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. Dirty bike

    Dirty bike Eval Innovations Inc

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    Wait a minute, if you shoveled snow all day, why didn't you have a path to the street and go for a ride? The high is above freezing every day this coming 7 days. Not even forecasting for any chance of snow until Sunday.

    Think I'll go for a ride. It's sunny and 69F on the thermometer here and I'm in the same state. Maybe you're bike isn't really blue, it's just cold? :lol3
  2. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    You Southern boys don't know cold. Heading to the lake for a glorious weekend of
    Snowmobiles, snow tubes, towing snow toys, snowmen, snow forts, snowball fights,
    anything you can put the word 'snow' in front of.:bluduh

    There is hope for warming weather. Vengence shall be mine!
  3. BobLoblaw

    BobLoblaw Comfortably Numb

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    snowsex:deal not to be confused with NOsex
  4. Dirty bike

    Dirty bike Eval Innovations Inc

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    Earlier this year the wife and I went for a little three hour ride in 19F temps. Her heated jacket liner died so we came home early instead of adding another 100 miles or so to the ride.

    Just do it. It's not like you got any real snow like the guys back East did. :wink:
  5. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    She may be a bit frigid but the cold gives me a valid excuse for having a little icicle.:shog

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  6. jly51

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    You are a sick puppy.:rofl
  7. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    It's the black ice that concerns me, not the snow. Puts you on your ass in a flash. :eek1
  8. TH

    TH There and Here

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    That would make any KLR owner proud! Good job, now I need to find a beat up ol' shovel to do my mine.
  9. Icecold Dan

    Icecold Dan Been here awhile

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    $1500 budget, first mods/farkles?
  10. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    Some may disagree, I'd do the reflash for a perfect running motor.
    The rest is all personal depending on use.
  11. Dirty bike

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    More info - How do you ride? Dirt Vs pavement? What did you ride before this? Day rides or multi-day or just long days?

    What, if anything, are you moving over from your previous bike to the Super Ten?

    Depending on these and other facets of your riding style, the forum might be able to offer up better suggestions.

    You can go over $1500 pretty much instantly on hard panniers, though there are less expensive options too, and if you're more of an off pavement guy, Giant Loop is a serious option for minimal, compact luggage that still does the job, but is only there when you need it.

    Tankbag
    Windscreen, (if the stocker doesn't work for you)
    Protection items like skid plate/crashbars
    Japanese/EU left switch housing to add 4-way flashers and flash to pass switch
    Improved heel guards
    *Tank protector(s)
    *Better grips or Grip Puppies
    *Heated grips (don't buy the Yamaha ones, they are fine, but 3x the cost of other options)
    OEM side wind wings
    *Mirror extenders

    I would suggest you wait until you car riding the bike some and see what bothers you on some of these things. The items I marked with an * are inexpensive, save the heated grips, which can be really nice in the cool/cold seasons and represent a good return on investment, imho.

    You may or may not find you want bar risers or a custom seat. The seat can eat up a good chunk of the budget.

    There may be things you can do yourself, depending on your skill level and available work space/tools. There are excellent mirror extenders on Ebay for $20, a smoking deal compared to what some of the well known vendors want for this simple item. Don't buy anything w/o looking around the net to see who offers similar items as the pricing ranges from obscene to buy it now!!

    Try to deal with the things that make you squirm or bother you first, the rest will come later.
  12. luni

    luni Non-artic explorer

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    First $1500 in my bike went to side cases, bar risers, adjustable windscreen mount (bonus, I really needed the GPS mount) and a powered GPS mount.

    Little things like the clutch switch short and seat leveling mod are cheap.

    That makes the bike more functional regardless of street or dirt preference. Anything else really depends on what you want to do with YOUR bike. Look around the picture thread, it's a very versatile platform to start from.
  13. Icecold Dan

    Icecold Dan Been here awhile

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    Good advice to live with it as is to get a real feel for it.

    Currently I ride a DR650 year round. I commute to work everyday regardless of weather. When not commuting or running errands, I can be found mostly riding dirt roads that are mostly soft sand in my area. I do alot of camping from the DR and am well set up to do so with Wolfman dry side bags and Twisted Throttle dry duffels. I can carry everything I need for 2+ weeks if not more. The reason for wanting/buying the S10 is I wanted the ability to take trips further from home in slightly more comfort. I will run forrest service type roads when I find them, but will leave the more serious off road work to the DR, at least until I'm comfortable with the bigger beast.

