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Old 30 Jun 2008
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Xtz 660 Tenere '97

Is there anyone else currently running or fixing up an XTZ 660 Tenere in the London area.
I have a 1997 model which is a work in progress....

You can pm me or or detail the work you are doing on here, I'm always keen to acquire as much info as possible about this bike.

I'm preparing to check the crank shaft nut and loctite it on as recommended

Any interest or advice welcome...
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I have heard of this crank shaft nut problem, but I really don't know where the nut is located. Can you please tell me some more?

I also have a problem with the rear shock. The damping nut has 5 possition. The first time I adjusted it it was OK. The next time I tryed to adjust it, the 5 possitions has gone away. The nut is freely turnig withought the 5 clicks, but the damping adjustment is working fine. Any idea?
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I have a '95, which I guess is the same. It doesn't need much doing to it, and I haven't considered doing the crankshaft nut yet.... should I ?

Not sure whether I can be much help, but if you need me to check anything just ask...
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Tonight I stripped down the bike to investigate the dreaded crankshaft nut and yep it was fully loose and although the tab washer was still peened over it had some damage.

What caused me concern was what seemed to me to be excessive vibration rather than any clanking noise.
It sounds like a total different bike now i've adjusted it - not had chance to have a spin yet plus the weather is doing another good monsoon impression.

I think this link may have been posted already but I found it very helpful
Clanking XTZ660 = loose primary gear nut - ADVrider

I've not done any work on the rear suspension yet other than adjustment, we may have to ask others to chip in at ths point

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Hi all

Removed my waterpump today and had a peek at the "nut", seems to be fine with lockwasher bent over it and no slack found. Should i still remover covers and refit?? with new lockwasher and loctite. or is it ok??. Se pic.

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Chrisvas, I did exactly the same with mine...yes the tab washer was peened over but I was able to find play in the crankshaft nut.

I had no option other than to remove the crankcase cover and replace tab washer and loctite and tighten. I also checked the clutch and other secured tab nuts at the same time, which were all sound luckily.

It was due for an oil change and filter which I do every 2.5 -3,000 miles, so I took advantage of the opportunity to do this as well.

If you decide to progress along this path you will also need a new gasket before replacing the crankcase cover.

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Now come on chaps lets keep it going, I'm double shifting between here and the New Tenere thread at the moment.

Chrivas, Mladen and Wheelspin how are we progressing.....

It would be interesting to hear about any mods made to the bike and or information on high mileage bikes what its taken to keep them going or not..

Recommendations, pitfalls all discussion on this bike welcome...

Don't worry about how simple or detailed the information just chip in......

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OK, here I am.

I did nothing about the cranckshaft nut. Mine has 23000Km and is running smooth and very quiet, so for the moment I will leave the cranckshaft nut away.

I bought mine about two month ago, it had about 20000Km amd did all the services by myself (forks oli change, engine oil change, waater, sparkplug.....etc). Previously I owned an Africa twin (which I liked alot), but I was spending more and more time offroad then on road, so I went for something similar but lighter.

In atempt to get more power from the engine, especially on low revs (which is very handfull for offroad) I've bought a slip on exhaust,
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Sorry, but my keyboard is playing tricks on me. Here I go again:

About the exhaust, when I mounted it on, the performance of the engine actually got worse. I couldn't belive. I went for a test ride on a straight road, with the original exhaust the speed on the mark was 140Km/h and with the aftermarket it was 130Km/h. I tried to remove the firs and second db killer, but nothing, the performance is always worse than with the original exhaust.

My rear shock is still working aldo the damping nut is moving freely arround withought the 5 clicks.
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Hi again

Mladen: What brand of slipon are you using?. I have the laserproduro slipon and I get the impression that the bikes is breathing easier, i have also pulled the snorkel. Nothing done to the carbs yet(waiting for winter service). So far this is the best bike I have owned. Had a dominator and a xt600 before, both of the beeing newer bikes..
Ordered a new rear tire, Continental contiescape.

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I have a slipon exhaust from an Italian manufacturer named Rombo. It's a slip on which is street legal. It is 43cm long and it has a tube inside of diameter 43mm. On the begining of the tube there is a db killer and at the end there is an removable db killer. I was pretty shure that with a more open exhaust the bike will be breathing better, because the original exhaust seems to be very muffled.

The tyres of my chice are the Mitas E09. I have tried on the Africa twin the TKC80 and the Karoo and for half the price, the Mitas are working for me equally good, plus they have better milleage.

At the beginning I was looking for the KTM 640 ADV, in fact I've had put my hands on a 2003 one, but then I found this XTZ660 at half a price and it was like new. For shure the XTZ is better on the road and worse offroad, but I already have a KTM EXC450 in my garage for the real offroad, so I decided to go for the one which is better on road.
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Mileage

Hi All,

I'm considering buying a 1997 XTZ660 with 40,000 miles on the clock. It seems in good condition and rides well - does anyone know roughly how many miles these things do before they need a rebuild? And how easy/hard and cheap/expensive is it to do?

Any info would be very much appreciated.

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Aldo this is my second XTZ660 (I had one 8 years ago) I can't give you an aproppriate answer to your question. The first one had 17.000Km when I sold it and this one have 23.000Km. My friend had one, he did 60.000Km, then he sold it and the new owner is taking long trips every year, so now I think it is near the 100K mark, but I really don't know how it is going or if he is having problems.


This is all my experince with high milleage on this motorbikes, sorry.
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I have now bought a 1997 XTZ660, and I'm very happy with it so far. I have asked a couple of bike mechanics about mileage and they said as long as I do regular oil changes (every 3000 miles) and generally look after it the motor could go for 100000 miles, which is much more than I was expecting.

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