The Tenere XT660Z has so many great points. The suspension is not one of them.
We started working on an upgrade kit soon after the bike hit Australia. Extensive testing with Greg Yager (TB from rideadv.com.au) over several years has seen us refine the ingredients, along with input from others such as Peter Payne (Yamaha Australia).
Riders from novice to A grade motocrossers have ridden our modified Tenere package with great results. Our aim is always maximum performance at minimum cost, so we offer these special prices for the following packages only:
Stage 1. New Fork Springs, V4s Valves in Forks, Damper Rod Modifications, Revalved Stock Rear Shock, New Shock Spring.
Suspension Only $950
Ride In & Ride Out $1100
Stage 2: New Fork Springs, V4s Valves in Forks, Damper Rod Mods, Ohlins S46PR1C1 Shock (YA817).
Suspension Only $1895
Ride In & Ride Out $1995
Latest fork and shock setting from testing by Stephen Gall and TB (Greg Yager), updated April 2016. Talk to them on the 2016 Tenere Tragics if you can catch them! If we have already modified your Tenere shock, we will update it to the latest spec for $180 inc oil. (Shock only, no remove and refit.)
Every option is sprung front and back to suit you and your application. Every shock option is dyno tested on our suspension dyno to ensure it meets our standards. Our V4s valves (Also known as Emulators, PD valves, travel control valves, whatever you want to call them) give us control of fork speed sensitive dampening, and make all sorts of tuning options available.
Snapshot of the typical email we get back from a Tenere 660 customer:
"Having had my Tenere 660 for around 2 years and put a mere 15,000km on it under my ownership I finally came to the biggest decision for the bike. It was time to do something about the less than stellar factory suspension. Now I’m not the worlds best adv rider and I didn’t think I would feel all that different on the bike.
I was wrong, what a different feeling it had as soon as it went out of the driveway. Even my saddle sensor could tell things were going to be very different, the front end dive had disappeared. The usual wallow over the smallest of bumps was gone, no longer did I feel speed humps 50 meters after the event.
When it came to dirt and anything of a serious nature the bike lost it’s pogo stick nature. To say I’m pleased with the results would be an understatement, it’s the best money you can spend on your Tenere besides all the shiny pretty bits of course."
- Matthew Vasilescu Forks We service the forks, replace the fluid and seals, weld and machine the damper rods, and machine the fork spring pre-load tubes to a custom length.
Shock We focused our testing on the OEM shock, making valving changes backed up by dyno testing on our own Roehrig shock dyno. However, if you must have the adjustability and fancy looks, we offer two replacement shocks from Yacugar and Ohlins.