Ok, so last night I went and picked up my 2012 Super Tenere. I traded in my 2010 F800GS (my second one). I love the F800GS but at speeds above 80mph is felt very unstable. This isn't from a safety stand point but more a a comfort/relaxing stand point. I change bikes about every six months or so. Primarily because I like to know what is out there and how it compares to the competition. I just thought I would give you a quick comparison of my riding impressions thus far. Since last light I have put about 200 miles on the Super Tenere. Here is the break down on the major deal makers/breakers. Visual appeal: I would say for me the BMW is much sexier. It deffenatly has a much better fit and finish. I thought the quality of the materials used on the BMW, the paint work, and panel fitment are superior. I can;t stand that huge steel gas tank with the rubber door molding wrapped around it. I like plastic tanks with a cover. No dents that way. To me this wasn't a deal breaker on the Yamaha because my bikes are daily riders and most are dirty and kind of shitty looking most of the time anyway. The displays on both bikes are vary good. I think the BMW's is of higher quality. I like the read outs on the Super Tenere better but I think the instrumentation on the BMW is more accurate overall Weight: Two sides to every coin. The 800 is lighter, but has less power. Off-road this is a blessing but high speed interstate riding this isn't. Two up it isn't, I only storm dirt roads and wide relatively easy trails so I would take the Yam and ride. Comfort: Absolutely no comparison in these two bikes. The 800 is comfortable for what it is but the Yam kills the 800 in this category. Seat, distance to pegs, Stand over height, and wind deflection. I will say that the suspension on the 800 is a more plush ride and the heated grips are great. I have not messed with the Yams suspension yet. I hope to be able to adjust this very small issue somewhat. Drive Train: Again the Yamaha is so far beyond the 800 it is crazy. If you took the 1200GS and put the Yamaha's drive train in it you would have one hell of a bike. This engine has the best feel of all of the Adventure bikes out there (haven't ridden the Moto Guzi) It feels much more happy to do what I want it to than both my 1200GS and my 800GS. I love the sound of it. The gear switches are perfect, the shaft drive is much better with less slop, the engine breaking is quite a bit less. It is still there just not so abrupt. It is one of the few engine I have driven that gets smother with revs. It is a 1200 but not wide like the boxer. I like how narrow the 800 is but they aren't even close to being in the same game. The Yamaha dominates in every way. Oh and mpgs. The 800 I averaged 46mpg on my 1200gs 38, on the 1200 Yamaha 41 and the engine only has 200 miles on it. Wheels: To me this is wash. I think the wheels on the 800 are of better quality for sure. I do however feel that the 21" front wheel is detrimental to its on road manors. I wouldn't want another 21" front wheel on anything I take on the street at speeds above 80mph for anything! Brakes: No contest, the Yamaha has much better brakes in every way. The ABS isn't intrusive and the feel and function is much better. The linked system is nice but I am very active trail braker so I don't much care about that. Maintenance: This was a concern for me. I used to love the professionalism of the BMW service techs. Now I don't think they are worth more than any other tech. Some of them are good and other down right suck. What I did like is if you are in any town in any state you can get parts for the Yamaha. For the BMW you can't. The parts are cheaper and and the Yamaha is more user friendly to work on overall from what I can see and what I have read. Price: The 800gs with OBC, TC, ABS, Heated Grips will sell at most dealerships for around $13-14K. The Super Tenere can be bought for $12200 out the door. This is close enough that I would call this a wash. A $1000 shouldn't be a deal breaker for anyone in this class of bike. Now if you are looking at the 1200GS you would just be down right crazy to buy it when compared to the Super Tenere, but like I said the visual appeal is much higher on the BMW and for some it maybe worth the money to have the look of a BMW bike. Overall: This is very subjective I know and I am expecting people to argue. I am not trying to change anyone's mind as I have had six BMW's in the last four years. I will say that the Yamaha overall is a better bike for me. Just ride what makes you happy and have fun.