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Yamaha XT660Z Tenere (2008-current)



Detail Value
New price £6,999
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Engine size 660 cc
Power 46 bhp
Top speed 120 mph
Insurance group 10 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 3.5
Engine rating is 3 rating is 3.5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 3.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 3.5

MCN overall verdict rating is 3

The Yamaha XT660Z Tenere is a great value, superbly capable adventure bke with real off road capability. Global treks aren’t really on the cards as the Yamaha XT660Z Tenere’s vibey single cylinder engine makes hard work of pulling its 185kg dry weight. Useful touches such as the durable crash panels and front towing hoop put it in a class of it’s own.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The Yamaha XT660Z Tenere’s engine is used in a number of other machines (including the Aprilia Pagaso, MT-03, Derbi Mulhacen as well as the XT660 X and R models) complaints of a jerky throttle, stalling and mid rev hunting have been fixed on the Tenere. The engine accelerates cleanly from a closed throttle and pulls well (for a single) up to 70mph. Intrusive Vibes begin at 5000rpm.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

Despite the relatively heavy weight and tall seat height the Yamaha XT660Z Tenere’s wide bars and good balance gives slow speed confidence. Like most motorcycles with off road abilities the forks dive harshly under braking and the rear squats under acceleration leading the bike wide out of turns. Off road the chassis will cope with all but the severest conditions.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

Durable ‘rally raid’ panels are fixed to vulnerable areas on the Yamaha XT660Z Tenere’s fuel tank and engine and are designed to prevent excessive damage in a fall. Small fairing is surprisingly effective even without the optional taller screen. Genuine, but expensive, Yamaha accessories such as metal panniers are available.

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The Yamaha XT660Z Tenere’s engine is used across a wide range of machines and fuelling glitches aside, is a solid and dependable motor. Yamaha have obviously spent time on the detail of the Tenere and tried to make the bike as user repairable as the Euro 3 rules allow.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The Yamaha XT660Z Tenere has an impressive blend of on and off road ability with some neat and well thought out design touches which makes it excellent value for money. If you steer clear of Yamaha’s expensive option list and source aftermarket parts it’s possible to have a genuine (if slower) alternative to BMW’s F650/800GS range for £1500 less. Find a Yamaha XT660Z Tenere for sale

Insurance

Insurance group: 10 of 17

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Model History

2008: Yamaha XT660Z Tenere launched.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 120 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 46 bhp
Max torque 43 ft-lb
Weight 183 kg
Seat height 895 mm
Fuel capacity 22 litres
Average fuel consumption 44 mpg
Tank range 200 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 10 of 17
Engine size 660 cc
Engine specification Liquid cooled 4V single cylinder, SOHC, five gears
Frame Tubular steel, semi-double cradle frame
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload only
Front brakes 298mm double disc twin piston calipers
Rear brake 245mm disc, single piston calipers
Front tyre size 90/90-21
Rear tyre size 130/80-17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3.5(24 reviews)

  • More than a Commuter

    shedbrewed

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I came to the Tenere from a Hayabusa. Bit of a step I know. At the same time I also owned an Aprilia Caponord, but with the g/f passing her DAS there was no need to have two large bikes, so they were both sold. First impressions of the Tenere were it's strong aesthetic. It was the first bike I had seen in a while that I actually took a shine to. I don't own a car so bikes are the only mode of transport for me, the Ten was going to have to fill that role well. So, now at over 11,000 miles and just over a year old, what do I think of it? Well the dull commute is dispensed with no problem. The bike spends most of the time above 5,000rpm and feels just fine. Roundabouts and overtakes are dealt with swiftly and easily. Some say that the bike is overbraked, with it's twin discs up front. I disagree. With a view to carrying a pillion, luggage and a full tank of fuel, it's nice to have that extra stopping power. On the going side the bike can feel a little pushed when fully laden, but then it's going to isn't it? You just find yourself planning your actions more and riding smoother. Those 11,000 miles haven't been uneventful; a front end slide exiting a left hander at ca.50mph saw me testing the engine bars and tank plastics. I'm pleased to say that the bike survived fine, and I was able to pick it up and ride it the 25 miles home before straightening the handlebars and replacing the £28 plastic tank protector. The cush drive rubbers and crankcase breather were replaced under warranty, and, for a budget bike there's been few other issues. I wasn't happy with the stock seat so had that refoamed and reshaped, and found the rear shock lacking after almost 10,000miles so a replacement was built by Nitron. A worthwhile improvement. I've done a few long jaunts on it, including a 400 mile run in a day to the Isle of Arran, and found the economy to have averaged 53mpg over the period of my ownership. Sitting for hours on motorways isn't the ideal place for the bike, but it manages fine. It truly feels at home on the smaller A and B roads, and let's be honest, they're far nicer places to make your trip on. When opportunity has presented itself I've taken the bike along forest roads and trails and there's been no scary moments. Likewise during all the snow we've had, I was one of the few vehicles in the works car park. Overall I would recommend the bike quite highly. In fact a friend has just bought one and is becoming equally enamoured.

