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Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by mr moto, Feb 9, 2008.
How tall are you Two Plugs? The bike looks small under you.
dutch are some of the tallest people in the world.
Sp!ke and Two Plugs,
Thanks for those reports.
You have made an old man very happy.
Mine arrives in 8 days time (but I cannot get at it till the 17th June as I am in the Isle of Man till then) and I am about to part with £14,500 - yes £14,500 - as I am getting most of the advertised extras added (God, those heated grips are expensive).
I have just retired and this will likely be my last big bike purchase so to hell with the cost - its a YAMAHA and just what I wanted. A big Yam to take SWAMBO and I around the world on.
I was naturally nervous about the transaction but having used Yamahas for over 35 years and never been disappointed I was reasonably confident.
I am trading in my 08 XT660Z for it and have just sold a 10 month old GSA to free up funds (and because I hated the crude tractor). What a mistake buying that bike was. Had Yamaha anounced the S10 erarlier I would not have gone near the GSA.
Once again ....Thanks.
That looks sweet as a nut. A great bike from Yamaha. Looks smaller and more manageable than the Varadero.
dry sump (on the ST) + lower ground clearance (with regard to Varadero) = lower CoG
I've seen a smaal girl manage it in Amsterdam, and on the foto's made by Sp¡ke, we see another not real long legged female riding it, so it must be manageble for any human beinig in my opinion
It's just that some of the photos make it look huge - but it looks like it's TDM 900 size.
Hmm...TDM 1200. Now there's an idea...
It is relatively small. In the meaning of words that the bike (S10 that is) is not TALL. It is a large motorcycle.
Ad the motorcycle store who sponsored this test ride to me, the S10 was parked right beside the 660.
The text above the 660 in the window mirror is - eh - coïncidental choosen... It's in Dutch, and translates: "At the clothing shop"...
The 660 looks higher from this point of few (it is) but in to details, the bike looks far (FAR!) less solid and rigged build.
If Honda doesn't deliver anything sensible within the next 3 years, the S10 for sure makes a (very) good replacement for my thrusty Varadero. Most likely I will keep it as well... With 75.000 km on the ODO (since I bought the bike new late 2004) and 85x before this year will end, I won't get a penny trading it in.
And I love this fat Honda traillie to much to trade it in for peanuts!
Still wonder if the S10 will manage high mileage... Got a 2nd Varadero (an 2000 Carb fueled MK1) with almost 100.000 miles on the ODO and even that bike still runs if new - almost better!
I knew about some horror stories on the old S10 (the 750 that is) and even TDM's and TRX... Big-end shatters at 50.000 - 70.000 km resulting in a very expensive overhaul...
For the moment however, I would pic the S10 before any other available big trail bike available on the marked now.
Geez, why does the silver bike have silver wheels, black wheels look so much better on the blue one..
Well, I went for a yamaha test ride event today and asked the Yamaha rep if the Super Ten is coming to Canada... he didn't know what I was talking about
But a local guy who lives in Mexico and here, was talking to the Mexico rep and was told the Super Ten is coming to Mexico first, then to Canada and then Yamaha will decide if they will bring it to the US.
FWIIW, Cycle World in the current issue has a sidebar about the ST and says it is "unlikely to come ot the U.S. anytime soon." Without some kind of confirmation from Yamaha USA, I'm skeptical of any information that they've has decided on U.S. importation in 2011 or anytime for that matter. I suspect they're playing a waiting game to see how sales go in Europe, look at the currency situation, see how the U.S. ecomony is faring, etc.
And I'm not sure you can draw direct parallels to the FJR history in which Yamaha waited a year, then started importing the bike. The ST is a bike much more "out on a limb" than the relatively mainstream FJR. And the FJR never faced the economic hurdles, both in production costs and affordability issues, that the the ST is now facing.
Actually that 'not real long legged girl' is 6'2" tall and used to be a Gladiator in a former life. She's quite some talented rider too I should add.
That said, the ride height is surprisingly low. I am comfortably able to get bot feet flat on the ground and I'm only 5' 10". COG is very low too and once on the move, the bike feels very nimble and not at all heavy or big. It feels lighter than my XTZ850...
I understand your Joking, teh girl actually is 5'7"
They are not the same ladies.
The 6' 2" ex Gladiator is a black lady.
This is Christine Oguroglu (or something like that). She is a Moto journalist.
This is from the "Ride for Life" trip.
Photo stolen from Sp!ke's picture site. Thanks Sp!ke.
Okay it goes a little wobbly on its road tires but the Ol' Bastard from Zwartewater gives it a spin over the Dutch zandpaden.
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"This is Christine Oguroglu (or something like that). She is a Moto journalist."
OK....Nothing like that then.......Doh!
Can somebody give us his basic opinion in English please. Looks good from what I can figure but them I am not very bright.
Mine arrives on Monday.....
He feels like the proverbial kid in the candy store, with a blank cheque in his pocket
But he is fair enough to aknowledge that he is in no way objective being a lover of Yamaha since the XT500 came out, and his whole company is build on selling Off/Allraods, as you can see in the vid.
he being able in his old age to steer the tenere on semistreettires through the soft deeply rutted sandlanes say's it all dont it
To freely translate his quote:
"Put some knobbies on it and it will be unsurpassable"