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Old 07-15-2012, 05:17 PM   #13036
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Thumb Ditto, ditto, ditto...

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...To get any good single track around here you almost have to pay to ride in an OHV park.

Ditto around here where I'm at...


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Just about everything else for us is paved or gravel mixed with some dirt two track, Tenere does this well. The balance of on road/ off road manners is great. Fantastic bike and ergos are better out of the box for me as well.

Ditto here again...


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All you HAVE to do is ride it.


There's the real key. I've had mine less than a year and have nearly 20,000 miles (32,000+ km) and my Super Tenere has essentially been completely trouble-free. I had the cooked headlamp harness issue in the first couple of thousand miles, but the harness was replaced under warranty and since then nothing... *NO* problems, period. Oil, oil filter, and final drive lube changes, put one new OEM paper air filter in at 16,500 miles even though it really didn't need it, replaced the spark plugs at the same time but the originals could have easily gone another 16,000+ miles, and put tires on it and gas in it... That's it. Normal maintenance and checking the spokes.

Mine truly has been the most trouble-free, totally reliable motorcycle I have ever owned.

As you said, "All you have to do is ride it."



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I've added a few farkles along the way but none were absolutely necessary. Don't think you'll regret it.


Yamaha side cases on mine, an AltRider rear rack, a Parabellum windscreen, a throttle lock cruise control, a Bags Connection electrified gas cap locking collar tank bag set-up, aftermarket rebuilt seat, and wiring for my GPS and radar detector... and soon to be mounted RumBux skid plate.

Oh, and I had the ECU re-flashed with a custom ECUnleashed re-map.

For me that's next to no mods or farkles, but the bike is *THAT* good. It needs almost nothing to get it *right*. I've got a few other things in mind for farkles, but it *REALLY* doesn't have to have anything. It's just great out of the box, and much, much better than any of the BMW's I've owned. Best part about that is when I leave on a few thousand miles trip I don't worry a bit. I know the Super Tenere will bring me home... I never had that kind of feeling of total confidence with the Beemers.

I just bought four more years of the YES Yamaha extended factory warranty for $400 bucks - a no brainer - but then again, I really only bought it because it's a cheap way to add resale value should I have to sell the bike. I really don't have the first worry I will ever need that warranty coverage, and I'm pretty sure I'll keep the S-10 another 4-years as long as my health holds out.

I've owned everything from mini-bikes to a Ducati Desmosedici (which I still have and is awesome in the extreme), but IMHO the Super Tenere really is the best motorcycle I've ever owned - at least for me and my riding.

And that's really all that counts. "All you have to do is ride it."

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Old 07-15-2012, 05:36 PM   #13037
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Agree on most of your remarks Dallara but I wish Yamaha could offer the possibility of front 21" and rear 18" wheels ... plus make the turn signals return to center after a while ... just my 2 cents.
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Old 07-15-2012, 06:41 PM   #13038
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Oh well...to each his own...I'm happy that a lotta' folks love their LC-8s. However, while I enjoyed the edgy hooligan aspect of it, there were several "idiosynchrasies" I just couldn't continue to look-past. (*That last sentence pretty-much describes every Euro bike ownership experience I have ever had.)


I sold my 950SE too, back in November, after 5 years and 25,000 miles. I had a much better experience than you did, but I don't miss it (yet). It never let me down, but the routine maintenance was frequent and time-consuming, although not really difficult. I don't have "riding time", I have "me time". If I'm wrenching, I'm not riding. I won't go there again. Any bike I own from here on out will have maintenance requirements that are less demanding.

Another thing about the LC8 I don't miss is the fact that the riding experience is pure adrenaline: there is no element of relaxation in the riding experience. Maybe I'm just getting old.

I test rode a S10 some months back, and liked it immediately. It didn't take long for it to "click". It made the short list, along with the Stelvio. I won't spring for a Super Ten until I've ridden a Stelvio. Neither of these bikes will require as much down time as the KTM.
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Old 07-15-2012, 07:00 PM   #13039
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I found a dealer about an hour away that has a demo bike. I plan on checking it out in a couple weeks when I get a chance. I've been wanting to ride one since they came out. I fully expect it to be my next bike as long as it's not too boring.

