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Yamaha XT 660Z Ténéré
The name Ténéré has been synonymous with Yamaha’s rugged
Adventure Sport dual-purpose models since the original machine was first
launched in the early 1980’s. Developed from Yamaha’s highly successful
Dakar race-winning factory bikes, the original Ténéré models built up a huge
following of loyal owners during the 1980s and 90s.
For 2008 Yamaha introduce the all-new XT660Z Ténéré that is
designed offer a new generation of adventure-seeking riders the opportunity
to explore a new world of possibilities. True to the original ‘go-anywhere’
Yamaha has more experience in the design of rugged and reliable large-capacity 4-stroke single-cylinder engines than any other leading manufacturer. The famous Dakar Rally was inspired by the original XT500 model way back in the 1970s, and since then Yamaha has been at the very forefront of big-single design.
Powering the new XT660Z Ténéré is a 660cc liquid-cooled
4-stroke single cylinder SOHC engine which has been tuned to deliver strong
low to mid-range power. This gutsy powerplant makes the Ténéré 660 a strong
performer in a wide range of riding situations, from urban commuting through
to highway touring and off road exploring.
4-valve head and fuel injection
Equipped with a highly efficient 4-valve cylinder head with a 10:1 compression ratio, and featuring bore x stroke dimensions of 100mm x 84mm, the new fuel-injected Ténéré engine delivers excellent throttle response for lively off-the-line and roll-on acceleration.
The smooth-shifting 5-speed transmission is equipped with carefully chosen gear ratios that are designed to optimise the bike’s strong low to mid-range torque output, and the 2.9 litre transmission oil capacity ensures efficient engine operation even under severe conditions.
XT660Z Ténéré Technical Highlights
The XT660Z Ténéré is equipped with an all-new chassis whose rugged, go-anywhere character perfectly complements the big-single engine. The extremely strong yet new light semi-double cradle frame is compact and slim, and has been designed to offer an optimum balance of strength and rigidity for good handling qualities on and off road.
Long travel suspension; aluminium swinging arm
In order to deliver high levels of rider and passenger
comfort, and to be able to take handle a variety of off road terrain, the
new Ténéré is equipped with long-travel forks which give 210mm of front
Long-range fuel tank
Underlining the machine’s serious long-distance potential is a large-capacity 22-litre fuel tank which blends seamlessly with the beautifully sculpted front cowl. Despite its generous capacity, the width and height of the fuel tank is kept to a minimum by extending the fuel tank beneath the rider’s seat, which has the added advantage of helping to centralise mass for neutral handling characteristics.
Wind-beating front cowl
With its upright riding position and long dual seat, the
Ténéré is an extremely comfortable machine, whatever the journey, whether
it’s from home to work or across a continent. To help reduce rider fatigue
on long journeys this rugged new all-rounder is equipped with a stylish
front cowl and tall screen which deflect wind away from the upper body.
For efficient stopping power the new Ténéré is equipped with dual 298mm discs gripped by 2- pot calipers. This high-specification system ensures strong and controllable braking performance, as well as offering plenty of feel .
Bodywork and engine protectors
With its class-leading go-anywhere abilities, the XT660Z
Ténéré is ready to encounter rugged terrain, and in order to handle the most
severe conditions the new model is equipped with a range of lightweight
Wide range of quality accessories
Yamaha have also developed a comprehensive range of
accessories for the new Ténéré, allowing riders to enhance the specification
of their bike to suit their own requirements.
XT660Z Ténéré Technical Highlights
The overwhelming success of the original Yamaha Ténéré can be attributed to its winning blend of style, practicality and affordability, and these same fundamentals can be found in on the new model. Yamaha has always believed in offering the widest choice of unique and exciting motorcycles to our customers, and the new XT660Z Ténéré complements and expands our current range.