Anyone not like their Super Tenere?

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

  1. ggamster

    ggamster Been here awhile

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    That's ME! I love the bike and I get to keep it! I switch bikes all the time. There is no other bike on the market I would rather have. I have had a lot considering I am 33. I have studied them all. The Super Tenere is great. I hear things sometimes negative about how it does off road but I have never seen any piece of sales literature where they say "take this to the MX track and Win or Be a beast at your local hair scramble". I have road the bike about 110mph for distance and get great mpg, no oil burn ext. I have had it on wide slow single/double track and it does better than my two F800GS's and my 1200GS all mostly stock. I can tell you that there is no better all around bike.
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  2. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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  3. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Not in the clique...

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    Dan the Man!!!

    What's happenin?!? I just wondered back into this thread, and found your post. I hope all is well for you and yours.


    Are you kiddin' me?!?...paint it?!? There's a story there...

    I have a friend whom I've known since high school (more like my sister). For some reason, she's always around when I'm pondering bikes, strolling around bike shops, or picking-up a new bike (She's my usual taxi to the shop.)

    Anyhow, she was sittin' on the couch one night, while I was surfing ADV. I am one of the guys who wanted to wait until '13, to see if the white one was gonna' make it to the US. Well, she saw one of the blue ones, and that was it. My next bike was picked.


    She would KILL ME if I even scratched it!...She loves that Yammie blue. :deal


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  4. wolftrax

    wolftrax Been here awhile

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    I'm not real happy with my S10 right now. Nothing wrong with the bike, it's me. Took Miss Piggy out for a spin and blasted up a local FS road, nothing to tough. Got off the bike put my leg on the center stand to pull it up and my back went out. Fortunately I kicked down the sidestand before I dropped to the ground. The Doc says no more riding for at least 6 months, herniated disc, we'll see how long that lasts. Just really pissed at the bike cause its sits there calling me to go riding and I can't take her. :(:
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  5. Crosshair

    Crosshair Taking Aim........

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    I'm sure there's plenty of inmates willing to keep her fit for you :wink:
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  6. JTucker

    JTucker Long timer

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    Ok, I rode one today finally.
    First impressions, compared to what I'm used to riding, a Buell Uly.
    I left it in sport mode, did a little over 100 miles.
    It was more more vibey than I expected, especially below 4k rpm. There were quite a few noises I wasn't used to. Do the final drives have some gear whine or was it something else?
    Engine pulled pretty good at higher rpm but the low end torque was nonexistent. This was my biggest complaint about the bike. A 1200 twin should have torque.
    Suspension was pretty good on rough roads, felt really confident on the few miles of gravel I was on.
    Handling was good, not up to uly standards but as good as I expected, drug a peg once, used the tire to the edge and it never did anything strange.

    Overall I leave with mixed emotions, perfectly good bike but I'm not sure it's for me. Pity, I really wanted to like it.
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  7. wfopete

    wfopete Suffer Fools; Gladly!

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    I share your disappointment. From my experience, I believe the whine your hear is from the tranny. I personally don't like the long shift throws & engagement from the transmission. Perhaps all that linkage crap has something to do with it or maybe it's a "break in" thing. A lot of S10 people say the motor gets better with age and miles. Your right about the lack of torque but this can be helped with a couple of free fixes. One being the Clutch Switch mod, the other is going in and opening up the air screws in the TBs. This makes a big difference in driveability. I find it telling that people are still vetting the latest bash plate for the bike. You would think it wouldn't be that difficult but apparently it is. Not a bad commuter bike though.
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  8. SuperCruise

    SuperCruise Been here awhile

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    Vibes - smooths out after breaking in, grip puppies help in the interim.
    Gear whine - smooths out after breaking in, don't even notice it myself.
    Torque - clutch switch shorting wakes it up.

