Yamaha XTZ 250
Blueflex 2017: Short
Rides and Trips
was some time already that I had been observing
the evolution of the Yamaha XTZ 250
Ténéré in the Brazilian market of
trail bikes. Due to the fact that I have friends riding this model, and
they are happy with the performance of their motorbikes, I decided to
and bought to myself a brand new
decided to return to the three diapasons trademark
(or three tuning forks trademark) due to some facts, as follows: the
Ténéré 250 has adequate dimensions and
autonomy normally expected from a decent
trail bike, its design is harmonious and the correction made to its
sub-frame resulted in a very good general appearance. When it was
the market I didn´t like of the first design of this bike,
but now it is all
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.
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
back to this Japanese brand that provided great emotions to me between
years 1970 to 1974.
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 –
/ model 2017.
When clicking at each
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Yamaha Téneré 250 immediately after being taken
off the crate and assembled; at the patio of Belcar Yamaha in
Goiânia - GO.
now on I will be posting info on this model of
motorcycle here on this page, and in the others that will follow,
and photos of rides and trips that I am intending to do.
Spec Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré Blueflex
2016 to 2018:
Finally, on the afternoon of the 16th of March,
received the keys of my brand new motorcycle at the Yamaha dealer
Belcar located in my home city of Goiânia - GO. I
attended by the salesman Manoel Augusto
(Manoelzinho) and by the dealer General Manager Claudia Lemos.
XTZ Ténéré 250 Blueflex, 2017 make,
being delivered to me at
Belcar Yamaha em
Goiânia - GO.
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
Photo album - Yamaha XTZ 250
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
250 Ténéré, one Yamaha XTZ 250X
Lander, one Yamaha Crosser 150, and one
Kawasaki Vulcan 650).
Previously on Saturday the 25th
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
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.
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
We visited the anual motorcycling event happening there, e
midday we headed to Piracanjuba - GO to have lunch. After lunching we
returned to Goiânia - GO, with a stop near the entrance to
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Téneré 250 "gliding" along BR-060, at the
proximities of Anápolis - GO, on the 04th of June,
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.
During the period between the 14th and the 18th of June, 2017 Theresa and I went on a trip - Caminhos do Ouro (Paths 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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 : https://onedrive.live.com/?id=F4596AEAEF09CF68%214815&cid=F4596AEAEF09CF68
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.
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 yellow Ipê (Tabebuia alba), at the surroundings of
Brazabrantes - GO,morning of the 20th of August, 2017. Photo taken by my wife Theresa.
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
In reality it is very interesting to us observe how the
trail motorbikes have had a wonderful evolution in the past twenty
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 at the Weekly Motorcyclists Gathering - Av.
Paranaíba - Goiânia - GO.
Motobikes at the streets of Lisbon, Cascais and Sintra (Portugal) and London, Windsor (England)
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: https://onedrive.live.com/?id=F4596AEAEF09CF68%214976&cid=F4596AEAEF09CF68
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: https://onedrive.live.com/?id=F4596AEAEF09CF68%215094&cid=F4596AEAEF09CF68
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: https://onedrive.live.com/?id=F4596AEAEF09CF68%215345&cid=F4596AEAEF09CF68
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: https://onedrive.live.com/?id=F4596AEAEF09CF68%215189&cid=F4596AEAEF09CF68
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: https://onedrive.live.com/?id=F4596AEAEF09CF68%215293&cid=F4596AEAEF09CF68
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.
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.
Our motorbikes in front of the Bar do Peixe in Posselâdia - GO,
by the margin of the BR-060 road.
My Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré Blueflex
2017 with the auxiliary LED lights set on.
On the 10th of December, 2017 (Sunday) we did our Bye Bye 2017
ride. We went to Corumbá Fall, via Corumbá de
Goiás, where we took some photos, and after that we reached
Corumbá Fall before lunch time. There we spent most of the
day. The rainy day was just right to test our hability to ride under
The following link refers to some photos taken by our friend Mauro Gomes: https://onedrive.live.com/?id=F4596AEAEF09CF68%216540&cid=F4596AEAEF09CF68
This was a pleasant ride that fully attended the purpose of keeping our group united.
Rides and Trips
We began our short rides in 2018 doing a short circuit ride through the traject:
Goiânia - Bela Vista de Goiás - Piracanjuba -
Goiânia. Our group of seven people were travelling on five bikes. Our short ride on Sunday, the 14th of January, 2018 totalled 202 km. One
week after this ride I filled my motorcycle´s tank with gasoline
and I was surprised with the excellent result: I had totalled 236,4 km
with my Yamaha
250 Ténéré with a consumption of 6,23 litre of fuel thus resulting an average of 37,94 km/litre.
From left: Our motorbikes. This ox works moving this milling in order
to crush sugar cane to produce garapa (sugar cane juice), that is much
appreciated for those stopping by the place.
On Sunday, the 28th of January, 2018 we did a pleasant ride to Fazenda Babilônia;
this historic farm is located close to Pirenópolis - GO and is
dated from the Colonial period. For this reason the place is
rich in history from the era when Brazil was a colony from Portugal.
The Babilônia Farm, dated from 1800, is a beautiful example of
one of the big farms during the Colonial Brazil. At that time the farm
was a strong rural business producing and exporting sugar, cassava
flour e cotton to Rio de Janeiro and other States, and even
exporting cotton to England given the high quality of their production.
From there we when went by lunch time to the town of Pirenópolis
- GO where we had lunch, and after that we returned to Goiânia -
GO. During this ride we covered a distance of approximately 283 km.
Pirenópolis - GO at the morning of the 28th of January, 2018. Me, a statue of a clown wearing a bull mask (Cavalhadas), and Theresa.
Photo album of this ride: https://onedrive.live.com/?id=F4596AEAEF09CF68%216714&cid=F4596AEAEF09CF68
We were a group of eight people (three couples and two solo riders)
riding the following motorcycles: Yamaha XTZ 250X, Yamaha XTZ 250
Ténéré, Kawasaki Vulcan 650, Yamaha XTZ 150
Crosser and BMW F800.
On the 25th of February, 2018 our
group of friends decided to do a ride to Silvânia - GO and from there to
Gameleira de Goiás, Anápolis - GO and back to
Goiânia - GO by the middle of the afternoon of same day. Our
intention was to ride over the recently paved GO-437 road. We rode
through beautiful viewings, crossing soy bean and corn field crops, and some cattle farms in that region.
Some of the riders decided to refill their motorcycles tanks when
totalling around 192 kilometers ridden, I took the opportunity to do
the same. Then I had the pleasant surprise to discover that my
bike achieved a very good consumption average: 41,83 km/litre (192 km ridden, with 4,59 litre of gasoline); it is
important to mention that I was travelling with my wife as the pillion
passenger, and under the 100 km/hour mark.
Photo album of this ride: https://onedrive.live.com/?id=F4596AEAEF09CF68%216793&cid=F4596AEAEF09CF68
On the 18th of March,
2018 we did a ride around 210 km passing by Bela Vista de Goiás,
São Miguel do Passa
Quatro - GO and Cristianópolis - GO, where we had lunch. We
crossed a region with beautiful views, and the weather was very
During the return to Goiânia
- GO we rode from Cristianópolis - GO until some kilometers
Vista de Goiás under heaby rain. This fact made our ride more
interesting as we really like to experience diverse situations when
going for a ride, or even during a long trip.
Photo album: https://onedrive.live.com/?id=F4596AEAEF09CF68%216865&cid=F4596AEAEF09CF68
Km (until the 19th of March, 2018)
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