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. I like it so much I own one (Nick). 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:
Pricing based on New or as new bike.If you need consumables such as seals, bushes,bumper, shock seal, etc,extra costs for parts will apply .Freight options include Aust post and TNT , approx $25-35 road .
Suspension Only $1050
Ride in & Ride Out $1200
New Fork Springs, V4s Valves in Forks, Damper Rod Modifications, Revalved Stock Rear Shock, New Shock Spring.
Suspension Only $1895
in & Ride Out $1995
New Fork Springs, V4s Valves in Forks, Damper Rod Mods, Ohlins S46PR1C1 Shock (YA817). Subject to availability.
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.
Fork Revalve & Service with V4S Valves. Its not just any old service; the welding, the machining and the Teknik designed travel control valve system 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
"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
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.
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.
It sounds like a lesser option, 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. To find the perfect shock spring rate, click here.
A Piggy-back style shock with Compression and Rebound Adjustment, it comes with an 80N spring standard. Ohlins have discontinued their stiffer springs, so we have had more made in 85, 90 and 95N. They are still Yellow so everyone knows you have an Ohlins! Find the rate you need in our shock springs here.