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Old 11-02-2014, 06:09 PM   #1
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2008-2012 BMW R1200GS Adventure or 2014-15 YAMAHA Super Tenere?

Looking for a bigger beast for longer hauls. If $$ were no object, I'd buy a new BMW 1200GS Adventure. I have a 2009 KLR 650 set up just the way I want it to be and I'm keeping it. It is a great bike.

So.... If I want to stick within my budget, I could dig up a previous generation BMW R1200GS Adventure with low miles or a new YAMAHA Super Tenere. Shaft drive is important to me on this purchase.

Any opinions on what would be the better of the two and why? Looking for any/all opinions/pros/cons/experiences.???
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Old 11-02-2014, 06:31 PM   #2
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I went thru this thought process for months. I settled on the BMW. Then I looked at some older/ higher-mileage GS's, took another long look at the money and came back around to the S10.

I think the BMW is ahead on power, tech, and the intangible "oh, yeah!" factor.
I think the S10 has an edge with reliability and purchase price, and cost of ownership.

For the same money, I'd rather have a new, reliable bike I can afford to farkle and operate than a cooler used, possibly less reliable one. If money were no object, I'd probably have a pair of BMW's (GS and an K1600). YMMV.
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Old 11-02-2014, 07:03 PM   #3
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Super Tenere is the way to go. Reliable, fun to ride, and cost of owner ship!!
I sold mine and now, I regret it....
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Old 11-02-2014, 07:07 PM   #4
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I would never buy a BMW out of warranty.
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Old 11-02-2014, 08:21 PM   #5
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S10

If you like the KLR, GO S10. You will love it!

If money is an issue, do not go BM!

HAVE you test road the two MCs?

The first response on this thread is the voice of reason .

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Old 11-02-2014, 09:40 PM   #6
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Had a GSA, bought a S10

Had a 2011 GSA, original owner. Sold it just before warranty expired. Nice bike, but cost of ownership higher. Didn't trust the long term reliability. Bought a new 2013 S10. I expect reliability and maintainability to be better than BMW. Performance very similar. Claimed weight about the same, but S10 carries it lower.
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Old 11-02-2014, 09:49 PM   #7
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s10 -- no brainer. That is of course till someone begins listing all other bike choices
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Old 11-02-2014, 10:25 PM   #8
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Looking for a bigger beast for longer hauls. If $$ were no object, I'd buy a new BMW 1200GS Adventure. I have a 2009 KLR 650 set up just the way I want it to be and I'm keeping it. It is a great bike.

So.... If I want to stick within my budget, I could dig up a previous generation BMW R1200GS Adventure with low miles or a new YAMAHA Super Tenere. Shaft drive is important to me on this purchase.

Any opinions on what would be the better of the two and why? Looking for any/all opinions/pros/cons/experiences.???
It sounds like the Super Tenere would be the right choice for you, given that you're budget conscious. The problem with a R1200GSA that you'd be buying is the lack of warranty. Nothing against BMW (because it can happen to ANY brand), but if you buy a used GSA and something breaks, you could be into it for $2000 easily. On the other hand, if you bought a 2014 or 2015 Super Tenere, you'd have a warranty, and for just a few hundred dollars more, you could get a warranty out to five years. With that, now you're running the thing for five years for the cost of maintenance only, with no risk of unexpected expenses.

Let us know what you decide to do.
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Old 11-02-2014, 10:25 PM   #9
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I'm not sure, but you just might get a different opinion on the GS forum.
Ride both and see which one thrills you more or is this just a financial decision. I personally would go with the new S10, but that's just me, I like new bikes.
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Old 11-03-2014, 04:26 AM   #10
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do you want to travel or spend time trying to find a bmw dealer?
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Old 11-03-2014, 06:12 AM   #11
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So is there any difference between the 14 & 15 Super Tenere?
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Old 11-03-2014, 06:16 AM   #12
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No... I assume.

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So is there any difference between the 14 & 15 Super Tenere?
First gen
2011-2013

Second 2014.

Just colors I guess.
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Old 11-03-2014, 06:17 AM   #13
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so is there any difference between the 14 & 15 super tenere?

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Old 11-03-2014, 07:06 AM   #14
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I think you'd love either one...
Both are fantastic bikes for what they were designed to do. Putting down lots of highway miles with decent off road capabilities.
I've got two friends that I ride with who are obsessed with the GSA 1200 and I drool over it as well; while they are saving/planning on buying one, I just couldn't justify spending that kind of money on something I wouldn't be riding everyday. I generally only put 3000 to 5000 miles a year on my motorcycle. I decided on the Super Tenere ES... I got a great deal on a 2014 and I love it. The biggest complaints I heard about the S10 were how heavy and under powered it was. I don't get that... it's barley heavier than the GSA and this thing flies! Now granted, all my previous MC riding was done on cruisers... but this is the most comfortable bike I have ever ridden. I went with the Yamaha for the same reason others mentioned: price, dealer support, reliability and I thought it looked awesome as well. I will say that even though I've only had this bike for about a week, so far it has exceeded all of my expectations. The ONLY thing I'm not liking is the rear brake lever; it's tiny and I have already missed it on more than one occasion. I have an extender ordered and hopefully that will take care of that.
I'd definitely recommend the Super Tenere ES; the non ES is awesome as well, but the features you get with the ES are definitely worth it. First time I set the cruise control was a little unsettling, but I quickly got over that. What a great feature when you're out on an open road and just want to take in the scenery.
Last thing I'll mention... if you take one for a test ride, make sure you ride it in Sport mode. By default I think it's set to Touring. On my ride home I was a little underwhelmed by the bike's performance; I had forgotten about the 2 modes. Once in Sport Mode, I was grinning ear to ear again.
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Old 11-03-2014, 07:07 AM   #15
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First gen
2011-2013

Second 2014.

Just colors I guess.
Yep.. just colors and price! There are some fantastic deals on 2014s right now.
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