Anyone not like their Super Tenere?

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by pluric, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    I think it's tough gig for a manufacturer to cover every base. Look at BMW with their HP2. I've never
    seen one loaded up and heading down a road. So if you go too far one way or the other you can lose sales.

    Manufacturers have to play it safe or appeal to a small market. I was not looking for a 1200 cc dirt bike.
    I wanted a replacement for my Strom that had a shaft drive. After having it off road, then more agressive off
    road, then stupid off road I couldn't help but be impressed with a side of the bike I didn't expect to have.

    Yes it's heavy. Yes the KTM and HP2 are better off road. Yes the Yamaha is more versatile than one would think
    by stats and visual appearance.

    I've had wheel bending issues and one fork seal leak. I've literally tried to get the bike to break. Other than
    the wheels the S10 just asks "Is that all you've got?"

    Sorry, not trying to make this a praise thread. My weakness spots have been wheels, seals and the factory tank
    bag slides all over in the rough stuff. I did replace the OEM aftermarket plate too with an Altrider just to be a
    cautious with the sump area.
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  2. roarin calhoun

    roarin calhoun Been here awhile

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    Well, yeah. I don't like missing the thrill of brake malfunctions on my old BMW GS12 on rocky steeps with my wife on the back. Parts flying off. Lights going out.Carrying spare oil. Over 100 miles trips to the dealer for warranty work where I could take the wife to a movie(no movies in my tuiny mtn hometown). Yup. This stinkin Tenere denied me all that "fun". It works--GREAT. Stinkin bike.
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  3. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    I'll just put you down as "Undecided" :wink::lol3
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  4. jaumev

    jaumev Long timer

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    Pluric: your absolute right: we like our goodies :clap

    I’m sorry, this thread is for people who not like their Super T and I’m not one of these.

    I know I’m a pane in the ass with all my farkles, this means I don’t like the bike? NO. I like farkling the bike nearly as much as riding it.

    Also I know any manufacturer is going to build the bike I need, so I'm used to adapt them to my kind of ride.

    When I decided change the GSA, my first logical choice was the KTM990 but after testing the ST I realized is the most versatile big trail bike and with the Yamaha trusting reliability… and with a plus: lots of possible farkling to be the perfect bike :evil:D
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  5. 1reddawg

    1reddawg Long timer

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    I am 6'3" with about 34-36 inseam and have tried the 1"up & 1"back risers, It helped a little bit,did the seat mod, adjusted the seat from low to high,still nothing,tried riding with my elbows more toward my body,sitting up straighter,used a BIG water proof bag as a back rest on a trip to Tenn. 1800 miles later,i was still stopping every 100 - 120 miles to give my shoulders & neck a rest.I am really hoping an after market seat will fix the problem..
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  6. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    Maybe this is the next must have farkle???

    http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=383162&catid=195857&aid=338666&aparam=383162
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  7. Bullettwo

    Bullettwo Adventurer

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    I like the ST, but my thumbs and my butt got sore on the way home from the Yukon Rally. I've been home a week and I'm still sore. After I got home, I greased the clutch and brake levers, but they feel awfully stiff and hard to pull to me. I am a small person, 5'2" and 115 pounds, but I can ride my RT for miles and miles without this type of discomfort.

    Other than that, the ST ran flawlessly.
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  8. ride everything

    ride everything Been here awhile

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    This is why this thread is cool. There are so many choices now, and everyone is all but blowing their new bikes, which I get, but when you're in the market for a freshy, it's refreshing to hear from someone who actually regrets their decision (that sounds odd), but I am glad it finally worked out for ya, but this is gooood info.
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  9. Bullettwo

    Bullettwo Adventurer

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    Just got back from a canyon run on the RT. It just fits me better than the ST. Grips are closer together and levers adjust slightly closer to the handlebar. Upper back is totally relaxed on the RT, I think it is related to the difference in handlebar width.
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  10. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    :dunno

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  11. cams

    cams Been here awhile

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    hi, just thought i might "chime " in with some gripes ive got with the s 10.

    1/ spoke design is poor . they can fall out to do major damage to the swing-arm or front fork tubes and brake-lines.
    if not check on a regular basis.:ddog
    2/ the standard rear shock is shit. dampening is all wrong and it fades when pushed hard.:dog
    3/ the steering head bearings come loose way too often. say every 300k's of rough off-road riding.:becca

    4/ last but not least, the ome heated hand grips have a major design fault in the r/h wiring set up. in short , the wiring cable rubs through the insulation (as you twist your throttle) and shorts out on the inside of the throttle housing. thus blowing the fuse and rendering your $550.00 + accessory useless.
    :eek2

    now would i buy another s 10 ?????????? f$%K yeh:fyyff with all its failing it still the coolest thing to ride on road or off.
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  12. Dr. Greg

    Dr. Greg Tryin' to get home..

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    Lessee...on my short test ride...it needed a gear indicator.

    Otherwise a contender for my Ducati MTS1200S replacement.

    Good enough?
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  13. Eriksson

    Eriksson Isthatdirtinyourpocket?

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    Interesting; the bitchers in biggest need of the whaaambulance don't even own one?
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  14. pretbek

    pretbek Long timer

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    Funny, I was about to post just that: What I dislike most about the Super Tenere is that I don't own one!
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  15. Todd-Squad

    Todd-Squad See Ya, Bye.

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    Unfortunately, the hacksaw won't fix the goofy angle the ends of the ST bars have. If I bought a ST the bars would be the first thing I would change. Otherwise, it is pretty close to the perfect all-arounder.

    Todd-Squad
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  16. Trail bandit

    Trail bandit Random adventurer

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    This is something new I've had to learn the hard expensive way about bikes and vibes. Risky buying a secondhand bike and annoying to find it can be risky buying a brand new bike.

    It would be very nice if there was a vibe meter you could stick on the handlebar and then tell the dealer to break open another crate and you'd take the low vibe one and even better if that bad example ended up shipped back to the factory.

    One guy I have had communication with has 13,000 miles on his bike and still waiting for it to smooth out.
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  17. scottie boy

    scottie boy Homebrew Guru

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    Even to this day my bike runs smoother in cooler temps which is pretty normal for some bikes. When I took delivery last August it was hot as hell and I'm assuming I had an extremely tight motor. Kind of the perfect storm for vibes I guess. I've purposely ridden her hard to break the motor in. Yesterday I rode with temps in the 90's and the engine had "character" but my hands and feet didn't buzz for days after I got off like they used to do.
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  18. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Not in the clique...

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    After months of hearing all the good reviews surrounding the famed Yamaha Super Tenere, I could no longer help myself...I FINALLY bought one.

    If a first impression means anything, I can tell you that I was NOT that impressed...







































    Fortunately, the dealer has assured me that I will be MUCH more pleased once they get it uncrated, and fully assembled...


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    Pluric did not want his thread to turn-into a Love Fest. So, to all the guys from the Super Tenere thread...


    Thanks for ruining my checking account. :bluduh


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  19. kessler89

    kessler89 Adventurer

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    me too man!! i'm chompin at the bit and fighting every urge in my body to hold off till next spring for mine
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  20. GrahamD

    GrahamD Long timer

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    Yeah!! Bloody YAMAHA POS. I'll leave it at that otherwise I might end up saying something really positive to WR-JJ..
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