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MCN overall verdict rating is 2

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.



MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

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.

Ride and Handling

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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.


MCN rating rating is 3
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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.


Yamaha XTZ660 (1991-1999)

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Engine size 659 cc
Power 47 bhp
Top speed 93 mph
Insurance group 9 of 17
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Quality and Reliability

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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.


MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 0

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

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Model History

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

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Top speed 93 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 17.2 secs
Max power 47 bhp
Max torque 42 ft-lb
Weight 201 kg
Seat height 8 mm
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 185 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 9 of 17
Engine size 659 cc
Engine specification 5v single, 5 gears
Frame Tubular steel cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes Single 282mm disc
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 90/90 x 21
Rear tyre size 120/90 x 17

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