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Re: Yamaha Super Tenere
« Reply #15 on: August 01, 2012, 04:33:27 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.


Hardly.....and there are a few Strom riders that have converted, they say it is superior in almost every way.
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Re: Yamaha Super Tenere
« Reply #16 on: August 01, 2012, 05:03:02 pm »
Have you ridden one , Brian ?

Try to do a back -to - back test ---You might be surprised !

Plus the Strom is much more -how should I put it - within the means of the working guy.

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Re: Yamaha Super Tenere
« Reply #17 on: August 01, 2012, 06:57:47 pm »

Hardly.....and there are a few Strom riders that have converted, they say it is superior in almost every way.

My time on a DL1000 was limited to a 15 minute ride about a year ago.  And yes the Tenere seemed to be a better bike according to what I remembered, but it was a closer comparison than you might think........especially when you factor in the $$$$$ difference.  Still a nice bike though.
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Re: Yamaha Super Tenere
« Reply #18 on: August 01, 2012, 07:48:32 pm »
Have you ridden one , Brian ?

Try to do a back -to - back test ---You might be surprised !

Plus the Strom is much more -how should I put it - within the means of the working guy.

Alas .....to be rich .... and buy 'em all !


Had a 1000 Vstrom for 5 years, really enjoyed that bike. However it is exactly what it is.......a cheap poor mans version of an ADV bike. There is a very good reason why "so many" owners upgrade the suspension and the brakes, BECAUSE THEY SUCK. The handlebars are junk, doesn't come with a centerstand, and has very little to no engine protection, and the alternator output is subpar for the purpose intended. The 650 is a much better platform than the 1000, especially the new one. But to keep the price cheap they still had to make the same budget brakes and suspension. Yes there are a gazillion aftermarket goodies available, but I would plop down the extra coin for the Tenere in a heartbeat. And here is the catch.....many Strom owners will spend just as much or more for making the bike much better, when they could've just got a Tenere. ;)


By the way, I have a friend who has owned allot of bikes over the years. His favorite bike without a doubt was the Strom, but he sold that and now has a Tenere. He has zero regrets.
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Re: Yamaha Super Tenere
« Reply #19 on: August 02, 2012, 05:41:07 pm »

Had a 1000 Vstrom for 5 years, really enjoyed that bike. However it is exactly what it is.......a cheap poor mans version of an ADV bike. There is a very good reason why "so many" owners upgrade the suspension and the brakes, BECAUSE THEY SUCK. The handlebars are junk, doesn't come with a centerstand, and has very little to no engine protection, and the alternator output is subpar for the purpose intended. The 650 is a much better platform than the 1000, especially the new one. But to keep the price cheap they still had to make the same budget brakes and suspension. Yes there are a gazillion aftermarket goodies available, but I would plop down the extra coin for the Tenere in a heartbeat. And here is the catch.....many Strom owners will spend just as much or more for making the bike much better, when they could've just got a Tenere. ;)


By the way, I have a friend who has owned allot of bikes over the years. His favorite bike without a doubt was the Strom, but he sold that and now has a Tenere. He has zero regrets.

Understood --you can really spend a lot upgrading suspension ,brakes etc.

To change the subject -- what the hell is that thing ??!! :o
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Re: Yamaha Super Tenere
« Reply #20 on: August 02, 2012, 05:48:45 pm »
The Super Tenere is selling for less than what I thought they would.  I figured they were selling for closer to MSRP of $14,500 but there are quite a few out there that have sold for around $12,000.

Maybe a nice used example will find it's way into my garage after a rider decides that he doesn't need this bike to "summit" Mt Starbucks every weekend.   ;D
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Re: Yamaha Super Tenere
« Reply #21 on: August 02, 2012, 06:57:32 pm »
Understood --you can really spend a lot upgrading suspension

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Re: Yamaha Super Tenere
« Reply #22 on: August 02, 2012, 11:40:12 pm »
The Super Tenere is selling for less than what I thought they would.  I figured they were selling for closer to MSRP of $14,500 but there are quite a few out there that have sold for around $12,000.

Maybe a nice used example will find it's way into my garage after a rider decides that he doesn't need this bike to "summit" Mt Starbucks every weekend.   ;D

I am with you. Bike doesnt seem as popular as people claim it is and alot of dealers have them in stock and they are not moving out the door very fast.
Can't get over the fact a new KLR will set me back about $6,500 (retail) and weighs about 150 pounds less. Right now am thinking to stay with a KLR unless I can get a killer deal on a Tenere. But then been hearing great stuff about the Triumph 800 XC that will run the quarter in low 12's and weighs in wet at about 475............ decisions decisions decisions..............
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Re: Yamaha Super Tenere
« Reply #23 on: August 03, 2012, 04:02:33 pm »
I am with you. Bike doesnt seem as popular as people claim it is and alot of dealers have them in stock and they are not moving out the door very fast.
Can't get over the fact a new KLR will set me back about $6,500 (retail) and weighs about 150 pounds less. Right now am thinking to stay with a KLR unless I can get a killer deal on a Tenere. But then been hearing great stuff about the Triumph 800 XC that will run the quarter in low 12's and weighs in wet at about 475............ decisions decisions decisions..............


Apples to oranges IMHO. ;)
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