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. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    My bike's a 2011 with 12,000 km on it and the spokes still look new. I must be doing something wrong ... like cleaning them. :deal :lol3
  2. Old Git Ray

    Old Git Ray Now retired...YeeHaa

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    Both you and St Augustine have had a pin in my map for some time now. :wink:. See you there around end of April/early May
  3. snakebitten

    snakebitten Small Town Hick

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    Even with that 57 point cleaning exercise you documented (very nice, by the way. But I couldn't make myself do it) you yourself said you gave up on the spokes.

    I SAID they were strong. :)

    But they are the ugliest part of my rarely clean Tenere.

    The other day I mounted a new K60 front myself. Since I had the actual wheel in my hand, I cleaned her up really good. (Woulda only amounted to about 2 of your detailing points though) anyways, it looked almost brand new. Even got the rotors shiny. But the spokes were hopeless. They look like crap. Chinese I tell ya! :)


    Edited: just realized you agreed with me. Ooops.
  4. Thagua

    Thagua Let's go adventuring...

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    Have them in fiberglass coated with carbon mat.
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    also the side covers and the exhaust cover
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    Cheers,
    Roberto
  5. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Crazy, on a ship of fools...

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    Wow!...very nice. :thumb


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  6. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Very nice...
  7. ballheadknuckle

    ballheadknuckle Been here awhile

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    Thanks a lot, the connector was exactly where you told.

    Here are some pictures of the license plate mount on the bike.
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    The next thing needs some work is the heat shield on the exhaust which does not really fit with the akra can.
  8. GrahamD

    GrahamD Long timer

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    Do you own two reliable shaft drives?
  9. ballheadknuckle

    ballheadknuckle Been here awhile

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    I knew that this picture would raise questions :ear

    But that is the vfr 1200 of my dad, i don't have a own garage where i can work on the bike so i do that stuff in his garage. That way i also save a lot of money on tools, the only quality tool i own is a T50 security torx bit :D
  10. jaumev

    jaumev Long timer

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    Very nice work!! :clap
  11. jaumev

    jaumev Long timer

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    Well done!! :clap
  12. GrahamD

    GrahamD Long timer

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    Well if you only have one that's the one to have :lol3
  13. GrahamD

    GrahamD Long timer

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    While checking out Desert_Daves thread I stumbled across this...

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    Looks like YAMAHA are still using the same spoke supplier.....:rofl
  14. silverspurs

    silverspurs what's over there?

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    I always thought that rusty spokes was part of a bikes "Patina" :evil kinda like that first ding or scratch... just part of the bikes "story"...:clap
  15. markjenn

    markjenn Long timer

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    This is a heavily customized bike, so I doubt those are Yamaha spokes.

    - Mark
  16. GrahamD

    GrahamD Long timer

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    They look like they could be YAMAHA spokes :deal

    But on the other hand Mark. It didn't scream rat bike to me so why put custom rat bike spokes on it. :dunno

    I just assumed they were the original items that haven't been replaced under warranty yet.

    Will just have to wait for Desert Dave to chime in.
  17. Dirty bike

    Dirty bike Eval Innovations Inc

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    Woody's Wheel Works sells a kit for this. Someone actually had all their spokes powder coated too, purple, if I remember correctly.
    http://www.woodyswheelworks.com/home.htm
  18. Dirty bike

    Dirty bike Eval Innovations Inc

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    Glad to help. Very nice job on the license plate bracket. Very clean look. :thumb
  19. GrahamD

    GrahamD Long timer

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    Hate to piiss anyone off but :puke2
  20. dcstrom

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    Hi Ray, I'm in Guatemala now, 20,000 miles into my trip. I went through the same process, racking my brain cell to try to think of likely spares. I bought brake pads, the big final drive seal, fork seals (I had dust covers but not convinced they work) spark plugs, some spokes f/r, and levers.

    Of those, the plugs were installed as part of the 24000 mile service, 10000 miles into the trip, so I don't have any now. Manual says change at 12000, my first set went twice that and were still good.

    Needed the rear drive seal, leak repaired under warranty but the had no stock so used the one I was carrying, and replaced in the kit later.

    Same with one fork seal, fixed under warranty in Tucson. The other seal leaked when I got to Guatemala, but fixed easily with a "Sealmate". I'm a believer now! Saved me a lot of grief not having to change the seal.

    Spare levers are overkill for me I think, since I have Barkbusters. Would need to be a pretty good hit to break levers through them, and if you did you'd probably have bigger problems than just levers... so, anyone want some levers? Come get 'em!

    Don't anticipate needing the spokes either, my rears are cable-tied together so they are not going to get bent if they come loose. Worst case I'll just need nipples, but haven't had any loose spokes so far. I tweaked a few, but I wouldn't say they were "loose".

    Filters seem easy to get, oil not so much, I've been buying Honda and Suzuki branded oil from dealerships.

    I have a K&N air filter so no worries about finding replacements. Checking and maybe cleaning in the next couple of weeks. The work better when they are a bit dirty, so may not give it a clean.

    Also bought an air compressor and the usual tire repair stuff, plus an 18" tube that can go in either tire in case of a rim dinged badly enough that the tire no longer holds air.

    Then there's a selection of nuts and bolts, electrical odds and ends, duct tape and baling wire - most of which is overkill. I've been on some seriously bad roads and NOTHING has rattled loose.

    Here's the trip report if you want more...

    http://www.yamahasupertenere.com/index.php?topic=5583.0

    Trevor