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Tenere 660

this article is from a few months back, i've just come across it. i still think Yamaha USA made the wrong decision in depriving us a chance to buy these bikes. i think it would have looked great in my garage.

Rated - Yamaha XT 660Z - Brake Magazine

In a world full of people, only some want to ride. Isn't that crazy?
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Geez really, they have been here forever.
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This would have no direct competition in the North American market. The question is, is there a market for it? The problem with a heavily focused off road adventure tour bike IMO is the availability of suitable terrain. It's too big and fragile to bounce off trees and rocks unlike say a 250 enduro. The kind of easy, smooth, groomed trails and fire roads bikes like this were made for, the kind shown in the pictures, just does not exist in most places, especially if you live in a city.

There is no shortage of wilderness where I live but it does not have groomed trails or an expansive network of dirt roads. Instead the off road terrain is mostly narrow paths full of large rocks and huge ruts through dense bush and that cross large areas of bog, something that is unsuitable for a large dirt bike with dual sport tires and more suited to walking or an ATV with knobby tires and a winch.

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I think there would be a market for it in N America because look at how popular (unpopular!) the KLR is with it's single pot engine!
This is the perfect bike in my view & as a confirmed "non-new-bike-buyer" I would consider buying one of these straight from the showroom floor because it seems to have everything l'm looking for in a 'bike!
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The question is, is there a market for it? ... There is no shortage of wilderness where I live but it does not have groomed trails or an expansive network of dirt roads.
perhaps that is a situation particular to Ontario, but no matter, the point of this bike is to ride in places where you don't live. i have ridden lots of miles in many states (and provinces) on unpaved roads, not all improved or well-maintained. i've spent a lot of time chasing waterfalls and high places via dirt roads in New England, GA, TN, NC, not to mention traveling out west. back then, i was on a transalp and that bike has been places that would destroy a versys and where i would turn back on a larger bike. obviously, a dirt bike would fare better on the rocks and in the mud, but the thousands of miles covered to get to those places would have been problematic. yes, it would be easy to use this bike as intended... at least in US.

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I think there would be a market for it in N America because look at how popular (unpopular!) the KLR is with it's single pot engine!
i've always thought of the Tenere as a more modern, well-engineered KLR... or a KLR without the birth defects.

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I ruled the tenere out due to size, but a 660 would put it back on the list.
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i've always thought of the Tenere as a more modern, well-engineered KLR... or a KLR without the birth defects.
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I ruled the tenere out due to size, but a 660 would put it back on the list.
I was all for getting the Super Tenere until l saw one in the flesh & sat on it!

It actually makes the "old" style V look pretty & the seating position doesn't feel any better than the V......then there's the weight!!!!
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The last one I sat on felt very heavy as in top heavy. In Mexico, they were selling three different models in 2015 of the 660, I'm not sure about 2016 and the price in USD converted was around 9500 so not a value product IMO. But they do look cool. My friend in Guadalajara bought one and sold it three months later. He is a hard core offroad rider and just took 2nd place in the Baja 500 in the 50 bracket.
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Seems the KTM, Husky, would have a little competition then if something like this came through. Doesn't seem quite as dirt oriented as the KTM Offerings, so would probably be more comfortable droning on for miles of highway to get to the dirt. Seems More dirt oriented than the most other Jap offerings, and more road oriented than the Euros.. good Place to be.
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Think of the XT660 Tenere like a Versys with about the same weight but the advantage of +2" suspension travel front and rear along with the 21/17 wheel size advantage. The other two models in Mexico weigh about 65 lbs less than the Tenere model.

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How does the $ convert, because the price it shows on the advert is Price: $ 144,900.00

Hey Kiko, tell me how the weather pattern is in NE Mexico during winter
(now till around March) & what can l expect if l entered from the Brownsville area of Texas both in scenery/roads & safety?
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How does the $ convert, because the price it shows on the advert is Price: $ 144,900.00

Hey Kiko, tell me how the weather pattern is in NE Mexico during winter
(now till around March) & what can l expect if l entered from the Brownsville area of Texas both in scenery/roads & safety?
I am in Texas for the holidays, but a couple of weeks ago the exchange rate USD MXN was about 16:1 so a great time for Americans to come South and spend dollars. 144,900 MXN with license fees is probably around 9500 USD. That's real cheap, a couple of years ago the unfavorable exchange rate would have that bike cost at about 12,500 USD.

East coast, Tamaulipas, I have not been over there in about 8 years since I ride mostly solo. If you want to ride that area, I would suggest you go with another rider. Security is spotty over there so you can expect military stops or convoys thru some areas. On HUBB, there is a member who knows that area very well. You may want to contact him, MikeMike.

If you are a new rider to Mexico I recommend the central highlands area. Cross at Colombia Bridge North of Laredo, take 57 around Monterrey and Saltillo, around Matehuala, around San Luis Potosi. You can pick your cities from there, San Miguel Allende, Leon, Guanajuato, Queretaro, Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, Sayulita etc. Outside of Matehuala is Real Catorce where the Film The Mexican with Brad Pitt was filmed. Lot of riders scoot up there for a look around.

Avoid entering the larger cities and take the perifirico around. The most popular cities are probably San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, and Sayulita or PV. Cool nights but day temps should be ok around 50/65F.

There is a huge thread on Advrider "Is Mexico Safe" and on the first page of that thread is a lot of good basic information. Go to Forums, Trip Planning, Americas, IMS thread.

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Thanks Kiko, great information!
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If you are interested, I know a rider, 42, who will be traveling fom Toluca South
to Panama and back in January. He is looking for another rider. He is an American and fluent in Spanish.

Mexico/Central America Dec-Jan anyone? | Adventure Rider
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If you are interested, I know a rider, 42, who will be traveling fom Toluca South
to Panama and back in January. He is looking for another rider. He is an American and fluent in Spanish.

Mexico/Central America Dec-Jan anyone? | Adventure Rider
It does sound tempting, but l don't think to leave over the Xmas holiday is acceptable because the dog knows he always gets a treat from Santa (me)
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