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2012 Yamaha Super Tenere First Look

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Motorcycle-USA readers asked for it, and after making its European debut for 2010, Yamaha has wisely chosen to import its flagship adventure touring motorcycle, the Super Tenere, to the U.S. in mid-2011 as the early-release 2012 model.
Motorcycle-USA readers asked for it, and after making its European debut for 2010, Yamaha has wisely chosen to import its flagship adventure touring motorcycle, the Super Tenere, to the U.S. in mid-2011 as the early-release 2012 model. The Super Tenere is a street bike designed to fuse the touring and off-road worlds, giving motorcyclists a machine that can go virtually anywhere and do anything.

Powering this do-it-all machine is a fuel-injected and liquid-cooled 1199cc Parallel Twin, a configuration Yamaha chose specifically due to its compact size. Each piston slides within a cylinder that has a bore and stroke measuring 98.0 x 79.5mm and compresses fuel to a ratio of 12.0:1. The engine’s firing order has been set so both of the cylinders fire closely together so the powerband mimics that of a large single-cylinder engine, which they claim enhances power delivery to the ground. A two-axis primary counter-balancer mitigates unwanted engine vibration.

The engine wears an eight-valve cylinder head with dual overhead camshafts operating the valvetrain. Similar to its sportbike line, the Tenere employs Yamaha’s Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) ride-by-wire system as well as the D-Mode, a toggle on the handlebar which allows riders to switch between two engine maps based on road conditions or riding preference. More technology comes in the form of a three-way adjustable traction control system. Engine power is transferred through a manual cable-actuated clutch; 6-speed transmission and shaft final drive, which was chosen for its all-around durability and relatively-low maintenance.

The main frame is comprised of a steel backbone that uses the engine as stressed-member of the chassis for better handling. Making up the rest of the chassis is an aluminum swingarm and subframe, 43mm inverted fork and hydraulic shock absorber. Both ends provide 7.5-inches of suspension travel and offer adjustability in the form of compression and rebound for the fork and spring preload (hand adjustable, without tools) and rebound on the shock. An aluminum skid plate is also fitted to protect the bottom of the motorcycle from hard impacts.

2012 Yamaha Super Tenere Specs
Engine: 1199cc liquid-cooled Parallel Twin, 8-valve
Bore x Stroke: 98.0 x 79.5mm
Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
Fuel Delivery: Fuel-injection
Clutch: Wet multi-plate, cable actuation
Transmission: 6-Speed
Final Drive: Shaft
Front Suspension: Soqi 43mm inverted fork with adjustable preload, compression, and rebound damping; 7.5 in. travel
Rear Suspension: Soqi shock absorber with remote adjustable spring preload and rebound damping; 7.5 in. travel
Front Brakes: 310mm disc, 4-piston caliper
Rear Brake: 282mm disc, 2-piston caliper
Front Tire: Bridgestone 110/80-19
Rear Tire: Bridgestone 150/70-17
Curb Weight: 575 lbs.
Wheelbase: 60.6 in. Length: 88.6 in. Width: 38.6 in.
Rake / Trail: 28 deg. / 4.9 in.
Seat Height: 33.26 or 34.25 in.
Fuel Capacity: 6.0 gal.
MSRP: $13,900
Colors: Raven; Blue

In terms of ergonomics, the Super Tenere employs a standard-style handlebar and the seat can be set in two different positions; a low height of 33.26 inches or the standard height of 34.25 inches. It also comes with a windshield and plastic hand guards. A relatively large 6-gallon fuel tank complements the set-up and will no doubt make for amble range between fill-ups.

It rolls on a set of spoked wheels fitted with tubeless Bridgestone Battle Wing tires. Front and rear hydraulically-operated disc brakes incorporate both ABS and a linked brake feature in which the rear brake is activated automatically when the front brake is engaged. However, when the rear brake is manually actuated it can be controlled independently of the front.

Like the rest of Yamaha’s line-up, a variety of accessories are available, including a full set of hard luggage options that have been fully integrated into the design of the bike.

If you’ve just read this and nearly jumped out of your seat in hysterical joy, as you absolutely know this is the bike for you (judging by the number of comments we heard when it was originally announced in the 2010 Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere First Look), then listen carefully: This will be limited-run machine. And to purchase one you will need to pre-order it from your Yamaha dealer between September 2010 and March 2011 at a retail price will be $13,900. Once April 1st rolls around you will have missed the boat, so don’t procrastinate as this bike is sure to live up to the hype. If you are lucky enough to get one of the production run, your bike will then be delivered sometime in May of 2011.
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patrick chahine -GM  December 16, 2010 09:50 PM
Dear sir,

Please i need information, if i need 3 pcs of 2012 Yamaha Super Tenere, to Lebanon,Beirut can you send to me a proforma invoice .

