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Offline TJ

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Yamaha Super Tenere
« on: July 22, 2012, 01:01:46 pm »
Anyone have one or rode one? Thinking of flying down to the lower 48 next June and buying one and riding it back. It will not replace my Concours but will be an additional bike in the stable. Decided the KLR doesnt have the power I am used to.
Any and all opinions are appreciated.
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Re: Yamaha Super Tenere
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2012, 02:04:00 pm »
advrider would be where I would go.

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Re: Yamaha Super Tenere
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2012, 03:28:07 pm »
Consensus is that it is amazing.........moving very close to the top of my next steed.
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Re: Yamaha Super Tenere
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2012, 04:45:35 am »
Rode one at Daytona .Nice handling bike,pretty good power ,light weight compared to the C 14.
But I rode an old school V-strom 1000 right after ,and , believe it or not ,  liked it better .
The engine seemed smoother ,and the ride was cushier-  but it handles just as good on the street.
No doubt the Yamaha is the better ride for dirt roads , as the Strom was always more street oriented.

Try 'em both -see what you think !
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Re: Yamaha Super Tenere
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2012, 12:30:00 pm »
A friend bought one and now his FJR sits unused most of the time.  He rode it about 2000 miles the first couple of weeks he bought it, including a trip from MN to WV and back.  He also made a trip out west over a mixture of pavement and dirt later in the summer and was ecstatic about how it handled it all.

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Re: Yamaha Super Tenere
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2012, 01:27:06 pm »
Yamaha has some rather odd videos on their site with this bike.

http://www.yamaha-motor.com/sport/products/modelvideo/651/1104/0/video.aspx

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Re: Yamaha Super Tenere
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2012, 08:36:22 am »
How does it measure up to the Triumph Tiger Explorer? If it was not for my dog gone inseam, I would have loved to have an adventure bike.
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Re: Yamaha Super Tenere
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2012, 08:57:29 am »
I think that the Super tenere is the sole opponent to the ultra-power of the BMW GS.
I read extensively about this bike and reading between lines you understand that it has superior qualities in off-road vs. the GS and overall comparable road performances at a lower price (and with Japanese quality ;)  )
But you'll very hardly find a magazine/site openly supporting the ST vs. the GS because the BMW has such a solid position on the market (I suppose in US as well: in Europe is by far the leader) that editors are scared to lose advertisment or support from the manufacturer and also credibility.
It's much easier to support a winning bike than an outsider!

The only complaint you'll find about the ST is the lack of ABS disactivation switch that could cause some bothering in off-road.
But there's a trick: crank up the bike while on the stand and put a gear to rotate the rear wheel.
After about 30 sec the ABS goes in error and disconnets until you crank it up again ;)

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Re: Yamaha Super Tenere
« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2012, 09:56:57 am »
Don't forget about the Moto Guzzi Stelvio too.  Motorcycle Consumer News just gushed over it last month.  A buddy of mine just bought one. It's really nice with top shelf suspension and brake components.

They tested the Trimuph Explorer this month.  So/so review, paned the basic suspension, brakes and the throttle by wire effort was too light.  Hit a bump and you turn the throttle.

I can’t imagine actually riding one of these big AV bikes off road.  My little KLR650 gets me huffing and puffing sometimes and I ride like a little girl off road.

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Re: Yamaha Super Tenere
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2012, 11:14:53 am »
Don't forget about the Moto Guzzi Stelvio too.  Motorcycle Consumer News just gushed over it last month.  A buddy of mine just bought one. It's really nice with top shelf suspension and brake components.

They tested the Trimuph Explorer this month.  So/so review, paned the basic suspension, brakes and the throttle by wire effort was too light.  Hit a bump and you turn the throttle.

I can’t imagine actually riding one of these big AV bikes off road.  My little KLR650 gets me huffing and puffing sometimes and I ride like a little girl off road.


No dealer support kills the Guzzi for many of us here in the good ole USA in my opinion. The Tenere has the advanatge over BMW and Triumph as well in that comparison, but BMW has so many magazines sucking up to them that they will usually still win. ::)
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Re: Yamaha Super Tenere
« Reply #10 on: July 24, 2012, 12:56:32 pm »
 I was about to pull the trigger on a Super Ten when a deal came up on my current C-14. I had test ridden the S-Ten and liked it very much. It will be my next bike.

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Re: Yamaha Super Tenere
« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2012, 12:24:24 pm »
But there's a trick: crank up the bike while on the stand and put a gear to rotate the rear wheel.
After about 30 sec the ABS goes in error and disconnets until you crank it up again ;)

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Re: Yamaha Super Tenere
« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2012, 03:59:38 am »
Yamaha has some rather odd videos on their site with this bike.

http://www.yamaha-motor.com/sport/products/modelvideo/651/1104/0/video.aspx


I thought the video was cool.

That's exactly the kind of riding I used to do on my Sportster.  Some pavement, some dirt, some gravel.
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Re: Yamaha Super Tenere
« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2012, 10:13:58 am »
If your'e looking for a road bike that can do gravel roads great choice.  What I see is a VStrom badged with Yamaha as an example.  If your'e looking for an ADV bike?  What I have seen and heard it does what it was designed for, but not serious off road work.  If you plan on more off road stuff, please remove that blade also known as a windshield and get some good protection.  Most of the time off road you will/should be on the pegs, not the seat and the shield becomes moot anyway, and who wants a piece of plexi angled toward their throat, knowing full well that some trails have attributes conducisve to verticle changes? http://www.altrider.com/en/product/category/fmid/43/cid/1/d/Parts+and+Accessories+for+Super+Tenere+XT+1200
I for one will stick with my '05 KLR, tractor like torque, simplicity and proven durability with plenty of power for any load I have ever thrown at it.  What other bike can gain real power for .22?

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Re: Yamaha Super Tenere
« Reply #14 on: August 01, 2012, 02:59:18 pm »
I spotted a Super Tenere at the local dealer today and stopped in to check it out. I was pretty surprised since my local Honda/Yamaha dealer usually only has cruisers, crotch rockets, and ATV's.  Turns out that the parts guy already bought it but told me the paperwork wasn't finished yet and to take it for a spin.  I told him I didn't want to do that if he is buying it, and he said that his test ride was full throttle so he didn't mind if I took it out and flogged it for a bit.  What was I supposed to say?   ;D

It ran very nice and had more torque than I expected.  I think Pappy hit the nail on the head when he said it is rebadged VStrom.  Pricey bike but if you don't like Suzuki then it is a great choice for fire roads or a trip to Alaska.
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