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. GB

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    I don't think I've seen this video, but if it's by MCN, let me guess, they picked the Ducati as the best of the bunch without every venturing off pavement. :rolleyes. Am I right?
  2. Meter Man

    Meter Man Living on a prayer

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    I just want a Regular Tenere.:deal
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    they relied on the nicest sound of the four and kept it there as for final judgment.
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    Multi is a great Road Bike. Crap Off pavement though. Too bad they didn't test a Standard GS which will ride circles around the GSA both On and Off pavement. But then the KTM will kick serious ass Off pavement. Seems some here don't know the difference between a GS and a GSA. Nice to see European Comparo though. Love those small twisty roads. They don't have much gravel though, so their criteria is different than North America's.
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    Well don't get your hopes up to high...

    The chances are it won't be cheaper, international pressure on China top stop buying in Dollars to keep the Yuan low, is said to have effect next year, so China will have to dump a substantial amount of dollars next year, which will make the Yen even stronger, so it could be the First Edition is actually a cheap thrill.

    Allthough nobody knows exactly if China will comply, but if they do, it will put presure on the two big currencies, namely the Dollar and Euro, because china is keeping its Yuan low by steadily buying in Dollars and Euro's.
  6. mr moto

    mr moto Been here awhile

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    :D:D:D MCN , makes the national enquirer look like high quality literature :1drink
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    R3B Lazy Motorcyclist

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    Kewl, but i somehow seem to miss theBig Splash :-)

    And how easy is it to remove the pillion and rack, i hear different stories?
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    Constipated Face Been here awhile

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    ... while the rest of us gets blue balls. :waysad
  9. GB

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    Carlos M posted pics of his bike without the pillion seat. The seat is removed by using the tool under the rider's seat to remove 2 fasteners. Not as easy as removing it on the GS by turning the seat lock with a key.
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    Saso Proudly sporting the DRD4 gene

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    Is this a procedure that will be done on-the-fly? Probably not. What's a couple of fasteners to undo while packing and prepping the bike for a long tour? Still, it'll probably be a deal killer for some.:norton

    That ST12 looks very cool set up with the solo saddle.
  11. GB

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    Deal killer for some? maybe, but not for me.

    However, the pillion deck is lower than the rear luggage rack, it would have been better if it was all the same height, because you now have 2 elevated grab handles on both sides of the pillion deck. I'd just leave the seat on when I strap my big dry bag there.
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    Saso Proudly sporting the DRD4 gene

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    Yeah, I noticed that - I think I'd do the same - if Yamaha would give me the chance.:baldy
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    Page 3-31 of owners manual available here http://ymenvom.nl/manuals/U23PE0.PDF describes an additional carrier under the pillion seat that appears from the diagram when attached makes a level surface with the rear rack.
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    What i've understood from one of the testers you can lower the aft-carrier, so front seat additional carrier and aft carrier form a uniform platform, but you need to remove the pillion handlebars, makes sense, you will not carry any pillion then...
  15. horseman474

    horseman474 Outback Albatross

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    Hi all,
    just got the call from Yamaha in Sydney.... A super tenere is in the shop and ready for demo ride :clap :clap tomorrow :clap (saturday)...Bugga. I've got to go to canberra for a rugby comp..:(: have to wait till Monday for a ride.:lol3 ...but I'm going to keep a clear head as I really like the looks of the GSA beemers as well (2nd hand mind you as I cant spend that much money on a new bike ).

    Horseman
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  17. Wasp

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    I have been discussing this bike with my local Yamaha dealer (also personal friend) and we have both been eagerly awaiting its delivery to Perth. Well it came in yesterday and was pd'd this morning just in time for me to throw a leg over it for a 30km ride in three sections.

    To back track two weeks ago, I managed to secure a demo 2010 BMW GSA for the weekend and put over 700kms on it before taking it back to the dealer on monday.
    I very much enjoyed the weekends riding but was a little put off by the very tall seat (although I am 5'11" with long legs) and the enormous weight specially with the tank filled for a 500km stint.

    The Super Tenere exhibits none of that feeling of being a heavy weight...:D
    It has a more comfortable seat, less vibrations, feels like more grunt (although I didnt feed it too much because the bike is not run in).
    Ergonomics felt better and more planted on the road under exceleration coming onto the freeway on ramps... One area where the GSA would wobble its head as the front end unloaded.
    Ohh, and it feels SHIT-LOADS lighter..

    I was so impressed with the S10 that I placed the order as soon as I got back to the bike shop and topped it up with the full house of goodies,, heated grips, front bar, aux lights three luggage boxes and liner bags, headlight cover, tank cover, tank bag, alloy case pan... etc etc.

    I wish I could write more but I am not the journo type and for the life of me cannot upload the pics that I took while I was out today.

    If you have been waiting for these to arrive (like I have) before choosing between the adventure tourers on offer, you simply must test ride one of these.... I will just about bet that you will choose the Yamaha over the BMW.

    P.S - Im getting a bit of a sweet deal from the mate on the S10, but even if I was to compare the normal price of this bike (S10 with all the fruit) compared to the 2010 BMW GSA the price in Perth would be:
    Yahama with 3 boxes + heated grips + guards, lights, and pan $AU24,000 taxes paid ride away.
    BMW GSA same level of appointment $AU34,000.:cry:huh Go figure..

    I dare you to ride both, and buy the Beemer...:deal

    Did I mention how much lighter the S10 feels compared to the BMW?

    Greg.

    P.S - How the Ferk do you post pics???
  18. Finskii

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    According to the Yamaha US district sales manager.... not for 2010
  19. Finskii

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    Maybe. Big maybe. Maybe as in indistinguishable from zero.

    When I worked for a distributor, they did not put much into unsolicited letters from riders, and we did receive a lot of them. They, Yamaha marketing, did listen a little to the demands of dealers through their district manager network, but only a little. The district managers tended to give conflicting inputs since they were regionally oriented (in the south they wanted more chrome and that sort of thing). Yamaha tended to be a market follower, waiting for another manufacturer to introduce a bold concept and then two years later, Yamaha would maybe provide a comparable offering if the new concept had been a market success. So don't expect Yamaha Motors US to respond to just 10,000 enthusiast letters saying "I want one." Word has it that dual-sport bikes are not on the radar for North America because.... the market is so small. Rabid, but small. And the market for all bikes is down right now so the possibility of market risks by Yamaha US is ... don't bet on it.
  20. GB

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    Lucky you! Thanks for the review..

    :tb That does it.. I'm ready to buy without a test ride :lol3 and that would be the first bike I ever buy without a test ride, if it comes to that. Waiting for an official announcement in Sept. from Yamaha Canada.. they'd better be bringing this bike here next year.

    To post pics, look here:

    Attachments don't work, you need to host your pics on a pic hosting site and then link them to your report.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=7266&postcount=1

    Congrats on your purchase :thumb

    When you get the bike, please post pics here:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=592384