It's lean. It's mean. It's ready to tackle everything twisty canyons, fast up and backs and the long-haul adventure touring. With a lightweight design and eye-opening power, All prices include Full Face helmet, saddle, tank and tail bags depending on availability.
·The Yamaha Super Tenere was built from the ground up to devour whatever road surface you care to point it at. No, this is not an “off-road” bike (it weighs around 575 lbs.), but it is perfectly happy kicking up roost on those unpaved and unmaintained backroads.
·The engine is deceptively smooth. The six-speed gearbox enables the bike to travel at speed without the slightest clue that the bike is working. That’s because the bike is working. All that technological wizardry uses acronyms such as YCCT, D-Mode, TC1, TC2, ABS and UBS to create a monster that hungers for miles.
·The engine, a stressed member of the frame, allows for a lower center of gravity, which makes the weight of the bike barely noticeable (uh, yeah, sliding 180s are possible on a bike with ABS and the traction control turned on). That being said, the performance of the stock tires—developed specifically for the Tenere—in the dirt is astounding considering their on-road prowess.
·The Unified Braking System (UBS) distributes braking pressure between the front and rear when the front lever is squeezed first. (Use the rear brake first to override the system.) This linked braking system combined with the always-on ABS can really haul this bike down to a stop. Panic stops on a gravel-strewn dirt road didn’t reveal any negatives—unless you count stopping in a shorter distance than you intended as a negative.
Whether riding across town or crossing a continent, rider comfort and convenience are important. Super Ténéré delivers, with an adjustable seat height and windshield, tunable front and rear suspension, low-maintenance shaft drive, and more.
Special spoked wheels carry tubeless tires
·Traction control typically engenders a love-hate relationship from riders. For those who aren’t fans in some situations—say on dirt or loose gravel—the Super Tenere offers the option to turn the system off. For other conditions, there are two options: TC1 and TC2.
·In TC1 mode, it is almost impossible to lose traction. You can easily feel the TC1 cutting power when appropriate (such as long stretches of washboard bumps). TC2 allows a bit more wheelspin, but not enough to let you get in trouble.
·All adventure riders know the seat is one of the most important, yet often overlooked, features of any long-haul machine. The seat on the Super Tenere is comfortable and easy to move around on. The ergonomics of the bike are adaptable. The windscreen, brake lever, seat height and shift lever are all adjustable.
·The forks did a great job of hauling me through paved twisties, dirt and everything in between. The shock suffered on the rougher sections, kicking like an angry mule on square-edged bumps until I twisted a knob and increased the preload. (Try that with your mule.)
·It has been a long time since I truly fell in love with the complete package of a motorcycle. The Super Ténéré is definitely a love story for me.