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Old 11-21-2010, 02:17 AM
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I admit I don't know a lot about the Yamaha Tenere but I did absorb the article in Cycle World and even though it wasn't a test it was fairly informative. Eventually someone will do a 'shootout' of big adventure bikes, and I suspect the V-stroms are gonna be takin' a beating in every category except value, and the magazines are not all that interested in value most of the time--its all about performance and hi-tek features.

Heres what I see--the Tenere (Super?) has the advantage of being a new model, even though its been available in the rest of the world for a year--its still a much more recent design. I imagine it will outperform the Strom in most everything, speed, handling (?), maybe comfort too. I wonder if it will be much better on dirt roads and/or offroad? I'm dying to 'try one on' in the flesh--but the truth is I'll be unable to have one anytime soon because of my personal economy--they want quite a bit for the Yamaha for the time being.

I glossed over a couple of road tests from europe, but they didn't really specify things I would focus on if I were riding it, (buffetting?) and of course, no comparison to our beloved Stroms.

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Old 11-21-2010, 02:24 AM
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Old 11-21-2010, 02:35 AM
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I saw a Super Tenere (and sat on it) at the motorcycle show today. Even though it has a 1200cc engine, it felt very much like the V-Strom, size-wise. I heard that the seat height is adjustable. Even at the tall setting, I could flat-foot it. On the plus side, it didn't feel all that big and heavy; a lot of effort was put into moving the weight down low. On the negative side, (besides a high price), it has a tiny windscreen way out front. It looks like it would give even less protection than the stock one on the V-Strom. I think my Wee will do me fine, thank you very much.
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I think many of the answers to the question posed in the thread title will be found in this thread, this thread or this thread.
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Eventually someone will do a 'shootout' of big adventure bikes, and I suspect the V-stroms are gonna be takin' a beating in every category except value, and the magazines are not all that interested in value most of the time--its all about performance and hi-tek features.
You don't really expect the magazines to add a Vee to the shootout, do you? The Vee is off everyone's radar, it's nearly impossible to find in any dealership, and the writers have always disrespected it. So far I've read or watched every S10 shootout I can find from around the world and none have considered the Strom to be worth a mention.

I've seen several comments from former Wee owners, but none from Vee owners. I will be sure to add my evaluation/shoot out when I get mine in May or June...or July of next year.
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With the dollar dropping etc.

I wonder how much of the new on is

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Windshield is not really part of the design on Tenere.
It is designed primarily as a race bike for the Dakar, so riden primarily in the standing position.
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Kinda considered the Vee a low cost starter kit to be modified / personalized to the owners liking. The BMW's, S10, etc have the upgrades (plus newer design) built into the price. I would be too cheap to take $15-20,000 motorcycle off pavement.

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Haven't yet seen a review with any significant amount of off-road riding. I'm guessing that extra weight is going to be an issue on dirt and gravel, regardless of where it is carried. Of course, like the bikes they are trying to emulate, there's a pretty good chance many S10's will never get off-road. The price seems a bit more market-based than value-based, which also turns me off. Be nice if someone (Asian) would bring out an 'adventure-touring' bike with less street bias. Maybe when the world economy gets back on its feet.
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Haven't yet seen a review with any significant amount of off-road riding. I'm guessing that extra weight is going to be an issue on dirt and gravel, regardless of where it is carried.
There has been a lot written so far. Look here under Gnarliness Ability.
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