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Old 06-14-2019, 11:59 AM   #1
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Who will let me ride his Yamaha Super Tenere?

I'm in the market for an adventure bike and the Super Tenere is on my shortlist. I could not find a dealer with a demo model nor any on TwistedRoad/RidersShare.

I give you $100 if I can ride the bike for 3~4 hours ( plus gas ). Alternatively, you can ride my Triumph Daytona or Suzuki DR650. I don't care if it's a pre or post 2014 model. I'm located in Palo Alto. Just PM me.

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Old 06-15-2019, 11:34 AM   #2
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Check on Yamaha's website when they do demo rides. Once a year they go to East Bay Motorsports. Last year I rode their bike at WSBK Laguna Seca also. It's be worth about that $100 to go ride down to Laguna Seca for a day and ride all the demo bikes out there. Of course they are escorted/group demo rides so kinda just take it out for leisurely ride.

If I was to replace my KLR650 a Super Tenere is what I would have replaced it with or an Africa Twin I guess. I'd probably get myself into more trouble with the AT though =P
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Old 06-15-2019, 02:20 PM   #3
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A guy I know from the gym is riding his two up to Alaska and back leaving in about 10 days. He's going all the way to the Arctic Ocean. I guess its a good bike but I've not ridden one.
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Old 06-15-2019, 05:14 PM   #4
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A guy I know from the gym is riding his two up to Alaska and back leaving in about 10 days. He's going all the way to the Arctic Ocean. I guess its a good bike but I've not ridden one.
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Old 06-15-2019, 07:26 PM   #5
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Thank you for the feedback.

Regarding the bike choice, I want a comfortable, mellow, low maintenance bike which can do the occasional fire/forest road and which doesn't wear you out on a 500 mile day. I've ridden a few bikes and so far I liked the R1200GS and the V-Strom 650 the most. The GS is flawless imho, but it's an expensive bike and I want to avoid the Bring-More-Wallet part and service prices. The V-Strom was surprisingly agile, riding feels effortless, great stock seat, biggest bummer was the windscreen, but that can be fixed. And - of course - in comparison to a big bike like the GS there is overall less protection from the elements, no cruise control etc. Hence, I hope that the Tenere might be the middle ground between the two of them.

@HadesOmega: Thank you for the ideas, there are only dealer demo rides in SoCal for the rest of the year, but the SBK weekend in Laguna is a good backup option.
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Old 06-15-2019, 08:24 PM   #6
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I have ridden a 09' R1200GS and a 14' Tenere 1200. Both for only about 80 to 100 miles. So keep that in mind, I'm no expert on either. But I can tell you that it was enough for me to hands down pick the BMW everytime between the two if it was my choice to make.
Both are relatively heavy bikes but the weight "disappears" on the boxer twin as soon as you are moving. It is a superbe dance partner. On the other hand the Yamaha, especially at low speed maneuvering feels heavy and a bit cumbersome.
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Old 06-16-2019, 11:33 AM   #7
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Regarding the bike choice, I want a comfortable, mellow, low maintenance bike which can do the occasional fire/forest road and which doesn't wear you out on a 500 mile day.
Is there some reason KTM isn't on your list, other than it probably doesn't fit into the "mellow" category?
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Old 06-16-2019, 12:34 PM   #8
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Everything I've read about the Super Ten says it's competent but heavy, behind the competition in tech and riding dynamics, so at the end I don't know what it's good for other than its perceived Japanese reliability.

Have you ridden a current gen V-Strom 1000? It's a lot lighter than the Super Ten.
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Old 06-16-2019, 02:29 PM   #9
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Thank you for the feedback + suggestions.

@ScottRNelson: I've a KTM MX bike, so I do like the brand and I tried the 1190R and the 1090R. Fantastic bikes, their engines are addictive. Imho these bikes ( and also the Africa Twin ) score with improved off-road capabilities by having a 21" front wheel, longer suspension travel, a relatively narrow seat, more compact fairings etc. Yet, I don't see them "unlocking" another level of dirt-riding over an i.e. GS. To explain this with an OHV trail ratings analogy, I see myself on Green/easy trails with any of these bikes, but - based on my personal skill level - taking an 1190R to a Blue/medium trail would be more struggle than enjoyment. I've picked up my fully loaded DR650 often enough on steep down-hill sections or in the middle of a single-track switchback to know that I'm not keen on doing this with something significantly heavier. Yes, some guys make them look like 250ies in the dirt - but that's not me :-)

@Gary856: Yes, I rode the V-Strom 1000. Imho the 650 is a better fit for this bike, it feels more composed. Ergonomic and fairing-wise they are pretty much the same.
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Old 06-17-2019, 12:11 PM   #10
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I ride a Tenere most of the time, its fine for commuting although a bit wide and you may bump truck/van mirrors. Its great on fire roads and soaks up all the bumps, and does highway miles no prob. Its not so fun on single track or tight rutted out rocky trails, you could try it, you could make it through, but the big girl might need a few naps along the way, and she is a very heavy sleeper. Maintenance is minimal which is nice. First choice was an Africa Twin, but this was way better priced.
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