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Old 12-02-2013, 12:28 PM   #20746
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Morning Gents...

looking for some guidance...

Once a year I venture out of riding distance and rent a bike for a couple weeks...

every year it has been a Gs1200....last year a GSA1200 for the Dalton hwy....

This year I have a chance ride a GS OR the Tenere in Northern Chile/Argentina...30% offroad.....

My ride at home is a KTM950SE.....

Do I gain anything by going blue this year?

Thanks.....
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I'd say yes. I've been throughly impressed with the traction control system on the Tenere. You won't be able to roost your buddies like the 950SE will but then again you'll out accelerate them on anything lose or slippery.
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Old 12-02-2013, 01:02 PM   #20747
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Morning Gents...

looking for some guidance...

Once a year I venture out of riding distance and rent a bike for a couple weeks...

every year it has been a Gs1200....last year a GSA1200 for the Dalton hwy....

This year I have a chance ride a GS OR the Tenere in Northern Chile/Argentina...30% offroad.....

My ride at home is a KTM950SE.....

Do I gain anything by going blue this year?

Thanks.....
Mike
We have a number of owners who came from the Beemer and Katoom communities. I rent GS's and own the Tenere.

As somebody said, reliability. I've had two rented GS's fail over the years.
If it's hot you won't have to smell the clutch and engine like on a Beemer.
The GS suspension is smoother if not so old it's been beat to death.
Lack of funky strange switches and labeling.
If 2-up, your partner will probably like the Tenere more.
The stock GS headlight is a little better at night.

Otherwise, I find the ergonomics and such to be pretty close.
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Old 12-02-2013, 01:49 PM   #20748
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great feedback gents....

much appreciated....
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Old 12-02-2013, 04:47 PM   #20749
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Old 12-02-2013, 05:09 PM   #20750
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So I go out to the garage to find my 6 year old boy twisting the shock absorber spring preload adjuster. I don't know how many times he turned it clockwise or anti. But he said he twisted it allot. whatever that means in 6 year old language.

Looked at manual and it says if i turn it too many times it could damage it.

I cant see anywhere if there is a notch or something to gauge it back to safe settings.

Anyone know how I can tell where to bring it back to original or if it is messed up?

Any Wisdom would be much appreciated.



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Old 12-02-2013, 05:27 PM   #20751
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service manual states...

6 Turns for maximum
4 turns for stock
1 turn for minimum
Yes but he obviously turned it more then 6 turns. it does not stop at any point that i noticed. you can just keep turning it for a while. Never got tighter and or had a giving point where you snap it into more turns.

Does it start all over once you pass the 6 click. does the spring reset and start from the beginning?

Manual states this:

NOTICE
To avoid damaging the mechanism,
do not attempt to turn beyond the
maximum or minimum settings.
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Old 12-02-2013, 05:28 PM   #20752
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So I go out to the garage to find my 6 year old boy twisting the shock absorber spring preload adjuster. I don't know how many times he turned it clockwise or anti. But he said he twisted it allot. whatever that means in 6 year old language.

Looked at manual and it says if i turn it too many times it could damage it.

I cant see anywhere if there is a notch or something to gauge it back to safe settings.

Anyone know how I can tell where to bring it back to original or if it is messed up?

Any Wisdom would be much appreciated.



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Oh the little darlings.

I'm guessing he could only have the strength to loosen the preload.

Here is the factory setting. The ring will go up or down depending on the direction
of twist. Red line is stock setting.

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Old 12-02-2013, 05:39 PM   #20753
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Oh the little darlings.

I'm guessing he could only have the strength to loosen the preload.

Here is the factory setting. The ring will go up or down depending on the direction
of twist. Red line is stock setting.

Thanks Pluric and GEO. Did you place that sticker there? As mine does not have one.

So what I get form this is to just make sure it is in the bounds of the markings. And hoping the spring or any parts withing the knob is not damaged. I can tell it is not damaged if the marking moves when i adjust myself. If they don't move then maybe it is damaged.