Seriously though my current bike is a Uly and I fear the Tenere will lack 'Character' compared to what I'm used to. I know I've talked to Mikef5000 about the difference and he says it drags pegs a whole lot sooner than what I'm used to. I guess I could get used to that, seems they work much better on dirt and gravel than one would think for such a heavy bike.

Any suggestions for the test ride besides making sure it's out of touring mode?
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Old 07-15-2012, 07:34 PM   #13040
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I found a dealer about an hour away that has a demo bike. I plan on checking it out in a couple weeks when I get a chance. I've been wanting to ride one since they came out. I fully expect it to be my next bike as long as it's not too boring.

Seriously though my current bike is a Uly and I fear the Tenere will lack 'Character' compared to what I'm used to. I know I've talked to Mikef5000 about the difference and he says it drags pegs a whole lot sooner than what I'm used to. I guess I could get used to that, seems they work much better on dirt and gravel than one would think for such a heavy bike.

Any suggestions for the test ride besides making sure it's out of touring mode?
Bring a 20 amp fuse to eliminate the 1-3 gear nanny mode.

http://www.yamahasupertenere.com/index.php?topic=4486.0
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Old 07-15-2012, 08:08 PM   #13041
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...I don't have "riding time", I have "me time". If I'm wrenching, I'm not riding. I won't go there again...
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...All you HAVE to do is ride it...

You two need to get out of my brain...

In all seriousness, unless someone is an ex-Orange guy, they can't begin to understand how profound your posts are.

Stobie, I'm in the same place as you. I will never...EVER...go there again.



I'm not trying to leg-hump Dallara. I don't know the guy, and couldn't pick-him-out, in a room of three people. But, for the most part, his posts have been some of the most profound for me.

Like him, I have had the pleasure of owning a buttload of bikes...some good, some bad. So, when I read something like this...


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...I've owned everything from mini-bikes to a Ducati Desmosedici (which I still have and is awesome in the extreme), but IMHO the Super Tenere is the really the best motorcycle I've ever owned - at least for me and my riding.

or like this...


http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...ostcount=12348



I'm sold...


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Old 07-16-2012, 06:02 PM   #13042
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Well, I got my Super T about four weeks ago. Took it off road immediately...with the DS factory tires...and it did great! Road it every day to work...commuter test was an easy pass. Took it to DC from my house this weekend...there and back...6.5 hours each way. Took off in a terrible downpour that was flooding the streets, sat in bumper to bumper traffic with little movement for an hour...then took off averaging about 75-80 mph. Traction control worked great in the deep puddles, and the ride was comfortable. I have all three factory panniers, not one drop of water on the inside. They did great!

Seemed like every time I stopped for gas or coffee, someone had to come up and asks me about the bike.

I am planning on attending the AMA Yamaha Super Tenere Blue Ridge Adventure Ride in Morganton, NC in Sep. I can't wait to test the bike on the trails and mountain passes.

Love my ST and wish all of y'all luck with yours!
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Old 07-17-2012, 07:32 PM   #13043
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I just did the seat leveling mod and had to go test it out. Amazing what 3/8" will do! Much more comfortable.

While I was out I happened by the parts store just before closing. Got a mini fuse and did the clutch switch mod. Holy hell! Why doesn't Yamaha have three throttle modes from the factory? Touring, Sport and Hang ON! The dreaded off idle stumble/dip/surge is gone.

The only complaint I have is that in comparison it feels slower in the upper gears now.

Now to find a switch like Jaumev has.

Anyway, I know it's not news to those who have done it... Carry on.
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Old 07-17-2012, 09:38 PM   #13044
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Got a mini fuse and did the clutch switch mod. Holy hell! Why doesn't Yamaha have three throttle modes from the factory? Touring, Sport and Hang ON! The dreaded off idle stumble/dip/surge is gone.
The only complaint I have is that in comparison it feels slower in the upper gears now.
Yep!

I love the way mine runs in the lower gears too and that PITA stumble on take off went away. That alone is worth doing the mod. It was 10 times worse taking off 2-up without it and could get you in a bind depending on the condition of your takeoff. Such as a steep up hill with a sharp turn right or left

I also have a switch on mine and works well. You can tell with the switch in the upper gears holding a constant speed and turn the mod off the engine picks up about a 100 or so RPM's. At least mine does.

