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bobkee
07-30-2011, 06:00 PM
Yesterday afternoon, the freight truck brought our dealership four Super Tenere's, one of which was my personal demo. A couple of the guys stayed late and started putting the bikes together, and by ten this morning all four were built. We delivered one of the customer units shortly after lunch. Around 2pm, things were fairly quiet, so I took mine out for a 70 mile ride. Here are my comments:

Pros:

The bike feels like it weighs 400 lbs once rolling. I've ridden FJR's since
2003 and next to an FJR, this bike feels really light and tossable.

The bike has tons of power, particularly in the sport mode. Very good roll-
on without any twin cylinder chug of note.

Handling is very predictable with quick turn in and easy cornering initiation without counter steering being needed.

Smooth ride at 80-90. Most of the ride was on twisty two lanes with a lot of cattle guards, but the last ten miles were on interstate.

The bike has enough grunt to "power loft": if you hit a bump or rise in the road in second gear and roll on the throttle, it will loft the front tire two to three inches. The first time I did it, the loft was unintentional. The second time produced a large smile inside my helmet.

Lean angles are very much like a super moto, as steep as you dare. In fact, if you've ridden a DRZ400SM, imagine that bike with more comfort, better "planted" feel, and LOTS more power.

Cons:

The left side radiator mounting produces a fair amount of heat on a 95 degree day. Some mods may be in order.

The stock seat may not be my friend long term. I didn't find the "pebble" surface texture all that butt friendly.

I hope to get a chance to find some time to hit the dirt roads up by Llano this weekend to see how it does off road.

I think, based on the mpg readout, that once broken in it should yield about 47 mpg on a trip.

Bob

The Bruce
07-30-2011, 11:23 PM
Good to know. Keep reporting as you get more seat time. :clap:

focus frenzy
07-31-2011, 12:34 AM
Rich saw 48mpg on his on the pie run.

you can hear the fan two bikes away, good= you always know the fan is working, bad= it sounds like mosquito on meth. LOL

sounds good, 270 crank makes it sound like a V-twin

reverse spoke wheels use a interesting flange system to allow use of tubeless tires without huge flange like BMW GS adventure uses.

leekellerking
07-31-2011, 03:44 PM
Yesterday afternoon, the freight truck brought our dealership four Super Tenere's, one of which was my personal demo.


And when will this demo bike be for sale??? :trust:

Hotboot
07-31-2011, 04:24 PM
Thanks for the ride report Bob.

Have you ever accidentaly lofted an FJR front wheel ? This info used soley for my judgment of test rider. :trust:

bobkee
08-01-2011, 07:23 AM
Thanks for the ride report Bob.

Have you ever accidentaly lofted an FJR front wheel ? This info used soley for my judgment of test rider. :trust:
Yes, several times in third exiting corners on full throttle.

My cardiologist recommends the activity! (Honest, he rides an FJR!)

Bob

bobkee
08-01-2011, 07:25 AM
And when will this demo bike be for sale??? :trust:
My demo won't be available for a while, but I do have a blue Super Tenere that the owner will not be able to take delivery on as a result of a bad wreck he is still healing from. That bike is in my showroom now.

Bob

Sleepy Weasel
08-01-2011, 08:29 AM
The left side radiator mounting produces a fair amount of heat on a 95 degree day. Some mods may be in order.

You had a 95 degree day?

:tears:

fortbriscoe
08-01-2011, 11:11 AM
Yes, we had a 95 day in Kerrville. But, the best part of living here is, even if it's 103 in the daytime, it cools off to 70 to 74 at night. And the highest Bob ever lofted his FJR front wheel was up the hatch door of a Blazer.

bobkee
08-01-2011, 11:26 AM
>>And the highest Bob ever lofted his FJR front wheel was up the hatch door of a Blazer.

Very tacky, my friend!

leekellerking
08-01-2011, 11:56 AM
My demo won't be available for a while, but I do have a blue Super Tenere that the owner will not be able to take delivery on as a result of a bad wreck he is still healing from. That bike is in my showroom now.

Bob

What's the list on a Super Tenere?

(I can dream, can't I?) :giveup:

bobkee
08-01-2011, 12:57 PM
$13,900

Hotboot
08-01-2011, 06:16 PM
Yes, several times in third exiting corners on full throttle.

My cardiologist recommends the activity! (Honest, he rides an FJR!)

Bob

Credibility validated, caution advised.

gixxerjasen
08-02-2011, 09:10 AM
So.....would you replace the FJR with one of these, or simply supplement the garage?

Thanks for the comparison to the DRZSM, had one of those before and loved it.

bobkee
08-02-2011, 10:24 AM
Since my FJR has gone to the great boneyard in the sky, thanks to an inattentive 20yr in Austin, who hit me from behind last April, I will have a one bike fleet for the time being.

