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. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    This was an all but new Altrider skid plate. I kept hearing the rocks that were thrown
    up hitting it.

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    This side still got the exhaust pipe. I'm sure it would have been worse
    without it. Looking under the plate I can see where it got pushed up to
    the drain plug. Probably saving me from a night in the desert.

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  2. simmons1

    simmons1 Long timer

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    Are you going for Jaxon's bomb proof plate next?
  3. jaumev

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    Pluric, you need the 21"/18” wheels and harder suspensions to reach the bike. That's the best insurance against rocks.
    I tested the 21" front wheel in the same place I did the skid plate some months ago (with the 19" wheel) and it was really difficult to hit the plate.... with my light weight :evil:D
  4. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    I think I'd go orange before I started to convert the bike into something else.

    Opps, was that my outside voice?

    You just had to throw that last comment in didn't you.:bluduh

    :wink::lol3
  5. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    His set up does look impressive. It's alloy, it will all bend eventually.:deal:D
  6. jaumev

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    Well the new 1190 KTM R looks impressive... perhaps my next bike?? :evil
    Opps another outside voice!!

    To me the biggest problem the ST has is its low ground clearance:

    Yamaha ST: 20,5 cm
    BMW GSA: 23,5 cm
    KTM 990: 26 cm

    Now with the new setup I have nearly 24 cm, thats a big improvement. :clap

    What is the problem to be light?? :evil
  7. simmons1

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    It may be alloy, but it is really thick and mounted only to the frame. You would really have to blast something hard to bend or break it. For whimpy plates I have a few hundred miles on rocky but easy to ride fast roads and my SWM plate looks like it has been through a war already.
  8. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

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    I'm 5' 8.5" with 28.5" inseam. Currently ride a BMW with 29.5" seat height- can I get a Yamaha down to my size via rear links,front tubes & seat changes ??? Or should I keep looking-BTW, I ride pavement only & thanks!!!
  9. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    Yeah, my first OEM plate was like that. The sump mount and lack of any pipe protecton
    made me move on. Just trying to straighten the Altrider and get it off the pipe it bent pretty
    easy. Maybe the bike is trying to tell me something?:wink:
  10. William42

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    Well pluric wouldn't know. :rofl

    I would not say that his size has anything to do with bending rims and bashing bash plates.

    He does seem to enjoy himself. :clap
  11. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    Yes I do enjoy myself. On the bike and at the dinner table.:thumb:D
  12. RedRocker

    RedRocker Native Texican

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    You should ride one first, we're about the same size and height wasn't an issue for me. I'm not sure where the seat was set, but feet on the ground wasn't a problem.
  13. Superstar

    Superstar Been here awhile

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    I hate the way my radiator fan cooks my left leg at stoplights. It's Texas...it's almost December...I don't think the fan should cycle at stoplights in 76 degree weather.

    How much worse will it be in July?
  14. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    For pavement only you can get lower bikes that still have that nice twin power.
    I quess I'm a little confused why you would consider the Tenere. It is a nice
    slab runner just if you really are pure street I'd sniff around some more.
  15. Mikef5000

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    I'm exactly the same height/inseam. With the seat on low. I'm on the comfortably on the balls of both feet, or flat foot one and the toe of the other. It's not too tall at all, and I wouldn't even consider lowering it unless you require flat footing both feet.
  16. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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  17. Old Git Ray

    Old Git Ray Now retired...YeeHaa

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    I fitted the Heudenau 150/70R17 rear to my bike today. On the sidewall it states maximum pressure is 36 psi.

    This is OK for the likes of skinny Jaumev :wink: but for a fat boy like me with a passenger and luggage I need 42 psi.

    I E-mailed Heidenau in Germany and they replied thus: (Translated by Google)

    If you are traveling with a passenger and luggage, you should increase the air pressure to 42 PSI to 44PSI as the vehicle manufacturer recommends.

    We have changed the specification on the tire wall at the current production also accordingly.


    Now that is progress.....
  18. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    Exactly, let the world change for us, not us for the world.
    Now where was that buffet?:D
  19. jaumev

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    I must show this to my daughter, she’s always saying I have a fat tummy… :evil :lol3
  20. markjenn

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    Ambient temps have very little to do with whether the fan cycles on/off - its all about whether you're stopped or moving. I bet the fan cycles in 0-deg weather if you're sitting long enough. It will certainly cycle the fan more in July, but the difference will probably be slight - it will run when you're in traffic and go off when you're moving on the road.

    I've never thought my S10 "cooks" my left leg at all (the heat seems mostly outboard), but this is probably an individual perception thing and what your riding gear is. The S10 has the best cockpit heat control of any fully-faired bike I've ever owned.

    - Mark