KLR to Super Tenere

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by burnoil, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. burnoil

    burnoil Schrodinger is right

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    Well, I am officially insane...well, more insane than usual. I have had my 2012 KLR 650 for about 4 months. It's cool, pretty fun to ride. I've farkled it up fairly well for me (I'm 6'5" tall so mods for that). Exhaust, jetted, nice windscreen, blah blah...then I see and read more about the Super Tenere.

    Oh...****...

    Now, I am in lust and I want to cheat on my KLR. <sigh> I can't look away. It whispers to me and makes eyes at me. Sexay as hell!

    Is someone going to talk me out of this or am I just going to get in that Super Tenere saddle?

    (Hope this is in the right forum area)
    </sigh>
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  2. gusutavot800

    gusutavot800 Adventurer

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    Well, I don't own an ST but own a Tiger 800 and two of my riding partners own Klrs, they are very reliable bikes, but they are no match for beasts, whether its a Super Tenere, Tiger, GS, they are own their own league. So please post pics of the new ST when you get it....:smile6:smile6:smile6
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  3. mbabc

    mbabc Curmudgeon trainee

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    Sounds like you're smitten. I rode a KLR for about 4 years and then got a Tenere. Don't get me wrong, LOVE the KLR but once your on the big guy you won't really look back. I'm 6'4" so I can relate, you'll be modding the S10 to fit too.

    Go for it if the numbers work for you.
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  4. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    I too am guilty of having an affair with a Tenere while the KLR was in the garage.
    Trust me the guilt goes away fast. Kept the KLR thinking I might still use it,
    only as a loaner. The Tenere is surprising off road. Surprisingly fun!
    Zero similarity on road. KLR is almost unbearable after slabbing with
    a Beast.

    The only regret you will have is wondering why you waited so long to get one.
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  5. burnoil

    burnoil Schrodinger is right

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    Now I am trying to figure out if you guys were helpful or just enabling a budding addiction :)

    I have an appointment to go see one tomorrow afternoon. Don't tell the KLR.
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  6. jasonc32amg

    jasonc32amg Hello Gubner

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    If you like the klr a tenere will be nirvana:D
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  7. shadowjack

    shadowjack Been here awhile

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    Yeah, sure, you say you'll ride an ST just once, just the once, just to see what its like..
    I rode a Super Tenere, just once, just to see what it was like. It was more than 11,000 earthquakes ago (as we measure time down here) and now, still I keep getting these flashbacks....damn you, Yamaha, trafficking in euphoric motorcycling experiences since ages ago.
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  8. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fartografist

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    Two guys (you know who you are...) in my riding group got em. We all ride/or rode KLR's previous to the big Yammy.

    The KLR a gateway drug. Keep the KLR if you can-- great addition to the ST.

    You might need the KLR to run to the store on a Sunday when you run out of car wax for the ST.

    Cause gosh knows you never have to work on an ST. :evil

    Great bike.
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  9. dljocky

    dljocky Been here awhile

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    I've got a friend that lets me ride his S10, and it's a great bike. Love everything about it, except that you have to run premium/high octane fuel in it. Call me crazy, but that's a deal breaker for me. I've called Yamaha HQ to see if there was something I could do to the bike to run regular fuel and they said "nope". I know lots of folks are going to refer to what Nick Sanders did with non-premium fuel on his epic trip. Great bike though and it would fit ALL my needs except that one. Good luck!
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  10. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    It's not just Nick Sanders who ran anything he could in it. Several owners, me included, have
    run anything that was available with no noticable difference in performance. I choose to run
    premium in everything anyway. If it's not available no big deal.

    I doubt Yamaha corporate is going to say anything otherwise and contradict their own manual.

    If the difference in the price of gas is the deciding factor on buying a bike then perhaps the KLR
    is the best choice.:wink::D
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  11. Gundy

    Gundy Been here awhile

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    The ST is a better bike in just about every possible way except one: it weighs about 150 more pounds. Only an issue if you are riding offroad in situations where weight matters. Or in really heavy slow urban traffic. Oh, and its twice the price.
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  12. RED CAT

    RED CAT Bumpy Backroader

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    But 3 times the horsepower!:clap
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  13. HDFlyer76

    HDFlyer76 Adventurer

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    Well having the KLR is fun, I have always considered it a lovely bike that does nothing great and nothing bad. But the ST is fantastic and much more fun:clap. I call the ST the bike I wish my KLR was. The ST has power, brakes, handles like a sport bike and brings a real smile to my face every time I ride it.

    I rode the KLR for the first time in months the other day to make sure it ran and the battery was charged. It was like an old pair of gloves, it fit nicely, but nothing exciting. Rode the ST afterwards and my pulse rate increased, breathing became deeper and then hold on...off like Santa on Christmas Eve. If you want the feeling of Christmas morning every time you get on your motorcycle get the ST.
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  14. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fartografist

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    You know of course, that any KLR riding chums you "leave behind" will screw with your new ST when you are not looking.

    We freely admit, it's jealousy. Shaft drive, tubeless, no doo hickey, say no more! :cry

    So, when ST chums are not looking, you snap pics of them coming out of diners. You sit on the images awhile and then in the cold of winter, you PhotoShop some smack onto their pride and joy in retaliation. All in fun. His wife made a 12 image calender for him for Christmas from riding & trip pics I took of him the season before.

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  15. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Not in the clique...

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    I wouldn't own either one of those piles.





















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  16. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fartografist

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    Ahhh. a Wee strom guy no doubt... :puke1

    Heads zup. We gotta hater.
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  17. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Not in the clique...

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    You should be a weather forecaster... :lol3


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  18. wheatwhacker

    wheatwhacker It's raining here

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    The ST is a beautiful bike.
    If you can comfortably afford it, go for it.
    If you have to make payments on it and it sits in the garage, well, do you need it or want it.
    KLR's have ridden around around the world carrying people who have managed to lead a frugal lifestyle and can now afford to ride around the world whilst people who get buried in the consumer lifestyle stay home to pay off for stuff they they want.
    I honestly do not see the sense in spending 3 X klrs on an extra cylinder and nicer suspension.
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  19. k woo

    k woo 308Master

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    I made the switch from my beloved KLR to a Tenere. Have never looked back in 30,000+ miles
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  20. jasonc32amg

    jasonc32amg Hello Gubner

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    It doesn't make sense if you never go over 60mph.
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