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. AVGeek94

    AVGeek94 Been here awhile

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    I only had 300 miles or so on the clock at the time...it was back in September, so the bikes were still being delivered. I did search for a replacement motor and came up empty (the motor is made by Denso). None of the motors I found would fit the bracket. The entire assembly is easy to break down into its component parts, so if a replacement motor can be found, it would be very easy to swap.
  2. GrahamD

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    I think it's a good idea myself for normal operating conditions. I have seen people stuck miles from nowhere when stick decided to imbed itself in a radiator, seen people loose cooling because of mud build up.

    I will be looking at a current protection when I get time, I'll put the info up here when I get to it.

    The braket nees a bit of looking at though as well.
  3. tremor38

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    Sure, so you can take a stick or tree branch through a front-mounted radiator? "Trail bike?" Yeah, OK, if you say so :huh
  4. jaumev

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    I prefer a front-mounted radiator, it cools better. I may be lucky but after doing thousands of miles off road with front radiator bikes, never had any problems with tree branches or mud. In contrast with few miles on the ST I had to unfold twice the fan bracket and at low-speed the bike has a tendency to heat up. Anyway, this is the design of the ST ... so we must work for a proper protection

    I have no doubt that this is a great trail bike with which you can make long road routes and hard off road. To me this is the essence of a trail bike.
  5. GrahamD

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    You may be lucky, but here is the thing..

    YAMAHA have made many many off road bikes in their time. They have access to all the data they need regards Radiator spare part sales etc.

    They came to a decision to try a different approach at some point. So it has its drawbacks, as does having heads sticking out the side of your bike and using oil cooling, but they probably made that decision with some facts behind it on a MACRO scale.

    I have had that problem on my Strom. Not instant mud but a slow buildup over an hour or so on a clay road. After the road ended it was getting a bit warm. The mud was dry and it needed a good hose to dissolve it all out. It then needed lot's more time removing little bits of sand. The oil cooler was as good as a insulated pipe as well.

    So whatever. I still think it's a good spot but the protection needed a bit more thinking about. That's where they lost the plot a bit I reckon.
  6. Tee Dee Mmm

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    On my look over the Explorer I thought the lower edges of the radiator would get wiped out in a drop as well, in fact I think the S10 has a better chance of survival as there is only 1 side to worry about.:evil
  7. swakop_toe

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    I experienced exactly the same, but as a result of slouching/crouching behind the windscreen as my helmet was vibrating something terrible (also, my Shoei Hornet DS has a rattlesnake it somewhere...:becca)
    So I set the seat to the low position, sit up straight (which is a better posture anyhow, I am told) and my tailbone woes are gone.

    Now to relieve my numbing thumbs and index fingers...:twitch

    Happy Days All!
  8. Brendan J

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    For those on here not running crashbars if you have a fall on the radiator side please check the base of the radiator. It has a locating lugg on the bottom of it which locates into the LH bumper/protector, this that can be torn out relatively easy and if it does you will stuck going no where fast.
  9. jaumev

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    If you have crash bars, check it as well.
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    Agree... probably because most of people using this bikes normaly are on road, not off road. You don't see many enduro bikes with a side radiator....

    Normally this is solved with a good outside radiator protection as it is in enduro bikes

    Ok, I'm looking for it but is not easy. Probably I can show you something in a while because I'm not please with the Touratech protections.
  11. GrahamD

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    But often two radiators with a gap in the middle and blinds. This would have been one of the most obvious things to do you would think? Maybe YAMAHA is experimenting a bit. Maybe we are lucky that the exhaust pipes are coming out the front :deal
  12. jaumev

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    The design ways are inscrutable :D
  13. fredz43

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    In Yamaha's initial tech intro for USA dealers, they pointed out that they located the radiator on the side so they could move the engine forward and lower. That could be a factor in why the bike feels and handles lighter than the weight specs would indicate.
  14. GB

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    An Altrider crash bar takes care of that. If someone is going off road where there's a reasonable chance the bike will take a nap or two, then one should prepare the bike for it. And it sounds like the Altrider crash bars are cheaper than a replacement fan. :D
  15. Cykel

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    It'd be a redundancy for sure. Sounds like the bottom line solution is to simply be smart about it though. If you fall, check it :rofl

    I thought I had heard of fans burning themselves up in high heat, which is where the circuit would help. Not sure if that's actually happening though? Of course then the real solution would be a fan that didn't do that.
  16. dcstrom

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    "if you fall (on the left side), check it" should be the mantra. Although if you have crash bars it's much less likely that panel will contact the ground.

    I haven't heard of any cases of fans burning up in high heat, only when pushed against the radiator. I haven't heard of any cases of radiator damage (to the point of leaking, anyway), but I guess it's possible if you hit hard enough.
  17. Stoic96

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    Yes, if you fall on the left side, definitely check it. I went down in sand before I got my crashbars, and didn't realize the fan was in contact with the radiator. I just got it replaced; riding in the meantime was painful. Also, if this does happen, check your fan fuse.

    The fan is relatively cheap--$224 online--but still, money better spent elsewhere.
  18. Anticyclone

    Anticyclone Ride more worry less

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    It's time for the first service :clap:clap

    Anybody know the size of the crush washers for the oil drain plugs and the final drive drain plug? The local dealer (not the one where I bought the bike) probably doesn't know what a Tenere is... From previous experience, it's best to go in there asking for specific parts rather than ask them to look it up :deal.

    Is there anything else that needs checking at 600mi?

    Thanks
  19. RonKZ650

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    There's no need to replace the washers, they won't leak. I think basically all to do at 600 miles is the oil, final drive oil, retorque exhaust bolts and maybe check the spokes. All can be done at home.
  20. jaumev

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    So... here it is, the new skid plate.
    It's huge and it looks very strong, really thick aluminium. It’s only the first prototype so the manufacturer (ACD) said it needs to polish lot of little details and the design of the holes but I basically I like it.
    Tomorrow I’m going to take it out to see how difficult is to change the oil and how heavy it is.
    They said I must try to destroy it… it’s a shame but I must do a proper test :evil

    Tell me your opinions :ear

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