I'm taking a trip to Cloudcroft with the Super T in three weeks to cool off at 9,000 feet, so after 2k miles of riding, I should have a better idea of what sort of sport touring platform the bike makes.

gixxerjasen
08-02-2011, 10:33 AM
Ah, that does suck. I'll be interested in your ride report. My wish list has an FJR and an ADV bike for my future garage. It'd be interesting to see your comparison on a longer trip.

Tourmeister
08-02-2011, 11:59 AM
No pics... never happened... :-P

Simmons1
08-02-2011, 12:35 PM
No pics... never happened... :-P

Mine happened:lol2:

Here is a picture of mine 80% farkled at 3 days old.

I guess that was one of the Pro's to having to wait 11 months for delivery.

http://inlinethumb26.webshots.com/46041/2178023920058042965S600x600Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2178023920058042965jTGiex)

Chirpy
08-02-2011, 02:30 PM
Lean angles are very much like a super moto, as steep as you dare. In fact, if you've ridden a DRZ400SM, imagine that bike with more comfort, better "planted" feel, and LOTS more power.

I really need to quit reading about this bike...

The Bruce
08-02-2011, 09:41 PM
The blue looks nice. :thumb:

Mellow
08-03-2011, 07:33 AM
Mine showed up last Friday as well... nice bike, really having fun with it.

http://mellow.smugmug.com/Misc/Tenere-Stuff/i-tP6kf6r/0/M/IMG0344-M.jpg

I did a comparison to the ST1300 over at ST-Owners (http://www.st-owners.com/forums/showthread.php?105725-Super-Tenere-vs-ST1300-and-initial-impressions&highlight=) for anyone interested....
I know the two bikes are not in the same class but it's more for those that have one of the bikes and interested in how the other compares. Besides, I'm not jumping any dirt mounds with this any time soon.. LOL

Simmons1
08-03-2011, 08:34 AM
Mine showed up last Friday as well... nice bike, really having fun with it.


I did a comparison to the ST1300 over at ST-Owners (http://www.st-owners.com/forums/showthread.php?105725-Super-Tenere-vs-ST1300-and-initial-impressions&highlight=) for anyone interested....
I know the two bikes are not in the same class but it's more for those that have one of the bikes and interested in how the other compares. Besides, I'm not jumping any dirt mounds with this any time soon.. LOL


Boy you post all over the place! LOL

Mellow
08-03-2011, 08:59 AM
Boy you post all over the place! LOL

LOL.. YOU say that but apparently YOU are all over the place too if you see them.. LOL :eek2:

Multisurface Rider
08-05-2011, 09:23 AM
I can't take this, I have to ride one of those S10's.

bobkee
08-05-2011, 09:36 AM
My demo is here at the store and available for test rides to qualified riders (current MC endorsement and experience in kind).

Give me a call (830-896-2453) and make sure I'm here and we can get you a good 10 mile ride on some nice twisty roads here near the dealership.

Don't forget that I have a new 2012 ST in blue for sale.

Multisurface Rider
08-05-2011, 09:58 AM
My demo is here at the store and available for test rides to qualified riders (current MC endorsement and experience in kind).

Give me a call (830-896-2453) and make sure I'm here and we can get you a good 10 mile ride on some nice twisty roads here near the dealership.

Don't forget that I have a new 2012 ST in blue for sale.

Thanks, I will be in touch.

Simmons1
08-05-2011, 10:53 AM
I can't take this, I have to ride one of those S10's.

I'll ride mine for you Calvin, and let you know how much fun it is!:rofl:

How have you been?

Multisurface Rider
08-05-2011, 11:52 AM
I'll ride mine for you Calvin, and let you know how much fun it is!:rofl:

How have you been?


That is so nice of you to do that for me.:rofl:

Doing great, loving my GS and still wanting a jap bike.

A1A
08-16-2011, 07:30 PM
My demo is here at the store and available for test rides to qualified riders (current MC endorsement and experience in kind).

Give me a call (830-896-2453) and make sure I'm here and we can get you a good 10 mile ride on some nice twisty roads here near the dealership.

Don't forget that I have a new 2012 ST in blue for sale.

I was wondering how the ergonomics and rider comfort compares to a stock FJR 1300?

Thanks!

Skeezix
08-16-2011, 09:11 PM
Bobkee,
I recently got my S10 and my feelings are close to yours. My real question is do you think this bike will catch on here in the USA? How has the demand been for your neck of the woods? The dealer I bought from said I was first on the order list, but the day before the early ordering ended they had four other guys put the money down. It seems Yamaha has a winner on their hands, but I wondered what you and everyone else thought?

wbrisett
08-17-2011, 04:42 AM
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you can hear the fan two bikes away, good= you always know the fan is working, bad= it sounds like mosquito on meth. LOL


It has the Uly problem! ;) The fan on the Uly bothers a lot of folks. I just ignore it... plus it's gotten better with some remapping and the additional air scoop on the other side.