Best regards,
patrick chahine
email: patrick@trianglejaune.com

Chris -Pre-Orders  October 29, 2010 06:14 PM
What does limited production mean? I realize that the FJ1300 was in the same situation, but it seems by reading the articles that the 2012 is the only year they will produce this bike. This could not be right? Could it?
Black Cat Moan -Way to much $$$  October 16, 2010 07:02 AM
A steel framed, Parallel twin cylinder jap bike for $13,900. Never thought I'd see the day. I guess there's still people with a lot of disposable money, power to ya. I'll wait a couple 2-3 years & pick one up for half the original price & some extras thrown in. It is a cool bike !
brain bucket -still waiting  October 14, 2010 05:45 PM
The price is right for that class of adventure bike. Its about time the japs come out with some new adventure bikes. BUT I won't order a bike I can't sit on, the bike is to heavy for anything more then paved roads and good fire roads. Almost popped on a ktm 990 but parts are expensive and they got issues like it or not. I got a bmw 1150 now and maintenance is easy without taking the bike apart and parts aren't that much more. But I'm looking for a another adventure bike and I want to see what triumph comes out with. dl-1000 are nice but not really off-road kind of bikes. I think I will wait.
johan -mr.  October 14, 2010 01:07 PM
i am a proud owner of a super tenere for 5 months in south africa .i have done mostly dirtroads and must say its a awsome machine. on tar it behaves like a sportcruiser surefooted and fast.when in the sportmode it will compete nicely with streetracers. the best allrounder at the moment .comparing to a gs its far superior on most terms .a ktm is a toy for big boys not for serious true blueblood crosscountrybikers.
Ron -heavy?  October 11, 2010 03:56 PM
Gib if you read what actual owners (Australia and elsewhere) and reviewers are saying of the bike it rides lighter than the GSA. Weight distribution can make huge differences in feel.
Gib -Too Heavy  October 7, 2010 11:00 PM
Cool bike....almost ordered one until I saw the wet weight which is actually MORE than a GS Adventure. Way too heavy.
KTM -Tenere 660 USA  September 21, 2010 04:31 PM
I also predict a sales drop in BMW the next year. Great start Yamaha! Now bring the 660 over that were are all screaming for! Bring it, make it affordable, I guarantee sales Yamaha has never seen before!! Bring it and we will come. Were waiting.
BikerMike -Bikermike  September 21, 2010 10:39 AM
BTW. If you cant afford a new one (and I understand) $3,000 can buy you a used Suzuki DL 650 that will do damn near everything a Super T or BMW GS will do. Granted not with as much style but its a very capable bike.
BikerMike -BikeMike  September 21, 2010 10:32 AM
THis bike is everthing ive been looking for. Better dealer network, better price performance, greater technology, less girth in the low end (Cylinder heads), better performance. I put down my deposit and will be rolling in the spring.

