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 $850 Ride In & Ride Out $950
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
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.
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 HERE.
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.
Stock Shock Service & Revalve. 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.
Ohlins Shock (YA817). 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.
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. Complete details can be found HERE.
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.