How is the Super Tenere on paved twisty mountain roads?

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Dirt_Dad, Sep 6, 2010.

  1. Dirt_Dad

    Dirt_Dad Been here awhile

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    I think I've read most everything here on the S10 and there's a lot of great info on how it handles the dirt. I wondering about hitting the hardcore paved twisties in the mountains. I'm very pleased with how my Vee handles the twisties and I would not like to lose capability if switching to the S10.

    I realize it's not a sport bike or SST, but what is the fun factor when pushing this bike fast in the twisties? I care about the adrenaline rush much more than high speed. Although solid eye popping acceleration is always appreciated.
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  2. OldDog

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    If you leave the Tourance tyres on, and select the S mod, you'll be suitably impressed. It handles the tar twisties very well. I found it handles best when you sit right forward against the tank and attack the corners. It very planted and capable of serious lean angles without any bad behaviour. The steering is a bit slow for serious work though, but there are new dogbones on the market now to jack up the rear and quicken the steering if thats your thing.
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  3. GrahamD

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    Who does the Dogbones OldDog?

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  4. OldDog

    OldDog aka Hugh Jarse

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    Some guys in germany i think, found it while casually searching for new bling the other night, google XT1200 accessories should find them, i'm at work so better not get too carried away with the internet
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  5. Dirt_Dad

    Dirt_Dad Been here awhile

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    That sounds perfect. Some people lower the front of the Vee to improve steering. I tried, but didn't care for the change. Personally I prefer a bike that needs a skilled rider at the controls to achieve a good twisty ride. Too easy is boring to me.

    I appreciate your thoughts. That was my final pre-buy question. I now feel confident to place my order. Thank you! :nod
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    It was "Off the Road" Germany..Added to the link Thread.

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  7. BeeCeeGS

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    Same question I'd have, as I'd likely be considering this bike at some point in the future. I really enjoyed my 1150GS in the twisties--if the Yamaha handled as good or better, I'd be very tempted.
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  8. drbig

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    Well.... It is really great:clap. I live on a kibutz that is located on a very long twisting mountain road and have a blast every day with the bike.
    My brother has been riding sport bikes for over 25 years and is very good at it. So good in fact that the police thinks he is too good for his own good:evil.
    As my older brother he never has any thing good to say regarding my motorcycling ( a big brother thing) and since his last bike was a CBR 1000 RR ( with a lot of extra power That I can never understand what it is good for- little brother thing ) I was expecting a lot of shit when he took it for a spin on our road. He came back with a very suppressed big smile and said:
    " Haaa, not enough power only 110 Hp I need my 185 HP" - big brother thing. Then he said: " but my god this thing flys through the corners . I think I could not do any better with the 1000RR" - Not a typical big brother thing:huh. The bottom line is this bike got a compliment from my brother and I am sure that realy hurt:wink:.
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  9. Dirt_Dad

    Dirt_Dad Been here awhile

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    Perfect. My fate is sealed. I'm buying the S10. At the price some are offering it here it really is an amazing value.
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    Good On Ya:clap
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  11. zeth609

    zeth609 Super Tenere *****

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    Just hit sport mode, and off to the twisties, it's an awesome bike, also, I use to have a Wee prior to the S10, and, the change is great.
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  12. R3B

    R3B Lazy Motorcyclist

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    Well i'm just back out of Spain, and i must say i'm really impressed with the surefootedness of GTXT, we did a lot of really little backroads on which its soft sprung coolness was really relaxing the ride, but we also did a stretch of the well known N260 in the Pyrenees and especcially the stretch near Rubio consists of nice open wide corners with great views of the next set, so you can safely put up the ante, and give the bike a propper whipping, i even thought i lost the rightside pegsaverpin there :-)

    Especcially the knowledge of having ATC on board riding those twisties on TKC's was a great relief, triggered the ABS only once, thus stable it is even if there are some serious sags in the tarmac near the side giving the bike a Jolt in a not planned direction.

    I'm used to scratch the pegs with a telelever GS, but the Tenere although it misses the front plantedness of the GS by a whisker, wins on rear shurefootedness, the GS has a tendencie to go bonkers at the rear in a succesion of jolts by carretera en obras, the Tenere simple does a litle "whoops" and continues its steady business as usual approach, like a prime minister who just fucked up he knows how to put away any mishaps brilliantly...
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  13. tremor38

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    Yeah, I'm beginning to think that's what the Euro tarmac king magazines are talking about. With the roads I ride, I'd appreciate a bike that stays settled over a series of bumps though.

    Still, I wonder if a happy medium could be found by raising the forks a bit in the TC or maybe playing with the rear preload. I'm not too keen on raising the rear much further (dog bones) as I only have a 31" inseam :lol3
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    R3B Lazy Motorcyclist

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    Ehm that's exactly what i meant, the Tenere is like Blair or Brown, even when they endured a huge set bump in their road, they still look like nothing ever happened after a small shrug with their shoulders :-)

    And i had preload and damping on minimal, to take the Bardenas in Comfort, so it can be set a whole lot sturdier for Tarmac-blasting...
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  15. Cortez

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    If you're happy with how the Vee handles, you're probably in for a big
    improvement.
    :evil
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  16. Yamaguy55

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    I ordered mine a few weeks ago. When yours shows up, give me a shout. We don't live that far apart, and we can compare notes about the new toys. If you're up by the parkway, I'm certain you have plenty of suitable riding. I have outstanding S10 territory around here, I could stay within a hundred mile radius and never run out of roads to try, both paved and not. Not that I will....:evil
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  17. Dirt_Dad

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    I've lowered the gearing (16/43) on my Vee and was much happier than stock. Lower gearing and a PCIII make it easier to wheelie at and above 55 MPH. But I still want more.:nod


    I've ridden some very nice stuff within 100 miles of Sunbury. Nice roads up there. I'm about 45 minutes north of Skyline Drive. It's pretty, but awful slow riding. In fact VA has such bad speeding laws for residents I tend to just ride straight to WV for all my fun stuff. No end to great riding there.
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  18. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    Don't we all ?!
    :deal

    I often think about how I could use 10..20.. 30 more HP on my bike
    (that's already got 70) sometimes when I'm riding around town or
    just cruising..

    But then again.. I went on a 1k mile trip this summer, loaded up heavy..
    and enjoyed my ass off. I virtually never went out of the 4000-5000rpm range
    (under half of what's available) and found myself thinking how
    I would have been just as fast on the road on a 500cc/40hp scooter.
    :huh

    And that's also true.. :D

    Gimme a new MG Breva 750 and I'm good!
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  19. SpeedStar

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    I did about 200 miles yesterday on my Wee in the Socal Laguna mountains on my favorite roads and was dreaming about when I will do these same roads on my Tenere.

    The Wee does surprisingly well for me with the way I have it setup, regularly surprises riders on GS12, GS8, MTS and squids with no business being on liter bikes. I think the Tenere is going to be a huge jump over what I already enjoy with my Strom. Come on Summer '11.
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  20. Old Git Ray

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    R3B, as I understand it, you ride a lot with your wife ?
    If that is correct, what are your adjustments on your suspension, front for damping/rebound and rear for rebound ?
    Also where is your rear preload at ?
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