    In short, time and <$10 in bits fixes all your issues.
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  9. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    Torque thing is interesting. The articles said the FJR was a "Frieght Train" with gobs of torque.
    I never thought it did much until over 5,000 rpm. My Tenere has always felt to have better mid
    range power, even stock. It has had the reflash, opened the TB screws and now the clutch mod.

    Fantastic pulling bike now. I think the bike has always been a bit if a sleeper in that it performs
    better than seat of the pants test lets you feel.

    I also had one of the smooth ones from out of the crate. I can't feel a thing in pegs or seat.
    Bars some at hard acceleration and the mirrors are seldom crystal clear. For the size
    twin it is I thought it's more than acceptable. Sorry, not trying to get all teary eyed.:wink:
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  10. snakebitten

    snakebitten Small Town Hick

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    Not a bad commuter bike?

    I ride it almost every day. In all weather. So yea, I commute on it.
    But all the miles I have ridden 2-up, and all over 2 continents, would kind of overshadow those commute miles.

    I guess if I JUST commuted, I coulda saved a lot of $$ on farkling though.
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  11. JTucker

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    So how long does it take to smooth out? The one I rode also had a really clunky tranny, almost 2k miles when I brought it back.
    Maybe I'll get a chance to ride another one day. Any time it was below 4k rpm it felt like it was laboring down there. I'd read more than a few comment about that, just figured people were being too picky. Maybe I'm being too picky. Lol
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  12. bloodline

    bloodline Been here awhile

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    My offer stands.
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  13. bloodline

    bloodline Been here awhile

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    I'll drag race you to 100 for pinks. 2012 super tenere. I'm in SC. I'll even go best 2 out 3 and give you 3 lengths.

    In this thread:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=806008
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  14. SuperCruise

    SuperCruise Been here awhile

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    Maybe 5K, I dunno 'cause I don't notice it anymore and I'm at 25K. Anything above 3K revs is fine and even as low as 2K on the flat in top gear doesn't feel laboured at all.
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  15. GB

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    Name calling and personal attacks will not be tolerated in the bike forums.. keep it up and you'll get the boot. :ban. Punted the crap out of here.
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  16. ggamster

    ggamster Been here awhile

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    I hear alot of people talk about the low end torque of the tenere not being that great but I guess I just don't get it? I only have 4k miles so by no means an expert, but I have never riden any bike under 3,500 revs and expected any type of performance. Hell I cruse the bike at 4k. I don't know when you would ever have the bike lugged down below 3500 rpm. That is one reason why bikes have gears, so you can stay in the sweet spot. I don't pretend to know everything. Just trying to shed some real world light in this topic.
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  17. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    It's surprising on off road how often you do. That's why some have felt the 1st gear is too high. They want
    the low speed grunt without having to slip the clutch. I've had a couple hill climbs that were 1st gear, all I
    could do to hold on and it felt like I could count the engine pulses. If it would have hiccuped I would be have
    been screwed. The reflash and TB screw adjustment helped. I've not been in that situation with the clutch mod.
    On the street it almost feels too responsive just off idle for some sensitive off road situations with the clutch mod.

    It's water and single track season here so I've not had the Tenere in the rough for a while. Looking forward to
    trying it with the mod combinations. (hand rubbing)
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  18. klunsford

    klunsford n00b

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    I agree with some of the comments about the Tenere. As with all motorcycles, someone can always come up with something to buy to help make it better. I don't know of a bike that comes with everything just perfect for everyone on the planet. I have seen my Tenere do some minor things that I not totally likeable, but for the most part, I don't have any major complaints about the bike. It does most things so good (for the price), it would be hard to find anything in this world that even comes this close to being an "everything" bike. Sorry, don't have any "Real" negatives for you. It is just that good!
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  19. ggamster

    ggamster Been here awhile

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    I see what you are saying about off road but isn't that what the clutch can be used for? Getting the rpm in the power zone.
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  20. Motomantra

    Motomantra Registered Lurker

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    Doing this will offer less traction. That's why we want the low end torque. Being able to lug the motor will offer more traction.
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