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post #1 of 104 Old 04-14-2017, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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The Super T is a big bike...

Not sure I can handle that beast.
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It's big, but well balanced. I went from a DL 650 to a Super Tenere back in 2014, and have never had any issues with the additional weight. I love that big blue beast more than any bike I've owned.
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I would sure like to try.
However, all Vee for me for now.

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It's big, but well balanced. I went from a DL 650 to a Super Tenere back in 2014, and have never had any issues with the additional weight. I love that big blue beast more than any bike I've owned.
I am looking hard at this 2014 (Non ES). Do you have the ES? The only difference is the cruise, heated hand grips and the electronic suspension? How is the windscreen and buffeting? I am 6'2.
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I am looking hard at this 2014 (Non ES). Do you have the ES? The only difference is the cruise, heated hand grips and the electronic suspension? How is the windscreen and buffeting? I am 6'2.
I have the non ES. The non ES does have cruise control; what it lacks is the electronic suspension and the heated grips. I opted for the non ES mainly because I didn't like the gray color of the ES. Plus, if you plan on installing an aftermarket suspension, you've spent a lot of money for something you aren't going to be using.

I have the stock windscreen. I'm 5'10", and I don't have any issues with buffeting. Then again, I never had any buffeting issues on my 2012 DL650 with a stock windscreen, so I might not be all that sensitive to it.

Here she is from a trip this week over to Caeser's Head State Park in South Carolina....
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I have the non ES. The non ES does have cruise control; what it lacks is the electronic suspension and the heated grips. I opted for the non ES mainly because I didn't like the gray color of the ES. Plus, if you plan on installing an aftermarket suspension, you've spent a lot of money for something you aren't going to be using.

I have the stock windscreen. I'm 5'10", and I don't have any issues with buffeting. Then again, I never had any buffeting issues on my 2012 DL650 with a stock windscreen, so I might not be all that sensitive to it.

Here she is from a trip this week over to Caeser's Head State Park in South Carolina....
Really nice looking bike. If I get it, its gonna be gray...lol....which I am fine with. Good to know on the cruise and the windscreen. I guess time will tell on that. Do you know if there are recalls to worry about? Also, what board do people post about Teneres?
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Far as I know, there aren't any recalls on the 2014 S10. Earlier models had some issues with the clutch basket and the cam chain tensioner; both of these items were redesigned for the 2014 model. There were guys having the ECU flashed on the models prior to the 2014, and I guess some are even having it reflashed on the 2014, but I've never seen the need. The bike seems to have plenty of power for me, and I do a lot of two-up, loaded riding. I've been bopping down the road with a load of gear and my girlfriend, looked at the speedometer, and found myself doing 80 mph without even noticing.

There is a forum dedicated to the Super Tenere at Yamaha Super Ténéré Forum. There is also a subforum for them on ADV Rider, but I don't spend a lot of time on that one. I'm RCinNC on both of them. There are some pretty knowledgeable guys on the dedicated Super Tenere forum, but it doesn't seem as active as this one. I keep coming back here because I've met a lot of interesting people.

The gray color was just kind of "meh" for me, and the blue bike with the gold forks just looked darn good.

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Far as I know, there aren't any recalls on the 2014 S10. Earlier models had some issues with the clutch basket and the cam chain tensioner; both of these items were redesigned for the 2014 model. There were guys having the ECU flashed on the models prior to the 2014, and I guess some are even having it reflashed on the 2014, but I've never seen the need. The bike seems to have plenty of power for me, and I do a lot of two-up, loaded riding. I've been bopping down the road with a load of gear and my girlfriend, looked at the speedometer, and found myself doing 80 mph without even noticing.

There is a forum dedicated to the Super Tenere at Yamaha Super Ténéré Forum. There is also a subforum for them on ADV Rider, but I don't spend a lot of time on that one. I'm RCinNC on both of them. There are some pretty knowledgeable guys on the dedicated Super Tenere forum, but it doesn't seem as active as this one. I keep coming back here because I've met a lot of interesting people.

The gray color was just kind of "meh" for me, and the blue bike with the gold forks just looked darn good.
Sorry, I don't mean to bend your ear, but you already made the exact move I am thinking about making. How was the change coming from the Wee? What was the biggest adjustment? You pretty much do commuting and touring on the Super T?
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Sorry, I don't mean to bend your ear, but you already made the exact move I am thinking about making. How was the change coming from the Wee? What was the biggest adjustment? You pretty much do commuting and touring on the Super T?
Not a problem, Cavenger. There really wasn't much of a learning curve from the DL650 to the Super Tenere. Frankly, to me it felt like the Suzuki was a heavier bike, even though the S10 outweighs it. The one place I notice the additional weight is in the sand, but that doesn't surprise me at all.

I'm not an off-road guy; I don't take the bike anyplace worse than gravel and logging/fire roads. The bike is my primary vehicle, and I ride it year round for everything from grocery runs to touring. It's the best touring platform I've had, including my Road Star and Road King; I briefly looked at an FJR1300, but I'd be giving up too much storage space for a trade like that. A lot of my touring is with a passenger, and she had remarked that she has more room on the Yamaha than she did on the Harley.

The Yamaha for me was basically a better version of the V-Strom; it had all the qualities that I liked about that bike, plus better brakes, traction control, more power, cruise control, shaft drive, etc. If I had unlimited room I'd have kept the Suzuki, but I only have the space for one bike, and I have never regretted making the trade.
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Not a problem, Cavenger. There really wasn't much of a learning curve from the DL650 to the Super Tenere. Frankly, to me it felt like the Suzuki was a heavier bike, even though the S10 outweighs it. The one place I notice the additional weight is in the sand, but that doesn't surprise me at all.

I'm not an off-road guy; I don't take the bike anyplace worse than gravel and logging/fire roads. The bike is my primary vehicle, and I ride it year round for everything from grocery runs to touring. It's the best touring platform I've had, including my Road Star and Road King; I briefly looked at an FJR1300, but I'd be giving up too much storage space for a trade like that. A lot of my touring is with a passenger, and she had remarked that she has more room on the Yamaha than she did on the Harley.

The Yamaha for me was basically a better version of the V-Strom; it had all the qualities that I liked about that bike, plus better brakes, traction control, more power, cruise control, shaft drive, etc. If I had unlimited room I'd have kept the Suzuki, but I only have the space for one bike, and I have never regretted making the trade.
Thank you....my concerns are the weight, the step up in torque and power (actually a good thing but I need to be careful), the new ergos (especially knee bend because I have bad knees). I am hopeful for better wind management, but I will expect the worse. I am also hopeful for easy highway cruising whereas the Wee had trouble carrying my fat ass.
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