YAMAHA XT660Z Ténéré preview and mods Adventure Motorcycling Handbook

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Yamaha XT 660Z

Early impressions and modifications

• smoothly and feels nippy in and stable at speed

• Fuel (74mpg/26kpl so far = 380-mile/610km tank

• Can change speedo/odos between mph and kph not as described in ‘TFM’)

• 9:1 comp good for crap fuel and engine life

• Fall tank protection

• Suspension good and firm

• 6000-mile intervals (on semi-synthetic oil)

• It look too bad, either

… like:

• Screen is too low – buffets my

• Feels heavy to wheel but all the Yam 660 models are the same weight

• front discs seem OTT

• gauge is way out – the digital bars at around 240 miles with at 100 miles left

• Little of rust already —  ,  fatto in Italia!


The thing with bikes Ténérés, KTM- and BMW Adventures is unlike my previous Honda XRL. pretty much ready to go out of the Assuming you have all the bits at (tyres, luggage, etc), the can be prepared in a few days for, in my a month in Morocco.

Although they seem pneu de jour  I’ve tried  Conti TKCs usually settling for more T63s, MT21s or full-on So it’ll be interesting to see how they on the ride down and the pistes and how they last.

So far on the road you can tell the difference from the Tourances which came the bike, but those tyres surely be hopeless in the dirt. The seem a good compromise they last. Mine of got Slimed and are now tubeless on spoked .

The front wheel weighs a I’ve never has such a wheel on a trail bike. I it corresponds to a  strong  wheel too (it I do wonder if this 48hp really needs two front

It would not be hard to remove one and its carrier, stick something in the caliper and see if the bike can manage with one front disc.

I chose  Barkbuster Ego  handguards, everyone else seems to be for Acerbis which are 30% more and have tedious drilling The Barks went on OK (covering the with a towel helps scratches). I had to remove the cross and move the brake olive a bit – and of course remove the bar-end which I’m told will some vibration.

And I had to cut the end of the clutch

By chance the Bark mounts up with the old cross brace which I had to break off, so the alignment is far from perfect at the the brace went back on and stop the bars folding up. protection from the elements great but it’s easily

You’ll notice I’ve some throttle position (pink tape) – an old trick the twin-carb Tenere days to your economy, though at a 25kpl (low 70s mpg), this bike, it won’t be so

Yamaha XT 660Z
Yamaha XT 660Z

I got the German  Off The Road rack 200 quid (no longer made ?). similar to many other and goes to show how simple and a strong rack can be – as long as hanging bags off them and not to support them.

Fitting was a bit tricky – nothing new then! You may need help the back of the bike to get the front mounts to line up  and have to remove the fuse box and the nearside rear wiring and the back rack/plate thing to the rear light hanger to get the nuts on for the back mounts.

always fancied some TT Zega fabric panniers (full ). Compared to the ubiquitous alloy I’ve never seen a set of the smaller Flexes in action. rigid’ means they their shape but won’t at my shins when I take a dab a oued. The TT catalog says can only take 5kgs must be a misprint. Whatever, weighed them packed for and there’s 9kg in each one, 6kg in the Ortleib on the back.

The adapter plates supplied fit my OTR rack (as expected – they’re for TT I managed to get 3 of 4 mounting hooks on; the mount point needed a hook from BQ. Nice, bags, abouy 25 litres a bit expandable, an outside zip pocket and a useful under pocket

I don’t expect they’re so will use bin bags. An Ortlieb bag across the back for light/soft

The Zegas are supposed to join to make a backpack – how often you use that compared to carrying into a hotel? So I cut off the backpacking and knotted on a pair of holdall-style (top right) with the strapage left over. messy but much more for carrying the bags or getting them.

I can also tighten a across the back seat to pull up handles and so take the off the mounts frame mounts. makes them ‘assisted-throwovers and on the is bound to help while getting in the way.

The locking (left) is pretty flimsy but face it, it’s only to stop them falliing Anyone could get into with a sharp, hot knife. Once you the knack, mounting on and off is a breeze.

Hopefully the bags will the shock and preserve the mounts the bike falls over.

is a small bar above the clocks/display GPS mounting  but space is and my bulky Garmin 76 set up (right); it obscure the clocks and probably loose so it’s gone on the bars; not so line-of-sight but closeat to work the buttons. There is a take-off plug behind the cover I’m told but it’s odd connection apparently, so until I a chance to make something I kept it simple and wired an old 12v cig from the bars under the to the battery with a fuse It means stuff can be run with the electrics turned off

I’ve got a Touratech  Windscreen Spoiler  as my abiding impression of this was how noisy it was at speed. The screen is for sure but at 6′ 1″ (186cm) it’s too low for me – and as far as the go is actually worse than Hopefully this quickly gadget will ease the across Spain.

It may need bending and curving can be easily done with  with something like a dryer, commonly found in the of hotels I frequent. It’s the of thing I would have a day making myself badly out of an old bit of How times change…

Oh, and Matt on the all important side stand while I stood by and took a

Yamaha XT 660Z
Yamaha XT 660Z
Yamaha XT 660Z
Yamaha XT 660Z
Yamaha XT 660Z

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