    Just got this back from Yamaha Australia.

    Dear Rob,

    The Tenere is planned for release mid to late this year.
    No price at this stage.

    Regards,
    Sue Cleary
    Customer Relations Department
    Yamaha Motor Australia

    I cannot wait, this has made my day.........WHOOOOOOHOOOOOO
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  4. p3ga

    p3ga Rounding Error

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    You folks are just doing this just to taunt us here in the States, right?

    Well keep it up, the photos are great.

    Maybe Yamaha USA will surprise all of us someday. Yep, and there goes the Easter Bunny.....
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  5. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    It's interesting how you people lust over some bikes that are available
    here in EU, but I have yet to see one on the road. Considering the cost,
    98% here will go for a KTM..
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  6. p3ga

    p3ga Rounding Error

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    Yep, you're absolutely right. And that's probably the reason that Yamaha won't bring it into the States, they'd have to buck heads with KTM on price, as well as the product offerings from the other manufacturers.

    They probably lined the Tenere up against the perceived market competition & the price points of each and didn't feel it could make it on it's own. Such a shame, the other manufacturers seem patient enough to allow a model to build it's own market - how many years were the KLR650 and Concours out there before getting major upgrades? Weren't the roots of the V-Strom in the SV650?

    Oh well, maybe someday.
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  7. BIG ED XT FAN

    BIG ED XT FAN Long timer

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    Dam! Now there BLUE!!:evil YAMAHA PLEASE SELL IN THE USA!!
    BIG ED XT&TT 660, 600 FAN!!!
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  8. Willis24

    Willis24 Been here awhile

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    Yamaha U.S.A. I'll take a blue one please!

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  9. BAP

    BAP Formally FYREGUY73

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    I am with the blue. Not a big fan of the red or white. Cant wait until they hit Australia.
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  10. zOU

    zOU Crazy Frog

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    Hello,

    I picked up my red last saturday in London and rode it back to Holyhead through Wales.

    I hope you'll like the pictures as there's not many Red Tenere around :)

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  11. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    I could live with red! But I'd take white.. I like the military/camouflage color
    too, if that's even avaliable
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  12. BAP

    BAP Formally FYREGUY73

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    Red looks good. How does she ride?
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  13. zOU

    zOU Crazy Frog

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    Fabulous !
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  14. BAP

    BAP Formally FYREGUY73

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    How are the Yamaha panniers? Are they as good as the after market ones? And how much do they hold?
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  15. hombacher

    hombacher Niederrheiner

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    Here is mine white Tenere, last year travelled down to Spain:

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    On my trip back to Germany in the Italian Alps:

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    As I see these pictures I have much to learn:
    Breathtaking landscapes to catch with the camera, not only cruising through.
    To take some more pictures, a round about 5000 km trip with only a few of pictures that's no success story.


    Gruss
    hombacher
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  16. zOU

    zOU Crazy Frog

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    I'm very happy with them, i did not have the leisure of trying any aftermarket kit so far.
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  17. Adventure boy

    Adventure boy Been here awhile

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    Just a couple of questions please to help ease my mind that im doing the right thing
    are these really any good offroad im on a well sorted DRZ at the mo but find it tiresome riding to the trails on road as cruising speeds on a 400 are not very high 60mph
    I know the weight is more than the drz but offroading it ????
    cruising / Highway speeds the shop say 80mph is a good speed for the tenere ???
    what proper offroad tryes are you guys using I know the choice is a bit limited with the 17" rear wheel I used TKC80s on my last 660r which were ok is there anything better????

    Thanks for the advise guys
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  18. Gilb

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    I've used mine for a fair bit of greenlaning, I'd say it's up to the job.
    I had an early DRZ400S and reckon the Tenere's suspension is way better not to mention the comfort but the Suzuki had better build quality and finish.I've ridden 350 mile trips no problem, that's Kent to Suffolk/Norfolk for a days greenlaning on the fast,open,sandy trails up there.It is never going to match the other bikes in my pic below but I wasn't far behind.

    Fit a 14T front sprocket and maybe a 46T rear as well ,the chain length won't allow any bigger on the rear.

    Pirelli Mt21 rear lasts about 1000-1500miles, front over 4000.Mitas CO2 are available in 17 inch not tried one yet though they look like they'd be good if there is enough clearance around the swingarm.
    Chain and sprockets lasted 6000miles, rear brake pads 5500.
    Cush drive knackered by 2000-2500miles.

    There is no chain guide so you hear a lot of chain slap on rough ground.

    The FI is spot on the only downside is the tickover is set at about 1500rpm so no engine braking on steep decents, you need to hold it back on the brakes which are rather good without being too grabby offroad.

    80mph cruising is fine.......... nearer 90mph is more comfortable for me and it feels really planted,you don't flap around like a dying swan across all 3 lanes. I've fitted a larger Metal Mule screen but a placcy extension gaffer-taped to the screen works just as well if your M-way trips are rare.


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  19. OzRoundin'

    OzRoundin' Been here awhile

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    That is a beauty
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  20. RaY YreKa

    RaY YreKa Palanquins RTW

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    In the UK, Yamaha was unsure how the bike would sell. In the event, the initial batch of 150 bikes sold out before they hit the showroom floor.

    I've seen three out on the roads, including a camo one luggaged-up and with pillion. KTM just don't have a good rep for reliability, while others are drawn by the heritage of the bike (the old Tenere was just voted #1 by MCN readers, in a poll of budget adventure bikes, there wasn't a KTM or BMW in the Top 10).

    The new Tenere isn't anywhere near as expensive as a BMW or KTM; service intervals are 6k (afaik) and it's a low insurance group.
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