by Chris Summers
Published: 11 September 2020 (1 week ago)

1990 Yamaha XTZ750 Super Tenere, on a ‘H’ registration plate. I bought this bike in May 2011 to restore. Slowly. Very slowly. It’s SORNed , but now has 12 months MoT. Mileage is an indicated 17k miles approx., but the MoT history shows 36,663 miles when it was tested in 2006 and the next and last test was 2010 when it showed 16,382 miles. So it’s had an new speedo at some point I’d guess.

I’ve done a significant amount of mechanical work on the bike over the 8 years I’ve owned it, but very little riding:

Brakes: New front discs, all brake calipers overhauled, Hel braided brake lines fitted throughout.


Chassis: The front forks have been completely overhauled with new seals and bushes. Steering head bearings have been replaced. The rear swinging arm has been shot blasted and powder coated. All swinging arm and suspension linkage bearings and oil seals have been replaced.

Carbs: Have been ultrasonically cleaned and overhauled professionally, new intake rubbers have been fitted. All fuel lines have been replaced and an additional inline filter fitted. A new fuel pump was fitted at the same time.

Exhaust headers seem to be stainless steel and a new link pipe and Micron end can is fitted.


A new Afam ‘O’ ring chain and sprockets has been fitted.

New Michelin Anakee Wild knobbly trail tyres have been fitted front and rear. Rims are replacement Akront alloys in good condition. The front is a non-standard 19” rim (standard is 21”).

The bike has been fully serviced with new fluids throughout, plugs and filters replaced.


Cosmetically the bike is good for its 30 years but hasn’t been restored. All panels are solid but show some marks and scratches. The tank has a couple of scratches and dents, but nothing major and there’s no internal corrosion that I can see.

A new battery has been fitted recently and a Haynes manual will be included in the sale. The fairing bol and screen bolts have been replaced with black Probolt items.

The bike starts and runs well, with a periodic backfire at tickover, indicating the carbs could perhaps do with some adjustment now that there’s a free-flowing end can fitted.

These bikes are one of the classic big traillies from the late 80s and early nineties that were inspired by the Dakar winning rally bikes. In my opinion they’re every bit as good to ride as the original Africa Twin, but are a fraction of the price.

Please get in touch if you have any questions, but please don’t waste your time and mine by making daft offers without viewing the bike. Test rides are possible, but I must see proof of insurance, license and I require a cash deposit for the full asking price to be left with me.

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