Thanks I will go test it now.

Believe me I am not being paranoid he was really turning it allot. When I saw him form my front yard turning it It took a while to get in good hearing distance so he could hear me yelling at him. I noticed he was cranking on that thing and before I nicely yelled at him he got 5 good twists in and he said he was doing it for a long time.


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Old 12-02-2013, 05:59 PM   #20754
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Morning Gents...

looking for some guidance...

Once a year I venture out of riding distance and rent a bike for a couple weeks...

every year it has been a Gs1200....last year a GSA1200 for the Dalton hwy....

This year I have a chance ride a GS OR the Tenere in Northern Chile/Argentina...30% offroad.....

My ride at home is a KTM950SE.....

Do I gain anything by going blue this year?

Thanks.....
Mike
The tenere is much more comfortable in the standing position. Can ride for miles standing. Traction controll and braking surprisingly awesome.
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Old 12-02-2013, 06:31 PM   #20755
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Thanks Pluric and GEO. Did you place that sticker there? As mine does not have one.
The blue bikes come with many subtle upgrades the others don't have.
I'd tell you them all but that would just make you feel worse than you
already have a reason to.
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Old 12-02-2013, 06:41 PM   #20756
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Anyone know how I can tell where to bring it back to original or if it is messed up?

Any Wisdom would be much appreciated.



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Put it on the mainstand before adjusting it. It puts a lot less stress on the handle internal keyway.

It is not as strong as I would like it to be.
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Old 12-02-2013, 06:45 PM   #20757
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[QUOTE=KamLeeR;22894895]I have a KTM 950 I'm thinking of selling and getting the white Sup 10. I've got a buyer who wants the 950.
I rode the 2013 10 yesterday and was very impressed. Very stable on road and weight felt the same as the 950, even though its 70lbs heavier. I just love the 950 but not the maitenance.
The Sup 10 will be double the cost of what I am selling my 950 for, do you think I will see and appreciate the extra? I know it will be waaaaaay better for long trips, but not quite sure if I will be in trouble with it off road. I'm not planning on anything more difficult than gravel, fire roads, small baby heads.
From the little I've researched this bike, just started, I think it will be perfect for me.
I've just spent tons of money getting the KTM sorted and don't want to have sellers remorse, as these bikes are getting rare to find now, and mine is a gorgeous machine with more power than I could ever use.

Any folks here go from their KTM950/990s to the Tenere? Happy? Downsides/upsides?


Thanks for all the replies so far.

Sold the 950 today! So, now I am starting my search for a good deal on a white beast!

There's gotta be a few around here in Texas
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Old 12-02-2013, 07:23 PM   #20758
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The blue bikes come with many subtle upgrades the others don't have.
I'd tell you them all but that would just make you feel worse than you
already have a reason to.
ha oooh your real sneaky aren't ya. Just know the perfect time when to strike! Left myself Wide open for that one!!

Thanks for your help anyway bluebird!

It seems to be working as I crank it up and it moves like it should on correct markings. Then back down looks fine.
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Old 12-02-2013, 07:23 PM   #20759
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Put it on the mainstand before adjusting it. It puts a lot less stress on the handle internal keyway.

It is not as strong as I would like it to be.
Will do thanks!!
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Old 12-02-2013, 07:28 PM   #20760
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Congratulations on selling your KTM 950. Selling a bike is always a bitter-sweet experience for me. I had the pleasure of riding a KTM 950 for a day, and its like riding a wild tiger, whereas my Super Tenere is a domestic pussy cat.
The KTM was raw and visceral, mucho-excitement and felt like a motocross bike with a huge V-twin. The Super Tenere is calming and not demanding to ride, more comfortable and less temping to ride fast in the dirt. The KTM seemed to be begging for dirt. I think the KTM would tend to wear on rider who is doing long distances on pavement with little dirt, the Super Tenere will deliver a less tired rider after a long ride.

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