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Yamaha T7 TENERE Thread

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by VTbeemer, Apr 7, 2017.

  1. windblown101

    windblown101 Long timer Supporter

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    Race bikes are designed to be In Your Face with loud graphics and lots of sponsor stickers. Loud graphics and stickers get noticed and photographed, and then published in magazines, plastered onto posters, and make the rounds on social media, which is exactly what sponsors pay for! I generally think race bikes plastered in sponsor stickers and loud graphics look great. However, slapping one of those kits on a stock bike owned by an average rider who has never been sponsored and doesn't even race is just flat out embarrassing, so sad that it's possibly more deserving of pity than scorn. Same for slapping race numbers on a bike that were never assigned to the rider. Poseur factor is so high I actually catch myself feeling bad for laughing at them.
  2. ScorpionT16

    ScorpionT16 Been here awhile

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    To some extent I agree. However just as some kids feel great dressing up as Ironman for Halloween, nothing wrong with feeling like you own a race bike and could be up there with Cyril Despres.
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  3. hookeniggy

    hookeniggy Good at getting lost

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    In some European country's its not allowed to ride with your competition number on public roads, or you have to tape a cross on it.
    Folks that do not know that do not compete:lol3
  4. TrailDust&SaddleLthr

    TrailDust&SaddleLthr Been here awhile

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    This is GREAT! Thank you, you just made my day! :D
  5. Harvey Krumpet

    Harvey Krumpet Long timer Supporter

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    Yeah, I get the race rep thing. Sheep in wolfs clothing sometimes springs to mind.
    The bike I spotted, briefly, looked to be less of a race refugee and more old school Yamaha graphics. Had a hint of IT, TDR, 600 Tenere about it.
    I could be talking cobblers. I spotted it among standard T7's and other bikes as the camera panned across, a glance.
    I'm thinking of getting a blue one purely because I like that old school Yamaha block pattern so much.... I could probably handle the scorn.:lol3
  6. Timemachine

    Timemachine Been here awhile Supporter

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    Interesting perspective, but no need to feel embarrassed on my behalf. I'll happily wear the graphics because they look good, and not have a single thought about pretending to be anything more than I am. You are reading way too much into the graphics. Photographers don't take photos of sponsored riders due to loud graphics, and I doubt a poseur would gravitate to a Tenere 700. It's not that kind of bike. Just re-read the quotes below. I would think that more expensive and more powerful bikes attract the poseurs.

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  7. mcmann

    mcmann Adventure Rider Junkie Supporter

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    Nothing wrong personalizing your bike with some decals etc. IMO, Motorcycles keep you young at heart.

    Since the Tenere was originally created for the Dakar . . . I will probably buy a Dakar Sticker Kit for my Tenere.

    Too bad we do not get the red/white:-)

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    erey Been here awhile

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    What I ordered for my red and white - I will install it next week perhaps.

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  9. Wallachian Spikes

    Wallachian Spikes Long timer

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    I wouldn't be caught dead riding a 250 on I-75 through Atlanta.... But, I might be found dead if I tried it.
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  10. hookeniggy

    hookeniggy Good at getting lost

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    I like stealth colors, fly under the radar on a dualsport bike, too many tree huggers in Europe.
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  11. TrailDust&SaddleLthr

    TrailDust&SaddleLthr Been here awhile

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    Those look nice! :clap
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  12. TrailDust&SaddleLthr

    TrailDust&SaddleLthr Been here awhile

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    Interesting vest and suspenders... who offers those?

    BTW, I was trying to respond to your post but the system is not allowing it... weird!
  13. mcmann

    mcmann Adventure Rider Junkie Supporter

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    madrider5150 Riding somewhere

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    Do you know that for sure? Its a tough call as they all look good but think its what Id pick given the choice
  15. mcmann

    mcmann Adventure Rider Junkie Supporter

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    We get 1 color (USA):

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    DORTx2 Been here awhile

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    Is that in the US? In Canada were getting all three colours
  17. eakins

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    I go the other way and remove all the stickers. I prefer clean & classic looks.
    Stickers are juvi to me.
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    I'm guessing US prices will be announced at IMS Long Beach or just before.

    I think Yamaha US is waiting to see what shows at EICMA (KLR?) And how they stack up.
  20. Argus16

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    So I told the wife last night (in bed) that I was putting a deposit down on a new bike on Wednesday.
    She went off the deep end and asked what was wrong with my VStrom... 2 minutes later she left to sleep in the spare bedroom.
    No sense of haha at all... But I will be seeing the Unicorn in a few days. Stoked!
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