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YAMAHA XT Models/Series Timeline, Specifications & Photos

Generations: 30
First production year: 1976
 

2018 - Present

The exclusive Worldcrosser includes lightweight carbon body panels and special black anodized chassis protectors that make your Super Tenere ready for the toughest adventure. Using the latest Worldcrosser accessory package available from your Yamaha dealer, you can transform your Super Tenere into the Super Tenere Worldcrosser to create one of the toughest long-distance bikes we've ever built

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2018 - Present

The Super Tenere is built from the ground up to be the most exciting next-generation adventure tourer, combining Yamaha's Dakar-bred toughness and reliability with light, easy handling and advanced rider assist technology.

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2018 - Present

The latest XT1200ZE Super Tenere is built to satisfy your desire to see what lies beyond the horizon. Equipped with a hugely powerful 1,199cc engine and a rugged chassis featuring electronically adjustable suspension, the Super Tenere is ready to thrill on the highway and excel on the dirt.

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2017 - Present

Light and nimble with a low seat height and Yamaha durability, the XT250 is the perfect traveling companion.

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2016 - Present

Whether commuting to work or hitting the back country for a day of exploring, the ultra-reliable XT250 is a fun loving dual sport that is easy to ride. Light & nimble, with a low seat height, the fuel injected XT250 offers great versatility. Your adventure starts here.

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2012 - 2013

In case Yamaha would ever crown a king of the urban jungle, then the XT660X would be the noble bike to receive the honor. Engineered to provide a crisp response to both throttle movement and steering, the 2012 Yamaha XT660X is the ultimate machine to go anywhere. Derived from the acclaimed older XT bikes, this one takes performance to the street level, in a revised, modern attire, with design cues screaming supermotard aggression and uncompromised road stance. The razor-sharp handling works great with the nimble liquid-cooled thumper engine, while the powerful brakes are a nice complement...

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2012 - 2013

Built for the riders in search of a more enduro-capable machine, the 2012 Yamaha XT660R is bringing a more nimble, tougher character to the off-road game. Still an exceptional all-rounder which can be ridden to work daily, this middleweight machine is great for the urban traffic with its slender build and exceptional maneuverability, while offering a rewarding experience on the forest trails or pathways out in the wild. A true dual-sport machine, the 2012 Yamaha XT660R can expand functionality with countless accessories which endow it with extended capabilities to provide real solution fo...

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2012 - 2013

For the riders who value the increased road safety ABS systems add to their bikes, Yamaha has prepared a special version of the acclaimed Tenere: the 2012 XT660Z Tenere ABS, a machine which retains the full rideability and off-road capabilities of the base model, but which brings anti-lock brakes to the two-wheeled game. The sat of the 2012 XT660Z Tenere ABS is also a bit lower, making the bike even more easy to handle at low speed and minimizing the effort when a helping foot on the ground is needed to surmount obstacles.

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2012 - 2013

The middleweight Tenere is an iconic bike which has already covered millions of miles of the world's toughest roads and trails during it's lengthy history. The 2013 Yamaha XT660Z Tenere carries on the acclaimed heritage and takes things to the next level, now benefiting from the latest technology tricks available up Yamaha's sleeve. A rigged cross-country exploration machine, the 2013 Yamaha XT660Z Tenere comes with a revised design and rally-raid bodywork, all ready to accommodate touring optional accessories and your luggage. With a generous fuel tank delivering an impre...

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2012 - 2013

In case you're planning the ride of a lifetime aboard Yamaha machinery, you might want to take a look at the 2012 Super Tenere Worldcrosser, a truly rugged and tough long-distance touring machine which can take on both long highway hauls and deserted rocky pathways on remote corners of the planet. With a powerful, shaft drive 1200-class engine and the latest in power deployment technology, the Super Tenere Worldcrosser brings awesome feats, such as chip-controlled throttle, multiple mappings, traction control and so many more. Optional performance-focused upgrades are also available...

