Wednesday, January 25, 2023

French Army XTZ 660 Ténéré

Most regiments of the French army Train arm have a road traffic squadron (ECR), whose mission is to recognize and mark out routes as well as escort convoys and intervene in the event of an incident. In addition, during reconnaissance, they are also likely to provide information to the general staff on friendly or enemy movements. For this, and having to be extremely mobile, the “movement support fighters” of these squadrons are equipped with Cagiva T4 E 350 cc motorcycles, acquired at the end of the 1980s to replace the Peugeot SX8s and the Honda CB250s. But not for long…


In 2015 the Army received 150 new Yamaha XTZ 660 “Ténéré” motorcycles intended for the ECR as well as the command and support battalion of the Franco-German Brigade (BFA). These "bikes" are more powerful and heavier than the Cagiva. The XTZ 660 Ténéré motorcycles, from the civilian range, are produced in France and equipped with appropriate equipment to meet operational needs while respecting a constrained budget, explained the Ministry of Defense.

The parachute dragoons of the 13th RDP (parachute dragoon regiment), intelligence specialists, have also reacquired Yamaha 250 WRR motorcycles

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