Has anyone felt this too?
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Old 07-18-2012, 03:26 AM   #13045
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20,000km Service feedback.

Well,
Big Blue went for her 20,000km service at LINEX Yamaha in Randburg (for the ZAR citizens on the forum)

From my first phone call to book her a slot, I was impressed with Wayne's (the workshop manager) detailed
explanation of all the standard items, checks, adjustments and work to be carried out.

Anywhow, the following was replaced:
Front Tyre: Metzeler Tourance EXP
Rear Tyre: Metzeler Tourance EXP M
Rear Disk pads
Brake Fluid
Oil:
Engine: 10W40 YAMALUBE
Diff: YAMALUBE
The 4 sparkplugs (NGK)
The Oil filter (Yamaha)

Adjustments:
i) Spring Preload was set harder (#3) according to my weight (82kg)
ii) Front Shocks was also adjusted harder
iii) Handlebars set backwards (towards me) about an inch at the bar ends
and clutch and brake levers, handguards and mirrors adjusts accordingly.
iv) Steering bearings was removed, cleaned and regreased. Nuts torqued.
v) Throttle adjusted to remove as much "free play" as possible.
vi) K&N Filter cleaned & lubricated.
And then all the points 1 - 29 of the Owners Manaul Check List.

Oh! For the Rumbux Crashbar owners. When mine was fitted, the original cowling protectors (pg. 65, ref.# 62 on the parts catalogue), was never put back on. On the right cowling it's not a majour issue, but the left cowling protector also serves as a stabilizing bracket for the radiator on the left cowling. Make sure you at least fit the left one.
Quickly refitted both of mine too.

So, what do I think getting Big Blue back? Awesome!
Valve noise is, well, not noticable anymore. Before is was clattering away.
The Low Oil level warning light no longer appears in the mornings. I'm sure the CASTROL 20W50
that was used in the 15,000km express service was the culprit.
The new tyres now just WANT to corner!
The handle bar adjustment will take some time getting used to, but I LIKE it!

The whole setup now simply inspires so much more confidence.
Recall, I last rode a bike 18years ago, scramblers, ordered my S10 over the interweb and off I went.

I have now rediscovered the Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere, the one everyone who is raving about it, raves about.
I finaly feel like I belong on her, that she wants me on her, you know? Like that feeling you get when you ride a
horse that you are perfectly tuned into and vice versa.

That my friends, is what makes a great bike and an awesome ride., IMHO.

A massive THANK YOU to Wayne and the mechs at LINEX! Fantastic service, honest opinions, personal experience (Wayne himslef ownes a white S10), attention to detail and a wealth of information! A job well done, I'm telling everyone!

Happy Days All!

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Old 07-18-2012, 07:09 AM   #13046
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Is the Yamaha Extended Service on the S10 worth it?
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Old 07-18-2012, 07:34 AM   #13047
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Y.E.S. or no?

Is the Yamaha Extended Service on the S10 worth it?
You can find excellent pricing on the YES plans, so most people consider it to be pretty cheap insurance. It seems like Yamaha stands behind the warranty pretty well also (no personal experience, though).

If you think you might sell the bike in the next 5 years, then it's absolutely worth it. Otherwise up to you, your willingness to wrench, and your skills as a home mechanic.
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Old 07-18-2012, 07:36 AM   #13048
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Is the Yamaha Extended Service on the S10 worth it?
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Old 07-18-2012, 07:42 AM   #13049
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Is the Yamaha Extended Service on the S10 worth it?

How much is piece of mind and added resale value worth?

With the going price for 4 extra years of OEM factory warranty, with no mileage limitations, going for what amounts to about $100 a year, for me it was a no-brainer. I doubt very seriously anything major is going to go wrong on my Super Tenere, but even the replacement of something like fork seals these days is going to run more than $100, so all you need is one minor issue like that a year and the Y.E.S. warranty has paid for itself.

And though I have no foreseeable plans to sell my Super Tenere in the next 4 years, if I had to it would sure be easier to sell since I can say "It still has X-amount of factory Yamaha warranty remaining..."

Just my two centavos... YMMV.

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Old 07-18-2012, 11:41 AM   #13050
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Well, Black, Super Tenere is on the blocks, for sale: $10,200 and 15K miles.... It's been fun...really, really fun--

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=809751


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