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. Gareengodiablo

    Gareengodiablo Skull Grinder

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    Greetings,
    I am looking for panniers for my 2012 Super Tenere. I have read and seen negative things about the yamaha factory cases and am looking at alternatives. I have been doing some research and came up with some ideas, but I wanted to get your opinions.

    I have read the debate about hard vs. soft with respect to varied leg fractures and dont want to get into that--I need something where I can lock some stuff and keep it dry.

    I have narrowed the list to the following:

    Tra-- Evo Alu-Box
    http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade/productlist/708/
    Happy-Trail-- Denali
    http://www.happy-trail.com/Yamaha-XT...li-Tenere.aspx
    Caribou—Pelican based luggage
    http://cariboucases.com/store/?name=...=i&item=000360
    Jesse Luggage-- Odyssey II
    http://www.jesseluggage.com/yamaha.html
    [FONT=&quot]Touratech-- ZEGA PRO Pannier System[/FONT]
    http://www.touratech-usa.com/Store/P...Z-Super-Tenere
    [FONT=&quot]SW-MOTECH Quick-Lock Sidecarrier[/FONT]
    http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade...ctview/4858/92

    For people who are riding rough roads/gravel, I would be particularly interested in any panniers AND mounting systems you recommend. I have read some reviews from some RTW types that talk about the mounting frames cracking and otherwise being rendered unusable. Some mounting systems allege to be field repairable where they have breakaway components.

    I am also curious about the aluminum cases and how those sharp corners fare when they are being ground down into gravel--some have replaceable corner guards that seem to be a good idea--how are people repairing any holes put in the aluminum? Is anyone putting removable aftermarket corner guards on aluminum panniers not initially designed with that?

    All in my list are aluminum, with the exception of the Caribou pelican mounting system. I'm no so keen on the sideways opening style vs. the top-down of the others, but am wondering if they may withstand a little more abuse than the aluminum.


    Your thoughts?

    I also posted this question in gear/equipment, but thought it would be good to get Tenere owner specific advice.

    Thanks in advance

    RC
  2. AlsoRan

    AlsoRan Lone Trail Of Dust

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    I have the TraX EVO set up with the quick locks (now bolted on) and like it. 45L Right, 37L Left and 38L Top box. Some have said the old one's leak but so far I have not found that to be a problem with mine. They are durable for gravel and dirt although they rattle like an empty Chevy 1/2 Ton when they are not loaded. This could lead to a cracking issue long term but I'm not worried as they are usually loaded. They have a nice tiedown set up as well if you wan't to run dry bags etc. They also make for good benches when camping.

    I saw a Super T with the Zega Pro's on it at the Overland Expo. I really like the apparent durability of those as well as the look. It seems like they would take a relatively high speed crash on gravel better than the Trax units but unconfirmed. They sit up a little higher than the TraX cases as but a non issue really. If money was not a problem I would go with the Zega Pro's I think.
  3. kessler89

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    any word on yamaha offering any other colors in the us for the 2013 models?? i'd love to have a white one but i might not be able to wait that long:lol3
  4. RRVT

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    I crashed my F800GS on gravel maybe at 45MPH. The left Trax case ripped off and the mount got so bent that it needed to be replaced after the trip. I spent about 6 weeks riding with that thing latched in 3 rather than 4 points and steelwired to the mount. I hammered out the case to the original shape but it is not waterproof anymore. Insurance paid me to replace it but by now I don't mind the "scarred" look. I think they survive a slow speed drop but not do so well at higher speeds. They also stick out quite far to the side, that helps with drops but not with crashes. If I was doing it again, I would spend the extra money on Touratech cases.
  5. RRVT

    RRVT Wild and Crazy Guy

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    I am planning to send a letter to Yamaha USA next week and ask them to seriously consider importing them in white. I encourage others to do the same, the address is on their website - http://www.yamaha-motor.com/corporate/contactus.aspx.
  6. DaFoole

    DaFoole Erudite inchoate...

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    Just finished a 3600 mile trip. Heavily loaded with my stuff and my fat ass. Avg 42 mpg....some of this at ludicrous speed....:evil
  7. EmmEff

    EmmEff Long timer

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    I had the Trax cases on my F800GS as well. Initially, I loved them. They looked good and I could deal with the admittedly minor leaking. Unfortunately, a low speed tip over crossing a wet log caved in the right side badly and bent the mounting bracket. I banged them out with a hammer and 2x4 and got it as close to square as possible. What eventually did them in was an accident when the dropped the bike on the side at speed and the box folded up like an accordion. Admittedly, they saved my wife's left leg, but I'd probably not get them again. I think I'll try the Zega Pro cases next...
  8. MoBill

    MoBill Smiles when says dat

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    Wolfman makes racks for the Tenere now...that's a major consideration...bags to fit both the Tenere and the WR? Nice.
  9. sallydog

    sallydog AVERAGE 80.69 MPD for 41 months

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    the jesse racks are the tightest, squarest, plumbest, and most solid. his boxes are quite solid too.

    motech racks are wide as hell before you put the boxes on (making them weaker) and you have to shim them all funny if you want them square and plumb.
    lots of pannier info here
    http://www.yamahasupertenere.com/index.php?topic=2767.0
    and more threads there on each manufacturer
  10. MoBill

    MoBill Smiles when says dat

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    I'm rethinking the whole hardbag thing now....

    :D Love me some jesse's though
  11. EmmEff

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    I would agree, but I just don't like the look of them. They look too "retro" to me if that makes sense.
  12. MoBill

    MoBill Smiles when says dat

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    In the end it's Zega pros or Wolfman...and since I haven't had a need to lock up a case and walk away from the bike in 13000 miles, AND that I can swap them to the WR, it's going to be anything I'm thinking soft luggage.
  13. sallydog

    sallydog AVERAGE 80.69 MPD for 41 months

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    his boxes are as bad ass as the racks but too beveled for me. i dont understand why he bevels all 4 sides on the lid and the rear on the bottom losing all that space

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  14. EmmEff

    EmmEff Long timer

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    That is exactly what I'm talking about... the owners I've talked to love them, though!
  15. Chicken Helmet

    Chicken Helmet I'm A Stumper™

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    I waited 2 1/2 years for a car I was in love with until it was released in white. If Yamaha makes these availabl in white over here i'm in!

    And a letter/email is a great idea.
  16. GrahamD

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    What a bunch of excuses. There are people around that can paint things you know?

    Treat it as your first farkle.

    And if you use the bike as intended you will need a relationship with a good painter. :deal
  17. Chicken Helmet

    Chicken Helmet I'm A Stumper™

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    Not a bunch, just one. If I buy a brand new bike the last thing i'd waste money on is a color change. Oh who am I kidding it's the 127 beacon score. :lol3
  18. BobLoblaw

    BobLoblaw Comfortably Numb

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    I think there are a bunch more excuses hiding under that "one" :D
  19. AlsoRan

    AlsoRan Lone Trail Of Dust

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    Ironic that I noticed on my TraX 45L right case today that the lid is bowed down (bent) where I have been using it as a bench. Seems that the material is thin and could not take my weight (not fat). Now going to have to use the 37L left for this purpose since it has less of a span across the top so hopefully will hold up better.
  20. EmmEff

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    This lends credence to the fact that they don't hold up to even minor abuse (read- tip overs).