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« on: July 21, 2010, 03:33:52 PM »



It was inevitable. Yamahas new Super Tenere was bound to be compared to BMWs R1200GS. It should be, theyre both from the same adventure bike genre after all. The trouble is, the Beemers sell like hotcakes and there has to be a reason for that. Could the Japanese really challenge the mighty Germans to produce a motorcycle thats equally capable all round? Its a tall order which ever way you look at it. On paper, things do look promising. A 108.4 bhp, 1199cc Parallel Twin against the German 110 bhp, 1170cc Boxer engine. Both bikes have a shaft drive, aluminium luggage and a riding stance designed for hours in the saddle... hence the mammoth press launch.

Read the entire first ride here:  http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/277/7526/Motorcycle-Article/2010-Yamaha-Super-Tenere-First-Ride.aspx
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« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2010, 03:44:11 PM »

thanks for posting -- the looks of the beast and the fact that it has linked brakes and non-switchable ABS says something -- confusion over what market niche to grab, perhaps?

Course, my meteoric rise to the top of motorcycling marketing might lead you to dismiss my opinions.

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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2010, 03:44:16 PM »



Absolutely zero surprises.

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So in all, the Super Tenere is an adequate all-rounder. Its fun, comfortable and easy to ride. But in the UK the biggest stumbling block isnt its performance but its price. Compared to BMWs R1200GS, it isnt any better, it has fewer options and it is more expensive. For the price of a Super Tenere, you could lavish a GS with BMWs Dynamic package that includes a tyre pressure control, ABS and ASC (traction control) Then you could add a Premium package, which includes a chrome exhaust pipe, heated grips, an onboard computer with oil warning light and LED indicators and still brim the tank and pay for your first night away. For diehard Yamaha fans, maybe that doesnt matter. For everyone else, Im not so sure.
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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2010, 06:56:43 PM »

Wow, I'm not in the market for that bike...but the article is by an awesome, smart, well-versed, funny woman contributor/rider who used to be a Gladiator!  Inlove Thumbsup
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« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2010, 08:20:50 PM »

If she comes with the bike, I'll take two!  Inlove
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« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2010, 08:33:15 PM »

Somewhere I have seen a video, in French, that shows how to turn the ABS off.
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« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2010, 09:30:55 PM »

I saw one of these in Italy last month. The first bunch are/were internet order and came with some fancy graphics and a special number. In person, up close it's a beautiful bike. Fit and finish, paint etc. are near perfect. It will be interesting to see if it makes it here.

This has to be the ugliest exhaust evar......


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« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2010, 10:42:01 PM »

Honda VFR v. BMW K - - -  FAIL

Yamaha Super Tenere v. BMW - - - FAIL


Dear Big 4, please do what you have done best in the past and quit trying to be something you are not.  Continue to make the best bang for the buck bikes with low maintenance and high mileage capable motors.  
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« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2010, 12:51:40 AM »


Honda VFR v. BMW K - - -  FAIL

Yamaha Super Tenere v. BMW - - - FAIL


Dear Big 4, please do what you have done best in the past and quit trying to be something you are not.  Continue to make the best bang for the buck bikes with low maintenance and high mileage capable motors.  


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File under "WTF were they thinking?"  Heavier, less power, more expensive, and it looks like a V-Strom. Way to go Yamaha!  Lol

(and this from a Yamaha fan)
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« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2010, 12:12:45 PM »

This Yam fails on so many levels, from price, weight, performance to mind numbing details like this:

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The screen is adjustable, but doing so is not exactly a two-minute job. Where the GS just needs you to twist a couple of knobs, the ST requires an allen key, screw driver and the removal of a side panel. Its just a shame its so overcomplicated.


It's like they have no idea what other mfgs' bikes are like.
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« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2010, 12:54:51 PM »


I saw one of these in Italy last month. The first bunch are/were internet order and came with some fancy graphics and a special number. In person, up close it's a beautiful bike. Fit and finish, paint etc. are near perfect. It will be interesting to see if it makes it here.


I can't see it being competitive here if it's priced the same as in Europe.
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« Reply #11 on: July 22, 2010, 08:36:48 PM »







I used to really want a Tenere back when I had my KLR.  Not so much anymore.

But why are they showing this bike parked in the sand with giant dunes behind it and only street tires on the bike?  = FAIL
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Oh Cool, look - a Blue V-strom!  Lol
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« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2010, 04:14:45 PM »

hmm, this bike seems to have gone over as well as a lead balloon.

Eat yer heart out Honda VFR12!

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« Reply #14 on: August 07, 2010, 08:23:49 PM »

I would love to be in the middle of the desert with her.
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I would love to be in the middle of the desert with her.


You realize she was a Gladiator, right? She'd whup your ass!  (er, not that they're anything wrong with that if that's what yer into... Lol )
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« Reply #16 on: August 11, 2010, 11:01:21 AM »

That they invited 'Merican juros to the press ride gives some hope that maybe they intend to someday sell them here (or Yamaha is just trying to piss us off).
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« Reply #17 on: August 11, 2010, 07:40:17 PM »


That they invited 'Merican juros to the press ride gives some hope that maybe they intend to someday sell them here (or Yamaha is just trying to piss us off).


They thought they were inviting Canadians.
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« Reply #18 on: August 11, 2010, 07:53:43 PM »


This has to be the ugliest exhaust evar......



Gotta make room for that catalytic converter.
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« Reply #19 on: August 11, 2010, 08:09:12 PM »

Um.... Moto-USA.com?
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