2009 Yamaha XT660Z Tenere gets 1983 colors

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2009_Yamaha_XT660Z_tenere.jpgYamaha 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.

via MotoFlash

  • contender

    I want this. What’s it retailing for over where ever it is sold? Any chance we’ll get it here?

  • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes

    They go for 4899 GBP in the UK, in comparison the R6 is 7499. I don’t think they have plans to bring it here, which is a real shame, but if the rumors of a 1200cc version are true, I bet that comes stateside.

  • http://www.mototop.de Markus

    Really nice! But, I am just to small :-(

  • Troy

    I thought it was a very cool bike when i first saw the new Tenere (and i still think it’s pretty cool), but it is way too heavy for a single cylinder bike.

    It’s 400 pounds dry! That’s more than the new BMW 800GS and nearly as much as my 650 V-Strom. It’s about 50 pounds more than my Husqvarna TE610. Cool bike for back roads, but not for singletrack. And if i want a dualsport that’s only good for back roads, i can have one with more power and comfort.

    I think yamaha has a really cool concept here, but it’s not a bike i would ever consider owning because it’s simply too heavy for what it is.

  • Vince

    I am in NY and would like to buy the latest model if anyone could tell me where in the US [preferably eastcoast] I can buy it.


  • http://www.st-georges-fr.com Martin de Cayless

    I love this machine. I run a 1989 BMW R100GS with 240,000km on the clock and still going strong…..a real capable machine ideal for long distance hauls and off road forays….all over the US, and europe. This Yahama is the only bike that i’ve seen in years that is as capable as the old BMW…..I’ve had newer ones, I’ve done the KTM thing but the Yam is simpler technology and more reliable….where do I sign up for one?

  • Jimbo


    (Might as well, “passing” is all the rest of us are going to be doing to this one on the trail!)

    Isn’t this one of those “Transformer” toys?

    What’s with all the gingerbread & pogie-bait? Did you have a weight target & had to glom on a bunch of goo-gaws to “make weight”? Why not drop the crap & add a bigger engine, more substantial frame, better wheel travel, etc.??? Think about this: Where am I supposed to put all my stuff?? In your boxes? It might not fit! Why can’t I use my box(es)?? Did you think to add hard points for attachments??

    Anyone who’s ever actually ridden a motorcycle off the paved road will tell you your front fender has a real-world life expectancy of nanoseconds. And the mud it will pack into your front wheel will make control such an issue that the rider might also suffer a short, unhappy life on this turkey.