Yamaha XT660Z Tenere and XJR1300 – Yamaha XT660Z Tenere and XJR1300 production will end at the end of the year. The XJR1300 born 20 years ago, in 1995. Despite having been updated just last year, Yamaha decides not to release the Euro4 model. Yamaha suspended the XT660Z Tenere for the same reason.
XJR left a “big hole”. It may not be immediately filled. However, we could soon see a motorcycle adventure. A motorbike already seen in testing in Italy in April. Maybe call XT700Z Keep. Spied in testing in Italy, Yamaha wants to launch a bike as a Ténéré Middleweight. It will have the same 75hp of MT-07, with the parallel twin-engine 689cc that seed a new steel frame. The swing-arm and upside down forks are new. The wheels are spoked wire and the front looks like a 21 inches.
Yamaha XT660Z Tenere becomes XT700Z Keep
The Yamaha XT700Z Keep will have all the elements of a middle adventure motorcycle. So, it will have a long suspension travel, large ground clearance and a high screen. The bash plate engine says it might also have some real off-road ambition. Front brake dual discs seem smaller than the MT-07 and I lost form wavey.
Yamaha is currently evaluating all its non-Euro4. The Japanese brand has to figure out if he wants to create Euro4 engines. So, the main considerations relate to the cost of the bike and whether performance will suffer. Although these bikes are not yet listed on the Yamaha website, residual stock dealer means that you may still be able to pick them up. We may know more soon. Most likely already at Intermot in Cologne or at EICMA 2016, which these days are increasing its activity and is presenting its first events. So, we should say goodbye to the Yamaha XT660Z Tenere. Now, we wait news form Iwata.