Super Tenere in the Dirt for the first time; well pleased.

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by His Pistolship, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. His Pistolship

    His Pistolship Kp calm, shoot alfas

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    HI All,

    Just thought I would drop a quick note here about my first time with the Super Tenrere in the dirt. By the way, it was awesome.

    I found a nice gravel/dirt road about an hour and half outside ofDC. I was just exploring the ultra-rich horse country, didn't really set out to ride dirt. To be honest I was a little bit worried about how this big heavy bike would do in the dirt, especially with the stock street tires on. I set out cautiously in the most intrusive traction control setting. The TC did wonderfully and I found myself going faster than I wanted becuase it was working so well. Then I switched to TC 2 and romped on the throttle. TC 2 was just about perfect.

    Oh, and by the way, like the manual says, the TC will turn its self off after prolonged wheel spinning. I noticed it turned off after about 5 minutes of reallyhard wheel spinning. But then if I stopped and cycled through the TC settings, it would reset to which ever setting I chose. I would spin the rear tire all the way up to about 50 mph, then mash on the brakes and the ABS hauled me down real fast, especially when the front ABS started working. I was really amazed at how fast I stopped. I explored more dirt roads for the next two hours and rode like an idiot, and laughed in my helmet the whole way. This bike just blows me awaysometimes.

    The suspension was unbleiveable. I came across quite a few washboard sections, and the suspension just ate it up and looked at up at me asking for more. This bike was so super smooth on the dirt.

    The Tenere was very stable in the dirt, even more so than my KLR. I would now choose the Tenere over the KLR for dirt. The KLR felt much more squirrely, but the Tenere hugs the road nicelyand slides controllably too, plus the brakes on the Tenere are sooo much better.

    Most of the dirt riding I did was standing, by the way. Oh, and the stock tires did ok in my opinion. I could see the extra wear and tear I was putting on the rear tire (Metzeler Tourance with 5000 miles on it). It would be interesting to see how much better some TKC 80's do as opposed to Metzeller Tourances in dirt.
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  2. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    Will there ever be an unhappy Tenere owner???:wink::D

    I have to agree. they surprise you off road.:clap
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  3. GrahamD

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    That's why I don't write things like that. I just leave it to others. :lol3

    But I agree 100%. Same as my first dirty experience with the S10.

    I think people just have a big intimidation factor going on.

    Just get out and try it. It works.
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  4. GrahamD

    GrahamD Long timer

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    Should try some ultra rich Cow country next.....

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    :lol3

    Good excuse to do a THOROUGH clean of the bike. :deal
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  5. His Pistolship

    His Pistolship Kp calm, shoot alfas

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    I see what you did there.
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  6. Ze_zaskar

    Ze_zaskar Been here awhile

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    It's just me or that tire is square as hell?
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  7. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Its you... and the optical illusion created by the natural fragrance of nature permeating through your computer screen from that perfectly round tire.:deal
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  8. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    I finally had the chance to see one of these in person last week in Petaluma. It was high on my list while shopping for a new bike last year, but I simply couldn't find one. In fact, half of the dealers I visited had not heard of it.:huh

    Very nice bike, in my opinion. I'd love to hear that twin uncorked!
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  9. GrahamD

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    It's square as hell. That's how it came. Previous owner didn't do any off road or twisties I think. I was experimenting with natural retread compounds. The cow poo almost worked. :lol3

    Since it had also rained locally that night I thought it was a perfect time to go and test the ABS/ TCS on shagged battle wings in 110Km of dust / mud / slop / pea gravel on clay / grass and cow poo.

    Handled it way better than I thought. :freaky

    And just as a warning. I'm still finding cow poo wedged in spots. Don't invite me around for a while.
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  10. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    I hit a cow on my Strom. Not only did it destroy the front end the insult to injury
    was it literally knocked the shit out of it and covered my side and bike.:bluduh
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  11. Glenn C

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    Hey Graham,

    You still afloat up there? Safe and dry? Creeks up, roads cut? Warragamba damn flooded you out yet? Man we've had it all this month!

    I'm off to Lighning Ridge on Anzac Day for a 5 day-er. Can't wait!

    Cheers
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  12. GrahamD

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    Yep all OK, Thanks mate.

    I don't live in Valleys. :lol3

    Have fun in the Ridge. Should be drier than here.:thumb
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