Looking at a 2013 Tenere

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by Watson1970, Jan 4, 2020.

  1. Watson1970

    Watson1970 Adventurer

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    I am looking at trading in my 2013 tiger explorer 1200 with 23,500 miles for a used 2013 Tenere that only has 7900 miles on it. I went and looked at it last week and it is very clean, I am told those bikes are very reliable compared to a tiger. My tiger has been good to me but I’m a little worried considering the mileage and the cost of maintenance on that bike. Most of my research says that the motor is very reliable as long as you maintain the oil. Any advice would be awesome!
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  2. bowtie39

    bowtie39 Been here awhile

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    Maybe I'm not telling you anything......IMO the '14 up is the next gen Tenere and worth looking into. The .02 worth of info
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  3. RonKZ650

    RonKZ650 Been here awhile

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    The 14 up is better in most regards, but the 2012-13 was fine as well. A good 2013 would serve you well.
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  4. twinrider

    twinrider Pass the catnip

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    I’ve owned both, get the 2nd gen
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  5. Big_John

    Big_John That'll be the day

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    I've not owned a Tiger so can't offer much of a comparison, but I did keep my brother's 1st gen Tenere for a couple of months (riding it a lot) and it just didn't do it for me at all. Around that time I had a KTM 950, BMW GS1200 and Honda VFR1200X in the garage and all three of those bikes were much more favorable to me.

    My thoughts on the Tenere were..... It's a darn good bike, kinda like the KLR is to the mid-weight offerings.... but not a bike that pumps my blood.


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  6. twinrider

    twinrider Pass the catnip

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    A second Gen with a flash is an awesome bike, I liked it better than the 2018 1200 GS I tried before pulling the trigger on the Yamaha.
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  7. whipit1k

    whipit1k Long timer

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    I had a 13 Tenere I bought new. Put a slip on Yoshimura on and had t reflashed and it was a great bike. I sold it after I bought my KTM 1290R , which is much faster,but still have nothing but good things to say about the 13 Tenere
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  8. Fatallybitten

    Fatallybitten Slow and getting slower Supporter

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    I have owned a '13 and '14 and now own an '18. There are a few nice upgrades in the gen 2 (cruise control comes standard and electronic suspension is an option). They also smoothed out some of the low end issues the gen 1's had. But I had my '13 flashed and that took care of the low end issues. Do that and, when necessary, upgrade the clutch basket and cam chain tensioner to the gen 2 versions and the '13 should serve you just fine. Gas, oil, filters, gear oil, tires, repeat, repeat, repeat.
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  9. Starkmojo

    Starkmojo Chief Totberry

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    I really liked my 13. It was a great bike- super smooth and torquey.
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  10. journeySA

    journeySA n00b

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    Currently riding a 2013 s10 & loving it! I did the gen 2 clutch basket swop a month ago & it made an enormous difference in the bike's character..
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  11. Midnightventure

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    I have a 13 and I like it a lot. I even liked it when it was periodically speeding up on it's own or dying going down long downhills. Very infrequent and completely gone now that I got the recall done. Mine was loaded with accessories including cruise control when I bought it.
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  12. BKC

    BKC Been here awhile

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    I had a '14 Tiger and now have a '13 Tenere. I much preferred the triple motor but wanted something bigger and more comfortable. I think the Tenere is more of a tool (I call it a big pig). I like my Tenere but if I had had the Explorer, I doubt I would have switched.

    I guess it's worth noting that I didn't get rid of the Triumph and buy a Tenere. I bought an '04 BMW RT. I wanted to move back to adventure riding and found the Tenere. My friend has a 2013 (I think) Explorer and it's still going strong with more miles than yours!!
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  13. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    @rtwpaul has a 13 and can explain the mods needed.

    The 12-13 need an ECU flash and clutch parts to be fixed. After you do that they are solid but if you're buying a 13 make sure there is not a 14 out there for a similar $.

    I'd say that 13 must be $1000+ less than.a similar 14 to make the deal worth it because if the $ you need to spend on the 13.

    There is a reason it has low miles...it did not inspire the current owner to ride it much.
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  14. Watson1970

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    I took the bike for a small ride today there is a much different response on the throttle compared to a Triumph Explorer. The price that they are asking for is fair but they’re going to have to make it worth my while to be able to find a way to flash the ECU and get the clutch fixed.
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  15. Watson1970

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    Everybody’s response has been awesome, this gives me a lot to think about.
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  16. fastring

    fastring Been here awhile

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    2nd Gens are in the $7s now rather often. One for 7.5 in flea market.
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  17. ABBlender

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    Have put >20000 k on a 2013 and I would say go for the 2013...great bike, correct a few petty issues if necessary (my clutch basket was fine) and spend the extra money on riding. These bikes will last easily over 100K, use the money for experiences.
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  18. Watson1970

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    Well I bought the 2013 Tenere, it is super clean and now I don’t need to worry about Tiger Explorer going south on me.
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  19. journeySA

    journeySA n00b

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    Good move @Watson1970 - enjoy! I did a 500km ride on mine this weekend - still discovering new things I like about the bike IMG_20200125_110831-01.jpg
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  20. MonkeyBut

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    Pictures or it didn't happen:D You will find lots of information here and on the yamahasupertenere forum. Congratulations. Good luck and have fun.
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