This is the only real alternative to the GS. Name a bike I could ride 600 miles to Colorado SPrings with a full load and then tear up some Mountain Trails. Only the GS and TR1200Z. Both excellent bikes.
1filsduroi -The price is SUPER right  September 20, 2010 08:35 AM
To whom it may concern $13900 too much?? Helloooo???? If you can't afford this bike just look for a moped or a bicycle. What do you expect these days? Ducati or BMW won't let you out of the store for less than 23 grand and tons of money for servicing and parts. Beside in Europe the Tenere is at least 14000 euros which is about $16000. The American motorcycle market is still the best in the world price wise. I think this bike is a great deal and serious buyers will see that in a heartbeat. I could read a lot of bitching about Yamaha not bringing the Tenere to the US and now that we can get it it is the other way around. No wonder Europe always get the good stuff!!! Yamaha is giving you a lot of bike for the price and is the best deal in this category right now. Personally I have been waiting for the Yamaha MT01 for years cause there is nothing else for me, but I understand why they didn't bring it here ( although it belongs to this country), it is because as with every new bike showing up in magazines there is always a lot of oohing and aahing and then nobody buys and bitches cause they can't afford it. Just go to work with your bike and you will find the money to buy anything you want. Motorcycle are considered like toys in America and that kills the market which goes to the toy stores Harley Davidson, BMW, Ducati etc... Let's use motorcycles as a means of transportation and a toy for the week end and things on the market will change at all levels very quickly.
adam - motousa -super tenere  September 16, 2010 08:13 PM
looks awesome. hopefully i will be able to ride one day.
elias -in mexico u can get it now  September 10, 2010 08:57 PM
people.... you can get the super tenere in mexico http://www.yamaha-motor.com.mx/supertenere.html
David -Will it compete?  September 7, 2010 04:17 PM
At 575 lbs it is going to have trouble competing with the GS and 2 new Triumph Tigers on the way. I waited a long time for this bike but is it too little too late?
Max -Not a great deal.  September 6, 2010 12:01 PM
$13,900 barely works if the bags were included. Include the optional bags, and you're in Concours territory. It's hard to believe they cost the same to make and bring to market. Question; did Yamaha's reservation system work that well for the FJR13, that they need to repeat this? For me, that was a big turn-off then too.
kpmsprtd -Average Loser  September 3, 2010 11:44 AM
The price for this beauty? U.S.$14,000 Compare that to the U.S.$11,000 that Honda is asking for the ABS version of the NT700. One of these companies is insano, and it is not Yamaha. 14 grand is a lot of money, but the Super Tenere is a lot of bike. If I can straighten out my finances, I may bite. This is the bike I have been waiting for.
Bill -Jap junk  September 3, 2010 09:00 AM
Who would want a jap bike wannabe
KellyC -Can I get a 89 Transalp for a realistic price now?  September 2, 2010 08:52 AM
Finally, an actual adventure bike from one of the Big 4. Maybe that means I can finally find a 89 Honda Transalp with a non-inflated price from someone who can afford a $14K Yamaha.
Michael Cyprus -Tenere vs GS Adventure  September 2, 2010 03:47 AM
A very quick comparison to BMW GS Adventure. Tenere has a water cooled parallel twin engine which is narrow and more compact to GS air cooled flat twin. Because of engine configuration ten has better temperature control better centralization of mass more efficient due to less internal engine noise and is far more reliable. GS is very difficult to drive through narrow gaps or deep trenches therefore less off road capabilities. GS had a myth as an off roader but there was no other choice. Ten employs far superior electronic technology than GS ordinary config. Ten 261 kg, GS Adven. 275 kg fully fueled. GS promoted weight is with 90% of fuel capacity and no ABS, TC heated grips and so on while Ten is fully loaded. Finally Ten has the three magic words “MADE IN JAPAN” which translated to “goes for ever with no problems”
Guy -No 660 yet  September 2, 2010 03:00 AM
Why have you forsaken me Yamaha...
john -hmm  September 2, 2010 01:30 AM
Its kinda ugly but I like that it has shaft drive. Now if the multistrada had shaft that would be perfect.
Rocky Road -Yamaha $$$  September 1, 2010 07:08 PM
TOOOOO much,even in good times.
Paul -Desmo  September 1, 2010 06:41 PM
Hmmm a KTM, Ducati, or BMW over a Yamaha. Well the last long trip I took on my bike saw no KTM, Ducati, or BMW dealers any where remotely close, as in none in the state. If your bike takes a crap and you need service many miles from home or civilization the magazine accolades will do you little. This is a bike for practical owners not for designer name posers. I’ve owned bikes that have and haven’t won magazine shoot outs and couldn’t tell the difference. Also, considering the Yamaha will cost you thousands of $$$ less in exchange for a small amount of performance and an enormous difference in dealer network I would say you can’t go wrong with the Yamaha.
andy -ffs...that bike is even worse then a varadero  September 1, 2010 04:45 PM
What did Yamaha think???
Desmo -Price is right, performance is wrong  September 1, 2010 03:59 PM
All tests so far have it last, behind KTM 990, Ducati MS12, BMW GS. So, yay, a tail end bike is being shipped over. Even moto-usa's review was not very complimentary!
Earl -Good Job  September 1, 2010 03:38 PM
I predict a sales drop in BMW’s adventure bike category for next year.
JG -Bring it on  September 1, 2010 12:14 PM
Will be looking to buy one when you do not have to preorder one in a couple of years and they are available at dealers , wish Yamaha much succes it looks like a world class machine .
Bob -That was quick  September 1, 2010 10:26 AM
Excited to see it over here and for a decent price. Just wish they'd add a switch to turn off the ABS and unlink the brakes rather than the goofy "step on the rear brake first to momentarily disengage" crap. Why should we have to think about that when the time comes?

Would be nice to see the 660 come over too.
MotoFreak -The price is right!  September 1, 2010 09:19 AM
I'm extremely pleased to see the price under $14,000. It should make a strong compeditor against the Multistrada, KTM-SMRT and BMW GS.