Yamaha T7 TENERE Thread

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

  1. Kshaw

    Kshaw Been here awhile

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    Need some opinions y’all. What bike should I buy. Tenere 700 I have a deposit on, or a 2021 500 excf. The ktm is $950 more out the door.

    Money wise ktm is cheaper because the Tenere needs a lot more mods, for me anyway. I would upgrade pegs, suspension, hand guards etc on both. But the Tenere needs extras like more expensive bash plate, frame rail/guards, rear racks, which pretty much makes both bikes even at the end.

    My riding is pretty much fooling around town. Decent dirt is 1.5 hours away, better dirt is 2 hours away. Both are intermediate, much more than dirt roads. I also like to do a couple hour day rides.

    Thoughts?
  2. scridercoach

    scridercoach Old crusty bast**d

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    Wellllll.... you are on a T7 thread, so I'm guessing you're going to have some bias.
  3. mcmann

    mcmann Adventure Rider Junkie Supporter

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    Apples and oranges
    Adventure bike vs dirt bike.
    Two awesome bikes . . . whatever trips your trigger:-)

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  4. ptgarcia

    ptgarcia Make America Great Again!

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    If you're debating between those two bikes then I don't think you really know what you want in a motorcycle. Those motorcycles are very different animals.
  5. kvango

    kvango Been here awhile

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    Get both.

    If you are primarily riding dirt/Jeep/ trails (sometimes called ‘offroad’) the EXC will deliver, and can do some pavement too. Actually fun on the pavement (back roads, mountain roads, etc) with dual-sport tires, as long as not interstate.

    If you are primarily riding pavement - T7. Especially for trips including interstate. If you are just cruising around town, or 2-up - T7.

    If you have a vehicle that can transport (pickup/trailer hitch) that is a big plus for the EXC. The EXC will require mods if you plan on long rides (tank, etc, see RTW Paul’s build). Also you can save $$$ picking up a used low hours EXC/FEs.

    I have held off an an upgrade (790 or T7) - I have a 450 berg and 950 SE. On fast easy gravel they are ‘tied’ as long as not driving like a squid :p3rry(SE wins, pretty quick getting up and over 70, but always worried about hitting a deer or an F250 around the corner).

    Then of course there is always the 701/690 option. . . :dirtdog


  6. Kshaw

    Kshaw Been here awhile

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    I do plan to pickup the bikes to places regardless if I get the T7 or 500exc. I also do want both bikes someday. Or if I get the 500exc maybe a more road type bike than the T7 as a secondary.

    Im also not that skilled a rider, previous bikes being a wr250r and a ninja 650. Maybe 5 years experience.

    The thing in my head though is telling me to get the T7 first as a only bike in the beginning because it’s so versatile. However I think I might be happier with a 500exc and then getting like an Fz-09 or something for around town and twisters close by.
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    SaAdvRider99 Been here awhile

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    Snowbird Cereal Killer

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    My thought is that only you can make your own decisions. Personally, I have never asked others to help make up my mind. I can read a menu and choose what to eat, decide which health care decisions are right for me, who to get involved with romantically, and which motorcycle to choose. Never farm out choices. HTH
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  9. Kshaw

    Kshaw Been here awhile

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    Those pannier racks are absolutely amazing. Closer in, like 8” more forward, and few inches lower than outback mototek. Those panniers look almost like a reckless bag.

    Also thoroughly enjoyed the video comparing bash plates and other equipment.
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  11. Cruz

    Cruz Lost but laughing.

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    Many riders use both those bikes for the exact same type of riding though.
    If he is going to transport the bike then the KTM would be looking more appealing. Pick up an XSR700 or new Tracer later on.
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    BLZ2DWL Roustabout Supporter

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    Accepting deposits now!
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  14. Kshaw

    Kshaw Been here awhile

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    So I ended up buying a 500exc. If I could describe it in 2 words, vibey and scary.

    Still have my deposit down on a tenere 700, so maybe I’ll end up with both. Doesn’t help I have an entire rally raid suspension setup sitting in my garage for the tenere.
  15. mcmann

    mcmann Adventure Rider Junkie Supporter

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    Good idea . . . Life is short . . . spoil yourself:-)
  16. Boxerbreath

    Boxerbreath Old 'nuff to know better...

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    Maybe be better with the 350EXC as a play bike?...
  17. Kshaw

    Kshaw Been here awhile

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    Nah. Go big or go home lol. I haven’t ridden a bike in about 4 years so it was a little crazy. I’m going to do a lot of low speed practicing in my yard.
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  18. mcmann

    mcmann Adventure Rider Junkie Supporter

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    I remember the first time I rode a CR500R . . . It had way way more power than I ever thought possible. I could not keep the front wheel down in any gear. It vibrated sooo much my hands went to sleep within a very short time.

    I was much happier on my XR600R and XR400R.

    A 500EXC seems like it would be the ultimate play bike. You will gain confidence and ride the wheels off of it in no time my friend:ricky

    Enjoy your awesome bike.
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  19. Harvey Krumpet

    Harvey Krumpet Long timer Supporter

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    Funnily enough, it was a CR500E that took me to my fear threshold and tempered my taste for performance bikes.
    The 500E was rolled out for the British / European enduro championship decades ago.

    Much happier being able to play at the performance limit rather than keep looking for it.
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    LOL, My problems arise when I fail to realize where the edge of the cliff is till I’ve stepped over it.
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