Dakar suc­cess: 1991 YZE750T (Stephane Peter­hansel), 1992/3 & 1995 & 1997/8 YZE850T (Stephane Peter­hansel), 1996 (Edi Ori­oli)

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Comment -

“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.”

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