1989 YAMAHA XTZ750 SUPER TÉNÉRÉ
Dakar success: 1991 YZE750T (Stephane Peterhansel), 1992/3 & 1995 & 1997/8 YZE850T (Stephane Peterhansel), 1996 (Edi Orioli)
“The Yamaha Super Ténéré was an incredibly successful Dakar racer and in the hands of ‘Mr Dakar’ Stephane Peterhansel it dominated the race in the 1990s. It is typical Yamaha in its construction, an incredibly powerful engine in something of an agricultural chassis. The parallel-twin engine is very sophisticated with five-valve heads and a dry sump, but that makes it a bit angrier and less refined than the Honda. It’s not the nicest bike to ride and the side panels are bulbous simply so they make the bike look like it has the racer’s extra tanks fitted.
“This bike is interesting because it is in the original Yamaha colours of white and yellow, rather than the blue most people associate with the race team, as it is a 1989 launch bike. Interestingly, the Ténéré name comes from a particularly treacherous stage in the Dakar that once saw everyone lost for two days after a sandstorm rolled in.”