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Even though 25 + years old: the Yamaha XTZ 750 Super Ténéré

Yamaha XTZ 750

When the legendary XT500 was already classic, Yamaha just went on - or beside - the chosen path. Off road driving meant adventure. Even driving on an off- or all-road motorcycle was already an adventure. Even when you did that in Paris or Amsterdam Noord. Although: in the neighborhood of Amsterdam Noord at the start of the 90 years you still had adventurous leeway for your Yamaha XTZ 750 Super Ténéré.

In his time (1991-1998) the Yamaha XTZ 750 Super Ténéré was completely up to date

The block with its 45 degrees forward sloping cylinders with double overhead camshafts, balance shafts and Ø 38 mm Mikuni's had five valves per cylinder and the valve clearance did not need to be checked until after 42.000 (!) Km. That two-cylinder block delivered 70 hp at 7.500 rpm and had a torque of 66,7 Nm at 6750 rpm. In addition, the Yamaha XTZ 750 Super Ténéré also demonstrated how serious it was: the twin was the first all-road / off-road with two front-wheel disc brakes. In the meantime, the off roads have evolved via all roads to adventurers.

Too big isn't good either


The latter are impressive ego machines with which you better stay on tight asphalt because they have almost as much power as they weigh kilos. You should not be off the beaten track with that. And if you do it then the adventure is worse than ever. An acquaintance landed with his huge adventure machine while bravely crossing a bushy field in a ditch he had overlooked. He was still muddling to get his motorcycle out of the ditch when he was called. The engine software had reported a passing satellite that the machine had been on its side for ten minutes. The satellite called the manufacturer's help desk. And from there my knowledge was called: “We see that your engine has been on its side for fifteen minutes. Is there something going on? How are you? Can we help? "

And so we come back to the Yamaha XTZ 750 Super Ténéré

Because our knowledge put his beautiful new heavy adventure bike on sale due to the interference of satellites and help desks and bought a nice Yamaha XTZ 750 Super Ténéré. A copy that apparently had a neat life. His approach was that he never again wanted a very modern motorcycle because they are too meddling. A true, old classic gave too many practical limitations. But the Yamaha XTZ 750 Super Ténéré is topical enough to be practical, yet endearingly dated. And the thing has a large tank, with 26 liters you get about 400 kilometers away, and excellent ergonomics. And that such a Yamaha XTZ 750 Super Ténéré shifts a bit of a crap? Oh well, you forgive a classic, right?

Very reliable and tough

There are Yamaha XTZ 750 Super Ténérés that have been over the barrel. The rear suspension and the clutch housing are the only points that are susceptible to wear. The condition of the exhaust system also deserves attention. And of course never buy a copy that the owner has really traversed the world and all deserts with.

Nice, slender, yet tough

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