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Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré Blueflex  2017: Short Rides and Trips in 2017

There was some time already that I had been observing the evolution of the Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré in the Brazilian market of small trail bikes. Due to the fact that I have friends riding this model, and that they are happy with the performance of their motorbikes, I decided to join them and bought to myself a brand new Ténéré 250.

I decided to return to the three diapasons trademark (or three tuning forks trademark)due to some facts, as follows: the Yamaha Ténéré 250 has adequate dimensions and autonomy normally expected from a decent trail bike, its design is harmonious and the correction made to its back sub-frame resulted in a very good general appearance. When it was launched in the market I didn´t like of the first design of this bike, but now it is all right.

Besides, I have been observing the good overall performance and durability of the Yamaha engines – more specifically speaking of the 250cc one cylinder engines powering the Fazer and XTZ Yamaha motorcycles.

In this way, as I owned two Yamaha motorcycles (two stroke engines) in the beginning of the 1970s (Yamaha YF5, and after a Yamaha YDS7), I decided to get back to this Japanese brand that provided great emotions to me between the years 1970 to 1974.

Then I went to Belcar Motos (a big Yamaha dealer) in my hometown of Goiânia – GO, where I was attended by Manoel Augusto (Manoelzinho) – a friend of my group of motorcyclists friends – and bought a brand new Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré Blueflex – year / model 2017.

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My Yamaha Téneré 250 immediately after being taken off the crate and assembled; at the patio of Belcar Yamaha in Goiânia - GO.

My Yamaha Téneré 250 immediately after being taken off the crate and assembled; at the patio of Belcar Yamaha in Goiânia - GO.

From now on I will be posting info on this model of motorcycle here on this page, and in the others that will follow, containing facts and photos of rides and trips that I am intending to do.

Tech Spec Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré Blueflex 2016 to 2018:

Finally, on the afternoon of the 16th of March, 2017 I received the keys of my brand new motorcycle at the Yamaha dealer Belcar located in my home city of Goiânia - GO.  I was attended by the salesman Manoel Augusto (Manoelzinho) and by the dealer General Manager Claudia Lemos.

The Yamaha Téneré 250 being delivered to me at Belcar Yamaha em Goiânia - GO.

The Yamaha XTZ Ténéré 250 Blueflex, 2017 make, being delivered to me at Belcar Yamaha em Goiânia - GO.

I have already began to equip my motorcycle with basic equipment in the way of being prepared for the big trips and great rides I intend to do with it.

Photo album - Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré Blueflex 2017:

As I always do with all the motorcycles brand new I buy, I ride them on roads in order to do the engine break in. Consequently, on the 26th of March, 2017 I participated on a nice ride with my friends in a stretch of the BR-060 road between Goiânia-GO and Alexânia - GO. My friend Mauro Gomes organized the ride, our group (ten people) travelled on six bikes (three Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré, one Yamaha XTZ 250X Lander, one Yamaha Crosser 150, and one Kawasaki Vulcan 650).

Previously on Saturday the 25
th of March, 2017 I had inflated my motorcycle tyres with nitrogen, as a routine procedure I usually do with all new motorcycles I buy. This procedure allows the tyres to have a working temperature lower than when they are inflated with oxigen, thus contributing to their durability. I have adopted this practice for the past twenty years or so.

Furthermore I am utilizing good quality gasoline, and the additive for gasoline Bardahl Max Top in the proportion of 50ml for each full tank of 16 litre. In this way the 200ml bottle is enough to be utilized on four full tanks of the 
Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré.

It keeps the gasoline engine power system clean, so it lowers maintenance costs for the vehicle, such as cleaning and adjusting the engine. Maintains high engine parts, valves, pistons, rings, injectors or carburetors and spark plugs. Provides fuel economy and reduces the emission of pollutants.

On the 1st of April, 2017 (Saturday) I filled my Yamaha Ténéré 250 with gasoline and calculated its fuel consumption during the first fifteen days of usage, I had ridden my bike for 326,5 kilometers and had spent 8,58 liters of gasoline; consequently this resulted in the excelent average of 38,05 km/litre.  From this total ridden, 261 kilometers where ridden on road (during the above mentioned ride to Alexânia - GO).

