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Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by mr moto, Feb 9, 2008.
Did my part .. get on those emails boys!
Well Im sooooo undecided now.
I've had my heart set on getting a GSA for a while now but after reading these comments and seeing youtube I have decided to hold off to first test ride the S10.
They arrive in the bike shops here in Australia in week with my local guy allocated a demo. Cannott wait !
But.... I think the GSA is nicer looking, longer fuel range etc but here in Australia it is soooo much more expensive than the S10...:eek1
Is it worth the extra cash. Only a test ride will help me make up my mind I guess.
Having a choice is a good thing...
Care to share the price of GSA and S10 in ozzie ?
Attico....do you have that email contact information for Yamaha Canada please?
Which machine will serve you best and which one will be more reliable in the long term? Buying a bike is a highly emotional decision.. how the bike fits you physically, the sound of the engine, the way it handles, its features.. it's all very personal and only you can decide if it's worth the extra money. Personally, I'd pay extra for the SuperTenere
but no matter which bike you buy, reliability is paramount. It seems to me, in recent years, BMW has layed off their bike testers and use their customers as their testers. I also feel the Yamaha swingarm and final drive design to be more robust for rough and unpaved roads than the BMW single sided swingarm, but that's just me... you may disagree. Only time will tell.
Just got off the phone with Customer Service at Yamaha Canada. They are certainly keeping close track of the interest in this bike. Good old telephone...... (416) 4981911. Ask for Customer Service and do your bit if you would like.
Will do my bit too
Whatever you do,dont ever go for a test ride of a Tenere, the windscreen is HORRIBLE, the rubber flexibrakelines are RUBBISH, and the aches you get in your belly are PAINFULL !!!
Whatever you do,walk by that bike !
P.S. anybody interested in our Bimota Mantra, Moto Morini 3,5, Beta Techno Dougy Lamkin special ?
I NEED MONEY !!!
it seems to me unbelievable that Honda didn't hear about Yamaha testing extensively this new awesome contender and not doing anything about it.
I believe that the new XLV 1200 won't be such a pig and would strive to achieve some greatness with regard to the late Africa Twin, the current BMW GS and aventure riding in general.
I do believe that the next XLV 1200 (with the V4 1200 lighter than the V2 800 of
the late VFR) will form the basis of the next great 2-wheeled SUV.
What part of Aus are you in?? one shop here in Brisbane are suppose to get one today but who knows?? I have ridden the 1200 GSA and it did absolutely nothing for me at all! will keep looking till i can try the S10.
Grey version with black wheels :
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( from http://www.tenere.ch/ )
Write up draft Part 1
Yup, there are some niggles, where i think Yamaha really made dumb decissions if you think of the ever complaining Beemer Boy's, like the edge protector at the underside of the tank,it is technicallie better than de exposed edge of de GS tank, but it *looks* verry Edsel
Bit riding it was the studpidest thing i ever did, there is no way back, i need MONEY, wads of it now, pronto. now i understand why Jeroen Termaat was laughing every time we telephoned to get our calander fixed on a date.
And boy what a day it was, bright sunny, nice sidewind to chalenge the stability of the new contender, and as the built in Thermometer of the display said in even in bright sunlight perfect readable font, 26 degrees Celsius.
So Tarmac being nice and rippy, and tires warmed up in a jiffy.
So put on yer helmet, don't be nervous, here you change TC, and there you choose riding mode, GOOOO !
Man that engine is a dream, where the R12GS sounds like a oldfashioned diesel with a nasty near detonation undertone in the engine sounds, the Tenere sounds ssssso sweet just tikking over, douk-douk...douk-douk...douk-douk like an old harbour tug in the distance, and then you slowly pop the clutch, and it just goes douk-douk...douk-douk...douk-douk in a slightly more pronounced tone like an old harbour tug in the getting near, and leaves port.
You get a feeling like there is a giant flywheel hidden in the machine keeping it upright, but then when you shift your weight a little on the pegs, and it responds like the forementiond Frisian, it willingly and eager changes course, and every thought of harbour Tug melts away.
Today is the day that the Old Git gets his S10, complete with big screen, heated grips, wind deflectors, tank bag, crash bars and extra lights.
I might even put my TCK80's on it too.....decisions...decisions...
Function over form
MCN can't weight for the Dutch diesel to arrive, top of the pile for 'character'..
Starting to sound a bit like a DL1000 R3B.. Be careful
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I'm almost convinced that Honda will (read: has) lost their grip on the market. Lets be honest: the VFR1200 - although it is a great, comfy sportstourer with extending build quality - has not been able to keep up the promises made and is it that much technically advanced? Does it offer more than - f.e. - a 17.000,- big trail bike in full-options? <o></o>
Nope, it doesnt.<o></o>
Honda well never bring back the good, old indestructible XRV650/750 Africa Twin. Stooped model politics who are not shared by the public neither the local dealer / Honda importer organisations... It seems that the Nippon HQ is alienating it selves to its public and (loyal) customers.<o></o>
Is a 2 wheel SUV (I would call it SUM: Sports Utility Motorcycle...) something we are waiting for? I'm not. If I want to ride in comfort, I would buy a proper touring bike like the ST1300 or GTR1400, even FJR1300. <o></o>
I'm looking for a proper big trail bike with the looks if it is able to conquer the World beyond the paved roads (despite the fact that like SUV's only a small minority of its riders would use it that way...) <o></o>
Despite the fact that I am NOT a BMW enthusiast, I must admit that the new F800GS is a well thought design. The bike fits like a glove - like the new S10 does. <o></o>
Honda... I beg you... PLEASE proof that I'm wrong and surprise us with that stunning piece of engineering. The S10 and F800GS (and even the R1200GS) are the living (eh, riding...) proof of what the public is wishing for. It would be foolish to deny such a demand. <o></o>
Unless you Japs are more in to selling hybrid cars. In that case... Consider me as a new customer at the house of Yamaha. <o></o>
now test it thoroughly and let us now what your opinion is about this well-discussed motorcycle!
damn, sometimes i wished i hadn't bought the ténéré 660 yet, but then again...
looking forward to your thought bout your new bike!
I thought the grey S10 had silver wheels, what's the story there, wheel swap?
Congrats Old Git...
When you get a chance, please start a new thread showcasing the bike. I'd really like to see where the heated grips controller is mounted too, and tell us how the the tall screen works and your height too so we get an idea if the tall screen would be needed for some of us.