show us your XT660Z Tenere

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

  1. MadMax

    MadMax Marveling...

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    Yamaha knows the USA market better than most of us.

    I have an XT660Z here in Israel, and most people think it is a huge bike, compared to what most folks ride here.

    However, in the USA, I used to have an XChallenge BMW, that I modified for long distance Adventure riding out West. I rode it on the CDR, Death Valley, and across the USA- N.H. to Calif. Most other American riders thought that I was crazy for riding such a "small" bike cross-country.

    Yamaha realizes that in the USA, either folks trailer their 450s to the off-road riding areas or they ride their big 1200s on Adventure trips and stick to the graded fireroads that are so prevalent in the States. There is no market for an in-between bike. In fact, many of the ADV guys I rode with in L.A. had both kinds of bikes- a 450 for trail/desert riding, and a 990 or 1200 for long distance riding. Only a very few of us rode big singles on the road TO the off-road riding areas.
  2. UKbri

    UKbri Just a Rider

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    I think 'Posiden' done a mod like that on http://www.xt660.com/showthread.php?t=13652&page=7
  3. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    It's a good thing that Suzuki, Kawasaki, Honda and BMW did not get that memo that 650 dual-sport thumpers do not sell in the US. Last i read that is one of the largest % growth segments.

    I'd say the 660 is not sold as it could not be sold cheap enough to stay well below the KTM 690.

  4. UKbri

    UKbri Just a Rider

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    Agreed. KLR650's are on every street corner. I was told the XT didn't meet the California emissions limits so it couldn't be sold there.
  5. UKbri

    UKbri Just a Rider

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    Just bimblin around Mehico
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  6. Stijn_M

    Stijn_M Adventurer

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    Yamaha should update the xt660z. Or at least give these available as options, usd kyb in the front, small hub in the frontweel, 18" at the rear with a decent cush drive, place a better keylock and ad a few hp. Makes the bike a bit more expensive, but that would make it a direct competitor with a 690 etc. And make the plastic guards available in different colors. So i don't need to mess around making these changes.
  7. NACO

    NACO Me gusta la moto

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    My xt660z and me :ricky
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  8. PHILinFRANCE

    PHILinFRANCE Long timer

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    Hey Naco , great vid and play ground ,i'm coming over that way in May , maybe you could show me some trails :clap
    Phil
  9. Tritwin

    Tritwin Adventurer

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    Great video,the drone did a big difference:wave
  10. Muddler

    Muddler Been here awhile

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    I've got one - TDM900 :D
    Just wish it had an 21" front :huh
  11. Sportakus

    Sportakus Been here awhile

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    Ja. Ja. Ja. Great video friend!!! :clap:clap:clap
  12. NACO

    NACO Me gusta la moto

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    Thanks guys!
    PHIL, let me know by pm your plans.
  13. Mariscos660

    Mariscos660 Big Tanks OFFroader

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    Great Video Naco! Love the quadricopter view

    :freaky
  14. PHILinFRANCE

    PHILinFRANCE Long timer

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    Out yesterday trying Giant Loop on the XT ready for my Balkans trip thrashed about in the woods a few jumps and it stayed on :clap
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  15. flatboarder

    flatboarder Been here awhile

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    Using the very same Giant loop with my WR. Best baggage solution ever. Perfect.

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  16. PHILinFRANCE

    PHILinFRANCE Long timer

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    Hi PHILinBAVARIA :rofl
    Like you say "great bit of kit" but it aint waterproof !! found out the hard way , i now pack every thing in dry bags.
    Sits on the DR better :evil
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    El Forko On the road

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  18. eakins

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  19. flatboarder

    flatboarder Been here awhile

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    Went through heavy rain with my Coyote bag, returning from Italy. Everything inside stayed dry. No issues for me!
  20. PHILinFRANCE

    PHILinFRANCE Long timer

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    I did push it to the limits though Phil !!!! this is a clean pic :rofl
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    Spent a lot of time under water !!!

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