Test rode Tenere vs 1200GS today

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by California, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. cug

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    :lol3

    I had the same with a light weight bike - Yamaha WR250R. It bucked, it weaved, it threw me off and jumped on top of me and busted a couple ribs ... I was going from shallow sand to deep sand and didn't see it coming ... might have been a bit too fast for my own good, too ... :evil

    The R1200GS was a pig in sand but it plowed through fairly okay. I wonder whether the Telelever suspension keeps it a bit better on course than the standard forks. Can't see why this would be, but I didn't have much trouble with it. But I have to admit that I didn't do much sand with the GS. It was my tourer, not my dirtbike.
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  2. jaumev

    jaumev Long timer

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    I had a GSA and after nearly one year I’m the happy owner of a Super Ténéré. Both are great bikes but the Yamaha is more agile and better balanced.. it seems much lighter than really it is.
    If you like to do off road with it the Yam is incredible, much better than the GS.
    Also the TC and ABS worked much better in the Yamaha.

    Guzzi?? I don’t know… here in Spain if you have a Moto Guzzi is for life… impossible to sell it once it’s used…:cry
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  3. everetto

    everetto Been here awhile

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    For me I think it is a case of "the mind writing checks my body can no longer cash". Guess I am not as young as I used to be (and I am certainly on a heavier bike than my old desert racer).
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  4. cug

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    I never really rode much sand. Mud and grass and rocks and single track - yes. Sand, not so much. And with the WR250R at a speed beyond my capabilities that was a recipe for disaster. And yes, I'm not as young as I used to be either.
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  5. Dirtbiker

    Dirtbiker Been here awhile

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    A used S10? I'm not jealous. Well, ok I'm jealous already. I almost found one used at a local dealer, but the numbers weren't there. How much though did you pay used.
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  6. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    Everything with two wheels sucks in sand. Can we PLEASE talk about anything else?
    Two years of therapy just went out the window.:wink:


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  7. F16Viper68

    F16Viper68 Trapped in the Sandbox!

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    I paid $11.5k and it has 13.5k miles on it. As I mentioned below it has the Corbin seat, Givi windscreen, and factory side cases. So far, good.

    It's funny the OP mentioned the GS felt like a tractor. That's exactly how I felt about the Tenere when first took it out on the road. :lol3:lol3 The Wee has one smooth engine my friends.

    Dave...
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  8. Travex

    Travex Lost is found

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    Echoes on the minor and super low cost seat mod. It worked like a dream for me as well. In addition, I put a pair of ROX on the bars and bringing the bars back just a tad made the riding experience considerably more comfortable over longer range. Vibes on mine brand new were as expected and reasonable, and have subsided to a very tame level.

    Similar views on the clutch mod. It took the snore out of 1-3... Just be certain not to turn off TC as it'll come up very easily after the mod.

    Here's to you and your upcoming pillion platform!

    Prior to purchase I chose to play a pretty full field and test rode BMW (dealer 65 miles away), Triumph, KTM, and the Tenere. In my case the decision was quite clear and easy.
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  9. Ham

    Ham Been here awhile

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    And why would you sell a Guzzi? This just gets stranger and stranger.
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  10. GrahamD

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  11. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    Do you happen to have a brother named Rick who rides a KTM?
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  12. bloodline

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    I raced a '12 GS 1200 the other day. We went 1-1 up to about 100mph and I had my wife on the back. When he was hooked up and it was a straight line race with the tires on the ground, he was leaving me. But, as I said, I was carrying a passenger. I came away thinking the s10 would dust him if I were solo. Both bikes are bone stock.

    Maybe Pluric's bike is just slow. :rofl
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  13. cug

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    Oh, dog ... we are getting into fully scientific studies again ... :lol3
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  14. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    :hmmmmm
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  15. Ham

    Ham Been here awhile

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    Ya GrahamD...we have another one of you guys over on the Stelvio thread....there are such things as lemons. But me thinks you protesteth too much.
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  16. GrahamD

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    Not compared to the Guzzi owner I met a couple of weeks ago with another lemon. :deal

    He was Italian and he laughed at me when I politely stuck up for the brand. Funny that.

    When they are running they are fine, when they are not it seems to take forever to get them sorted where I am from.
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  17. Ham

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    Must of been a real sour discussion......
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  18. aalegado

    aalegado Team Gear Whore

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    I sat on a new Stelvio a few weeks back...feels good bro. It had the factory side- and top-cases. Was surprised that my Arai XD-3 fit in the top case with room to spare. The 8-frickin-gallon gas tank is a nice feature.
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  19. GrahamD

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    No I was mentioning that at least they don't tend to break like those Bavarian things over there, something about the shaft still being sealed and then it started...The hands started flapping around ...

    :2guns:shoot:defend:gun2
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  20. kojack

    kojack Stay adventurous my friends!

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    I would have a look at the versys 1000 if your on the street most of the time. The inline four motor is as smooth as they come. With loads of power. You can still catch air in the dirt too if that appeals to you.

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