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2012 - 2013

The 2012 Super Ténéré is built for adventure, with an exceptionally compact 1199cc parallel twin with a unique 270° crank for excellent torque and traction. Engine mass is kept low for excellent handling and the narrow 2-cylinder inline engine is slim and compact for carving tight lines in twisty mountain roads. The ABS and Unified Brake System (UBS) work together to help prevent wheel lock during braking. This system allows the rider to operate front and rear brakes together by simply pulling the front brake lever, especially helpful when riding while standing on the pegs. Applying the r...

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2011 - 2012

The 2012 MY XT1200Z Super Tenere takes the heritage of the old 750 Super Tenere to a whole new level. Sporting now an 1199cc displacement but retaining the parallel twin architecture, the engine provides substantially better power and torque figures, and is mated to a 6-speed wide-ratio transmission. Traction control and ABS Unified Brakes are standard. A bike built for true adventure touring, the XT1200Z Super Tenere also arrives with wire spoked wheels, long suspension travel and plenty of other amenities which make long-range touring and off-road navigation an easier, more rewardin...

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2008 - 2009

The Yamaha XT 660Z Tenere’s engine is used in a number of other machines (including the Aprilia Pagaso, MT-03, Derbi Mulhacen as well as the XT 660 X and R models) complaints of a jerky throttle, stalling and mid rev hunting have been fixed on the Tenere. The engine accelerates cleanly from a closed throttle and pulls well (for a single) up to 70 mph. Intrusive Vibes begin at 5000 rpm. The smooth-shifting 5-speed transmission is equipped with carefully chosen gear ratios that are designed to optimise the bike’s strong low to mid-range torque output, and the 2.9 litre transmission oil capacit...

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2006 - Present

But first, the rush-hour ride home. Use the XT’s punchy four-stroke motor and motocross-style handlebars to cut through the city traffic like it’s barely there. Then load up and chase some new horizons.

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2006 - 2010

Introducing the new Yamaha XT 250, a bike designed for versatility at a great price. A new four-stroke engine revs out predictable power, while a five-speed transmission and class-leading low seat height gives you both performance and ease of use. Whether riding in the city or at the clamp, let the new XT 250 spice up your adventure.

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2005 - Present

Yamaha XT 125X is a supermotard bike build in 2005 and take the styling from the popular XT 660 X. This bike has the same engine, frame and bodywork as the XT 125R. Powered by a carburetor, air-cooled, single-cylinder, SOHC four-stroke motor, Yamaha has strangled the power output to 10 hp, which makes performance less than impressive. Power is delivered smoothly, though and the five-speed gearbox is nice and slick.

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2004 - 2005

The Yamaha XT 660 X handles just fine on its gorgeous Excel rims, right up to about 145 Km (90 mph) when the bars start to weave. The Yamaha XT 660 X is less impressive, the brakes are especially woeful and probably some of the least convincing fitted to a road motorcycle.

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2004 - Present

My XT 660 R is a mixture of mainly new and a bit of old. The number 660 sounds familiar to some then its because in the 90` Yamaha has build a Super XT just for European market, with five valve, water-cooled engine. Both the Yamaha XT 660 R and Yamaha XT 660 X share a neat digital dash, smart plastics and the same monkey metal, easy-bend bars Yamaha fits to all its off-road bikes.

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2002 - 2004

From dusk until dawn, our latest farm workhorse is ready, willing and able. Built Yamaha tough and tested on South Island stations, the XTZ 125 is a dependable all-rounder on the farm and comes packed with effort saving electric start, a useful rear rack and a low maintenance air filter system. Whether your day leads you to public roads or narrow hillside tracks, the road legal 124cc four stroke XTZ 125 is the right tool for the job. The compact design, comfortable low seat and LCD instrument panel make the XTZ 125 the ideal multi-purpose bike for farms.

