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Old 08-04-2010, 08:35 AM   #1
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Petition to Release the Yamaha XT660Z Ténéré in the US

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Old 08-04-2010, 09:30 AM   #2
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Good luck with it, though I suspect a fundamental engine homologation issue precludes the bike being sold in the US. The XT660Z's engine is made by Minarelli (a Yamaha subsidiary these days) in Italy, and since production started in around 2004 has appeared in a number of other brands' bikes (Aprilia Pegaso, Derbi Mulhacen) in addition to several other Yams - XT660X, 660R, MT-03 - none of which seem to have ever made it Stateside.
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Old 08-04-2010, 10:00 AM   #3
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Good luck with it, though I suspect a fundamental engine homologation issue precludes the bike being sold in the US. The XT660Z's engine is made by Minarelli (a Yamaha subsidiary these days) in Italy, and since production started in around 2004 has appeared in a number of other brands' bikes (Aprilia Pegaso, Derbi Mulhacen) in addition to several other Yams - XT660X, 660R, MT-03 - none of which seem to have ever made it Stateside.
MuZ imported that engine (or an earlier version of it) from 1995-ish until the end of production around 2001 (perhaps) and used that engine in the Skorpion Sport, Tour, Mastiff and one other.

I owned a sport, and the engine was pretty fun... also thought it was used in some quads that were sold stateside?

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Old 08-04-2010, 10:20 AM   #4
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Old 08-04-2010, 11:31 AM   #5
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Old 08-04-2010, 11:58 AM   #6
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:17 PM   #7
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MuZ imported that engine (or an earlier version of it) from 1995-ish until the end of production around 2001 (perhaps) and used that engine in the Skorpion Sport, Tour, Mastiff and one other.

I owned a sport, and the engine was pretty fun... also thought it was used in some quads that were sold stateside?

Would that be the 5 valve, carb engine in the MZ?

The later post '03 660 is a 4-valve head, injection only. The crankcases look similar, but I know the crank itself is not the same.

I owned an XT660Z Tén until recently, and it's reputed to have the best iteration of the current 660 engine design - they finally got the fuelling spot on for one thing. Very smooth for a thumper, and smooths out even more after a few thousand miles. A lovely bike in many ways, but hampered a little by limited performance on the open road. Probably your best bet to get hold of one would be getting a dealer to ship over the pond from Europe, though it might surprise you to learn that the bike currently retails in the UK for the equivalent of over $10,000.
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:35 PM   #8
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Old 08-04-2010, 01:27 PM   #9
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I tried calling Japan to get a letter stating that the bike was built to Canadian standars, but my Japanese was as good as their English.

Here's the thread with some contact info:http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=517694
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Old 08-04-2010, 01:28 PM   #10
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Old 08-04-2010, 01:34 PM   #11
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it might surprise you to learn that the bike currently retails in the UK for the equivalent of over $10,000.
If you shop around they can be bought for less than $8000 tho..

I got one for £5000, its a great little bike..
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Old 08-04-2010, 01:51 PM   #12
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I signed. Won't buy one for many reasons, but the big four Japanese bike companies need to get serious about bringing real dual sports into the US market.
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Old 08-04-2010, 02:14 PM   #13
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Ithe big four Japanese bike companies need to get serious about bringing real dual sports into the US market.
There are quite a few 'real' DS bikes already.
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Old 08-05-2010, 07:09 AM   #14
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There are quite a few 'real' DS bikes already.
That is true, but I know of several posts where guys are putting Yamaha forks on their KLR's and BMW Dakar's. It would be nice to have the option of a better suspension, large fuel tank and decent fuel economy.

Because the Tenere and a few other models are not available to North America, the other 2 (Honda, Suzuki) have not updated their 650's, the new KLR is not my favourite look although they did try to make a better bike by adding larger forks (and reduced the travel) and a few other things, upgrading is left to BMW or KTM. (IMHO)

I would not pass up a 20L F800GS (without carrying a fuel can).

Just what I want in a DS.
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