190mm travel adjustable preload and rebound monoshock
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wanted one of these since they first came on the market, the price for new was the issue, i had to wait and wait and wait, until jan 14 i purchased a 12 plate super ten , 2000 miles on the clock , engine bars , sump gaurd and heated grips, what abrilliant thing they are , (i live lake district north england) as cold as scotland. at first it felt far to big and heavy, heavier than the caponord, slower than both tdm;s , it isnt either of them this bike can shift it is brilliant through the twisties the feed back in winter and wet conditions is (i m o) second to none, can hardly feel a power drop two up, set the front and back up to suit (easily) , this super ten is great , i been off road too , at 260kg should i be sliding this baby , yeh man bang on bike, yes its heavy! just ride it, the rewards are brilliant...i go away in two weeks with friends 5 bikes in total , two of thee bikes are the (all singing all dancing ducati 1200 s and the ktm 990, ..have i bought the right bike ....i think so
Yamaha Super Tenere review from new purchase to sale after 3 years and 24,000 miles
Background – I’ve been riding for 35 years and do a 4,000 mile trip each year. On this bike I’ve been to Portugal, the Amalfi Coast and the Alps. After 3 years of use I’ve decided to go back to Vstrom’s as I’ve had 3 before and it's a brilliant light tourer. Here are my thoughts on the XT1200
Excellent seat – I did Lake Garda, Italy to London in one day [950 miles] with no problems
Good vibration free mirrors•
Unobtrusive trouble free shaft drive
Reasonable tank range at 220+
Heritage – the much vaunted Paris-Dakar heritage gives you a bike with spoked wheels and a sticker with a sand dune on it. If you take this to the real desert [I’ve lived in the UAE] and drop the bike, you’re going to die if help doesn't come because you can’t pick up a 267kg bike on soft sand or mud. So dirt tracks are are as far as it goes and what all the promotional videos show
Weight – many reviews say how light the bike feels when it's moving. Frankly once any heavyweight bike is moving it's easy to keep it up. It’s low speed manoeuvring, particularly with a pillion, that may have you gingerly moving around fearing a drop. This is my main reason for getting rid of it
Luggage – once you have established this is not an off-road bike you might then look at whether it makes a good tourer. Luggage is high up for me. The luggage is plastic with aluminium sidings. Neither top box nor panniers can hold a helmet. The panniers are rectangular and if your pillion has short legs they will find it uncomfortable getting their legs to sit over the panniers. The locks periodically shake loose in the housings and have to be retightened and the method of attaching the luggage will amaze you with the multiple operations required compared to, say, Givi’s Monokey system. The soft inner luggage will quickly shed the zip pulls as they break off inside the boxes. Finally, the ignition key used to open the boxes protrudes 2 inches and could easily be accidentally snapped off in the lock. I had a spare made to avoid this
Residuals – I paid £14.5k for this bike and got £5.6 part exchange for a Vstrom. The value plummets faster than the GS it’s meant to be up against
Radiator – the radiator fan blows hot air over your left leg and travelling through Spain in 43C brought home that you don't want to go to the desert on this thing.
Insurance – I park it on the road in London. Because so few people bought this bike insurers were loath to insure me as they didn’t know how to price it. The day I bought it, the Yamaha recommended insurance agent refused to insure it as it wasn’t on their books and I finally found one company that would insure me for £700. Over 3 years I’ve got that down to £500 but it's something to watch out for. BTW I have 9 years no claims.
Cachet – While I’ve had this bike my pal has had a GS1200 and Multistrada 1200. Nobody looks at the SuperTenere against those bikes. This partly explains the terrible residuals.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I absolutely love this almost perfect bike. Have done over 5000km of pure pleasure.
The bike is fitted with state of the art technology but also has a back-up circuit. If the technology fails it gets bypassed. There is even twin independently controlled spark plugs.
A Merc on the freeway and amazingly capable off road for a big bike. The weight is your friend on the highway as it is stable with wind and passing big traffic. Just avoid the slippery and muddy smooth river rocks - when you come to a stop in a stick situation she's a bus. Can't have the high speed stability without the weight so live with the trade off. First gear is much too high but thanks to the massive grunt the bike has not yet stalled with lots of clutching. 4th, 5th and 6th gears are too close. A pain in the city as you seem to spend all your time going through the close gears. 6th gear could be a lot higher and used as a high speed overdrive. However because the motor is as smooth and quiet as an electric motor, the high revs are not a bother as long as you don't look at the rev counter.
Note to Yamaha: Fit a low range first and an overdrive 6th (with a speed limiter if you're worried about going too fast on a tall bike). Space out the remaining gears nicely. This way in town we pull off in 2nd gear and only use 6th gear on the higheay over 70mph. Then she'll really feel like a Merc at speed and will be even lighter on fuel.
If you bothered to read the owners manual it tells you to spray clear lacquer (or some other rust preventative product) onto the rims, spokes and all other shiny bits. Do this every two years or so and your bike will always look new and shiny after a wash.
Other mods that I did:
Wrap around crash bars with 5mm stainless steel skid plate.
Carry a tubeless puncture repair kit with compressed air cylinders under the seat.
Placed a strong 20m long tow strap next to the tool box and added better quality tools. (If you get stuck alone wrap the strap around the rear hub and tie it to a tree. It will pull you out like a winch).
Fitted an 8AH gel battery under the seat by removing the separating cover. This is wired to the main connector but not connected. It serves as an emergency back up only.
Now all I need it the time and money to put some serious miles on this baby.
SUPER TENERE neat bike i have 21500kms on mine used in about 25 % dirt riding quite capable, Yamaha bash plate is next to useless as it is attached to the rear of the sump ,holed sumps here in Australia are not unknown ,there are some good after market bits availible ,do some homework ,since the bike is now close to two years old since first release after market bits are plentifull cheers to all Harley
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I agree with most of the reviews on here where the S10 get's a hard time in the Magazines and papers, Try looking at other countries reviews and they are loved.
I'm also sick of hearing how dear they are.... why do we not hear all the time Gs's are too expensive... Why can't Yamaha make a dearer bike??
It comes as standard with.
1. The best ABS system and brakes in the buisness
2. Three mode traction control
3. Two riding modes (T) touring and (S) sport
4. One of the best engines on the market today (my opinion )
I'm not nocking GS's or any other bike out there I have owned many including two Tiger 955i's ( I love those ) But the S10 is better in everyway ( than the equiverlant machine ) handling, grunt,comfort,fuel economy, looks, I could go on.
This bike every time I ride it makes me smile and that to me is what it's all about.
Ok I have not had any problems with the standard screen and side buffers ( if that's what they are called ) the seat is comfy for 200 miles or so, the bike handles like a dream and is so smooth.
I have played around with the settings ( as you do ) and have put the bike back to standard as this works for me and I'm a big bloke.
The main problem for me is the side stand which is to near the gear leaver and in the early days I pulled up and engaged neutral then went to put the side stand down and put the bike back into first with the engine running it's not funny, So now I always switch the engine off an then put the sidestand down.
It has ran trouble free ( I know it's early days for the new engine but Yamaha have been making the (XTZ 750, Tdm 850, Tdm 900) for years and those engines are tough,,,Lets hope.
I did have one occasion on my new bike when I pulled up to Carter-Bar ( England - Scotland Border ) when a couple of Gs riders came across and said to me "Jesus that's the first one of them I have ever seen" my reply ( you guessed it was ) well that's funny because I've seen loads of yours.