    I think crash bars and a bash plate are musts but after that there are so many things out there...bark busters needed? Throttle locks? Clutch switch mod? That sort of thing...As far as bike protection, is Alt Rider the way to go? I think Rumbux is over kill for my needs.
  14. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    Fist item...:eek1:eek1:eek1 Tenere kryptonyte.

    Altrider stuff is nice. I really like their rack. I switched from an OEM plate to their
    bash plate. It all bends. I have their crash bars as well. Tested them several times and they did
    not fail. I use the $25 Visa Cruise kind of throttle lock.

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  15. Superstar

    Superstar Been here awhile

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    They do look sweet...but the cost...WOW!

    I hope someone does a knock-off.
  16. TH

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    I got a rumbux myself as when you figure in the price for crashbars and skid protection, it is actually pretty reasonable. Now if you want a bash plate that would probably survive armeggedon go with the RideOnAdv one. My friend has one, it is one solid unit.

    Some of the other skidplates are decent, but many mount to the engine, not the frame. The RideOnAdv and Rumbux both mount to the frame.

    I bought my S10 used, so I saved a few bucks on farkles.

    I find the seat works for me. Ride and determine if it works.

    But as Dirty Bike said, ride it to see how it fits you. If you are going to take it off road, I would get a skid plate, I don't like they way the oil filter is exposed. The clutch mod is basically free, and does make a big difference (IMO).
  17. Dirty bike

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    The factory handguards are quite functional and surprisingly tough. Throttle lock is something that's a standard add on for me, but I also don't use it for long periods, so go with a cheap VistaCruise unit. The two cable Yamaha one can be easily adapted to work and is cleaner looking than the universal version. The clutch switch mod is essentially free, so try it and see if it's something you like or not. I haven't bothered, but I'm not like Pluric who wanted the finest tuning possible or like some that feel the need for enough power in the lower gears to pull the front wheel off the ground more easily. The mod does eliminate the safety feature of the clutch switch, so the bike will start in gear, something to just be aware of. I find that the power level in stock configuration is just fine for me, and the restrictions probably help my modest skills off road to make the bike more rideable, instead of spinning the wheel when I don't want to. Heck, most of the time traction control will be doing that, regardless of the clutch switch mod, unless you turn it off.

    AltRider makes some excellent stuff. The prime benefit of the Rumbux is that it's the only crashbar/skid plate design where the skid plate is not mounted to the sump. You can buy the lower only Rumbux bash frame w/skid plate that gives you some side protection and the second best sump protection out there, but that won't protect the radiator in a harder drop. (Ride On ADV makes the best sump protection, bar none.) FWIW, if you price the Altrider crash bars and skid plate, you will see that the Rumbux is a competitive alternative. Plus it gives you better lower protection.

    Note that I am the US importer for Rumbux. I've got nothing against the AltRider stuff, and have some of their smaller pieces on my bike. I think they make one of the best side stand plates out there.
  18. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    I wish the reflash would would make it run like they do at sea level. That would be sweet.
    It was more a matter of getting rid of some hiccups and flat spots in the power delivery.
    The ECU mod just smooths the fuel delivery out and makes it feel more refined.
    Not something that has to be done, but really appreciated when you find how to simply
    make something good....better.:D

    Besides, who in their right mind would want to "pull the front wheel off the ground"?

    Oh, nevermind.:lol3

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  19. Dirty bike

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    I'm not dissing the ECU flash, more saying that I'm just not one of those that notices the things you do, so it didn't bother me. What did the re-flash cost you in the end, with shipping, etc?
  20. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    I used AF-1 racing in Texas as per Dallara's appreciated recommendation. As I recall
    just under $500.

    I didn't take it as dissing at all. I could have easily lived with the stock bike and it's
    fueling hiccups. Just decided not to when there was a simple fix available.

    I didn't mind the OEM touring screen until I tried a large V Stream. It looks goofy as hell
    for the height, but man it's sure dead air behind it. It's all a matter of what works for you,
    not the next guy.