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. 20valves

    20valves Yamaholic

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    Somehow I've learned to ride around it where it doesn't seem to bother me anymore. It's there, no doubt, but I can deal with it without issue. I guess I've kind of reprogrammed myself instead of the bike.
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  5. markjenn

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    Exactly my experience. I have 5K on my bike with the switch mod and I can put it in "Super S" mode anytime I please. I find I use it less and less - while slightly slower in throttle response, I think overall the motor is easier to ride in S rather than Super S. There IS the slight bog off idle that is helped in Super S, but like you, I've just re-programmed my clutch away habits to hold throttle and clutch for a half-second and let the motor climb out of the hole. Except for clutching away from a start, I never notice it otherwise. It's a non-issue for me, although I'm sure it can be a bug-a-boo to others.

    - Mark
  6. bouldertag

    bouldertag WannabenarlyADV'rrrr

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    I am close to purchasing a Tenere but how the heck do you guys who are married to a wife that doesn't like motorcycles at all get an approval to purchase one? This has been my hardest wall to climb. My wife does not understand my love for riding.

    I went into a dealer on Saturday and he said to me you really like to ride don't you. How long have you been riding. I said I had my first motorcycle in 78 14 yrs old. This because my father would not buy me one. I had to buy my own. I worked in all kinds of jobs to save up since I was 11 to purchase my first bike. I hated my dad until I realized what he taught me. Thanks Dad!!

    Anyways the dealer went to tell me that out of all the customers he sees throughout the day that i am the only one that shows up on a bike in October during a cloudy cold day. ( I just came in after a 6:am ride in the Uintahs and wanted to see if they had something i was looking for).
    He said every person that comes in during this day will come in from a car vehicle.
    I was shocked. I love to ride. I don't ride for looking cool and have fancy helmets and clothing. I just love to ride. He said he has never seen anyone like me. Everyone usually comes in there car.

    So he said a statement that hit home a bit that said i know you have riding in you blood. As most people he sees ride just for recreation.

    Anyways I am to the point of getting this Tenere but now my wife is freaking on me.
    For those who are married to a non motorcycle luvn wife, how were you able to justify a 14k Tenere?
    Give me the secret and I will be a tenere owner.

    bd
  7. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    My background is similar to yours regarding buying my first bike. As soon as I began earning a paycheck I stopped asking permission. In any case, it's always better to ask for forgiveness than permission, good luck. :evil
  8. RedRocker

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    Forgiveness is easier to get than permission! :deal
  9. markjenn

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    Different spouses will react differently to different approaches. My wife is fairly logical and just wants every assurance that I'm doing everything I can to be safe and that we have good insurance so that if the worst happens we are whole financially. That being said, after a recent shunt with minor injuries, I'm having to see if I can reduce the risk further and reassure her. If I can't, then I'll give the hobby up. She's much more important to me than bikes.

    I don't think very many people realize how risky motorcycling is. Over a 50-yr career, if you run a 2% risk of a serious accident every year (which is a very low number and requires a huge commitment to gear, training, concentration, and being very careful), your chances of completing your career without one or more serious accidents is only one in three. Spouses need to be on board with this risk, not kept in the dark.

    Financially, the solution is easier - for every dollar I spend on bikes she gets to spend the same amount on something that gives her indivdual satisfaction - she likes furniture. If $28K can't be swung, then you need to buy a $7K bike.

    - Mark
  10. bouldertag

    bouldertag WannabenarlyADV'rrrr

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    Wow thanks Mark!
  11. Anticyclone

    Anticyclone Ride more worry less

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    5 years or 50,000 miles.

    To get the Tenere I had to agree to keep it that long. Of course it came on the heels of a Triumph 1050 Tiger I had for about 8 months before I decided I missed having something that would go down a gravel road, so that may have had something to do with it.

    I'm about 4 months in and 6000 miles in, so the mileage won't be a problem. We never stated if it was whichever comes first or last:lol3.
  12. bouldertag

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    ok so in the US how does this sound. I am gong to offer 13.5 tax license etc. out the door complete.

    If no go i will not go above 13.8. that is the highest i will go out the door.

    unreasonable let me know.

    bd
  13. twinrider

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    You're worried about a few hundred bucks but think a $28,000 S10 is a great solution for having to ask permission? :rofl

    A much better approach imo...
  14. bouldertag

    bouldertag WannabenarlyADV'rrrr

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    Ya I played that game. Bought a 2011 KTM 450 exc without telling wife and didn't work out so well. Wife made me sale it in a week. Bought it for 9700 out the door and sold it for 7500. In half a month of ownership. If i didn't sale it divorce threat was there.

    So I cant do that again. Blind buy.

    Actually this is a more complicated question that hijacks this thread I realize. so lets shut it down.

    When and if i get this tenere i will show you me doing a table top jump on it. I did it with my 640 adventure 410 pounds so i will try it with this if i get it...

    ha yaaa baby...

    boulder
  15. bouldertag

    bouldertag WannabenarlyADV'rrrr

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    What 28k?? no way.
  16. twinrider

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    Mark is clearly flusher than us.... :lol3
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    Perhaps, but if there is one thing I've learned in a 43-year-long motorcycling career is that there is little or no correlation between the amount you spend on a bike and the enjoyment you get out of it. The folks that ride 20-yo bikes that cost them $3K and they sell after five years for $2700 seem to have just as much fun as the folks buying the latest/greatest $20K sportbike or Harley every year.

    Agree about the thread hijack, I'll shut up.

    - Mark
  18. GrahamD

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    When you can snatch money from palm of wifes hand, you will be ready for Tenere Grasshopper.
  19. platty

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    Bikes and wife's - yes to alll the above ...... but

    Simple answer ..... Trade the wife :evil

    My S10's stablemate (a XT660R) is called "Bitchmaker" for obvious reasons :lol3
  20. Wreckchecker

    Wreckchecker Ungeneer to broked stuff.

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    Yup, divorce is VERRYY expensive...

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    ... because it's damn well worth it.
    :deal btdt




    Seriously, the Tenere is great, but try keeping what you have or getting a much less expensive VStrom. IF you can get her to take a ride, buy beg, or borrow a set of intercoms. It's amazing how her attitude will change if she is not "alone" in the back.