Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Almonte, Ontario,Canada
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.