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Old 07-11-2008, 10:41 AM   #1501
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Congratulations, I'm getting mine the 29th, the waiting is the hardest part, isn't it?

When you had a good testdrive, please post your findings also on the xt660 forum http://www.xt660.com/index.php
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Old 07-11-2008, 10:50 AM   #1502
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Congratulations, I'm getting mine the 29th, the waiting is the hardest part, isn't it?

When you had a good testdrive, please post your findings also on the xt660 forum http://www.xt660.com/index.php
In deed, waiting is horrible... Have to register there but no problem. I will have a look right now.
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Old 07-11-2008, 11:06 AM   #1503
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craigslist find: Tenere $1,850 Glen Carbon, IL

This isn't a new Tenere, and not mine! here's the link...

http://stlouis.craigslist.org/mcy/748966223.html

Yamaha Tenere Dual Sport XT-600Z 1988 - $1850 (Glen Carbon, IL)



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Date: 2008-07-10, 5:19PM CDT



This bike was sold only in Europe and was/is very popular there as a Paris-Dakkar replica. Runs great, mechanically up to date, many extra parts, 61xxx km. All "make it go" parts are readily available through Yamaha North America.
$1850.00 obo. No tire kickers, no test rides without cash on the seat. Includes the Givi trunk in the picture Electric and kick start, she is turn-key and ready to go. 618-781-1717 days.
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your bike is suitably dirty. Well done.
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Old 07-11-2008, 11:48 AM   #1504
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Today the centrestand and handlebar risers were fitted. The centrestand fits well and using it is simple and easy; I think it's a useful part for maintenance of the chain and rear wheel. The difference of the higher handlebar is great: more relaxed position of my arms and less strain on neck and shoulders. I also fitted an oiltemperature gauge, instead of the oil dipstick, so I can monitor the oil temperature. Now I can see if the engine reached the right temp to fully use the engine(at 80degrees Celcius). Another thing: Leovince also has a set of slip-ons for the new Tenere, but for half of the price of the Akrapovics. But, hey it's weekend, I'm gonna ride and smile from ear to ear!! Greetz, Hans.
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Old 07-11-2008, 01:30 PM   #1505
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I called 'Carbon Can Company' this week and had a quick talk with the man there.
I told him that people will be looking for an alternative to these expensice Akro's, but some will just want a single silencer can, and others will want twin cans.
He said that he had plenty of enquiries and was looking into the design soon.
I certainly will be after a single silencer can, it will be part of the 'weight reduction program' that the bike will undergo........
Other items to go will be bar weights, pillion footrests, engine shroud plastics and rear lower tail unit.

I am still yet to find an alternative handguards, as the Acerbis Multi-concept units do not fit due to the larger brake fluid reservoir. It is looking like the Acerbis Supermoto Handguards have a suitable bend to go around the reservoir, so I'll order a set this week......

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In case you don't know already, check this out: http://www.off-the-road.de/xt660_len...oer0.html?&L=1

Still not a perfect solution, but it's a solution. In fact, I am thinking about changing the handlebar to Magura, lighter and stronger and it fits with the Acerbis handguards.
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Old 07-12-2008, 03:24 AM   #1506
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My little tractor

Yesterday I did some off-road with the tenere. It was a course in Adventure Riding from goedmotorrijden.be.
3 students, 2 bmw GSA1200 and me on my little tenere-tracktor. Our instructor rode Ktm 950 Adventure. No one could keep up with him, but hey, its his job.
It was fun, but very muddy, because of the rain from the past days. On gravel the tenere is super (thanks to the 21inch front wheel), on mud it was gliding all the way and the bike is steering you, instead of you steering the bike.
Nope, nobody had knobbies on their bike, but just all-road tires.

The GSA’s where heavy on small muddy roads. But nothing could beat the ktm of our instructor doh.
Off-road you don’t need 100horsepower. The 48 of the tenere are good enough.
In the mud, I drove in first gear, almost without throttle (2000rpm). On gravel it was almost full throttle with a spinning rear wheel and a lot of dust. Also the breaks are very good. You can brake quite hard (after practice and some usefull tips of our instructor) on gravel without gliding and slipping.....without any ABS and fully electronic controlled Traction Control like on the GSA's. Those GSA's are to much hightech I think. Sometimes they had to use their manual to set some things off.

Because the tenere is so lean, its much more easy to do single track. Mudy single track is not the most pleasant road, if you ride a GSA.

