Super Tenere Review, 8 years, 200,000 miles in the making

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by eemsreno, Nov 23, 2019.

  1. Motogasoline

    Motogasoline Been here awhile

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    Conggrats in the 200k mile marker. If I ever get a normal job maybe I'll commute by MC and get to see what a bike can really do. Otherwise I ride about 5500 a year...

    Sorry if this has been asked but what is your typical range on a tank of fuel?
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  2. eemsreno

    eemsreno Super Tenere Rider.

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    On a 2012 or 2013 you can adjust the CO by grounding a greenish wire coming off the tip over switch under the rear seat.
    Then adjust it through the dash.
    I use the +45 as a general term, Mine is actually set at +50, my 2017 is set at +45 but the 14 and newer aren't as easy to adjust so you can't play with the settings until it's perfect or I might be at +50 on my 17 also.
    Keep an eye on the rear wheel bearings for play. that right side bearing is small and needs replaced way sooner than the left side.
    Some seem to have problems with spokes coming loose , I have never had any problems with them.
    Have you greased the steering head bearings? the linkage? the swingarm? changed fork oil? Your getting to the milage that all that stuff should be done.
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  3. eemsreno

    eemsreno Super Tenere Rider.

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    There are some things that will cause these bikes to use more fuel, Like winter,or high speed on the interstates. But just normal riding in warm weather it will get in the very high 40s.
    At high altitude it goes into the 50s.
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  4. Moto Jimmy

    Moto Jimmy Bushwacker

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    Thanks for the info. regarding the CO adjustment, first time I'm hearing of it surprisingly. I'll search the SuperT forum for instructions.

    I did torque my spokes to spec. and haven't had any issue since, some needed tightening too.

    Haven't touched the steering head bearing, linkage, swingarm, or fork oil. I don't really go off road with it and keep it pretty clean and well oiled/greased but I do ride in the rain more than I wish to.

    I plan to give the bike some love this winter so I'll take a closer look at these items.
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  5. AlsoRan

    AlsoRan PNF

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    Great going with all the Super T miles. My wife goes along as well, we are wondering what helmet is that?
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  6. eemsreno

    eemsreno Super Tenere Rider.

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    Bell MX9
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  7. AlsoRan

    AlsoRan PNF

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    Ok I thought so but did not initially see that color scheme on Bell’s website. How does your wife like the helmet? It looks sharp.
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  8. eemsreno

    eemsreno Super Tenere Rider.

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    They are the best helmets that we have had.
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  9. MCGMB

    MCGMB Been here awhile Supporter

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    Could you clarify this a little please?

    Are you saying lube the shifter linkage, or something else related to the shifter? Not sure how you'd lube the output shaft unless there's something I'm unfamiliar with.
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  10. advmgm

    advmgm Long timer

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    Congrats on the mileage on a good bike!

    My FJR 1300 just turmed over 121,000 and still runs like new and uses no oil.

    I grin every time I fire that bad boy up.

    Yamaha makes a great machine!

    I'm anxious to see the new T7 in person.
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  11. stromsavard

    stromsavard Serge

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    I Did!! Man It was not long I did a deposit on one!! thumbnail_IMG_1627.jpg
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  12. colddog

    colddog Adventurer

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    I think he is referring to the linkage joints
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  13. Moto Jimmy

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    I made the CO adjustment and set both cylinders to +50. I left the wire grounded so I can adjust if/when needed. Rode the bike yesterday for an hour, much better. Can't wait to spend some time with it to fully realize the difference.

    Thanks again!
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  14. eemsreno

    eemsreno Super Tenere Rider.

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    I wouldn't leave the wire grounded , It may not shut off in a tip over.
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  15. Moto Jimmy

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    There's no brass terminal pin inside the female end of the connector plug so it's just a ghost wire. I'm assuming that the european S10 models have the terminal pin inside the plug since they can engage the diagnostics mode without modification.

    Only one way to find out...
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  16. de Vaca

    de Vaca Been here awhile

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    I've got 100,000 miles on Super Tenere's, (total on more than one of them,) and agree that IMO, there's not a better bike out there. I love to see how reliable they have been for others as well. Mine have never needed anything except oil and tires. 20190909_125039.jpg
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  17. OldManSandman

    OldManSandman Not really old

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    You didn’t mention if it power wheelies or not. Not that I endorse such silly & dangerous behaviour. I just want to know if it can.
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  18. s.ga.rider

    s.ga.rider Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the review. I traded my 2014 fjr in on a 2014 tenere yesterday. It only has 12k miles on it so she should be good for a while. I havent taken it off road yet as I only have put 200 miles on it so far. Spent today servicing it. Got to get rid of the crap tires that are on it asap.
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  19. eemsreno

    eemsreno Super Tenere Rider.

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    Welcome to the Super Tenere gang.
    We have a national rally in late April at Marble Falls, Arkansas.
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  20. Slowklr

    Slowklr Attempting to fall in style

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    Is there a set date for that yet? Coming from Central Texas that isn't that far of a ride.
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