    27 January 2010

  • xt660z

    ty8900

    Average rating rating is 1.5

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    I got my xt660z in june this year, and i sold it yesterday, thank GOD. If you have a 2008 Tenere then please look at your engine bars and ali bash plate, as they will have snapped on the left hand side, just where they bolt on. I emailed yamaha about this, and they tryed to fob me off. The fact is, the materal they made from is not strong enough. The clocks steamed up, Folks making lots of noise, Engine very rattley, Build quality is, in a word, CRAP. Ive had a wr400 in the past and that was a quailty bike. The Tenere is not a good strong off road bike, and it is not built to last. Ya it looks ok, and its not a bad ride, but im glad mine has gone. Never again well i buy a yamaha, unless they sort there acts out. Ive now got a Triumph ST, and my god what a bike, need i say any more. Hope this answers your questions, If you have a bit of a brain you will not get this bike.

    27 December 2009

  • Magic

    onwardandup

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Blown away by its purposeful looks I test rode and bought a Tenere in June 2009. I have since covered 3000 miles and undertaken a trip in Northern France. The bike is solid great value for money and ideally suited to enjoyable adventure touring where making ground at warp speed is not your highest priority.The engine is tourqey ,slightly vibey at high revs but that said a joy to experience. I really like the tenere for the get out there and get on with it feel. This bike is brilliant .

    12 December 2009

  • Almost Perfect...

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Had one for a year now, done 4500 miles including a 2000 tour of Ireland in the summer. It is almost certainly the best value money bike I've owned. Its performance is excellent if you stick to A and B roads and OK on motorways (but I can't see the point in riding a bike on a motorway anyway!) Getting 55mpg/250miles to a tank and its been 100% reliable, using no oil at all. It has a great riding position (for me anyway at 6 foot), comfortable and suprisingly few vibes if you cruise below 5000rpm. I'm still trying to get the suspension setup right when loaded (Yamaha side cases, tent on a Touratech rack and tank bag). It handles nicely with full fuel load, but gets decidedly wobbly as the tank dries up - needs more weight over front wheel. Standard Metzeler tyres are great in the dry, Ok in the wet, poor off road and horrible on white lines and raised surfaces. Will be try Michelins very shortly. The mirrors need to be further out (I can only see my shoulders), although Touratech mount extensions have cured this. A bit disappointed in some of the build quality: Rattly fairing (sorted with lots of bits of old inner tube), rusty brake discs fasteners, exhaust headers looking very shabby and the speedo fogs up in cold weather. Basically its a great practical bike, looks the part, is excellent value and pretty good fun to ride. There are one or two build issues, but I've sorted most of them easily, but let's not forget it is cheap for what it is. I like it a lot and I can see myself keeping it for some time and I'd thoroughly recommend the Tenere.

    12 November 2009

  • Does what it says on the tin

    n0ct0

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Took mine from Bilbao to Calais two up just after the first service. No ball of fire, but lugged the load well enough. As many people have said, why do 100mph when 60mph is fast enough on the right bike.

    11 October 2009

  • Love it

    decheman

    Average rating rating is 3

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    Picked up black tenere on tuesday, 3 days later I have already done 600 miles, covered 460 of those yesterday, could have gone on longer. Comfortable, relaxing to ride and very economical (although only travelling at running in speeds) over 250 miles to one tank!!!. Can't really give it scores yet as not had it long enough so will just score average for now, will be interested to see how long tyres last, previous bike 1200 daytona less than 4000 so hoping to improve on that. Will score at a later date when I have done some proper mileage. So far I love it.

    09 October 2009

  • mcn review 22 July 09

    fishcfc

    Average rating rating is 2

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    I looked at XT660Z Tenere at launch. Victimised by a 5ft 8in vertical stature, three distinct thoughts sprang randomly to mind, namely: Rope Ladder; Gary Glitter boots; and Growbags. Having admired Bruce Dunn's racing campaigns, I would dearly like to learn his esteemed impression of trying to scale a seat height demanding a 35inch inside leg. My comments should not in any way be regarded as Yam bashing as I've owned and greatly enjoyed various RD, DT Yams… brilliant machines, and the original XT500 was a peach. But the current Tenere is surely targetted at customers of Outsize Clothes Stores, please allow me to explain. The Tenere, at 183kg Dry, is already gross compared to my Husqvarna 610SM, and furthermore, upon adding 23 litres of fuel to the Tenere's tank… that;s truly lardy. Were I to place 11.5 bags of sugar on either side of my Husky's fuel tank it would doubtless morph into a Routemaster… "easy to carve through city traffic" Hmmm, not on my commute I suspect, just watch out for the Bus mirrors then. Come on Bruce, let us know your angle on the test.

