Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: college place, WA
Lets compare Tenere vs V-strom
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.