Yamaha Tenere XT660Z

13 Jun

My Tall Ten has seen a fair bit of competition for her place in the stable come and go since I bought her new in Feb ’09 and up until now she has remained my ‘go to’ bike when a choice had to be made Ā —

No doubt her nose has been put out of joint with the arrival of the ‘bright young thing’ in the shape of the Honda CRF 250RAL – after all the Tall Ten has shared many an Adventure with me – some good – some bad.

Late winter snow on the ride home from Braemar —

It wasn’t too bad although the road over the Lecht was blocked and Landrovers were the favourite form of transport —

Cruising on the German autobahns on my way to the Balkans was restricted to 108mph til I pulled into a service station and got busy with my Swiss Army knife.

A spot of ‘fine tuning’ saw me cut through the 90 degree bend on the airbox intake allowing me to do the following couple of hundred miles at 113mph. Seemed important at the time – makes me shake my head now šŸ™‚

Long 4-500 mile days across Europe in the unforgiving saddle eventually put me in hospital — enduring 14 days torrential rain on an autumn tour of the Outer Hebrides was the last straw and the subsequent botched operation on my ass put an end to my long-distance motorcycle touring.

Daytrips became the norm with lots of time for posing —

Although somewhere along the line the Ten and I did visit the Isle of Tiree and played on the white sands —

It was the greatest feeling on earth to be setting out for an early ferry with the panniers full and very little set agenda – it appealed to the gypsy in me —

I’m supposed to be selling that big blue bike to make room for the CRF but somehow I can’t see it happening —

Horses for courses —

It will take at least two bikes to replace the Tall Tenere šŸ™‚


3 responses to “Yamaha Tenere XT660Z

  1. Don

    June 14, 2017 at 17:03

    Hello there GG — thanks for leaving a comment..You certainly won’t be anonymous from now on.

    The Steamboat —- I’m sure it was closed when I called there on my way home from Keilder or was it Seahouses on the Northumbrian coast near Bamburgh Castle. Makes me wonder what kind of hours they keep — I see your comment came in on the small hours of the morning šŸ™‚

    It was one of those days when I was enjoying the ride so much I didn’t want it to end when I took that photo – hence my detour after Dumfries to the Steamboat and the ‘scenic’ route round the Solway coast to Kirkcudbright.

    If you are familiar with the area you might recognise the swan in my avatar – he gave me a hard time when I was enjoying a picnic on the west bank of Loch Ken a few years ago – eyeball to eyeball šŸ™‚

    cheers — Don šŸ™‚

  2. George Gott

    June 14, 2017 at 01:46

    Re my previous comment.I didn’t want to be Anonymous.

  3. Anonymous

    June 14, 2017 at 01:41

    Liked your photo at The Steamboat Inn.We had a meal there earlier this evening.


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