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Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by mr moto, Feb 9, 2008.
That color would be matte gray, love it myself. Even fully fueled the S10 feels very light lifting it off its center stand and wheeling it about. Much lighter than my friend's GSA. Lots of seat choices if the stock one doesn't cut it for you and handlebar risers are a fairly common mod as well. Tobinators and the like make it easy to adjust the windscreen, but tall folks like to change it for a bigger one. Good luck with the test ride.
The bikes are shipped with the batteries in them, just not connected. I'd expect the oil to be in too, but don't know for sure. Seem to recall motors are run in during assembly. At least enough to check for leaks, etc. So the bike may only have been missing fuel, despite what the sales guy said.
The Super Ten wears it's weight well, and rides like a lighter bike than the GS, or at least I thought so. Engine on the GS is smoother, but compared to new, the S10 will smooth our more after break in too.
The bike goes up on the center stand very easily w/o bags. If you've been on those Germanic models for some time, you'll be surprised what has changed in the world. It's really cool now, they have water cooling! Not just water run thru some of the oil lines.
I only had the sales guy to go on. I'll take your word on the battery.
Hoiking the GS up on the center stand is a bit of a pull, but I've grown accustomed to it.
I'm not really in the market, just wanted to try it out, you know? I can't see me getting rid of the GS, 79,000 without a hitch, just routine maintenance? C'mon, what's not to love?
Actually, I bought it used, the PO did the clutch and the splines, so I've gotten it in possibly better shape then had I bought it new. But it has been a great all arounder, and a blast to ride.
Like I said, I think the S10 is a great looking bike, and from all accounts a great riding one, but I'm happy with what I got. And the fact that mine is paid for, just can't see going in debt. I WILL ride this thing (or the next one they get in), but buy? I doubt.
Plus, SWMBO will have full veto power, and I am pretty sure what her say in the matter would be.
Glad you're happy with the GS, and I sincerely hope it stays healthy for you and keeps going down the road.
The FJR when fully loaded in rally trim with a full fuel cell was sometimes a bit of a heft to get off the side stand. The Super Ten, in the same full rally trim with fuel cell is a bit more work than in day ride trim too. I think we get used to what we are riding and it's not that big a deal. When I ride BMWs it takes me to the end of the block to adjust to the non-standard turn signal, and usually a few more turns before I re-adjust to the cancel being on the right, with a separate switch.
Sort of like HDs, but with more moving parts.
Try the Super Ten when you get a chance. It might make the list when you are ready to move on.
I used to have an 1100GS. Great touring bike -- handled great no matter how much I loaded it up -- but I got tired of the clunky shifting on my commute, the frequent valve checks and wasn't looking forward to dealing with spline lubes or changing the clutch as the miles piled on so eventually I sold it. Later I got a TDM900. It didn't handle as well as the GS but I loved the 25,000 mile valve check intervals, the smooth shifting and the V-twin feel of the motor courtesy of the 270-degree crank. Sold it when I got an offer I couldn't pass up and figured I'd make room for a Super Tenere "just in case." Fast forward a few months and a dealer had a used one in stock for a decent price. Took a test ride and pulled the trigger. To me the Super Tenere combines the best points of the GS and the TDM. Great handling, awesome motor and low maintenance.
Video of my 2013 Tenere with a Leo Vince Titanium exhaust can installed, I run it with the supplied turn down pipe.
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Spring s going to be here soon so I need to get my ass in gear.
What is the most popular pannier rack option for the S10?
I need racks in place before I start on my list of baubles and bolt-ons.
Most pannier racks are proprietary. That question doesn't really make much sense unless we know what you are wanting to do with them. At least the way I'm interpreting it. Or are you asking about options to bolt to pannier racks?
http://cariboucases.com/store/?name=Home or Wolfman offer pannier racks that people have used to roll their own, or in the case of Caribou, mount their Pelican cases on, which offers a wide array of sizes.
I'm looking at getting an S10 and have been looking at this also. I suppose it depends where you will be spending your time and how strong you need the cases to be. Hepco and Becker Xplorers look good but probably not the best to take off road.
Not affiliated with any dealer .If you are looking for S10 in the north east
razee in kingston ri , list a 2012 and 2013  in stock on there website.
c and e yahama at foxboro ,MA [across from Gillette stadium ] has 2012 blue and the matt on the floor. i saw it last time i was there.
that is 4 i have seen 2 blue(2012) and 2 (2013) with the dealer saying he has another 2013 of different color in the crate.
The 2012 is a demo and he is giving demo`s after april,
Happy Trails makes some really tough stuff and a complete rack/pannier set is reasonably priced. They tend to be slimmer shaped though, so that may not work for everyone's use.
Cogent is now in the Super Tenere suspension game. Rick is custom building rear shocks, re-springing and re-valving forks. All I can say is WOW what a difference they make.
i have jesse racks. they seemed the strongest and "tightest" racks on the market.
they look the nicest when the bags arent on IMHO
you can tell by how i had to bend in my altrider luggage rack how tight they can be mounted. i have about 1/4" between the blinkers and the boxes
they fit within my rumbux cage and my boxes arent small
Jesse Bags again, fit really tight and work well, also the gray is great match for the 13 titanium color, its so good it looks factory.
Pretty pleased with the Happy Trails set up
Hi guys... can anyone help me out with a doubt on which tires to use for my upcoming ROAD trip. My wife and i will cover some 8000km across Spain, Portugal and France, late this May, and i'am confused on tire choice. Most of the times i use knobbies,but now i need something with hi millage,and good road manners, How bad would be to choose K60 compared to other, more road biased tires? Do they feel the same as TKC and Karoo's, or more like Tourances etc.?
Thing is, i wanna give a chance to K60 to prove themselves as a best universal all-round tire, even if on this trip there will not be any off road riding, unless i get lost.
To make it short... Yes or no? If it's "No", then which ones?
Your help will be much,much appreciated.
Tell me if you pass thru Catalunya in Spain. At last we can have a beer together!
Sorry I don`t have experience in road tires...
(ok... waiting Pluric... )
Actually i do! All goes well, i'll sleep over in Barcelona on 22/05. Close enough? :) Details later on on pm.