The Yamaha XTZ750 Su­per Ténéré

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics - - READER’S RESTORATION -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.