YAMAHA XTZ660 (1991-1999) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"From a time when Continental cool meant enormous trail-style bikes"

Yamaha XTZ660 motorcycle review - Riding

"From a time when Continental cool meant enormous trail-style bikes"

  • At a glance
  • 659cc  -  47 bhp
  • 45 mpg  -  185 miles range
  • Low seat height (8mm)
  • Suitable for A2 licence

Overall Rating 2 out of 5

The Yamaha XTZ660 (or Teneré) comes from a time when Continental cool meant enormous trail-style bikes and a far-away look in the eyes. Actually that might just have been piles, since the Yamaha XTZ660 boasts one of the most uncomfortable seats ever created outside of the Inquisitions of 15th-Century Spain. The exhaust and spokes rot and the electrics are poor.

 

Ride Quality & Brakes 2 out of 5

The Yamaha XTZ660's lofty perch and wide bars make for easy, confident bend swinging and superior vision of the road ahead. You’ll need it too, since the brakes are lamentable – the lack of bite exacerbated by some colossal fork dive. And by God, the Yamaha XTZ660's seat’s uncomfortable, too.

Engine 3 out of 5

The Yamaha XTZ660's SOHC single thumps away with its five-valve head, but the motor never feels like it’s comfortable much past 75mph. It doesn’t respond well to low rpm, either, but there’s decent power in the mid-range that makes blatting around town a breeze. Careful riding will easily see 55mpg from the Yamaha XTZ660 and push the range to almost 200 miles.

Build Quality & Reliability 2 out of 5

Presumably because it’s so unstressed the Yamaha XTZ660's motor is very reliable, which is more than can be said for the electrics, the head bearings (the oil-in-the-frame design heats up the grease, leaving the bearings to fend for themselves). The Yamaha XTZ660's downpipe rots and the finish goes off over a winter.

Value & Running Costs 2 out of 5

The Yamaha XTZ660 is miles cheaper than a BMW and its bigger Yamaha brother the 750cc Super Teneré, but nowhere near as good. Buy a Honda Dominator and be happy. Find a Yamaha XTZ660 for sale

Insurance group: 9 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 5

The Yamaha XTZ660 definitely looks the part – a big tank, chunky protection and big dual headlights. The lights, though, are truly feeble. Even with aftermarket high-power bulbs the Yamaha XTZ660's lights offer little more than raw carrots in terms of added night vision.

 

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1991
Year discontinued 1999
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 9 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 47 bhp
Max torque 42 ft-lb
Top speed 93 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 17.2 secs
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 185 miles
Specification
Engine size 659cc
Engine type 5v single, 5 gears
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Seat height 8mm
Bike weight 201kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake Single 282mm disc
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 90/90 x 21
Rear tyre size 120/90 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

1991: Yamaha XTZ660 introduced – early models have a square, single headlight.
1994: Twin headlights introduced on Yamaha XTZ660.
1999: Yamaha XTZ660 deleted.

Other versions

None

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