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Old 11-08-2012, 05:36 PM   #125
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Seattle, WA (November 8, 2012) Touratech spoons on knobby tires and puts the Super Ténéré to the test. After more than 700 miles of off-road riding across the state of Colorado, Touratech has released a video highlighting the versatility of Yamaha’s new Super Ténéré XT1200Z.






In August of 2012, Paul Guillien, Touratech-USA’s General Manager, rode a 2012 Yamaha Super Ténéré XT1200Z on the Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route (COBDR) expedition. Guillien, who rode the new Ténéré alongside several BMW GS's and KTM 990's, was unsure of how Yamaha’s twin cylinder, 1200cc motorcycle would perform on dirt. However, the COBDR proved to be an excellent test ground, as Guillien was required to traverse a wide variety of terrain while he and the BDR team crossed the state of Colorado. In addition to establishing the new Backcountry Discovery Route, the COBDR expedition was an opportunity for Touratech to learn more about how Yamaha’s new ADV motorcycle performs on an off-road expedition.

"I wanted to be able to tell our customers whether the Super Ténéré is truly a capable adventure motorcycle, as well as what it was like to ride the bike off-road for more than 700 miles, and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised." - Paul Guillien, General Manager, Touratech USA

Although the Anti-lock Braking System cannot be shut off on the bike, not once in the 750-mile trip did Paul feel as though he needed to disable it. "The brakes were always there,” says Guillien, “It digs down through the gravel and stops." Additionally, Paul found that the first traction control setting, which fully limits wheel spin, as well as the second which allows a small amount of wheel spin, were optimal for most of the COBDR expedition. "There are a lot of steep gravel corners and you're able to give it as much throttle as you need and it’ll meter out the power to keep the back end behind you," Guillien explains, "I kind of like the insurance policy of having [traction control] on there, you can really ride aggressively without having to worry about losing your back end."
Back on the street, Guillien finds the Yamaha Super Ténéré well-suited for an exciting ride. “The bike was a blast. It was so much fun on the street. It's got a low center of gravity and is very nimble. It's definitely got a little bit of sport bike DNA.”
So what’s the verdict? “Well, it's not the ultimate BDR machine,” Guillien admits, “but it’s something that's very fun on dirt, and works well when riding two-up or street touring.” And can it handle the Backcountry Discovery Route? “Heck yes,” says Paul. “It's totally capable and you can have a lot of fun on the bike, just like I did on this trip."

Shortcomings:
Heavier than a GS, but lighter than a GS Adventure
Radiators are vulnerable
Lower clearance

Strengths:
Traction control works well
Good for two-up riding
Great on the street
Suspension better than expected
Off-pavement capable

Click HERE to see Touratech’s Bike Build blog for the Yamaha Super Ténéré XT1200Z.


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