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Old 25 Mar 2008
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XT which model

Hi did any of the early XTs have a twin head light and also have electric and kick start.
I thought the 1VJ had kick and electric but single headlight
3AJ twin headlight electric start no kick
I am going to look at a bike on Sat with kick and electric start that has twin headlights any idea what model this is.
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Hi bolla,

To my knowledge only the 3AJ Tenere had the twin headlight in the XT600 series (although not in all countries - some countries had a single headlight version).

The 1VJ is very similar, so I guess it could have been fitted with a 3AJ tank & fairing, or just an aftermarket fairing?

I suspect it is a 3AJ Tenere, and just like mine, has been fitted with the 1VJ kickstart & decompressor? A usefull add-on.

Interesting - let us know what you find out.

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Check the framenumber

If it starts with 3AJ it is (was)..., if with 1VJ etc.

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If it starts with 3AJ it is (was)..., if with 1VJ etc.

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Now thats interesting....
I've noticed since coming here,everyone refers to them as 1VJs..My chassis code is 1VL-00326,even took a pic with my rubbish cell phone just for proof
The engine number is/was the same(till I had to use a 550 casing).The only places it has 1VJ is on the head at the back near the carbs and also stamped on the carbs themselves.
Maybe in our part of the world they used 1VL instead?
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Yobbo, mine also says 1VL but yet all the cables are labled 1VJ?
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Smile Tenere 88 - 90 with Kickstart and Electric Start!

Hi guys,

some guys who own the 3 AJ Model(88-90)twin head lights, put an kickstarter in the engine, not too difficult....

That´s the best Tenere ever so far. 1 own the 1 VJ(86/87), but in the beginning engine problems, I put the whole engine of a newer XT 600 in the bike, works perfect!!!

Have fun - Maybe we meet on the 1st HU Meeting in Germany???

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Hi,

I own both a 3AJ and an 1VJ.

I have ridden around Europe on my 1VJ and compared to the 3AJ it has a more distinct "feel" to it when riding. I think that I have more conrol of the 1VJ since the headlight and the fairing swivels when turning. The 1VJ is also a bit lighter and as a total more easy to handle I think. I honestly like the 1VJ the best.

The drawbacks are that the single rectangular headlight is crap! It´s more of a decoration really, the 3AJ has twin lights and is superior in that respect.

The fairing of the 3AJ (I have a slightly higher screen 10cm) makes a lot of difference in the rain and with slightly altered sprockets you can ride at 110km/h with comfort and no noise.
The 1VJs comfort cruise is about 70-80km/h. The low front mudguard also protects well from rain and some dirt but could clog up when in real goo.

That the 1VJ has drum rear brakes has only been an advantage to me, easier to clean and very simple operation. There is no difference in brake power, although they tend to become very warm going downhill on alpine roads. But again, slow down and use the engine instead.

If I would go on an overland trip through Africa on really bad roads an risk to fall over a lot, go for a sturdy 1VJ with the cooling/airbox/front fender mod. done. (should be in the yamaha forum).

If I would go for a trip around Europe or anywhere on tarmac/gravel but on roads, go for an 3AJ with a higher screen.

I can also agree that putting a new engine in a 1VJ frame is a great idea. Just remember to keep the old alternator plus wiring. Do not, I repeat, do not try to fit the new alternator into the old wiring on the 1VJ unless you are also swapping the entire wiring from the newer model (all controls, buttons, headligt assy and so on.) I put a 1994 3TB engine in an 1VJ, works great!

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Numbers, numbers

About parts numbers: the parts are numbered starting with the model numbers the parts were first used on. So, if your cable says 1VJ it does not mean that your FZR1000 is a Tenere, it means that the cable was used first on that model.

The only correct indicator of modelno. is the number in the steering head and / or the number on the engine, on the ribbed surface on the top of the clutch cover.

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About parts numbers: the parts are numbered starting with the model numbers the parts were first used on. So, if your cable says 1VJ it does not mean that your FZR1000 is a Tenere, it means that the cable was used first on that model.

The only correct indicator of modelno. is the number in the steering head and / or the number on the engine, on the ribbed surface on the top of the clutch cover.

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Which makes me ask why did Yamaha use the 1VL code down this part of the world? Seems a bit odd,unless ours are different specs - doesn't seem very likely though.I'd put a wager on the South Africa models having the 1VL code also.Just a shame that 22 years have passed since these were released otherwise it'd be a bit easier to get an answer from someone at Yamaha about it.
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Yep, definitely different codes in the Southern Hemisphere: I always refer to my '84 bike as a 34L, which is the Euro version, but my frame and engine numbers both start 39L (I imported the bike from South Africa).

Which confused the hell out of Yamaha France when I tried to register it here - they called it a 3AJ, which it definitely isn't.
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I got the bike today it is a 1VJ but has twin headlights.
The air box is under the tank, it has kick and electric start
Did Yamaha make a 1VJ with fairing and twin lights.
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Looks like a 1VJ indeed, but the fairing was put on later. Fairing looks like a 3AJ, but is not the real thing.
Nice beast though!

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Looks like a 1VJ indeed, but the fairing was put on later. Fairing looks like a 3AJ, but is not the real thing.
Nice beast though!

Auke
True. That looks very much like an aftermarket extended fiberglass fairing minus the tank undercuts and fairing crashbars. Doesn't look like a 3 AJ tank either from this angle. Looks good there on the 1VJ, but the complete ensemble on the 3AJ really does make it look like a rally replica.

Standard issue 3AJ with standard fairing...
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