Super Tenere - Top 3 Farkle / Upgrade Recommendations

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by CottonTop, Apr 9, 2013.

  1. TeneRay

    TeneRay 2>4

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    Well, look at his avatar. He's on a Goldwing. That bike has more stock accessories than my Cage. :D
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  2. Vbird

    Vbird In Room 237

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    Was very happy with Givi on my Vfr and Strom- well made with nice fit and finish.

    NOT happy with these. Welds and paint quality that look more like cheap lawn furniture than something for a m/c. The crossbar has pressed in studs instead of nuts and bolts :huh. No torque settings in instructions- you have to look around the web to find them.

    Didn't feel so bad about taking new bars and welding tabs for the Piaa lights :lol3. When I get the time, they will get bead blasted, and powder coated after cleaning up the welds ( theirs not mine).

    Spend the $. Get the Alt Rider.
    #42
  3. CottonTop

    CottonTop Rider

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    Cajun, you are the second person to recommend the Altrider skid plate. Now on my list... Thanks. :nod
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  4. CottonTop

    CottonTop Rider

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    100% agreed - no way on the planet I could ride this bike long haul 500+ miles with the stock windscreen. I would go insane...
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  5. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    I scrapped the OEM plate for an Altrider plate, engine guards and rack. Good quality stuff.
    Still bent the bash plate up, just didn't have to worry about the sump mount of the OEM.
    #45
  6. AlsoRan

    AlsoRan Lone Trail Of Dust

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    There are many to decide on but my top three "urgent" items would be:

    1. AF-1 Re-flash

    2. Skid plate to protect the oil filter - I went with SW Motech but there are several good ones.

    3. Tires - ended up with K60's

    Also, not urgent but someone suggested the Yamaha blinkers. If you don't like the originals these are an excellent replacement. Fits to bike with no hassles. Just make sure to buy a relay as well.
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  7. CottonTop

    CottonTop Rider

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    And pluric makes 3 - done! Altrider Skid Plate it is...
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  8. CottonTop

    CottonTop Rider

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    Wow, the AF-1 Re-flash makes that big a difference? $500 bucks time you pay shipping and ins., must be worth it. :ear
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  9. AlsoRan

    AlsoRan Lone Trail Of Dust

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    It was worth it and I know that I waited too long to get it done. It really smoothed the bikes power through the full range. Made "T" mode more usable especially. For me it has been the best mod so far.
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  10. Anticyclone

    Anticyclone Ride more worry less

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    Oh Lord! There's your first problem. Hiya Roy:wave

    This:deal
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  11. techgeek

    techgeek Been here awhile

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    Have you tried the clutch switch mod yet? It can be done and removed in a flash, and is nearly free. Many have reported it's a better return on investment than the ECU reflash.

    For my S10, I also added heated grips, skid plate, bags, crash bars, lights and an air horn.

    If I had to pick only 3 of the above.. I'd pick grips, bags, and the horn first.

    I might choose differently if I rode more often on rugged terrain than in cold weather.

    So far I'm really liking the bike. Going back and forth to it from my R1200GSA causes a lot of confusing emotions, but I love 'em both!
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  12. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    I would do it again in a heartbeat. Seems like the one common complaint on the Tenere
    is the fueling. The reflash completely solves that. The clutch mod frees up the lower
    three gear restriction and helps on the off idle hiccup. It's the KLR approach to the real
    problem of an EPA pleasing fuel map.

    The reflash solves all fueling issues.
    #52
  13. RocketJohn

    RocketJohn Hook em' Horns!

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    Finished my heated grip install last night... did my Yamaha LED turn signals while I was there... 9pm-2am taking my time, but it all worked no issue. The Yamaha heated grip kit is very well thought out, in my honest opinion.
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  14. CottonTop

    CottonTop Rider

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    The stock T mode seems very anemic; like I coked the bike twice on take off... I never coked my Strom once in 5 years. In S the issue is gone. I wonder what Yamaha's intended use of T was??? Anyway the AF-1 Mod is on my list now. :nod
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  15. CottonTop

    CottonTop Rider

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    I followed that crazy son of a gun around north GA one spring on a 3 day trip. White lines, yellow lines, signs of any type do not apply to my man RoyQ. If you are going to ride with Roy make sure you have a clean change of underwear with you - you may need them... Hi Roy :wave
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  16. CottonTop

    CottonTop Rider

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    The first upgrade item arrived today. GIVI 22" touring screen. Props to Competition Accessories for the quick service. Ordered on 4-9-13, arrived today, and free shipping. Now to get it installed.

    [​IMG]
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  17. CottonTop

    CottonTop Rider

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    The new GIVI screen is on - test ride in the morning.

    [​IMG]

    And a holdover from the Strom. My Alaska Leather sheepskin; don't leave home without it.

    [​IMG]
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  18. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly

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    Clutch switch mod / fuse, #1

    Everything else is personal preference.
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  19. bmac

    bmac Been here awhile

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    1) Madstad windscreen adjustment bracket with Powerbronze shield. Also have the winglets

    2) Corbin seat: best mod by far

    3) Yamaha Heated Grips

    Luggage of some sort. There are a lot of choices.
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  20. Kenbike

    Kenbike Been here awhile

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    My picks
    1. Complete Arrow exhaust
    2. Power Commander V with Dyno tune
    3. Windshield replacement and adjustable bracket


    And lots of money for gas and tires:D
    #60