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. vilageidgit

    vilageidgit Adventurer

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    Finally got a test ride on a Super Tenere in Tonawanda,NY
    No thanks to Yamaha Canada and their stupid static Super Tenere display at their demo rides
    Many thanks to Yamaha USA,I can't buy one in the US,but guess where I will be buying most of my accessories and parts
    Wasn't impressed or disappointed with the bike,need more time to evaluate properly
    It felt like riding big smoothish thumper, at 60 mph it's chugging along at 3000 Rpm,very relaxed
    Acceration was good enough for my slowing reflexes and limited skills
    Didnt know what Mode or Traction Control Setting it was,I was too excited just to be able to ride one
    I never intended to ride it off road,but from the feel of the bike,I will certainly try
    Some buffeting from the windscreen
    I think I made the right decision in buying one
    Please try to make it out for the Charity event and mayb snag a test ride
  2. GrahamD

    GrahamD Long timer

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  3. Grouser

    Grouser Adventurer

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    Thanks for the posting the video of the Australian Ducati test. I've watched hundreds of these over the last 20 years or so and this is by far the best. My favorite line is "You get the age old honeymooners choice, do you want it in your eye or your mouth"
  4. Wasp

    Wasp Supa10 pilot

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    That was very well done... Funny shit:rofl

    Greg.
  5. Wasp

    Wasp Supa10 pilot

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  6. Dirt_Dad

    Dirt_Dad Been here awhile

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    That's good stuff.

    "You get the age old honeymooner's choice, do you want it in your mouth, or in your eye?"

    Never seen any serious review like that one. :clap
  7. Wreckchecker

    Wreckchecker Ungeneer to broked stuff.

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    Love the Aussie subtleties, like

    "150 horsepower trowser filling mode"

    and

    "mountain of grunt that craps on anything else in it's class"

    :)
  8. Thagua

    Thagua Let's go adventuring...

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    Here are some photos of the mod I made to the original Yamaha crash bars with a supplemental side cover protections ...
    Cheers,
    Roberto a.k.a. Thagua

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  9. jdpower

    jdpower Been here awhile

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    Thaqua, where'd you get the extra bars to do this? Was it from another setup for the XTZ or created yourself? I like the Yam bars for highway peg mount but like the others available for more protection to the side panels but don't want to buy complete setups. Inquiring minds want to know.

    JDP
  10. Thagua

    Thagua Let's go adventuring...

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    As soon as I installed the original Yammie protection bars we started to develop an additional protection for the side covers (electrical on the right side and radiator on the left) ... we examined several other solutions but welding was not an option so we came with this clamps that hold the 25 mm tubing curved to follow the side cover and with a clearance enough to allow the removal of both side covers without dismantling the protection.
    Hope this clarifies your doubts.
    Cheers,
    Roberto
  11. combo

    combo D S N

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  12. DaFoole

    DaFoole Erudite inchoate...

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    I WANT these!!!!!!!!!! :clap
  13. Old Git Ray

    Old Git Ray Now retired...YeeHaa

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    Hi Roberto,

    Why was welding not an option ?

    I did it on mine after just disconnecting the battery. I did not do the final welding, only the tack welding to hold the components in place and then finished it off once removed.

    The only slight downside was that the whole unit became one peice (except the front low cross brace) but it is still removeable for painting as one peice.

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  14. Old Git Ray

    Old Git Ray Now retired...YeeHaa

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    I have tested it on the same rock that wrecked my Yamaha one. I was riding over a flattened dry stone wall. (You would think I would learn wouldn't you !) Anyway, it works :D.

    On the fuel consumption front. I did a 450 mile trip over the week end. Most was motorway, about 75% with the rest being a mixture of small country back roads and second class roads. All the riding was unspirited (as you would on a tour as opposed to a days ride out) I was fully loaded with luggage (as per my post above) and camping gear. I was riding at the same speed as most of the other traffic.

    I managed 56mpg (UK) on the trip computer and when the calculatione were done it transpired to be just over 53mpg real. The consumption appears to be getting better with age, I have now done 6000 miles.
  15. Jetjock

    Jetjock Banned

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    Love it. :D


    I know what you mean .

    Just got rid of the BMW GS for the Tenere and don't think ill ever look back.:rayof
  16. Wasp

    Wasp Supa10 pilot

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    Welcome aboard Jetjock.

    What GS did you have?

    So what are your views/opinion of the two back to back?

    Is your use only street/commuting/touring or do you do any off-road?, because it's off bitumen where the Yamaha really shines by comparison...

    Greg.
  17. dcstrom

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    By a few hours...

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=16261142&postcount=111

    Caroline says something about him having a rear wheel issue on the S10, which started at the last tire change. Sounds like whatever it was probably cost him the record.

    I seem to remember someone in Oz - Hayfarmer? - talking about some problem they'd had with the rear wheel the first time they'd removed it. Spacers were in back-to-front or something. I wonder if this is what happened?

    Trevor
  18. Wreckchecker

    Wreckchecker Ungeneer to broked stuff.

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    I saw 2 broken rear wheel spokes on the Irish bike that crashed in Morocco. Didn't have time to analyze the spokes for failure modes at the time, but am now wondering if spokes were related to Nick Sanders' problem. Of course, I can't imagine 99.9% of us will beat one of these bikes as hard as Nick or need to ride a bike after it's been crashed at high speed like this one.
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  19. Jetjock

    Jetjock Banned

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    R1200ADv .


    I test rode the tenere but wasn't too impressed.

    Then rode my GS home and realised the TEN was quite deceiving.

    So I bought one.

    First impressions after a weeks ownership.

    The engine is a lot quicker than you think .

    Suppose its something to do with the firing order.
    And nice and torquey too.
    Pity about the flat spot at 4500 but once i get the pipe and decat on is should improve this

    The main thing is the C of G on the Ten is noticeably so much lower and therefore it feels like a 800 or maybe a 600.

    The only off road ive done on the TEN is hard packed unprepared roads on the original tyres. Very contollable and must be a hoot on knobblies.

    The r1200GS is a good bike but is top heavy and can be unreliable .

    Ive only done 600 miles on the Yam but as I get used to it it I love it more and more:lol3:lol3
  20. Jetjock

    Jetjock Banned

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    Also with 567 pages I think we need a new sub forum for the TEN???