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. William42

    William42 Long timer

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    You were riding that Beemer when that poor rim was damaged weren't you?

    You might want to stop running into shit. :rofl
  2. pluric

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    Not that time. But I did get the new guy on the ride today let me try his bike.:D

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    I also got to drive this one down the hill after the owner was done dropping it.
    I felt bad for him. That's a big bike to have to pick up several times on a hill.

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    Speaking of, this hill got steeper over the hump. Loose, little ledges and probably the first time
    I thought maybe a lower first gear wouldn't be so bad. Then it just went into chug mode and
    went right up. The GS rider later told me he didn't think a Tenere could make it. Changing
    misconceptions one ride at a time.:D
  3. Saso

    Saso Happily sporting the DRD4 gene

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    So nice of you to help out Mr. West. :lol3
  4. William42

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    Looking good, the bike that is. :evil
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  6. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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  7. Moondogs

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    So this thread started in Feb. of 2008 so forgive me guys and gals that I don't read all the postings (over 1000 pages!). I might retire my 1996 K1100RS soon but looking for a replacement. In the running is a V-Strom, the Tenere or the F800GT or maybe another suggestion. I have seen many a V-Strom out there but looking at the Tenere is new for me. I am not interested in too much off road and it has to have the ability to have highway pegs installed. (Broke my right leg and I have to straighten it out on long rides). So to those who own or have owned what is your take on it? (I did read a few posts involving discussion on vibrations and not having a good out come.)

    BTW, new to the site, howdy all :)
  8. Red Dust

    Red Dust Been here awhile

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    Exciting times since I will pick up my new XT within 1 hour and say goodbye to my beloved DL650 that I had for 6 years.
    Read a test in the new UK SuperBike magazine in a comparo with Honda`s Crossrunner (or what it is called) and the Triumph Explorer that they really liked the XT but choose the Explorer, maybe since their mag is called SuperBike? Also got a hint that Yamaha probably will come out with a triple soon which will be in the R1 and an Adventure bike rumors or not it is interesting. Now off to the bike shop!
  9. pluric

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    To sum up the last 1,000 pages it's a bunch of bored happy Tenere owners.
    NO break downs. Some loose spokes, weeping fork seals misc personal adjustments
    that's about it.

    You have to realize this is a Tenere thread and owners tend to praise whatever they ride.
    Tenere people tend to put this bike on their top favorite list. I generalize, but I've also followed
    the full thread and own one due to all the positive owner feedback.
  10. Ozz

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    Is there a special tool to help turn the grey knob at the bottom of the rear shock? It's too hard to turn by hand, not to mention that I can't get my hand in there. Help.
  11. markjenn

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    The general procedure is to put the bike on the centerstand, lay down beside it with feet facing rearward, and reach in there from the bottom... the rebound adjuster is right above the dogbones. I have big hands, but have no issue at all getting a good grip on the adjusting ring. It should turn relatively easily; if not, your shock has a problem. As motorcycle suspension adjustments go, this is one of the easier ones.

    - Mark
  12. pluric

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    I'd rather adjust the suspension than have to remove the ECU.:bluduh
    It's good there isn't much reason to get to it because it's sure buried in there
    and the one allen bolt hidden in the inside fairing was thoughtful of mother Yamaha.

    Anyway, I pulled it out tonight to get the reflash upgrade from AF-1. (hands rubbing)

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  13. Ozz

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    Thanks for the advise. I'll try that.
  14. lewisclarke

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    There is a Super Tenere Forum where riders are even more biased...

    ...but I bought one last May, put 5000 miles on it riding small twisty roads all the way to Canada and back and had a real good time. My 3rd street bike ever. All good for the first 8000+ miles.
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    So, for full disclosure, I've just had a couple of fabulous Brash Item Nines at a favorite watering hole here - but I have to say you're dead on Pluric. I ride this bike for the same reason I've driven Toyota Land Cruisers for years - it is the best tool, barnone, for the job. All this stuff about the latest and greatest electronic wizardry and gadgetry on new Euro bikes - to have to deal with that shit when it goes tits up in the middle of nowhere - are you kidding? There's a reason a Jap built truck is preferred by people all around the world, living and working in remote places. The Super Tenere is its equivalent.
  16. Moondogs

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    Well I figured that but most people will be honest with their assessment. I posted the same question over at the BMWMOA site and they told me to come over here... figures...:rofl
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    PWRCRZR Grumpy Old Bastard

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    You have to ride them...:deal

    Admittedly I did not test ride a GS but I did try the Triumph Explorer, nice bike but it wasn't what I was looking for.

    But when I tried the Tenere I knew as soon as I rolled the bike and did some figure 8's in the parking lot that this was the bike I was looking for, a 7 mile test ride sealed the deal for me.
  19. thebrown

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    howdy
    if your off road requirements are minimal the new fjr1300 is awesome, but can you get highway pegs??
    but of the three you mention my ownership bias says xt1200z
    the strom has a great motor, the bmw's a capable bike from what i've heard
    but the 45000km on mine say i didnt make a bad choice ranging from commuting to bouncing the big girl down and up 4wd tracks
  20. thebrown

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    what vibrations?