Liquid cooled, four stroke, single cylinder,
4 valves per cylinder.
Bore x Stroke
100 x 84 mm
Fuel injection, 44 mm throttle body
33.8 kW / 48 hp @ 6000 rpm
58.4 Nm / 5.7 kgf-m @ 5250 rpm
Multiple-disc coil spring, Wet
Steel tubular diamond frame with dual tank
43 mm Telescopic forks,
Front Wheel Travel
Oscillating arm standard Monocross.
Rear Wheel Travel
2x 298mm disc 2 piston caliper
Single 245mm disc
Oil tank capacity
13 mm / 4.4 in
length 2246 mm width 896 mm height 1477 mm
length 2246 mm / 88.4 in
width 865 mm / 34.1 in
1505 mm / 59.3 in
245 mm / 9.6 in
865 mm / 35.2 in
206 kg / 454.2 lbs
22 Litres / 6 gal
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.
With an unrivalled reputation for durability, strong on and off road
performance, high levels of long-distance comfort, and the ability to handle
hostile off road terrain, the machine was one of Yamaha’s best-selling
models throughout Europe.
Such was its ‘go-anywhere, do-anything’ reputation, that it became the
machine of choice for numerous round-the-world travellers, and to this day
the original Ténéré and its successors have probably clocked up more
‘orbits’ of the earth than any other single-cylinder motorcycle. And at the
same time as being the number one choice with adventure-seekers, the
original Ténéré also became a favourite with riders looking for a tough,
reliable and stylish all-rounder that could perform well in almost any
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.
High-torque 660cc liquid-cooled engine
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
660cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke, single cylinder 4-valve SOHC
10.0:1 compression ratio
Bore x stroke 100.0mm x 84.0mm
Tuned for strong low to mid-range torque
Mono chamber up-muffler
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
Complementing this rugged front suspension is a lightweight aluminium
swinging arm, which reduces unsprung weight for enhanced rear suspension
performance, and offers 200mm of rear wheel movement that’s designed to soak
up the bumps.
This generous amount of suspension travel at the front and rear not only
makes the Ténéré one of the most comfortable machines to ride in any
situation – it also ensures good handling performance over poorly maintained
paved roads and across pure off-road terrain.
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 a distinctive new look, a new dual-bulb headlamp assembly with a
vertically stacked low and high beam is used. As well as projecting a
powerful beam, this new ‘over and under’ assembly keep the cowl’s frontal
width to a minimum for improved aerodynamics.
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
The front cowl features durable protectors on either side of the bodywork
which help prevent accidental damage, while the engine is also equipped with
lightweight guards on either side of the cylinder. And to help prevent
damage when riding off road, the engine cases are also fitted with compact
guards. Each of these protectors can be easily replaced if they are damaged,
allowing the owner to keep their machine in first class condition.
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.
Riders wishing to enhance the luggage carrying capacity of their bike have
the option to fit genuine Yamaha side cases or a top case, as well as a tank
Hand guards, engine guards and a skid plate are available for owners looking
for extra protection on their riding adventures – while the wind deflectors
help keep hands warm and also act as brush guards when riding off road.
An optional main stand is available to facilitate tasks such as wheel
removal when repairing punctures on long trips, and a tank pad is available
to help prevent the minor scratching to the paintwork that can sometimes be
caused by zips and buckles.
And finally, riders wishing to give their new Ténéré an even gutsier exhaust
note may wish to fit the slip-on Akrapovič muffler offered by Yamaha.
XT660Z Ténéré Technical Highlights
Designed to handle long-distance adventure touring
Lightweight diamond shaped frame
Aluminium swinging arm
245mm Ground Clearance
210mm travel front forks
200mm travel rear suspension
Large-capacity 22-litre fuel tank
Dual 298mm diameter front discs
245mm rear disc
Lightweight front cowl for good wind protection
Integral cowl, frame and engine protectors
Vertical dual-bulb headlamp
Smart luggage system
130/80-17 rear tyre, 90/90-21 front tyre
LED tail lamp
Wide range of accessories:
Akrapovič slip-on muffler
Side case stay
Tubular engine guard
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.
NOTE: Any correction or more
information on these motorcycles will kindly be appreciated,
Some country's motorcycle specifications can be different to
motorcyclespecs.co.za. Confirm with your motorcycle dealer
before ordering any parts or spares. Any objections to articles
or photos placed on motorcyclespecs.co.za will be removed upon