Category Archives: Project: Yamaha Tenere XT660Z

Yamaha’s Ténéré travel bikes

I well remember the day in the southern winter of 1983 when I first clocked Yamaha’s original XT600Z Ténéré (left) outside Maxim Motorcycles on the Parramatta Road, west Sydney. I crouched down for a good look at the machine which appeared to have … Continue reading

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YAMAHA XT660Z Ténéré preview and mods

Skip to 5000-mile report I’ve been a long-time Tenere fan. Before the XT600ZE which is featured on the front of my Desert Travels ebook, I owned the first-generation kickstart model, and like everyone else of a certain age, in the 1980s adapted XT500s in the … Continue reading

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Yamaha Tenere XT660Z 5000-mile review

Updated 2019 • See also Yamaha’s Tenere These are my impressions of the XT660Z Tenere after riding from London to Morocco and halfway back in November 2008, soon after the new bike came out. I’d only owned it a couple of … Continue reading

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