After the complete break in of my bike's engine (which will be done by the 5.000 km ridden) I intend to reach consumption averages of around 40 km/litre - when riding under normal conditions on paved roads, within the bracket of 90 - 110 km/h.

On Saturday, the 15th of April, 2017 we gather a group of friends in order to make a ride to Morrinhos - GO - via BR-153 road.  We visited the anual motorcycling event happening there, e near midday we headed to Piracanjuba - GO to have lunch. After lunching we returned to Goiânia - GO, with a stop near the entrance to BR-153 road where we spent some quality time enjoying a good talk and drinking sugar cane juice. This 300 km ride was a must in order to keep doing my bike´s engine break-in.

Photo album of my Yamaha Téneré 250 (rides, trips, etc.).

Photo album of my Yamaha Téneré 250 (rides, trips, etc.)

The day after this ride I calculated the numbers of my motorcycle performance: from the 325,8 kilometers ridden with 9,09 litre of gasoline about 300 km were done on road, so this resulted in the average of 35,83 km/litre. This ride was done with pilot and pillion passenger.

On the holiday of the 1st of May, 2017 we did a short ride going to Nerópolis, Ouro Verde, Campo Limpo, Anápolis, Teresópolis de Goiás and returning to Goiânia - GO in the afternoon of the same day.

Keeping up with our rides we decided this turn to go to the town of Goiás - GO, the former capital city of the State of Goiás. By the time Brazil was still a Portuguese Colony this town was best known as Vila Boa de Goiás.

Viagem à cidade de Goiás - GO, em 24 de Maio de 2017.

The following link refers to this ride to the town of Goiás - GO:

We did a very interesting ride. We took advantage of the Wednesday holiday in Goiânia - GO (on the the 24th of May, 2017) in order to make this ride.

Following our tradition within our group of friends we went to the 88th edition of the Feira do Troca in Olhos D´Água (district of Alexânia - GO) on the 4th of June, 2017.

The Yamaha Téneré 250 "gliding" along BR-060, at the proximities of Anápolis - GO, on the 04th of June, 2017.

The Yamaha Téneré 250 "gliding" along BR-060, at the proximities of Anápolis - GO, on the 04th of June, 2017.

I am really enjoying my Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré in its Blueflex version, make/model 2017. At this phase of its break-in I have been riding preferably on roads, and always with a pillion passenger (my wife Theresa). Some aspects deserve a special highlight: the engine has a very smooth functioning, the muffler emits a nice sound, and the speed recovery comes easily and progressively.

This is a true trail bike in every aspect: 21 inches front tyre and 18 inches rear tyre shod with Metzeler tyres, and a very good autonomy.

The following link is directed to the album with some photos of this ride:

During the period between the 14th and the 18th of June, 2017 Theresa and I went on a trip - Caminho do Ouro (Path of Gold) - with our friends Célia and Mauro. This route thought by Mauro priviledged a region of the State of Minas Gerais that is rich of history.

The many trails and paths between the mountains in that region offer to the Nature lovers a unique beauty and grandeur, and riding our motorcycles at the same time that we could enjoy those magnificent views was a priviledge for us indeed.

Furthemore this was a very good opportunity to put my Yamaha Ténéré 250 on the road again, this time completely equipped, having Theresa as my pillion passenger, and fully loaded. In this way I keep putting kilometers ridden on my bike's odometer having in mind the completion of the engine break in.

A Yamaha Téneré 250 rodando pela BR-060, nas proximidades de Anápolis - GO, no dia 04 de Junho de 2017.

Path of Gold - trip to the State of Minas Gerais - Brazil from the 14th to the 18th of June, 2017.

The Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré Blueflex has been showing a very positive outcome to me concerning many aspects such as: a solid performance for a 250cc engine with low consumption of fuel, it is easy to drive even when riding with a pillion passenger and fully loaded, it has a very good throttle response when we need to rev it in order to surpass other vehicles, etc.

All those aspects were made clear to me when we finished this trip to the mountains of Minas Gerais State. We rode 2.261 kilometers in five days, circulating through the main historical cities of that State, principally those cities rich in aspects linked to Brazilian historic facts and mining exploration.

Calculation of the fuel consumption during this trip: 2.261 kilometers / 69,14 litre = 32,71 km/litre. During the first stretch of this trip (Goiânia - GO to Luziânia - GO) I could achieve an average of 38,05 km/litre (196,7 km / 5,17 litre).

