Yamaha has updated the Tenere adventure bike for 2009 with new colors, including this blue, black and yellow scheme that was inspired by the original 1983 model. Just last month we were talking about Yamaha Tenere graphics, so its nice to see that the company has a similar appreciation for its own history.
The Yamaha XT660Z Tenere is equipped with 660cc single-cylinder engine
that produces 48bhp and 42lb/ft of torque. With its weighs a very
manageable 183kg (dry) and has a huge 22-liter fuel tank. Combine all
that with a 21″ front tire and 17″ rear and you have the right
combination for an extremely capable adventure touring bike that should
have no problem hitting the dirt.
In addition to the new colors shown here, the Tenere gains a range of
Rally Raid accessories that include chunky aluminum panniers and a top
box; an aluminum bash guard; a polycarbonate headlight shield and plastic
brush guards for the handlebars. While its rumored that a 1200cc
parallel-twin Super Tenere will debut at EICMA, we’d still prefer this
lighter, simpler cheaper and more capable 660cc version.