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. klorence

    klorence n00b

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    From a fellow survivor, glad to hear you're recovering! keep it up. :thumbup
    I just made this same decision. Traded my '12 bonnie T-100. Was looking at and rode an FJ-09 (they had killer deals on a couple leftovers) but to me it seemed kinda cheapo/plasticky for some reason. And very darty/flinty, which I guess they call "sporty handling", but it seemed to fall into turns *really* easily... Maybe I am just used to the way the bonnie handles, but as soon as I sat on the tenere and rode it around the parking lot i thought "hmm, this here's more what i'm looking for". Yes, a bigger and heavier bike, but once you're moving it is surprisingly nimble & stable. I put the seat on the lower position and can flat foot at stops (32/33 inseam).
    I am relatively new (~16K+ miles on the bonnie) and don't have any pipe dreams of riding off across the country (at least not yet), but the tenere fits both my commuting and if i do decide to go on a longer trip needs.
    Lots of deals on leftover '16 and even some '17 models...
  2. BaldKnob

    BaldKnob I Wanna Ride

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    Be prepared to be underwhelmed with the Tenere as it was engineered for the rider to enjoy the ride not strafing apexes. It's basically an appliance made to take you/yours and your stuff places without all the hassles of the EuroBike status symbols.
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  3. mrpincher

    mrpincher Life is one long day

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    Well stated. "An Appliance", that's so true and so obvious once you think of the bike in those terms. With my 2012 @ 50,000 miles, she's finally feeling broke in.
  4. DirtyRoadie

    DirtyRoadie Been here awhile

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    I too was underwhelmed when I first rode my S10 and for a short time thought I may have made a mistake when I traded in my FJR. But as I got more seat time on the S10 I grew to love it more with each ride. The thing is obviously never going to be as fast as the FJR but it is supremely comfortable, handles in the twisties WAY better than it should even 2 up and loaded and is great on dirt roads. I love the lumpy feel of the motor which has great low end as well as a decent top end power. With 15,000 miles now I still keep finding more I like about this bike. I even find the suspension (non ES) one of the best OE suspension I've experienced with damping and pre load adjustments making notable changes although I'm kind of skinny at 6'2" , 180 lbs.
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  5. Wreckchecker

    Wreckchecker Ungeneer to broked stuff.

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    You sound typical. It always surprises me how many people leave it in T mode with full TCS and then say the bike is boring.
    Turn down/off the TCS, put it in S mode, and go find a dirt or gravel road to power through turns.
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  6. DirtyRoadie

    DirtyRoadie Been here awhile

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    :locoWhat's T mode ?? I was just a bit underwhelmed by the power, compared to the FJR. Everything is relative and to me the power now seems more than adequate, just took a bit of getting used to.
  7. fredgreen

    fredgreen Plannin' the next trip

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    Touring mode. There is a toggle on the r/h controls to toggle between Sport and Touring mode.
  8. WRC51

    WRC51 Been here awhile

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    Oh yes Sport Mode, I know when I have mine in S mode there is a huge grin on my face. Only problem for me is I become a Squid darting in and out of traffic. Don't go into that mode much..no self control.
  9. Vrode

    Vrode Procrastinate Now!

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    Since the reflash, it's always in sport mode. I only use T mode occasionally in rainy, slippery conditions
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  10. Wreckchecker

    Wreckchecker Ungeneer to broked stuff.

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    T mode is good for stop & go commuting, for rain, and to keep from banging helmets when 2-up.

    Turning off the traction control is not supposed to change maps but somehow the bike does feel more spirited. And for such a heavy girl, she does wheelie pretty well with it off.
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  11. WJBertrand

    WJBertrand Ventura Highway

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    An appliance with respect to reliability, yeah don't want any "character" there thanks. As for strafing corners, she'll do a fine job. This summer I had an ST1300 and an FJR chasing me up a twisty road (CA 41) and had no problem keeping a few turns between us. Steering response is a bit slower than my ST13, probably the effect of the 19" front wheel and slower geometry but after a few thousand miles I've figured out how to ride her. Great fun and corners on the proverbial rails. OEM Bridgestone Battle Wings fitted for reference.
  12. PaydayGabe

    PaydayGabe Semi Retired Senior bike junkie

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    Thanks Baldy for the input. I'm no speed racer/knee dragger so these models will be given my style of evaluation. Should be fun anyway.
  13. Riteris

    Riteris Dessert Runner

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    I think his "date" might have an issue with red growth coming from her left buttock. (There might be a shot for that.)

    Butt, if I was in that situation, depending on on other features (like a nice personality) I could try and overlook that.


    Butt then, I don't think I would look good in a lime green thong so I would have to take what I could get.
  14. ottawaST

    ottawaST n00b

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    IMG_0362.JPG This is where I mounted mine. It serves as a port for my heated clothing, battery tender and tire pump. Wired it directly to the battery with an in-line fuse. IMG_0357.JPG
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  15. Riteris

    Riteris Dessert Runner

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    ^^^ Thanks for the photo!

    Anyone else?
  16. Wreckchecker

    Wreckchecker Ungeneer to broked stuff.

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    Simple piece of aluminum in front of the seat release key on the Gen1 Tenere is where I put the BMW-style outlet.
    [​IMG]

    The current Gen2 bike has a coax simply coming up between the seat and tank. It's barely visible here:
    [​IMG]

    It plugs into a regular SAE plug beneath the seat with one of these:
    http://www.motorcyclecloseouts.com/...C7o7t7sij4kghcS43QmGKRgZH0Z0ZZRUaAp6YEALw_wcB

    When not in use, it can either be removed or just tucked under the seat.
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  17. Vrode

    Vrode Procrastinate Now!

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  18. DirtyRoadie

    DirtyRoadie Been here awhile

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    I was just being sarcastic. I haven't used T mode since break in. S mode is a bit snatchy until I got used to it, now I'm pretty smooth with it.
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  19. fredgreen

    fredgreen Plannin' the next trip

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    I had my ECU flashed. What was my sport mode is now the T mode, S mode is much nicer now. T mode is used on the woods roads. The snatchy bit was reprogrammed during the flash, although there are still times I have to feather the clutch to smoothen it out.
  20. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer

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    Is the factory accessory skid plate a decent arrangement?

    I want some protection but also want factory fit and finish. Ease of oil changes and no new noises would be nice.

    I don't intend and super gnarly off-roading with this bike so mega protection isn't of utmost importance.

    Any recommendations on an exhaust that doesn't require repacking? Looking to drop weight and get some time but not obnoxious.