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1999 - 2003

The single cylinder air cooled engine of 595 cc, fed via a carburetor, provides adequate torque and power for everyday use and up to an extend for sporty riding. Conclusively for the single cylinder 600 cc category standards, the weight of the bike feels average. The dimensions of the bike are average, the width is narrow. The neutral riding position places the rider in and mostly above the bike.

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1991 - 1999

The Yamaha XTZ 660 lofty perch and wide bars make for easy, confident bend swinging and superior vision of the road ahead. You’ll need it too, since the brakes are lamentable the lack of bite exacerbated by some colossal fork dive. And by God, the Yamaha XTZ 660 seat’s uncomfortable too. The name Tenere has been synonymous with Yamaha’s rugged Adventure Sport dual-purpose models since the original machine was first launched in the early 1980’s. Developed from Yamaha’s highly successful Dakar racewinning factory bikes, the original Tenere models built up a huge following of loyal owners durin...

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1989 - 1998

The Yamaha XTZ 750 is a bike inspired by gruelling events like the Paris Dakar. Powered by a five valve, liquid-cooled 750 cc, twin cylinder engine, housed in a super strong and lightweight steel chassis. In 1989 Yamaha present the Super Ténéré. The new developed two-cylinder twin engine has five valves and downdraft carburettors. The Model set new maximum performance values in the Enduro scene. It's not as light as a single cylinder bike and so not to use for everything. But if one gets used to the weight you can use it quite well off road. The Super Ténéré is a solid motorcycle for tr...

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1985 - 1998

Equipped with a four stroke, single cylinder, DOHC, 346cc engine, this bike could develop 32HP at 7500rpm and a maximum torque of 21.7 ft-lb at 7000rpm.

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1984 - Present

Yamaha powered the XT 250 with its four-cycle, 249 cc thumper. It kept the mill light and simple with air cooling instead of complicating things with a water jacket and radiator. A forged piston rides within a bore that comes plated for lowered skirt-to-cylinder friction and increased thermal transfer, and a single, over-head cam actuates the twin valves in the head. Bore and stroke measure out at 74 mm and 58 mm, respectively, for a significantly oversquare configuration.

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1982 - 2003

Yamaha XT dual-purpose enduro machines are already a legend in their own time. The new XT 600 is capable of wining an enduro or simply providing exciting street transport for a rider. The four-valve, twin carburetor (YDIS) engine has a crankshaft balancer to smooth out the inherent vibration of the big four-stroke.

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1982 - 1988

The steel frame used a single downtube to the front of the engine, and a large backbone that came down to the transmission. A big skid plate protected the sump. The front suspension looked like it had taken its styling cues from the competitive YZ models, using a 41mm Showa fork with aluminum sliders, but without any adjustments.

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1982 - 1984

It was manufactured for two years, between 1982-1984 and was the "mother" of the famous XT600.

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1981 - 1995

This model from 1981, was in fact an XT 500 with a reduced displacement engine and was quickly abandoned to make way for the new XT 400, which is marketed six months after the XT 550. The Yamaha XT 400 and the XT 550 share the Most of their elements, and are not devoid of qualities, carburettor double-body differentiated opening, cylinder head four valves, suspension in evolution compared to the previous models. These two models will nevertheless have a mixed success against the XT 600, which arrives on the market at the end of 1982.

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1980 - 1983

Introduced in 1980, the Yamaha XT 250 scored an immediate success with the public. Could one imagine a better combination than this modern four stroke, with a five-speed gearbox and an exceptional motorcross type chassis with rear cantilever suspension. This XT 250 is well equipped and quiet with a clean and discrete four stroke engine.

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1976 - 1989

The all new XT 500 gives new meaning to the word versatile. It combines the newest technology in off road motorcycles with the legendary performance of big bore street machines. The classic overhead cam, four stroke single delivers smooth, abundant torque even at low rpm. And the five-speed transmission distributes power over a broad range.

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