    23 July 2009

  • xt660R v xt660 Tenere

    jobbo

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I own an XT660r and I love it, the only small problems are: poor front brakes and pipes that go under the engine, which reduces ground clearance. Both of which have been dealt with in the Tenere; not to mention the injection, which has never bothered me? That’s what the clutch is for, unless you want to ride a scooter. These bikes are so good all-rounder’s I would recommend either, but the Tenere is the best. Only one negative both are good one-up tourers only. I would not recommend two up touring unless you want a divorce.

    17 January 2009

  • GREAT BIKE

    biaggifan

    Average rating rating is 5

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    This bike is ace,its the 29th bike ive owned in 27 years, ive had a VFR,a BMW,a TRIUMPH,a Varadero and many bikes of different styles and all sizes,at last the bike ive searched for all these years,wish i was rich enough to go globe touring,im saving to do scotland and a couple of cheap european tours,never had a bike that made me want to ride as much as this,get one and enjoy.

    04 December 2008

  • xtz fun fun fun

    sherkxtz

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    i fancy a change from the pocket rocket and muscle bikes,i bought it blind just by going on the look of it.when i saw it in v&j superbikes.i didnt even test ride.so on my day of pick up 1/9/08 boy was i shocked, for a 660 it was a pleasure to ride smooth,quick and nimble for what seemed a big bike and it handles well to.i got just over 200 miles on one tank of fuel which i thought was good.in and around traffic it was a pleasure and the bikes gives a comfortable ride,did 100 miles straight off and no back or wrist ache like i get when i ride my blade.brillant

    12 September 2008

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svscratcha

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MCN july 08 tenere review

Hi does anybody have this review ( in full) that they could send/ e-mail/ post a link to, me as the preview on here only gives the first page. I would be very grateful , as I cant wait for my tenere to come so I am trying to lap up as many reviews as possible to pacify me.

Be good to here from anyone with this bike also to get an up to date view of it.

Tanks

07 February 2009 11:06

mac'o'bolton

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mac'o'boltonsays

Owners reviews or readers reviews?

I'm all for a diversity of opinion and I respect that each opinion is as valid as the next BUT I think the idea of the 'owners reviews' is for owners to report their experiences which readers can compare against what's reported in the press. I feel this is particularly important here as the genuine owners seem to be giving drastically differing opinions to the reports by road testers. If people read reviews and report an opinion through ratings, this seems to me to be mixing important data up. For example; Tahir and doug 45 (whilst valid opinions and contributions) don't appear to be owners and have posted the lowest ratings for the bike...

17 September 2008 10:19

deejaybee

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Engine life

I am not an automotive specialist, but I am an engineer and I find it hard to believe that there is a dirrect correlation between engine life and compression ratio as has been suggested. Especially a difference of 60000 miles. The compression ratio is one of the things that dictates how much air and fuel the engine can burn and therefore the power of the engine. It is true that a more highly tuned engine may be more highly stressed which could effect its life expectancy. However, the main aspect of serios engine wear will be related to the moving / rotating parts and how well these are designed and lubricated. If the compression did have a direct bearing on engine life surely this would men that a typical diesel engine would be virtually useless? As we all know this is not the case. In terms of modern engine design a 650cc engine developing 50-60bhp is far from cutting edge and I seriously doubt that a varation in compression ratio of 10-15% has any direct and significant impact on engine life. If anyone has any substantial technical proof to the contrary I would be interested to see this.

12 August 2008 10:40

Tahir

Tahirsays

unstopable

i'm an engineer and work on many technical engines so i'm so experienced on engines this engine has an Compression Ratio 10/1 its 11,3/1 in suzuki dl650 vstrom it means this engine has a life of more than 100.000 miles and 11,3 means it has 40,000 miles so yamaha has a really bullet proof engine only problem it must be lighter its 183 kg +22lt fuel=its over 200 kg and its far to be a off road machine its an perfect enduro with very good off road abilities and need to have a kick start too strench:bullet proof engine, very quality tranmission system, fuel consumption, very good buit quality weakness:it too high for short users,heavy for off road( but its lighter than its competitors) i dont know who decide this stars to this amazing bike

04 August 2008 00:20

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