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Old 07-14-2008, 09:07 AM   #1
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My New Tenere

Well...it's new to me

Just collected this beauty, a 1987 XT600Z Tenere with only 21,500 kms (13,300 miles) on the clock.



I've always wanted one of these and she's a good 'un.















Rode 200 miles in an afternoon to get her home, no problems at all and that was with Mrs Tim as a passenger and an overnight bag on the carrier.

I'm happy
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Old 07-14-2008, 09:37 AM   #2
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Congrats!! What a beauty and in a very good condition! Was it restored or did the last owner kept it this good? Be proud to own such a fine machine. Greetz, Hans.
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Old 07-14-2008, 10:19 AM   #3
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Wow, looks newer than my 2008 Tenere

Cool.
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Old 07-14-2008, 10:24 AM   #4
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Thanks guys, I don't know the history of it other than that it was imported from Italy by a UK bike dealer this year. The first UK owner only had it for a few months before selling it to me in order to finance another project. I haven't had time to have a good look around it yet but I don't think that it has been restored.

The only thing is that I think this old girl is too good to take trail riding now so I'll have to stick with my "young" Africa Twin as it is only 18 years old!
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Old 07-14-2008, 11:31 AM   #5
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In the words of the crocodile hunter....Crikey, she's a beaut !
That road tax thing would last about 5 mins in our trails though.
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Old 07-15-2008, 05:15 AM   #6
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Hi Tim, was this the one that was on ebay UK? mighty fine machine.
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Old 07-15-2008, 06:27 AM   #7
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wow! nice bike, never ridden.
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Old 07-15-2008, 05:58 PM   #8
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That is one nice bike. I love those early Teneres.
Dont see too many of them for sale in Australia, especially that good.

Look after it.
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Old 07-15-2008, 06:27 PM   #9
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How can a 20 yr old bike look that good?
Anything I've had for 20 WEEKS looks like 7 kinds of hammered dogshit.
Really nice ride , congrats.
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Old 07-15-2008, 06:30 PM   #10
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Congrats!

Wow that bike is really clean!!! Looks like the PO took really good care of it.
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Old 07-16-2008, 04:00 AM   #11
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Hi Tim, was this the one that was on ebay UK? mighty fine machine.
Yes it was, paid a fair bit for it but it's a keeper.
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Old 07-16-2008, 12:30 PM   #12
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Wow, what a beauty. Got urself a treasure there m8.
Have lots of fun with it.

Cheers,
Peke
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Old 07-22-2008, 06:15 PM   #13
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XT600 Tenere - Brilliant all rounder!

Hi there,

I have owned a few XT600 Tenere's over the last few years and I have come to the conclusion that this is the bike for me, and 5 of my mates come to that. I have owned all types of bikes in the past but when preparing for a big trip a few years ago we decided on 600 Tenere's - there was a number of reasons but proven reliabilty and simplicity were the two main factors behind the decision. It was only once I began to ride them that I realised this was such a good all round bike. OK it wasn't fast by any means but it didn't feel too slow either. I began using a XT600 3AJ as a commuter bike for work while I stripped and re-built a XT600 1VJ for my trip. I took the first bike on many road and off road trips, I got very familiar with all aspect so that by the time I was off on the trip I was confident that the bike was ready and should there be any problems I would be able to fix them. I did 9000 miles through Russia and Eastern Europe in 2005, it was fantatic, I now have the bike with me in New Zealand and plan to put many more miles on the clock. You can still pic up really good bikes coming in from Italy for peanuts compared to modern bikes, the build is fantastic and if you really want a bike to last then spend a couple of grand with Dave Lambeth Engineering and you'll have a bullet proof bike which will probably out live your riding career and there is not many bikes you could say that about!
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Old 07-22-2008, 06:18 PM   #14
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Mudgaurd

Just one more thing, if you can find a low mudguard the bike will run cooler, not a major on road but under heavy load it makes a difference!
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Old 07-22-2008, 06:22 PM   #15
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That bike was loved dearly by someone. It looks very fine!
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