a great do it all bike. very comfortable for rider and pillion. lovely smooth engine with no vibrations. amazingly good on fuel when going steady. add to this its off road nature and it adds up to the perfect tourer. i moved from bmw after having major problems and have not had a single this go wrong. if i could change anything on this bike it would be that i would like it a bit lighter ..
in search of Adventure and found it with the Super
Coming from a TDM900 [x2]I was looking for something with a little more Adventure capability. Was completely open minded and tried a variety of bikes Triumph Tiger 800 - nice but no great gains on the TDM, similarly the 800GS, nice but no great advance, Honda Cross800 - that brilliant engine but pig ugly and lousy ergonomics made my knees ache. The BMW 1200GS I had dismissed - best mate had one great bike but serious reliability problems with many people talking about extending the warranty - changed to KTM 950 Adventurer. I was about to follow suit - a great bike, possibly going for the SMT variant when my dealer offered me there Yamaha demo for the day as the TDM was in for service. Clever guy knew I would be hooked - hadn't even considered the Super Ten - on price and no 2nd hand ones around. A good deal on part exchange and I haven't looked back. Apart from a recall on the headlamp harness it has been very reliable. Two up barely noticeable and handles well. Done some off road - minor gravel / muddy trails and some interesting river crossings [ one of those two up - cue screams]. With Givi Trekker panniers / top box, MRA screen this bike has already taken both of us to some fascinating places and more to come planned. Oh - must confess to having the ECU flashed [ECUunleashed in Great Dunmow] WOW!!Good before - Brilliant now.
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That engine. Shaft drive,handling, pilloion loves it
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.
After much deliberation, I set out to buy the GS Adventure I had always wanted. Several tests rides later confirmed it was the bike for me...until my curiosity got the better of me and I tried the Super Ten, just to be sure the GSA was right for me after all.
Well, I ended up with the Yamaha. For some reason, it just felt "right" for me and that was that. No better, just different and it works for me. It's been across Europe and off-road, the only limited factor being my own incompetence.
What's good about it? It's very comfortable over long distances, has a good range (200 miles on a tank is possible), handles well and has been totally reliable. Weather protection is good and the ergonomics are spot on. It's crossed Europe and never missed a beat or given cause for concern. The pillion seat can be removed and provides an extra luggage rack. Easy to get on and off the centre-stand. The headlights are excellent. Good steering lock and easy to manouevre despite its size.
I'm 5'9", 30" inside leg and can reach the floor on both seat settings. The standard Yamaha luggage (top, side cases and tank bag) does the job, and mine is fitted with various Yamaha extras and TT add-ons and other bits (heated grips etc) that make long hours in the saddle in all seasons that bit more comfortable.
The engine does have to be worked - there is a lack of low end torque compared to the BMW - and I suppose it does lack the "character" that is apparently so important, but you do have to restrain yourself as it goes deceptively well. 1st gear is too high for very slow work and, as has been said before, 6th feels too low - I have often find myself trying to change up to a non-existence 7th...very smooth gearbox though and crisp throttle response.
I never bother using it in "T" mode as I find "S" fine or all conditions and has little effect on economy. I can average 45mpg when ridden hard over mixed roads. The traction control is very reassuring and takes a fair bit of provoking to intervene. The ABS brakes are excellent - they have saved me from myself.
What would I improve? I find I really need the rear brake pedal TT extender to get good contact and I find the standard pedal setting too high. There is only a fuel milege countdown indicator rather than a distance-to-go gauge which would be preferable. It would benefit from a gear-position indicator, and a longer front mudguard to prevent the engine getting so filthy. A rear hugger would probably be beneficial for mostly road use.
The only warranty issue has been the need to replace the spokes which have suffered deterioration after two winters but the finish has held up elsewhere, save for a few weathered-whitened bolts.
Having had pillions on it so can't vouch for 2-up riding. What else? It's very quiet and looks good to my eye (I have the blue/silver one). There aren't many about and it always gets noticed as something a little different.
The best bike I ever owned was a 1996 AT which I alway regretted part-exing against the new Varadero when it came out. For me, the Super Tenere is worthy successor to the spirit of the AT.
I think the Super Tenere gets a tough press in the UK. Not sure why. The reviews all seem pretty identikit, "me-too": I tried one just for myself and found a completely different machine.
But I remember no-one really raved about the GS1150 when that was launched either...