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Old 09-10-2010, 03:38 PM   #46
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I just called Yamaha about the Lil10. Just stay on the line no option to talk to someone in the phone Q directly.
dumb question: is the lil10 the XT660z?
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Old 09-10-2010, 03:42 PM   #47
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dumb question: is the lil10 the XT660z?
LOL, it is. I think we just made it up!! L10, lil10......Tenere!!
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Old 09-10-2010, 03:43 PM   #48
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dumb question: is the lil10 the XT660z?
Yes they are the same. I am actually still on hold with them as I am typing this message. I will try to get a direct phone # to them.

Ok it took me 25 minutes to talk to the second live body! She said that she would document that I had called and that it was the customers that got the Super 10 in and that it might happen the same way with the LiL 10! So lets light up with swithchboard at Yamaha!! 1-800-962-7926!!!!!

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Old 09-10-2010, 03:45 PM   #49
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I just spoke with a "product specialist" at Yamaha USA. He told me that the more calls they get about it the more likely they are to bring them in for us. He's gotten some other calls apparently but he has no idea how many calls are needed to try a "test run." He explained that the test run would be similar to the Super Tenere idea that if you want one, they'll take orders with a $500 deposit and only bring in the number ordered.

So if anyone is truly interested, or just wants to help get another sweet bike on the streets and trails of the US; call and tell them you think it should be available. The number is below, don't be shy! Tell them you want the XT660Z available to the US market!

(800) 962-7926
I'm calling!! You never know what it could mean in the end! Imagine how cool if we can make this happen!!
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Old 09-10-2010, 04:09 PM   #50
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This one is a no brainer, The Tenere 660 is built to Euro 3 emissions standards which are MORE STRINGENT than US EPA standards. All they have to do is run the tests and throw some labels on! I know that simplifies the process, but it is as close to a home run as you will ever get.

Honestly, the only thing to hold this back is the dealer network, who will probably make less per unit sold that an FZ where many of the parts are made in China...
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Old 09-10-2010, 04:54 PM   #51
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LOL, it is. I think we just made it up!! L10, lil10......Tenere!!
I guess I shoulda figgerd it out.
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Old 09-10-2010, 05:01 PM   #52
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Just got off the phone with Yamaha.......... The guy says people are calling, they are recording and noting the calls. Rep claims they read the comments and he himself agreed with the opinion that the Lil10 would be a great hit here!

I SAY, KEEP CALLING THEM!!!!!!!!

Bring lil10 here, bring lil10 here, bring lil10 here!!!! Bring the Tenere to the USA!!!!!
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Old 09-22-2010, 03:56 PM   #53
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Be proactive

I just got off the phone with a US Customs Agent (work related.) I mentioned the Lil10 issue and the Euro3 Emissions factor. He said, "it doesn't sound like it should be a problem, but there are other factors." He's passing on my cell# to the guy in his port (Chicago) that handles vehicle importation. He had a very positive tone and seemed to think it shouldn't be an issue beyond duty and a few possible compliance hiccups. -Right from the man with the badge! SOOOOOO this could mean that we can go 'round Yamaha and just bring 'em in ourselves!!

If one of us does it, and shares documentation of president with other bringing bikes in (or If we team up and share shipping/import costs and documentation) We could all have an awesome season next year riding our new Teneres!

I'll keep all of you posted on this...
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I just got off the phone with a US Customs Agent (work related.) I mentioned the Lil10 issue and the Euro3 Emissions factor. He said, "it doesn't sound like it should be a problem, but there are other factors." He's passing on my cell# to the guy in his port (Chicago) that handles vehicle importation. He had a very positive tone and seemed to think it shouldn't be an issue beyond duty and a few possible compliance hiccups. -Right from the man with the badge! SOOOOOO this could mean that we can go 'round Yamaha and just bring 'em in ourselves!!

If one of us does it, and shares documentation of president with other bringing bikes in (or If we team up and share shipping/import costs and documentation) We could all have an awesome season next year riding our new Teneres!

I'll keep all of you posted on this...



Sir, you have my attention!
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Old 09-22-2010, 05:45 PM   #55
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OK, now that is what I am talking about!! It would be great to ride one up to the Yamaha N. America offices and show it to them!!

http://www.petitiononline.com/XT660Z/ Go and sign the petition!!

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Old 09-22-2010, 06:16 PM   #56
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I signed up. I have been wanting this bike for a few years now. I am giving this bike one more year to get here. If it does not ill be looking at the orange bike. Ben
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Old 09-22-2010, 06:17 PM   #57
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I just got off the phone with a US Customs Agent (work related.) I mentioned the Lil10 issue and the Euro3 Emissions factor. He said, "it doesn't sound like it should be a problem, but there are other factors." He's passing on my cell# to the guy in his port (Chicago) that handles vehicle importation. He had a very positive tone and seemed to think it shouldn't be an issue beyond duty and a few possible compliance hiccups. -Right from the man with the badge! SOOOOOO this could mean that we can go 'round Yamaha and just bring 'em in ourselves!!

If one of us does it, and shares documentation of president with other bringing bikes in (or If we team up and share shipping/import costs and documentation) We could all have an awesome season next year riding our new Teneres!

I'll keep all of you posted on this...
For us Canadians, all we need is a letter stating that it was built to our standards.

The Yamaha rep gave the crap about emissions, electrical, blah, blah, blah. I think that if the bike is worthy for the roads in Europe, some of which are just as stringent or more then ours then WTF, BRING IT ALL READY!!

Know anyone that speaks Japanese to get the letter?? The letter would be good for both countries.
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It would seem like somebody would fill the niche. On the soft DS side you've got the XRL and DR but, while both can be modified, neither come made for longer trips. On the performance DS side you've got the 690R and TE630 which also need significant mods for the long way somewhere.

The only ready-made adventure thumper is the KLR. One hell of a value but did somebody mention slow and heavy? Then there is a huge gap to the BMW F800GS. There used to be the 640Adv and F650 Dakar to fill the hole but they have left the building. Yes, there is also the Wee but it needs mods to perform in any fashion off-road.

The little Tenere would be just right for many riders.
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Old 09-22-2010, 06:30 PM   #59
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It would fill a gap here in the US,, and on looks alone I think it would sell,, look how well the KLR does and until recently it didnt get any changes for what 25 years.. Another bike in the mix would keep other manufacturers on their toes.. if there is no competition they go stagnant,, how long was the KLR the same bike?? if they had another similar bike to compete against they would have upgraded something on it every other year or every couple,, not every 20..
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It would seem like somebody would fill the niche. On the soft DS side you've got the XRL and DR but, while both can be modified, neither come made for longer trips. On the performance DS side you've got the 690R and TE630 which also need significant mods for the long way somewhere.

The only ready-made adventure thumper is the KLR. One hell of a value but did somebody mention slow and heavy? Then there is a huge gap to the BMW F800GS. There used to be the 640Adv and F650 Dakar to fill the hole but they have left the building. Yes, there is also the Wee but it needs mods to perform in any fashion off-road.

The little Tenere would be just right for many riders.
+1

The wee is also on the heavy side.

Really, Yamaha has a big hole in their lineup that Honda, Suzuki and Kawasaki have tried to fill. The 660Z would be in my driveway instead of a KLR, but until a shiny new one arrives at a Yamaha dealer I'm looking at a F800. The KTM 990 is a bit much, finding used in the great white north is difficult and I can only import an 07 or earlier.
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