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. R3B

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    The roadtest in Das Motorrad says, it's verry nimble but stable, so it isn't as agile as some other allroads, it needs a tiny effort like the little Tenere, that needs a little hint, so it doesn't steer on thought alone, but it really listens verry obedient, so it actually gives a verry relaxed ride.
    And doesn't get into a hairraising state of anxiety if you give an unintended pull on the handlebar when hitting a pothole...

    The engine sort of the same story, it's longstroke and heavy rotating masses (crank and two dampers) make it less fruity than a Katoom, but that also is not naggingly sluggish, but again relaxing, when needed, you can pull the throttle wide open at 2000 rpm, and it will do its supposed job without protesting, no shudders or hickups which are verry common with the modern lean burnig big bore twins.

    So it isn't the ultimate screamer allroad to play lunatic, but it's exactly what i want it to be, a relaxed über-potent Reise Enduro, with the real meaning of Enduro (riding day's on end for weeks) as its main ingredient. So it's not exciting in it's way of handling or throttle response, it's not a Springbok, possibly wearing out it's rider correcting the loose behavior it's a Wildebeast, running all along the Serengeti without pause, but still possible to make sharp rights and lefts to evade predators.

    It won't give you the highest possible speed off or onroad, but it will definitive have the highest mean-traveling-speed per day, just by enabeling to ride 10 or more hours per day, where one is nackered after tryin to get a 1200GS fluently through tight corners because of its surging, and wears ones bum out on the way to soft saddle.

    Okay one quote, which i really liked in the test, it's german, so beware not to let get any kind of sentiment about that language in the way :-)

    Harmony is its Credo
    The powerband works its way through to the revlimiter at 7800/min like a Paternoster (antique lift)
    Dependable, unstoppable, without any surprise. One could look at it as dull - or as stressfree.
  2. Olirider

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  4. R3B

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  6. R3B

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    Nice to read this:

    That was one of my serious concerns, the Telelever of the Beemer is ideal on tarmac, but Offroad it tends to plough the front *in* in stead of over a Rutbump.

    And what a nitwit comment under the artcle, especcialy seeing the newest Vid...

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    Order confirmed, UK Delivery date "sometime July, Off to Italy (Dolomites)via France, Germany, Austria in August, looking forward to it.
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    vander full-time dreamer

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    I so want to spend my $$$$ on one. :bow USA 2011?:tb
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    Thank you from the Recipiant:

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    Hope they send the remainig bikes back as possible to us, to have the ride of our own life :-)
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    Speed3 Riding once every 4 years.

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    R3B thanks for faithfully posting this info every day.
    Groeten
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    I'm getting sick of the blue colour. A splash of red or yellow in the vid looks refreshing! Even the silver looks better now. Hope they come out the Black

    I hope they come out with new colours in 2011 or 2012:deal

    Thanks for posting the updates, by the way
  13. dcstrom

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    The most comprehensive review I've seen yet, not altogether complimentary...

    http://ashonbikes.com/content/yamaha-super-t%C3%A9n%C3%A9r%C3%A9-test

    "while the bike is a close match for the GS in many respects, the performance doesn’t sparkle in the same way, nor can you load it up with the extras most GS buyers want. The Yamaha’s problem is, it’s simply a GS clone. Rather than offering more, in fact it gives you a little bit less, and at £13,620, for a higher price too. "

    "It’s a perfectly good bike and a fine long distance tourer, but the GS has more options, is cheaper, lighter and is more fun."
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    Hmm, any one from OS (UK) care to compare features to features, cause in Australia, it isn't the case unless BMW drop some prices on the 2010 model, but maybe in the UK.... :ear
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    Yeah that must be cruel the Yamaha comes standard with ABS TC and slectable Mapping, it sure is a pitty you can't order that as an extra to pinch out the eyes of collega's... :wave
  16. eakins

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    plus that author said the tener is "In fact, it's almost a copy of the BMW R1200GS..."
    ???
    yami very clearly went with unique enginering all the way around.

    sound like the author is a bmw snob and thus the whole article is biased.
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    One man's bias is another's objective opinion.

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  18. bluesman

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    Come on, he may be not BMW snob, may be he just well paid. Nah, just kidding.

    Trust journos in reviews? God forbid. They vary their opinion of bikes all the time. I seen it happen to RF900R over years (now they all talk how good it was! before slagged for no reason), VTR1000F (slagged a lot, then suddenly became darling of same reviewers), etc. etc.

    And at the end writer does not know proper meaning of word clone. He needs to read more. Whatever Tenere is it is NOT a clone of anything. It is merely aiming at SAME market/auditory as GS. What a sin! It has same displacement - oh God, this is reserved for GS...and Granpasso...and expected Varadero-V4...oh.

    It's just amazing - mention Vstrom to Varadero owners and they will slag you to death. Mention Varadero to GS owners and they start to talk about GS as great offroader comparing to Varadero which is not worthy! Mention new STenere and GS owners start fight despite nobody touched their bavarian joy. It's like HOGs, amazing!

    Why not to keep an open mind?

    BTW - over here GS still more expensive than STenere. I think both companies just playing each market differently. Fair, it's no charity.
  19. RED CAT

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    In all those shown on here I don't see any of them where they really haul ass on the bike. Love to see it in action not just loafing along.
  20. R3B

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    Ehm, i am a BMW rider, don't you forget :-)

    There are true motorcyclists under GS riders, but you have a point, ther is a lot of them HOG like GS owners, slicht difference though, instead of the catalog of Highway Hawk and S&S you'll find their bikes hung with Touratech and Wunderlich gadgets like a cristmastree in times square...


    But it was funny to see him comparing dry weight with the fully fueled and hung Tenere, but i can understand he was so gobsmacked with the idea he would have to trede in his GS with a massive loss with all the "toyota-talk"brake failures at BMW right now...