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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.

Yamaha XT660Z Tenere (2008-current)

Detail Value
New price £6,999
Dealer used prices
£4,060 (2009) - £6,270 (2012)
Private used prices
£3,650 (2009) - £5,640 (2012)
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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

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)

  • bullet proof engine

    Tahir

    Average rating rating is 4

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    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

  • XT660Z

    Doug45

    Average rating rating is 4

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    A cracking dual-purpose bike, maybe not as quick as a twin on road, but a damn sight better off it. Plus it's half as much to buy as GS, and probably more reliable too.

    15 July 2008

  • Just can't fault it...

    mac'o'bolton

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I agree with other owners review. Sorry MCN I don't know which bike you tested but I don't see any resemblance. Your unwavering support for the BMW seems unfounded to me. BMW quality and reliability? Would you be worried about oil consumption with a Honda/Yamaha or bolts seizing, frame cracking, piston wearing issues? Anyway I bought my bike just like the other reader having seen the release last september in MCN and following the enthusiastic recommendation of a Dakar rider (who also ordered his without seeing it). I can tell you this bike does not disapoint. The engine pulls smoothly to over a ton effortlessly, its very comfortable, great riding position for observation and handles better than I do. Whats more my last blast to Wales which included off road exploration (sorry daffyd) worked out at 88mpg! I enjoyed the bike so much I didn't get off it once in 7 hours and over 250 miles. A day with no fuel or food stops is a first for me... Hungry breath in a helmet... nice. To conclude; the bike is awesome, if you want a flashy badge and dvd box set of a trip you didn't do get a BM. I would have paid more for the Yam than the beemer, if this bike wont tour I don't know what will. (and i test road the 650 and 1200 beemers)

    15 July 2008

  • Tenere Dreams

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I bought one of these as soon as I saw it for the first time in a magazine. I haven't even passed my test, it's next week. I don't have a lot of experience with bikes. But I know one thing. This bike is fantastic. I am a little frustrated by the 7th July review of the new Tenere in MCN. The Tenere was pitted against, amongst others, the BMW F800 GS which is 25% more than the Tenere. Surely the F650GS would be a more sensible comparison? The review slates the Tenere as unsuitable for global adventure. I have read a bevy of books authored by veteran global travellers and the Tenere is everything they recommend and more. The review is biased towards road use and not adventure motorcycling for which the Tenere is clearly designed. The fact that the Tenere cannot 'ton it' along vibration free seems to be a big problem for the reviewer. Who wants to travel at motorway speeds across deserts or on long unsurfaced roads. Fuel economy is surely a greater benefit in areas where fuel stations are few and far between? What about tank capacity? Let's leave it at that though. The bike is fantastic, well engineered bo no nonsence global tourer and I think it is £&*"in ace!

    09 July 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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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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