All I Want for X-Mas – Yamaha Tenere
Monday, November 30, 2009
Wouldn't the Yamaha XT660Z Tenere do well in America? I think so.
Everyone knows we don’t get the same machines in the US as elsewhere in the world, but of all the bikes that don’t make it Stateside, the Yamaha
XT660Z Tenere is the one I want most. Frank Melling has been around longer than the rolling wheel, much less a pair of them, and he gushed about it at the recent NEC Birmingham Motorcycle Show.
As a 660 Single, there isn’t much else to compare it to in America. KTM stopped making the 640 Adventure which would have been similar. Now the Austrians export the 690 Enduro R, which looks astonishing and may well offer more outright performance, but lacks the commuter appeal and long-distance amenities. America has one dominant mini-adventure tour machine – or mega dual sport, however you look at it – the Kawasaki KLR650
. The Green Machine is certainly monstrously good at what it is designed to do, but just take a look at that Yamaha… Fuel-injected, dual front disc brakes, 10.2-inches of ground clearance, 35-inch seat height, 454-lbs claimed wet weight, rally-raid bodywork, 6.1-gallons of fuel…
Why can’t we have this bike, Yamaha? Why?
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