KLR to Super Tenere

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

  1. wheatwhacker

    wheatwhacker It's raining here

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    Whats the rush?
    I made it to Panama and back on my KLR. 10,500 miles round trip including Belize. I'm now planning on riding it to Morocco from Ireland.
    I'm sure it will make it and I'll be in no rush down there or back.
    Will I see you there on your ST?

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  2. GrahamD

    GrahamD Long timer

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    Well I can say that I run "mid octane" 90% of the time. regular 91 RON 10% of the time and I have tried that 98RON premium stuff and all it did was lower my fuel economy a bit. In Australia you don't get premium "out west" that often.

    The reason they like to recommend premium is more because of the extra cleansing additives and the fact that the one day you ride it through death valley in 115F heat lugging it up a mountain with a pilion and 500Kg of gear it will be safe.

    So it's basically just an idiot proof recommendation. If AVGas was readily available they'd probably recommend that. :deal

    Anyway, the bike gets 4.5L / 100Km (50+ US MPG) on a trip so really if it bothers you you should probably be looking at an NC700X Honda.

    But that non issue aside, if the OP can afford it AND IT REALLY SUITS YOUR NEEDS and it's affordable it's a good thing. Don't stretch the budget just for a bike though and leave yourself with no money to ride.
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  3. jasonc32amg

    jasonc32amg Hello Gubner

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    I'm not in a particular rush but I feel much more comfortable jockeying through traffic when commuting between south and central Florida on the ST. And when not commuting I have more fun on the ST then I had on my KLR. It's a better tool for my purposes and that's not a slam on the KLR.
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  4. MurphCO

    MurphCO Been here awhile

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    Who cares how much it costs?


    The OP never mentioned cost as a factor....



    Since I've been riding my Tenere I have thought about getting a KLR. A buddy got one last summer and I rode it a bit and I was thinking a decent used KLR is much better for dropping on a trail or in a river bed than my Tenere......easier to pick up too.

    The Tenere is perfect for the long ride in a lot of different conditions, great no complaints.

    The KLR is the bike I wouldn't mind hurting, dropping, and would be willing to take more chances on off-road.


    I'm 6'-3" and haven't had to change anything except to get risers for the bars on the Tenere.....for what that's worth
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  5. burnoil

    burnoil Schrodinger is right

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    Well, gentlemen (can I use that word here? hehe)

    I traded the KLR for the new mistress. Raven. Rode her home 66 miles and HOLY CRAP! KLR who??? I got a pretty good trade value, too.

    Don't get me wrong, the KLR does some things well, but this new beast is a whole other world!

    I'm happier and it only took 66 miles. :clap
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  6. ABHooligan

    ABHooligan The Flying Mythos

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    It's too late now, since you're in the garage knocking dust specks off your Tenere, but I would recommend evaluating your riding needs first. If you're the guy that hits the occasional gravel road to get around traffic, and spends a bunch of time hammering down the pavement, the beast will suit you like a dream. No doubt it's smoother, faster, stops better, etc.

    On the other hand, the fact that it costs 3x, and only weighs an extra 150lbs, will tell on itself if you do any real off-road riding. While one does occasionally see a beast on a trail, it is a rarity, and they are a handful, even in the hands of a skilled rider. If you plan to ride trails, rocks, mud, etc, with any finesse and aplomb, a true dual-sport would suit you better. When I ride my beast off-gravel, I'm gingerly and slow with it, because I don't want it to end up looking like a clapped-out dirtbike, and because I dont' want my body to feel like a clapped-out dirtbike from muscling it around.

    Like wheatwhacker, the most important thing is to be riding and exploring. It doesn't matter what's in the garage if you put in 7 16hr days each week to make the payments.
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  7. burnoil

    burnoil Schrodinger is right

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    I appreciate that feedback. As for serious off-roading I will turn to my KTM 450EXC for true desert bombing. It is heavily kissed with desert rash. I will use the Tenere for the first description you detailed. Street and the occasional fire road for exploring. For me, that is perfect.
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  8. bmac

    bmac Been here awhile

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    Congrats on the new ride! It is a great bike.

    It looks like the transition from lust to infidelity happened lightning quick.
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  9. GrahamD

    GrahamD Long timer

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    Ever wondered shy it feels light to ride.

    Leverage!!

    Just looking at it nekkid gives you an idea.

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  10. Dcc46

    Dcc46 Been here awhile

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    Get a set of K60 Scouts for it and you will be ready for the zombie apocolypse. Great bike ,good luck with it.
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  11. true grip

    true grip Been here awhile

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    That picture would have erased my fear when i first looked at the weight specs of the S10. Instead i took the word of the africans and aussies about how nimble and balanced it was. Yamaha did a great job of keeping the mass low as the pic shows. Since owning i've picked it up from a tipover with boxes loaded and a full tank of gas. No more worries just fun.
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  12. William42

    William42 Long timer

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    I had a DL650 all set up for me. Never thought I would sell it. I bought the Tenere for two up riding. Didn't take many miles on the Tenere to decide to sell the DL650. Never regretted selling it.
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  13. burnoil

    burnoil Schrodinger is right

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    Well, let me tell you guys...I have been riding the crap out of it and already have 300 miles on it since yesterday :D

    Seriously loving it! What a delicious beast.
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  14. emack

    emack Adventurer

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    burnoil, I'm in the same boat. Love my 08 KLR, but really want something that is bigger and more comfortable - like the Tenere or Explorer. Rode 'em both and they are both great bikes. Can't decide between the two, and will definitely miss my KLR when I do decide. Glad you are happy with the Tenere so far.
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  15. Superstar

    Superstar Been here awhile

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    Don't ride the Tenere without the clutch-lever mod.

    Just don't.
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  16. Offcamber

    Offcamber Long timer

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    I had a similar issue....I just kept my 06 KLR.

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  17. Wreckchecker

    Wreckchecker Ungeneer to broked stuff.

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    You have been assimilated.
    Especially since you kept the KaTooM for the true off road rides.

    While the KLR was a good basic bike, I haven't once regretted selling the 25+ year old technology. The newer stuff just plain works and does so with a lot less hassle.

    Congratulations!
    :clap
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  18. Reverend12

    Reverend12 Well there it is..

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    I went from a KLR to an adventured out Verseys to an S-10. The S-10 is the king daddy and it's not bad off road either.
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  19. tremor38

    tremor38 Long timer

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    I love how guys shout all this wisdom from the sidelines after reading a spec sheet. The S10 has a very low center of gravity and is super-easy to manuver at slow speed. "really slow urban traffic" is a breeze. I used a KLR as a loner during my last servicing and the S10 feels less top heavy.

    Rodger on the price and weight though.

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  20. tremor38

    tremor38 Long timer

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    Completely a non-issue. I've run nothing but regular in mine. The only way to coax a knock out of the engine is by going about 30 MPH in 6th gear uphill and whacking the throttle wide open. Anybody who would regularly ride in that condition probably shouldn't own a bike in the first place.
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