Wayne

wbrisett
08-17-2011, 04:55 AM
Motorcycle USA did a comparison several years ago that included nearly all the adventure touring bikes at the time (GS, Uly, Multistrada, Vstrom, Caponord, KTM??). Anyhow, I hope with the new crop of adventure bikes out there somebody does this again. It would be interesting to see how on a multi day trip, riding each of the bikes (BMW, Triumph, Ducati, Yamaha, etc.) they stack up against each other. Until the Uly dies though, I'm in hurry to get rid of it and replace it. Of all my bikes, it's the one I would keep if I had to trim my collection down to a single bike.

bobkee
08-17-2011, 06:47 AM
Richard,

Hot weather and a busy schedule have kept me off the bike. I'm planning a trip with my son to Buffalo this Sunday, about a 500 mile roundtrip. I should have a better feel after that, and I'll post up impressions.

The Bruce
08-17-2011, 08:39 AM
It has the Uly problem! ;) The fan on the Uly bothers a lot of folks. I just ignore it... plus it's gotten better with some remapping and the additional air scoop on the other side.

Wayne

At least you know when it on and working. The fan on my DRZ is so quiet I wonder. :ponder:

Multisurface Rider
09-05-2011, 07:56 PM
My demo is here at the store and available for test rides to qualified riders (current MC endorsement and experience in kind).

Give me a call (830-896-2453) and make sure I'm here and we can get you a good 10 mile ride on some nice twisty roads here near the dealership.

Don't forget that I have a new 2012 ST in blue for sale.


I took Bob up on his offer to go and test ride his bike. The bike is a great bike, I liked everything about the bike I could think of, nothing bad at all. Love the bike.

Bob is a great guy and everyone I meet in his very nice place were very friendly people.

Thanks Bob.

Mellow
09-05-2011, 08:02 PM
Here's my first novice shot at adventure touring.. LOL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rwk-E-4hNRY

Johnf3
09-05-2011, 08:12 PM
Here's my first novice shot at adventure touring.. LOL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rwk-E-4hNRY

You were doing great. That looks like my kind of fun.

ekms377
09-05-2011, 08:22 PM
I didn't hear any sound on that video??

Simmons1
09-05-2011, 08:45 PM
Here's my first novice shot at adventure touring.. LOL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rwk-E-4hNRY

You look good Joe. The creek bed you rode through is probably tougher terrain than 95% of Tenere's will ever see.:clap:

Trailace
09-05-2011, 09:15 PM
You look good Joe. The creek bed you rode through is probably tougher terrain than 95% of Tenere's will ever see.:clap:

Your right just like most or the GS's never see dirt. :eek2:

How you doing Rich when you going to sell me that WR my son needs a bigger bike? :lol2:

Simmons1
09-05-2011, 09:17 PM
Y

How you doing Rich when you going to sell me that WR my son needs a bigger bike? :lol2:

Hi Rick, I am doing great.

You are going to have to find Cam a WR else where:trust: I plan on keeping mine a looooong time:rider:

donroger1
09-05-2011, 09:25 PM
Great job Joe!!

As Rich said, most Tenere's will never see "that ride".

Simmons1
09-05-2011, 09:35 PM
Great job Joe!!

As Rich said, most Tenere's will never see "that ride".

Here is mine on a "typical" dirt road a Tenere or GS will see :lol2:

http://inlinethumb04.webshots.com/48515/2368709370058042965S600x600Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2368709370058042965CExMTZ)

donroger1
09-05-2011, 09:39 PM
Here is mine a "typical" dirt road a Tenere or GS will see :lol2:

http://inlinethumb04.webshots.com/48515/2368709370058042965S600x600Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2368709370058042965CExMTZ)

:tab Dang Rich. That is one beautiful bike!!!!!!

:tab One Day........................

Mellow
09-06-2011, 06:22 AM
I didn't hear any sound on that video??

I thought it was supposed to rain that day so I had the waterproof cover on the go pro. The camera was also mounted on the fairing which is rubber mounted so it was moving around a lot and all you heard was the loud clicking of the camera and mount banging around.

When you can hear the engine/exhaust in the slow sections, it sounds like it's idling and you can barely hear the bike so nothing impressive there.

Next time - yeah right - I'll try to put the other back to the camera case on so more sound will be heard and mount to a crash bar or helmet.

Mellow
09-06-2011, 06:26 AM
You look good Joe. The creek bed you rode through is probably tougher terrain than 95% of Tenere's will ever see.:clap:

Cool, I'm done, now I can just do the easy stuff... :lol2::rofl:

ghoulish
09-14-2011, 02:20 PM
Where was that filmed? I want to go there and thrash some tires! That and I have some off road ride training to give to a friend of mine! hehe

Mellow
09-14-2011, 02:24 PM
Where was that filmed? I want to go there and thrash some tires! That and I have some off road ride training to give to a friend of mine! hehe

Not far, lots of county roads in the area that are easy...

Just a few miles from the Talemina Scenic Drive.

bandit1911
09-17-2011, 11:29 AM
Has any one lowered one of these yet ? I have sat on a GS that was lowered and it was great for my short legs .

Exevious
02-20-2012, 10:40 PM
The blue looks nice. :thumb:

Yamaha Blue is BEST!! Nice!! :lol2: