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post #1 of 5 Old 06-23-2014, 08:28 AM Thread Starter
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Rode the 2014 Super Ténéré ES

First the new Suzuki 1000, then 24 hours later I get to ride the new 2014 Super Ténéré ES, with them both fresh in my mind it allowed me to draw some interesting parallels.

First thing I notice is the wonderful seating position lots of room to move back on the seat, one for Yamaha. The wind shield like the Suzuki is more of a styling exercise than functional, no matter what position I moved it to; wind was directed right at my helmet. (You must also stop to make any adjustment).

One of things that Yamaha needs to look at correcting is the throttle response; around town trying to modulate the throttle in traffic from light to light to ride smoothly was difficult. ( I noticed the same thing when I rode the R1 first thing in the morning too sensitive). The shifting from first to second also suffers because of this, wasn’t always sure I was cleanly in second gear.

Once on the highway this wasn’t a problem and the big twin pulls very nicely with little or no vibration through the pegs and seat.

As with both bikes you sit up high, giving you a great view of what’s ahead, seeing over the cars.

Both bikes have their plus and minus.. but..In my humble opinion I would rather forgo the shaft drive and electronic suspension, spend some of the 5 k difference in price adding a center stand and better windshield to the Suzuki then use the rest to fund my next adventure.


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Thanks for the review, I'm looking to test ride a Super Tenere soon, I rode the Triumph Explorer 1215 last week and even with the FBW throttle it was super smooth. What are your dimensions? Height, weight, inside seam, and did you find the bike comfortable? I too found the seat of the Explorer had lots of real estate.
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Thanks for the review, I'm looking to test ride a Super Tenere soon, I rode the Triumph Explorer 1215 last week and even with the FBW throttle it was super smooth. What are your dimensions? Height, weight, inside seam, and did you find the bike comfortable? I too found the seat of the Explorer had lots of real estate.
I'm 6’2... 34" in seam, found it very comfortable,more room to move than the Suzuki , reach to bars was perfect too.
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Did you get a chance to ride either one offroad?

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Did you get a chance to ride either one offroad?
only over pot holes on the Ottawa streets.. not a fair test.

both bikes being heavy always worry me in the soft suff, top heavy
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