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Yamaha XT660Z Tenere

The Yamaha 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 in 2008. It was discontinued in 2017 but remains a great bike. Extensive testing with Greg Yager (TB from 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 - and this delivers.


  • Cush Drive Hub Problems. We also offer a mod to the rear cush drive hub. In stock form, if ridden aggressively the cush drive rubbers wear out in as little as 1000km. The axle size is a little small and only supported by a narrow bearing. We strip the cush drive and machine the hub and sleeve out to accept a double row bearing. This takes the twist out and allows the rubbers to have a normal service life.
  • Frame Stresses. Keep a close eye on engine mounts, because the Tenere uses the engine as a stressed member of the frame. With loose engine mounts the frame will flex between the footpegs and the tank, resulting in a fracked frame. The lower rear engine mount is usually the first to come loose/break from the bashplate fitting and stressing the mount.
  • Rims. The stock rims have no rim-locks, drill the rims and fit them if you want to run under 20psi tyre pressure. We have been using a 2.5 rim-lock in the rear with no issues, the rim is a 2.75.
  • Air Filter. The stock paper filter should have been replaced by a foam unit in pre delivery by your dealer. Worth checking. We have rebuilt Tenere engines from eating dust with the stock paper element.
  • Radiator Hose Issues. The water hose out of the water pump is vulnerable. Using an old grip or old radiator hose, split it down the middle and cable tie it on to help reinforce the existing hose.
  • Accessories. Racks and other accessories can be found at Adventure Moto in Sydney NSW.
  • Tyre Selection. We like the Dunlop 952F front as the 660 does not give a lot of feel from the front, regardless of the fork setting. Dunlop D606 is the best all round rear. The Michelin HP4 is also a great front but not road legal, the T63 is a great rear choice too.

XT660Z Suspension Upgrade - Stage 1

Upgraded Fork & Upgraded Standard Shock
Part No. 13-XT660Z-STG1

Full fork service, our Platinum fork valve and new fork springs to your weight with a revalved OEM shock sprung for your weight.

XT660Z Suspension Upgrade - Stage 2

Upgraded Fork & new 1 way adjustable Tractive Shock
Part No. 13-XT660Z-STG2

Full fork service, our Platinum fork valve and new fork springs to your weight with a new Tractive shock sprung for your weight.

XT660Z Suspension Upgrade - Stage 3

Fork Cartridge & Tractive Adjustable Shock with HPA
Part No. 13-XT660Z-STG3

Full fork service, Andreani Misano cartrige kit, with a new Tractive shock with HPA sprung for your weight.

Yamaha Tenere Cush Drive Hub Repair

Part No. 14-750-00

Yamaha XT660Z Tenere Forks

We service the forks, replacing the fluid and seals, weld and machine the damper rods to fit the new V4s Valves, and machine the fork spring pre-load tubes to a custom length. Our modifications give huge benefits over the stock parts. You can also find the fork spring rate you need with our range of rates from 0.48 to 0.65kg/mm

Matthew Vasilescu - Yamaha Tenere 660

"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

Andreani Adjustable Fork Cartridge Kit for Yamaha XTZ660

AUD $1,080.00
In Stock
Part No. 105Y22
Teknik Motorsport

Motorcycle Fork Service

AUD $242.00
In Stock
Part No. 13-008-00

Yamaha XT660Z Tenere Shock

We focused our testing on the OEM shock, making valving changes backed up by dyno testing on our own Roehrig shock dyno. It sounds like a lesser option compared with adjustable aftermarket shocks, but honestly, once we have gone through your old shock with new parts and custom set the valving to suit your height, weight and riding, the end result is a revelation for a much cheaper price.

If the adjustability and fancy looks are a must have, we offer a range of replacement shocks from Yacugar and TFX.

Yacugar Suspension

Yacugar F-RS Shock for Yamaha XT660 Z Tenere

AUD $1,155.00
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Part No.
TFX Suspension

TFX 140 Emulsion Shock for 08-18 Yamaha XT660Z Tenere

From  AUD $950.00
Special Order
Part No. 140-0557-00
TFX Suspension

TFX 140 Emulsion Shock for 15-18 Yamaha XT660Z ABS Tenere

AUD $950.00
Special Order
Part No. 140-0558-00
TFX Suspension

TFX 141 Hose Shock for 08-18 Yamaha XT660Z Tenere

From  AUD $1,215.01
Special Order
Part No. 141-0557-00
TFX Suspension

TFX 141 Hose Shock for 15-18 Yamaha XT660Z ABS Tenere

AUD $1,215.01
Special Order
Part No. 141-0558-00
Yacugar Suspension

Yacugar E-RS Shock for Yamaha XT660Z Tenere (non-ABS)

AUD $880.00
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