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. Old Git Ray

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    The centre strip is there for a reason. Although it reduces grip off road, it is there to make the tyre last longer. Hence the big centre strip on the 150/70R17. Big bikes wear out the centre strip real quick.

    It is a compromise tyre for more mileage rather than more grip.
  2. pluric

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    You may need to by then anyway. I'll try and get a group buy together with free mounting.

    May just keep you in shape.:wink::D
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  4. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    Have fun, my wife and I just got back. Tichka pass Nov 12.

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  6. Old Git Ray

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    Your wife is serious hard corps. :clap
  7. Old Git Ray

    Old Git Ray Now retired...YeeHaa

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    In prep for my trip to the Americas next year I decided to check and grease my rear suspension components.

    Once I had stripped out the suspension link I checked the swing arm for play and was surprised to find some. The book says there should be none. It was perhaps 1mm at the wheel axle end. On inspection it was not the bearings but a loose swing arm axle. Not loose as in coming undone, but more like it needed torqueing (is that a word ?) up. Once all greased up and reassembled all was good with no play.

    As is usual, there was very little grease on the pins. Unfortunately this is normal for Yamahas. It presents itself as a problem after time as the pins seize in the bearing sleeves.

    Anyone considering doing this, do not remove the cap over the swing arm nut (beside the cardan joint) as it says in the book. It is unnecessary. It holds the Swing arm nut in place.

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    This is the pin that needed tightening. As can be seen, it is starting to rust.
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    The pin was very tight to undo so just tightening further would probably not help. Fortunately it comes out very easy. It remains to be seen if the swing arm loosens up again with use. It may just be the new grease filling any gaps at present.

    EDIT: I should add, the pin shown above is a very loose fit in the bearing sleeve (the machined tube part that that actually touches the needle rollers) and this was where the play came from
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  9. Old Git Ray

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    The South America part is yet to be planned but we are not doing a race from one end to the other. We are looking to try and fit in a part of the Dakar Rally too.

    We will be starting in New York in mid April, going through Central America around September and flying back from Buenos Aires around February/March 2014.

    The USA/Canada part is over 20k miles so I expect the whole trip to end up being 30-35k miles.
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    Damn, that's the long way around to Texas! :lol3
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    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Crazy, on a ship of fools...

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    Holla' when you get to San Antone.

    I'll fill your bellies with some good Tex-Mex (and damage your kidneys and liver with some Jack Daniels), before y'all get on your way... :deal


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    Do you have a planning thread already started somewhere?

    Or rather... do you want any input?

    That trip looks amazing.
  13. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Crazy, on a ship of fools...

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    I asked this question, before, and don't remember getting a single response. So, I wanted to check-in, again.

    I have a Yamaha top box. It lets-in dust, water, small animals, etc. (while it's closed and locked)

    I seem to remember that this was a common issue, and that there mighta' been some warranty assistance. However, my search fu is weak.

    Anyone got any info. they could throw my way?


    Thanks in advance...

    J.J.


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    TH There and Here

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    When you pass by/through VIrginia and Maryland, let me now. I would be happy to meet up with you and have a meal.
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    Ragin Rabbi Semper Fidelis

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    Ditto.
  17. creggur

    creggur There are no curves here.

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    Hit me up when you pass through Jacksonville, Florida - got a warm bed, steaks on the grill, and libations galore for ya.

    Immensely jealous by the way, looks like a trip of a lifetime! Can't wait to see the ride reports.
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    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Word to the wise... the Natchez Trace (looks like you are doing it?) sucks, very boring. The Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive (also looks like you are doing them) are fun though.

    I did a big chunk of the Florida coast, Gulf coast, and up the Mississippi River as it appears you have routed also; that is scenic and fun, albeit slow going. If it's hot out, it'll be sweltering in your gear. Stop and swim in the Gulf every so often (not suggested in the Mississippi River!)
  19. Dallara

    Dallara Creaks When Walks...

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    Natchez Trace "sucks"? "Boring"? :huh

    Well, I guess that depends on your point of view. Yes, you certainly are restricted to the velocity you can motor along while on the Trace, and there are not exactly any twisty bits... But IMHO that doesn't make it exactly "boring". Sometimes it's nice to slow down a bit and simply enjoy the beautiful scenery, as well as soak in some history and heritage.

    I found the Natchez Trace fascinating. I've got plenty of places I can go play road racer, or explore plenty of dirt roads and back country, but I've found few roads in the USA that are so well maintained and yet have so much wonderful historical significance. Lots of nice places to stop, and so many of those with enlightening historical markers, etc.

    As for the Gulf Coast... I live on the Texas Gulf Coast, and ride on it almost every day. Yep, it gets hot, and it's humid, but I can't recall "sweltering" in my riding gear. :lol3

    But to each his own... I've always thought it was more important to accentuate positives to foreign visitors than to try and harp on what I might see as a negative. After all, for instance, they may come from someplace that's too cold too much of the time and want some warm weather... Or they might actually find immersing themselves in some Southern history and heritage enjoyable. :wink:

    Dallara




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  20. Mikef5000

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    I came to the same conclusion as Meef. If you've got to get from Natchez to Nashville, then you can't beat the Parkway... but, where as the Blue Ridge was breathtaking, the Natchez is.... um... relaxing?! Non-exhilarating? Casual?

    It was boring.

    Way better than riding the highway, but boring.

    I rode it for the ride, not the history. If you're into that sort of thing (the history) than YMMV.