The Yamaha XTZ750 Super Ténéré
Developed as a logical progression from the XTZ600 Ténéré, the Super Ten came around in 1989 as Yamaha’s ‘big trailie’ – which was what adventure bikes were called back then. The bike featured a 749cc liquid-cooled parallel twin motor, with five-valves per pot. It produced around 69bhp and later found use in both the TDM850/900 and the TRX850 sports machine. Throughout the bike’s seven year lifespan until deletion in 1996, it stayed pretty much the same. Chassis-wise the bike had proper dirt-bike wheels (21in front and 17in rear) even if the thing was more at home as a big, comfy sports tourer rather than hitting the dirt itself, even if the launch took place in Egypt. A fitting place, really. In race spec, the bike in 750 and 850cc versions is the most successful bike in the history of the Dakar Rally, taking wins in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998. Six of these victories were with Stephane Peterhansel in the saddle. Today the Super Ten doesn’t command the prices that a comparable Africa Twin or R1100GS does, but that makes it a veritable bargain.