The Yamaha Super Tenere XT1200Z Big Thread

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by mr moto, Feb 9, 2008.

  1. scudrunner82

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    This thread has got to be the most light hearted one on the entire internetz.

    :rofl

    Even in the dead of winter no less!!
  2. twinrider

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    Outstanding. :thumb:thumb
  6. de Vaca

    de Vaca Been here awhile

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    For the last year or so, I have been thinking about the S10 and have been following this thread with interest. I`ve been enjoying the conversation found here. I finally made the "mistake" of test riding one at my dealer last week, and now am looking forward to picking up a new S10 this weekend. I have been under the impression that the bike is to big and heavy for adventure riding but found the low COG to make it feel much lighter than the specs indicate. As time has gone by, I have found that I most enjoy long distance rides, touring and exploring back roads. The S10 looks like a good match for this. Reliability in a bike is a major factor for me, I`d rather ride than wrench, and past experience with Yamaha has been great. I`m planning to trade my 919 in, and expand my horizons a bit.
  7. RideDualSport.com

    RideDualSport.com TPB all the way

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    I put 14,000 miles on my 2011 Ninja 1000, which was a fantastic motorcycle! But I learned that for the distances I needed to cover in a day (570 miles) at 80 mph and above, that I was arriving at my destination fairly tired. Plus, the buzzy nature of the four cylinder motor tended to wear on me as well.
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    Also, when I sought out roads like this, I was always worried about dumping the bike in the dirt and breaking all that expensive body work. Plus I had to slow down significantly when riding the Ninja in the dirt.
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    Once a friend convinced me to not spend any money on the Ninja to make it more touring oriented, I knew I needed a big adventure bike to get me places in more comfort and to be able to enjoy some dirt roads with some peace of mind. It was a revelation to step off the Super Tenere after a 570 mile day and feel like it was a 200 mile ride.
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  8. de Vaca

    de Vaca Been here awhile

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    Beautiful pictures! I considered trading the 919 for the Ninja 1000, to have better wind protection and to have ABS. The lure of any road travel made me decide on the S10 though. It is good to have some room to stretch too; my 6'2" frame is a little cramped on most sportbikes.
  9. true grip

    true grip Been here awhile

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    Yep sounds like your ready for a Tenere. You may enjoy the flashed ECU too really wakes the motor and money well spent. I really appreciate the bike the longer I have it. 2 years and 20,000 miles and I'm still infatuated.Congratulations!!!
  10. pluric

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    I got to run the new KTM 1190R some more today. I was laughing most of the time.
    Figured out how to turn the TC off and sport mode. Just pure shits and giggles.

    I found an empty freeway on ramp with a subtle incline. I tried to just run it
    hard through a few gears. Almost came over in first, backed off and rolled it
    hard in second same thing. What a performance animal!

    Vibes are very minimal and the shifting is one of the smoothest I can remember.

    With my 32 inch inseam it's too tall for me. I was almost tippy toed at stop lights.
    Loaded or with a passenger I would really have to pay attention not to have an
    off balance tip over.

    It doesn't look it but I think the knee to tank ratio is wider than the Tenere.

    Overall I have to give it big WOW! They still have a ways to go to earn
    my trust but that sure is a damn fun bike.:D

    My wheel better be back soon. I'm starting to forget what the Tenere is like.
  11. radbrad511

    radbrad511 Been here awhile

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    XT1200=no regrets. I am crazy for the 1190, MTS, 950SM, RSV...but, the Tenere> works for me! Would not trade it now, at first...not so sure. A real good bike!:clap
  12. Red Dust

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    Thanks Pluric, now I have to test ride the 1190 since you said the vibes are minimal!
    Thank you very much :-I $$$$ :-(
    Believe the seat is worse for pillions and it does have a chain :-(
    Power is fun but not really needed but smoothness is!
    I was going to test ride one before the ST but $8000 more and I love Yamaha bikes made me decide to get the ST, but if I known about the jackhammer vibes it transmit through handlebars and to some extent through pegs I would certainly think twice. Otherwise I love my ST and believe the 2014 model could be an improvement, big improvement at least for me :-?
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    Read the posts over in the KTM 1190 threads and several guys complain of "vibes" there too, but most say the same as the Tenere and they are a throbbing low frequency thing that is not all that painful. $350 or so for the first 600 mile service on the KTM and this is not even doing a valve check. I love that KTM, but think the Yamaha is by far the better choice for the everyday rider that uses a motorcycle like a truck. That's what I do. The KTM is a whole different animal.
    Guys that want a race bike, enjoy that kind of thing, KTM is the way to go. I want both.
  14. de Vaca

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    [​IMG]All of you that have posted positive reviews of the S10 are right. I'm not sure I need the other bikes in the garage. I found a new old stock (2012 Raven) at the local dealer at a great price and thanks to good weather for a change, have been able to put about 300 miles on it since yesterday. I am still breaking it in, but am impressed. It has wind protection and comfort on road similar to the FJR, low and mid range torque reminiscent of the 1250 GSX, and surprisingly, feels about as nimble on dirt and gravel and in low speed maneuvering as the wee strom. I suspect that I'll like it more as miles accumulate and I am able to start opening the throttle a little more.
  15. jaumev

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    AGREE!!! what a stunning bike. If KTM can offer an improve relliability this is THE BIKE! :clap:clap
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    Just curious, but did they solve that nasty heat issue (from the 950/990 E/SM) from the back cylinder onto your right leg? :ear
  17. WIsixfitty

    WIsixfitty rock and roll the bones

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    I gleaned this from the 1190 thread.

    Quote is inmate llamapacker's opinion.
  18. pluric

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    It's still so cold here that I didn't notice it. The owner said he did. He was going to wrap
    the header pipe with asbestos tape and put additional insulation under the seat.

    Original FJRs had had all sorts of modifications to get around heat issues. I finally
    fixed mine by getting the Gen II FJR.

    There is also a air box recall/modification in the works. Something about they can warp and
    let unfiltered air in.

    If I was in the market right now for a sport bike/dirt bike/ADV bike it would be a one stop
    shop at the KTM dealer. The fact you can't get them again until maybe April kills
    my impulsive nature.:D

    Don't get me wrong, I always knew the 990s had an off road edge over the Tenere.
    The last time I did roll ons with a 990 the Tenere walked away from it.

    I'm still keeping the Yamaha for all the reasons this thread is about. It's an incredible
    do all motorcycle that just begs to be used in the real world.
  19. racer

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    Pluric, were your roll on's with or without a reflash?
  20. pluric

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    With.