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Old 12 Mar 2013
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Thoughts on Yamaha Super Tenere 1200

I put this on the wrong thread because I'm new here, and didnt get any response and was informed here might be betterThere are probably threads on this i don't want to go through the hassle of looking but I am after peoples thoughts on Yamaha Super Tenere 1200, those that own one, have owned one. I am looking at buying a bike for myself to travel 2 up with the wife, we plan on traveling around Queensland with maybe a few trips interstate, I am looking at Suzuki Vstrom 1000, BMW 1200, and Triumph tigers 1050 as well. We will travel on gravel roads but mainly sealed.
Thoughts please on the Yamaha, I have read reviews from other sites and forums but most seem to be too honest with no negative comments from lovers of the bikes, so honesty please on positive and negatives on the bike.
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I haven't owned one, but my cousin does and I've done a few short rides on it.. sure enough seems very capable for just about anything. For two-up it'd be important to test properly with the pillion, and 1200GS and DL1000 are very good two-up choices as well. There's 3 different engines, too, and chain drive on Suzuki, or shaft drive on the others, so which one do you prefer. I don't know about prices in your country, but over here used DL1000's are a bargain compared to the S10 or big GS.

There should be a new DL1000 (with ABS and apparently traction control as well) coming for next year.
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Super Tenere

I bought mine three months ago and have already done over 6,000 km on it. I have two other bikes (BMW R1200R & Kawasaki Vulcan VN2000) and do not ride either of them any more. I purchased the bike to do a two up 11 week tour of Alaska, Canada and the States starting this July. Having road for over 35 years I have to say this has to be the best bike that I have ridden. I was considering a GS or the Triumph Explorer and have road both of them on multiple test rides but am sure this is the right choice and best value.
It has taken a while to get used to the firing sequence of the motor and the weight distribution but now they are both distant memories. I did have trouble with wind turbulence from the standard screen so got the larger OEM screen and the MadStad Adjustable bracket system and no more turbulence. I am tall 6'6 and find the bike quite high when its on its centre stand, this could be an issue for a shorter rider. My wife also loves the bike and finds it quite comfortable. She does have an issue with the height of the bike and does have troubles getting on when the top case and panniers are on. Have done a fair bit of off road riding on it and have had no issues and enjoy the way it handles off road.
Hope this was helpful to you, good luck with what ever you choose.

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Just do some net reading.....

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