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Old 12-13-2012, 10:26 AM
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I thought I would put this out there for others who were thinking about switching from the venerable and beloved Wee to a Super Tenere. I know Dirt Dad's thread about his switch was helpful to me in thinking about switching.

I have been looking at the New Super Tenere from Yamaha since I first heard of them coming over state side. My first bike was a 1982 Yamaha Maxim XJ650J. It was a great bike and I loved the shaft drive. In 1999 I moved to a more rural location and maintaining a mile long driveway with some 20 degree slope sections fell to me. I was worried about beating my XJ to pieces. After 5 years I had found the Weestrom, and in 2006 I got a nice red one from a guy who had just purchased it new in March and decided he wanted a BMW thumper instead.

I loved my wee, and still do. It is a great bike and a great value. It took me 47000 miles mostly trouble free. But in my own opinion the chain maintenance was a pain. I was pretty good about doing it but between the mile long driveway and the 2 miles of dirt road to get to pavement... I still managed to get 20K out of each chain. I was on my third.

So I finally test drove a Tenere and I liked it. Then the dealer offered me over 50% more than I thought a dealer would give me for my bike. I think some one at the shop wanted it. I took care of the Wee and had the records to prove it. So the deal was good and I got the Tenere, blue 2012.

My biggest fear in buying a bike that was twice what I paid for my Wee was my driveway. I mean the Tenere is some 100lbs heavier. And the first 200 feet of my driveway is a steep 20degree slope with loose gravel and fist-size and half-fist-size rocks strewn about. I hadn't been good about keeping up the maintenance recently. I got close to home just after dark. I practiced a little going up and down a steep s curve on the gravel road a few times.

I hit my driveway and just went right up it. I was amazed at how much easier it was on the Tenere. I guess the extra weight helps some, but it definitely felt like it had a lower CoG. Even after years of riding my Wee up and down, my driveway still gave me a bit of pucker factor. Not any more on the Tenere.

That was 5 days ago. The Tenere had 14 miles on it when I got it and rode it 130 miles home, now its got 440 on it. I love the Tenere. It is a good bike.

So here is the wrap up. The down side of the switch:
- I miss the fuel economy of the Wee. I typically hit 50MPG and now I am down at 40MPG with the Tenere - though I think that will improve as I learn the bike and it breaks in. And it is nearly twice the displacement.

I think that is really it. I mean there is all the concern about dinging up a new bike, and getting your body used to some slight alterations in the ergonomics. But nothing in me is going "man, I really wish I hadn't done that..."

Upside: Lots. It rained Tuesday and the state road was a muddy mess. And normally I would get home and look at the chain and think " ya know I really oughta give it a quick cleaning...." just so it could get dirty again the next morning - and so I wouldn't clean it. Not any more....I could go on about the handing, comfort, etc... Its all good and I am happy with my choice.

So if you are starting to think about upgrading and its in your budget, I think the Super Tenere is a good choice. And yes there are definitely other choices out there. My preferences and previous experiences ended up leading me here.

I will always speak well of the Wee and encourage folks to give it good consideration. You can't go wrong with a Wee.

Now if only someone would make a sub-liter class adventure bike with shaft drive...
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Old 12-13-2012, 11:22 AM
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Thanks for sharing. I too am thinking hard about the Tenere even though I love my white 2011 Wee. But for several reasons--like wanting a larger engine since my wife loves riding with me and I plan on riding a lot more in the mountains, and I've always wanted a drive shaft--I'm considering a Tenere. So, this Spring I'm going to test ride one. I rented a BMW 1200 Adventure in Colorado last summer and had a blast in the mountains, but super expensive to buy and maintain.
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:25 PM
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Yes, I too was thinking along the lines of the BMW or Triumph adventure bikes. I get Motorcycle Consumer News (which has some of the reviews for the Tenere on-line) and that narrowed me down to the Tenere.

