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The Ténéré can trace its roots back to the launch of XT500 enduro-adventure bike in 1976. With itsstrong torque and compact chassis, this versatile single cylinder 4-stroke became an instant success. In many countries throughout Europe the XT500 was Yamaha’s best-selling model during the late 1970s – with over 60,000 sold in France alone during its 14 year production run. Its go-anywhere ability, rugged design and outstanding reliability opened up a new world of adventure to many motorcycle riders – and these same qualities made it the ideal choice for competitors in the first Paris-Dakar Rally that was won by Frenchman Cyril Neveu on a Yamaha XT500.
Quickly establishing a reputation as the toughest desert rally bike, the XT500 became the default model for adventure seeking riders and rally racers alike, and today it is considered to be one of the most significant and iconic motorcycles of the late 20th century, with active owners clubs throughout the world. By the end of the 1970s the XT had achieved legendary status amongst Europe’s riders, and in 1983 Yamaha introduced the XT600Z that became the company’s first Adventure bike to carry the Ténéré name – a Tuareg word meaning ‘desert’ or ‘wilderness’. At this time the Ténéré line-up was constantly evolving and growing, and the end of the 1980s saw the introduction of the 2-cylinder XTZ750 Super Ténéré, followed in the early 1990s by the single cylinder XTZ660 Ténéré. During this period the Yamaha Adventure range went on to win many more Dakar Rally events – with Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel claiming 6 victories on his XTZ750-based factory Yamaha in the 1990s.
Today’s Yamaha Adventure range features the sophisticated XT1200Z and XT1200ZE Super Ténéré models that