Switching gear (up and down), by not using the clutch goes well in terrain (after a bit of practice).
Only when gliding in the mud, the tenere feels heavy. But I don’t like the original Metzler tourance tires. There are quick full of mud and they don’t have much grip. But on gravel they are good. On wet pavement, they have surprised me a few times.
I think my next tires are going to be anakees or maybe Scorpions if they exist in the tenere’s sizes.
I also dropped the tenere and the grey protector did his job. Not even a scratch on the fuel tank. I dropped it on asphalt instead in the mud. I was coming from wet grass, to much throttle and there I went. The bike is quite heavy, when its on the ground. That’s a great advantage for those GSA’s with there boxers. There never are fully on their side
I hurt my right leg. It was stuck under the foot peg. I ignored the pain for the xtc of riding my bike all day. My mates had to help me. Otherwise I was still on that spot I think.
My brake thing (how do you call this in English) is damaged, but I could ride further,without any problems and also a little scratch on the aluminium cap from the exhaustcan.
I’m curious about the repair-costs on the following maintenance.
I like my tenere much more now. It’s a nice bike to explore nature on a take-it-easy way, but you can go fast if you can/want. You can throw the bike where you want it (except in the mud;-) and even on asphalt ).
Now I’m sure I have chosen the right bike for me………for now ;-)
I didn't take pictures of the trip, but someone else did, so, I'm waiting for it, so I can post them here.
Those men on their GSA's had to work very hard (respect for that), so they where quite tired and glad the day was over. Me and the instructor had a big smile on our face. A few times we had to push the bikes the up hill with 4 men. Damn those GSA's are heavy. Because of the hard work, there are no pictures of that (We also had to push the tenere and the ktm)

If you click the link below, you can see pictures of the bike after my ride and the damage i made.
There's one thing I learned. If you can go fast and hard off-road in muddy conditions, whithout knobbies and sometimes singletrack with a GSA, you got to be superpilot....and one of the GSA riders could do that.....almost. I'm sure, if I gave him my little tractor, he would ride it like a rocket.
It was also my first real off-road experiance. The others did allready off-road travels with there GSA's and KTM. I did'nt have trouble to follow them (except the instructor).


http://picasaweb.google.nl/Cotthem/CursusAR


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Old 07-12-2008, 04:58 AM   #1507
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Yesterday I did some off-road with the tenere.
If you click the link below, you can see pictures of the bike after my ride and the damage i made.
Now it's a bike with character
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Old 07-12-2008, 07:42 AM   #1508
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[quote=Cotthem]If you click the link below, you can see pictures of the bike after my ride and the damage i made.

http://picasaweb.google.nl/Cotthem/CursusAR


It looks like a true Dual Sport bike to me now.
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Old 07-12-2008, 12:15 PM   #1509
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I finally had a chance to test ride the Tenere today! Unfortuantely, it was the lamest, shortest police escorted demo ride I've EVER been on all in city traffic. The Tenere felt exactly like my '05 KLR650 I used to have except it was somewhat noticabely heavier (it was fully fueled) with heavy steering at slow speed. Acceleration, wobblyness while cornering at +120kph (the one chance I had to go fast), braking, suspension and the popping sounds on deacceleration - all this felt just like riding my KLR. I seriously considered this bike, but it didn't do it for me. It's also double the price of the KLR ($7000 OTD, vs. $13000OTD). The F800GS was way, way more enjoyable to ride in every regard - its only single HUGE problem is the tiny 16L fuel tank.

Oh yeah - the instrument gauge on the Tenere was too minimal for me... There's no temperature guage! Also, it doesn't have that fuel reserve countdown feature... small things, but why leave these out?

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Old 07-12-2008, 01:40 PM   #1510
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Question MCN - 'Not a round the world adventure bike'

Motorcycle News (UK) has just done a test comparing XT660R, F800GS and New Tenere and I quote 'Yamaha has launched the new Tenere as a round- the-world adventure tourer - and it simply isn't'!
You can have a look on the MCN website at the first double page thread
http://www.motorcyclenews.com/
then, News, Most popular July 9th issue,
sorry dnt know how to post direct link?
Anyway interested to hear views as I was thinking of this bike as my round the world ideal bike, although I know this is only the veiw of one bike magazine.
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Old 07-12-2008, 06:31 PM   #1511
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I wasn't able to read the entire article, but I think saying it isn't capable is silly. There are scores of people who ride one-lungers around the world; KTM 640 Adventure, KLR650, etc...

Comparing the power to either a DL650 or the new 800GS is apples to oranges.

My favorite bike (so far) was my little DR650. It was lucky to put out 34hp, but it took me everywhere I asked it and it was easy and fun to ride.

I'd love to throw a leg over a Tenere. Maybe 2009 will be the year we can here in the US...
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Old 07-12-2008, 08:19 PM   #1512
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I also fitted an oiltemperature gauge, instead of the oil dipstick, so I can monitor the oil temperature. Now I can see if the engine reached the right temp to fully use the engine(at 80degrees Celcius).
Hi Dallastx, can you please tell me where you get the oiltemperature gauge? and if possible, a picture too? many thanks.
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Old 07-12-2008, 10:19 PM   #1513
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I got it from www.kedo.com and it's the same gauge you can use in a XTR/X. Greetz, Hans.
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Old 07-12-2008, 11:13 PM   #1514
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My favorite bike (so far) was my little DR650. It was lucky to put out 34hp, but it took me everywhere I asked it and it was easy and fun to ride.
Should be about 35hp stock.
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Old 07-13-2008, 09:55 AM   #1515
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I got it from www.kedo.com and it's the same gauge you can use in a XTR/X. Greetz, Hans.
Thanks. If I rate myself technical skill at 4/10, do you think I am technical enough to install the gauge myself?
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