Some details of my Yamaha Ténéré 250 performance: during the return trip to Goiânia - GO I could observe that on plain stretches of road without frontal winds my motorcycle easily reached 90 km/h on fifth gear and tachometer clocking at 6.000 rpm. When accelarating a little bit, with the tacho clocking at 6.500 rpm my bike´s speed easily reached 100 km/h.

Imageof the speedometer and tachometer of the Yamaha Ténéré 250 on road.

Consequently is easy to ride this motorcycle on a crusing speed around 110 km/h provided you keep the tacho between the range from 7.000 rpm to 7.500 rpm. We can´t forget that the tacho´s red zone of the Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré Blueflex begins at 10.000 rpm.

Keeping up with our healthy routine of short rides done in between the big trips we normally do, on Sunday the 9th of July, 2017 we went to Trindade - GO and from there to the Casarão Restaurant located at the margin of the BR-060 road (Cezarina - GO).

Part of our group of friends at Casarão Restaurant (Cezarina - GO - BR-060 road),on the 9th of July, 2017.

Part of our group of friends at Casarão Restaurant (Cezarina - GO - BR-060 road),on the 9th of July, 2017.

There were eleven people in our group (four couples, and three friends going solo). We had seven motorcycles in total (three Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré, one Yamaha XTZ 250 X Motard, one Kawasaki Vulcan 650, one Harley-Davidson 1.650, and one Honda Shadow 600. We totalled around 190 km in this ride. My Yamaha Ténéré has completed this route consuming 4,85 litre of gasoline, thus resulting in an average of 39,17 km/litre.

Photo album of this ride:

Over the last years I have been attending the motorcycling event Capital Moto Week (Moto Caital) in Brasília - D.F. with my friends; my main motivation to be there is to take those opportunities to be among friends and to observe and take photos of the many odd and quite rare motorcycles that we can find there. In this year of 2017 we were surprised by a simultaneous event to the 2017 Capital Moto Week that is the Movimento Paralelo which came, accordingly to the organizers, to redeem the original values and ideals of Motorcycling.

In this way we have been in Brasília - D.F. on Saturday, the 29th of July, 2017, to attend both events.  Firstly we head to the Nelson Piquet Autodrome, to check the first Movimento Paralelo event, after that we went to Granja do Torto where there was taking place the 2017 Capital Moto Week event.

Capital Moto Week 2017

In my view, when such an event as Capital Moto Week has assumed gigantic proportions to the point of being compared only to those of Sturgis and Daytona Bike Week, it is time to the organizers to think carefully in order to avoid that the commercial aspect doesn´t surpass and prevail over the appeal of a freely reunion of motorcyclists.

To address this need of a free and spontaneous reunion of motorcyclists the Movimento Paralelo has arisen. We have been to both events: our conclusion is that the 
Capital Moto Week 2017 was a big event, the overall feeling for me is that they were able to produce a bigger and better event than last year´s.

Therefore, to assure its survival as a valid event, the Movimento Paralelo will have to choose another date to put together their efforts to succeed and to attract such a big crowd as the Capital Moto Week 2017 in reality did.

Photo album :

The weekend (19th and 20th of August, 2017) was busy for me. On Saturday, the 20th of August, I paid a visit to the Goiânia International Autodrome, in order to check the background of the 25th Rally dos Sertões. This is a huge event which is very well organized; this year they commemorated their 25th edition, from which during 15 times they had Goiânia - GO as their starting point.

Link for the event background photo album: 

On Sunday, the 20th of August, I took a ride with a group of friends through the following route: Goiânia - Trindade - Goianira - Brazabrantes - Nova Veneza - Goiânia - GO. This was a very good ride, despite the hot and dry weather; Mother Nature has offered us a beautiful show of blossoming Ipês along our ride by the margins of the roads we travelled. They are at the peak of their blossoming season as shows the next photo.

A magnificent blossoming Ipê amarelo (Tabebuia alba), at the surroundings of Brazabrantes - GO,morning of the 20th of August, 2017. Photo taken by my wife Theresa.

A magnificent blossoming yellow Ipê (Tabebuia alba), at the surroundings of Brazabrantes - GO,morning of the 20th of August, 2017. Photo taken by my wife Theresa.

The Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré 2017 is a motorcycle that has a imposing presence due to its design and size. And my Ténéré 250 with its equipment highlight this fact clearly.  In reality  it is very interesting to us observe how the trail motorbikes have had a wonderful evolution in the past twenty years.

Honda NX 350 Sahara, 1997 e Yamaha XTZ Ténéré 250, 2017 Suzuki DR 650, 1997 e Yamaha XTZ Ténéré 250, 2017. Suzuki DR 650, 1997 e Yamaha XTZ Ténéré 250, 2017.

From left: Honda NX 350 Sahara, 1997 and my Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré Blueflex, 2017. The photo in the middle and the one at the right side show a Suzuki DR 650, 1997 side by side with my
Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré Blueflex, 2017.

Another photo of my Yamaha Téneré 250 between other motorcycles more powerful than her shows how the presence of the Ténéré is really noticed above all.

Me and my Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré Blueflex, 2017 alongside with other motorbikes at the Weekly Motorcycling Gathering - Av. Paranaíba - Goiânia - GO.

Me and my Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré Blueflex, 2017 at the Weekly Motorcyclists Gathering - Av. Paranaíba - Goiânia - GO.

Motobikes at the streets of Lisbon, Cascais and Sintra (Portugal) and London, Windsor (England)

During part of September and October, 2017 I have been on vacations with my family in Portugal and England. I took every opportunity during those vacations to take photos of motorcycles at the places I have been. After organizing the respective photo albums of those motorbikes (and eventually scooters, cars and even trikes and tuk-tuks) I made them available to those who access this website.

Links to the mentioned photo albums follow:

Motobikes at the streets of Lisbon - September 2017:

Utilizing motorcycles as a means of transportation is a tradition in Europe that has been in place for more than a century, and the addition of scooters to this immense two-wheel fleet has been considerable in the last two decades. I was surprised by the quantity and variety of tuk-tuks at the streets of Lisbon, Cascais and Sintra.  The great majority is constituted of trikes made by Piaggio, many others are of bigger size and capacity. The latter are electric trikes made in China.

Motobikes at the streets of London - September / October 2017:

The Brits in general have a close relation with motorcycling and motorbikes. The British motorcycling industry, with its many brands, has contributed and still contributes a lot to the development of the motorcycling industry worldwide. The number of motorbikes and scooters at the streets is considerable, even during Autumn and Winter.

Ace Cafe London - October 2017:

During my visit to Ace Cafe London I was transported back to the golden age of international motorcycling (the 1950s, 1969s and 1970s). The bikes that arrived there being ridden by their proud owners would have a special place in any collection worldwide. Many of them British, Japanese, and from other European countries enriched that spontaneous meeting of motorcycling aficionados in that morning of Saturday, the 7th of October, 2017. Their presence to the local made my day and enriched immensely my visit there.

Brooklands Museum - Outubro 2017:

At the Brooklands Museum I could realize how important was and still is the British car and motorcycle industries to the development of this sector worldwide speaking. The quality and variety of motorbikes, cars and even bicycles being exposed there is flagrant.

Motorcycles at multi-brand dealers London - October 2017:

On those dealers that I have been visiting I could observe an enormous variety of European brands, the traditional ones as well as those that came to the market more recently. I noticed a predominance of small sized motorbikes and scooters, the majority being powered by 125cc engines. All of them incorporating cutting edge technology, and many of them showing interesting retro design.

On Sunday the 29th of October, 2017 we decided to meet our group of friends for a ride to Posselândia - GO at the Bar do Peixe located at the margin of the BR-060 road.  For this ride we reunited ten people in a "fleet" of eight motorcycles.

As nossas motos defronte ao Bar do Peixe, em Posselâdia

Our motorbikes in front of the Bar do Peixe in Posselâdia - GO, by the margin of the BR-060 road.

I took this opportunity to test the LED auxiliary lights that I had installed on my motorcycle some days ago. I bought them during my above mentioned trip to England. I really liked and approved the result: this auxiliary LED lighting set improved a lot the visibility on the way ahead of my riding path, and made my bike a lot more visible by the other drivers circulating on the streets and roads close to me.

My Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré Blueflex 2017 with the auxiliary LED lights set on.

My Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré Blueflex 2017 with the auxiliary LED lights set on.

Total Km (until the 11th of December, 2017) Km on roads
5.639 4.817

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