The cost of the BMWs is a definite challenge. I never test road one, but a dealer (Triumph and BMW) just opened around the corner from my work and I stopped by there. But in the end you are looking at an extra $6000 for a comparable equipped bike. I am not saying BMWs aren't worth it but then again this is a second vehicle and my wife gave me enough grief (not too bad really) for buying something as much as a small to mid sized car.

Then again, back when got the wee I could have made a similar argument...

I am glad there are some nice choices now in this class of bikes. Good luck!
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:15 PM
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Congratualtions on a nice bike!

The Tenere' was number one on my wish list last time I shopped for bikes but lost out to the V-strom, largely on purchase price. I had an opportuntiy to ride the Tenere' and thought it was a nice machine.

As we all know, the expensive part is after you buy the bike. I guess you will be "accessorizing" it over the next few months! Have fun.
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:38 AM
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As much as I love the Wee I'm also tired of keeping up on the chain maintenance, and am considering going to a shaft drive bike, and the Tenere is at the top of my list. I find I often will avoid a dirt road because I know the chain will need a cleaning when I get home, which defeats the reason I bought the strom in the first place. Just sitting on the Tenere I love the ergos even more than the Wee, but like you, I'd miss the fuel economy of the Wee. Thanks for your comparison, I'd be interested in more.
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:51 AM
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As much as I love the Wee I'm also tired of keeping up on the chain maintenance, and am considering going to a shaft drive bike, and the Tenere is at the top of my list. I find I often will avoid a dirt road because I know the chain will need a cleaning when I get home, which defeats the reason I bought the strom in the first place. Just sitting on the Tenere I love the ergos even more than the Wee, but like you, I'd miss the fuel economy of the Wee. Thanks for your comparison, I'd be interested in more.

For me it's just the opposite. Off pavement I prefer the chain maintenance of the Wee over the added weight of the Tenere or anything heavier for that matter. The Wee is near the limit of what I want an adventure bike to weigh. Packed down with camping gear and two weeks worth of stuff the Wee is about all I can do to pick it up. Anything heavier and I'd be avoiding some of the stuff were I take the Wee, and would definitely limit my fun factor. My choice of bike has a lot to do with riding solo and into remote areas; and as much as I hate to admit it, at 57 I ain't getting any younger. Also the added MPG is nice, but I still carry a little extra gas just in case.
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:09 AM
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I sure wish my XR400r had shaft drive, its way too light as it is with a nasty old chain and its holding me back offroad

The S-10 is a nice bike, but I think even the Vee is a pig.
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Old 12-14-2012, 12:06 PM
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Funny thing perspective. I loved my XR400 (plated) untill I got a CR250 and then felt the XR was a heavy pig. Now that I have the Vee I wish I hadn't sold the XR as the Vee feels like a pig in the dirt. I'm going to have to buy another thumper now.
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Regarding Chain Maintainence:

You really should give up on cleaning the chain as it does nothing usefull and instead just lube with every tank of gas an every rain ride. (I use Wurth HHS2000.) Thsi literally takes 10 or 20 seconds if you have a centerstand.

Doing this will dramatically extend the life of your chain. The last chain I reaplaced was at 46,400 miles and had some life left. The chain that replaced it has about 35,000 miles on it and is nowhere near done (but won't likely see more mileage as the bike is basically retired.)

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I too pulled the trigger on the Tenere just this last saturday. It is the blue one I really wanted black but for the deal I got it could have been pink with flames. I rented one in April from GSMotorent.com in Townsend TN. rode it all day all sorts of roads rode up to Cosby TN. and across the mountain gravel fire roads to Maggie Valley NC. back around by 28 and then over the dragon back to Townsend. just a little over 200 miles 6-8 hours in the saddle averaged an honest 50.2 MPG after that took me til last week to pull the trigger but I will be putting up my DL650 for sale soon or my wifes depending on which one she wants to keep.
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