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We test: Yamaha XT660Z Tenere – a journey around the world?

Posted by admin on Dec 28, 2012 in Tests

Yamaha Tenere motorcycle is designed to traverse the endless wilderness. This is not an offer for every rider. Why?

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In 2008, Yamaha released the current model of the off-roadowego motorcycle. Previously, the whole nine on offer from this Japanese manufacturer after a gap existed already legendary design – model Yamaha XTZ750 Super Tenere.

Time of absence in the segment of real off-road motorcycles have used competitors, who felt the favorable conditions on the market. Among them were BMW GS series offering . And surely both brands have successfully been successful in the biggest off-road races, including the classic Paris-Dakar event.

Yamaha XT 660Z Tenere – single, with a capacity of 660 cc

The steel frame construction is currently produced Tenere creator placed the four-valve jednocylindrowa and Four-Stroke Liquid-cooled power unit.

Yamaha XT 660Z Tenere – see pics from the test

This engine generates 48 HP already at 6 000 r / min . and maximum torque (equal to 58 Nm) when the unit reaches a clue tachometer will indicate 5 500 revolutions.

Looking at the technical data it can be concluded that the designers as it was about the best performance in the low and middle range of this single work. In the end, it surely is not the cutter, and travel enduro, so the decomposition Nm and horsepower to fit the conditions in which the motorcycle is to move.


You have to admit that during the test run loose on an uneven surface, Yamaha XT 660Z Tenere well he could deal. Also traveling in the asphalt can not be faulted lack of adequate (of course, as this type of construction and capacity) dynamics.

But when I tried to ride with a passenger, it turned out, the 48-horsepower single is no longer so quick to accelerate. In the end, about 160 pounds (the politeness not write the driver how much he weighed and how many passenger), however, a large mass, such as the single-cylinder engine with a capacity below 1,000 cc thick.

Tenere – desert storm

The name Tenere comes from the African desert territory lying on the border between Niger and Chad. For ease I might add that this is part of the Sahara. Undertakes name – like so Yamaha XT660Z give you advice in a strictly local?

As we mentioned already above, the engine fully corresponds off-road challenges set by rider . The same flexibility and linear power delivery is not enough to take over the wilderness.

J u first glance, the front wheel leaves no illusions as to the use of the machine . The front wheel is fitted with a diameter of 21 inches, and for that it is narrow and has a high profile.

On the back you can see the tire size 130/80-17. Unquestionably means that this bike has a lot of off-road capabilities. Especially, the tire tread does not look athletic slicks.

While playing on the gravel sections of forest lanes, which wind round around the small town, the wide amplitude deserve praise jumps front fork and rear swing arm (21 and 20 centimeters).

Couch XT660Z Tenere is located at an altitude of 895 millimeter . On one hand, thanks to a high driving position easy to spot approaching the obstacle.

On the other hand, non-adjustable seat height makes the bike at less that you discourage people. I think that it is already old-timers and such height couches for them nothing terrible.

On the plus side you also include the relatively small mass Yamaha – 206 pounds wet (ie gasoline and diesel).

In the event of a fall, what is not difficult in the field, before the destruction of the drives, which help protect the sides of the plastic components and the guard under the engine.

Yamaha XT 660Z

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Motorcyclist is available 23-liter fuel tank . which when burned oscillating around 4-5 liters gives theoretical range of over 460 kilometers.

For faster routes the job well also meets the narrow fairing.

Information such as of speed, becomes the fuel that is fully run and to two daily, served are quite clear on the digital display. Tachometer is located on the left side – there also placed immobilizer light.

The slowing XT660Z Tenere serve two front wheels with a diameter of 298 mm. With so many working single disc with a diameter of 245 mm. Brake system itself is not a problem, a point of resistance is quite palpable.

But if someone wanted to Yamaha retrofitted with ABS, it will have such an opportunity – based on information from one of the dealers in Warsaw – from July this year. Tenere with this system will cost about £ 3 000 more than a motorcycle without this fall.

Yamaha XT660Z Tenere is a reliable equipment, which overcome forest products, whether true wilderness is pure pleasure. However, due to the height of the couch uncontrolled and too weak engine under heavy load is not an offer for everyone. Especially lower and a heavy rider, who likes to travel with a passenger and luggage.

Price XT660Z Tenere basic version is £ 29 900.

Competition for XT660Z Tenere include BMW G 650 GS, which – like Yamaha – has a single-cylinder engine with a capacity of 48 hp (gross price £ 29 850). The second proposal is a Honda Transalp XL700V (price £ 32 200), which drives two-cylinder unit with an output of 60 bhp.

Yamaha XT 660Z Tenere – see pics from the test

— flexible and economical engine,

— robust chassis with high-clearance and a significant jump lice,

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