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Old 06-08-2012, 08:03 AM   #1
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Super Ténéré 1200 OFF ROAD preparations and experiences thread

Hi, sorry about my Spanglish, I hope you understand it. ::)
I’m using my bikes basically in off road trips. I change my GSA for a ST looking for a better off road maxi-trail.
Lots of people say these big bikes are not for this kind of ride but I’m not agree and I believe lots of you aren’t.

The Super Tènèrè thread is so long that I believe this post could be specialized to share information about our preparations and experiences in off road with our loved Super Ténérés.
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Old 06-08-2012, 08:10 AM   #2
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So I'm starting with the step by step of my bike but feel free to post your experiences!!

All started with my ST just arriving home. Form the beginning I put some used Karoo's taken from my old GSA, a good tire.



The ST is a very nice bike but it needs some work to be a good off roader. I bought the basic version, I feel the protections of the Adventure version don’t have enough quality.
In the GSA I had a good experience with Touratech quality and service in Spain so I ordered most of the protections.
Waiting to the Touratech stuff arrives I put some folder mirrors taken from the GSA and play making a bit of decoration in the front guard and in the exhaust plastic. I don’t like this plastic and the exhaust. Also I made some side tank protections to avoid scratches from my muddy knees.





The Touratech parts arrived:
Abs sensors protections





Crash bars



Bash plate





Side protections



Enlarger foot brake lever



Shaft (cardan) protection (not sure about the name)



Head pipe protection



I don’t like much the part under the headlamp, it looks unfinished to me so I make a brico using a Touratech part adding some grill from a kitchen ventilator



I also have a Yamaha head lamp protection and leds blinkers



From the GSA I had a Wunderlich levers to adapt the handlebar. Very useful to move the handlebar when you change from road to dirt. Also the Ram Mout to the GPS with Touratech support. And the ABS switch on-off. I don’t understand why Yamaha don’t put this switch in the bike



Ready to try the modifications.







And they worked



After my first serious off road ride I felt the suspensions too soft. I put it in maximum hard an improves a lot. Also it was more difficult to crash in the bash plate.
I need to improve the ground clearance of this bike.

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Old 06-08-2012, 09:30 AM   #3
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Awesome post!

I am fine with the Spanglish, keep it coming!
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Old 06-08-2012, 10:36 AM   #4
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Looks good

Where did you get the decal for the exhaust cover?

Didn't you convert your bike to dual exhausts; one on each side?
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Old 06-08-2012, 11:27 AM   #5
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Looks good

Where did you get the decal for the exhaust cover?

Didn't you convert your bike to dual exhausts; one on each side?
The decal was hand made (copy from the World Crosser)
Yes I've got the dual exhaust. Just want to have all the transformation in one post and encourage you to show us your off road experiences and modifications.
So here you are the exhaust evolution:

The Yamaha dealer in my town (Motos Ausió) offered the opportunity to try an Akrapovich.
It’s better looking, lighter and improves a bit the sound from the OEM one but for its price I don’t see enough advantages. Also it needs all the OEM plastic guards witch I don’t like, especially the black one in back of the left leg witch is very annoying driving standing up.





So that’s why I decided to try a different way: a dual exhaust.
The idea was from a local factory: NONE. They make enduro exhaust and other bike components in a very well equipped factory. Great young people.
Actually they have the prototype to make the pre-production one. Hope in a couple of weeks I can have it to the final test.
In this thread you have all the evolution, details, sound and power graphics:

http://www.yamahasupertenere.com/index.php?topic=3791.0

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Old 06-08-2012, 12:43 PM   #6
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Nice-- That is done right...
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Old 06-08-2012, 01:12 PM   #7
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I changed the OEM pegs for some Touratech ones.
They look very strong and the mud it doesn’t stay under the boots like the Yamaha ones.



I think the OEM shift lever is too exposed but I couldn’t find a foldable one, so finally I made one.
I use the standard one and add a Touratech folding ending from a BMW GS.
It works great.




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Old 06-08-2012, 01:17 PM   #8
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I have a new rear suspension. Its a new brand called BM Suspension from Belgium and distributed by Mambatec in Spain.
This is a prototype to test in the ST, I asked them to be able to rise the bike 3,5cm, so if I have a 21” front wheel I can level the bike.
Wuith it the bike is 2cm higher than with the OEM suspension.
As you can see in the photos, in the center stand and the BM the rear wheel is in the floor but with the OEM there is a space.
I also like the look with the back slightly raised.



With the OEM shock the rear wheel doesn’t touch the ground



With the Mambatec does





Wasp inspiration... ;)



With this suspension the bike changes completely due the new geometry and the quality of it. Amazing. In the jumps I dont crash with the bash plate as before, much better!!

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Old 06-09-2012, 11:47 AM   #9
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I also add the Touratech luggage rack. With it I have a solid big flat surface full of strap holders. It also protect the OEM plastic surface from scratches.
The rack in the passenger area is very easy to take off if you want to put the passenger seat. Very clever!





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Old 06-10-2012, 01:20 AM   #10
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I also add the Touratech luggage rack. With it I have a solid big flat surface full of strap holders. It also protect the OEM plastic surface from scratches.
The rack in the passenger area is very easy to take off if you want to put the passenger seat. Very clever!




Good looking bike! That's quite an angle on the swingarm, so it will be interesting to see how your U-joint and shaft bearings hold up.
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Old 06-10-2012, 07:22 AM   #11
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Good looking bike! That's quite an angle on the swingarm, so it will be interesting to see how your U-joint and shaft bearings hold up.
It worked fine, no problems at all. Also to take the exhaust off it goes all together, very easy.
This pictures where taken with the first prototype and it was hand made. They are making the pre-production one so I’ll take new pictures when I have it.



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Old 06-09-2012, 11:54 AM   #12
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I'm also very pleased with the side tank protectors. With Uni Racing, a decal manufacturer, and my dealer we develop a decal kit. In few weeks they are going to be ready. These are the first prototypes:

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Old 06-09-2012, 12:38 PM   #13
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Old 06-09-2012, 12:53 PM   #14
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I filled mine with gas.

Okay, so I did do a few farkles with ALtrider side bars and skid plate.
There was another thread about mods somewhere.
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Wow!! You've gone all out to rescue the Spanish economy! Very tastefully done! The rear shock looks almost identical to the Wilbers shocks from Germany.

Besides the nice look, is there any real advantage to dual exhausts?
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