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post #1 of 35 Old 08-27-2014, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
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Talking Super Tenere Compared ?

Anyone come from a 2014 Yamaha Super Ternere ES, own one now or planning on getting one.

After two years I still love my 2012 DL650 but;

- Hate to have to adjust, lube my chain while on longer rides

- Hate always being having to be on the pipe to stay up with others on the freeway

- On long rides I Lust after the ES real time cruise control .. told to be better than most cars ..


Tell me how bad the Ternere is for slow speed parking, gas mileage, ergs for tall large riders, bad wind protection, near double the cost, anything to make me turn away from the light ....


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post #2 of 35 Old 08-27-2014, 10:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Harry Dresden PI View Post

Tell me how bad the Ternere is for slow speed parking, gas mileage, ergs for tall large riders, bad wind protection, near double the cost, anything to make me turn away from the light ....
Too lazy to write all here's a copy/paste: "how bad the Ternere is for slow speed parking, gas mileage, ergs for tall large riders, bad wind protection, near double the cost," :mrgreen:

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post #3 of 35 Old 08-27-2014, 10:49 AM
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It's only money ... you'll make more. If you want the Yamaha, and those are some sound reasons to want it, buy it! Anything 1000cc+ is going to have worse fuel mileage than a Wee. Ergo's and wind protection can be adjusted to fit. Again, it's only money. Slow speed parking?? Really? That's your excuse?

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Aside from having a chain, why not look at the new Vee2? There are a few active Tenere threads on the forum right now, and pretty much all the questions you have asked have been discussed or brought up, might try checking them out.

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post #5 of 35 Old 08-27-2014, 01:13 PM
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Having spent the better part of 25 years riding big, heavy motorcycles, I can tell you that moving "up" to the Super 10 will reward you with a lot more power, making life dealing with traffic a bit easier. Not to mention acceleration and a higher top end, if that is a concern or desire. Gas mileage will be in the low 40's, at best, depending on your riding style. Your right hand will determine that. Handling may be a bit heavier than with the Wee, and no doubt, you notice it to be a tad more top heavy. As to parking lot speeds, if you are a decent rider, and practice your low speed maneuvering, it shouldn't be an issue. I can't speak to rider ergs, but it appears to be a fairly roomy bike--about like the VStrom.

All in all, I don't think you would regret the move up. The Ten is a good bike and will serve you well. It's just money, and if you can afford it, take the leap. Just be sure to let us know how it works for you.

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Try to get a test ride. I was thinking about the ST and test rode one last year and didn't like it, test rode the new ES version this year and liked it better, but nowhere close enough to buy one. If YOU like it then figure out if you can deal with cost of ownership.

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Check out the other threads. I bought a new 2013 ST this spring. Not much changed in 14 but I do not have cruise....sigh.

I went from a 2007 Vee to the ST. I like it much better and I loved my Vee....just had more miles than I wanted on it (100,000).

The ST is a little shorter in the front seat area, but still comfy. I run the seat in low and my jewels are right up to the tank. Seat to foot pegs a little closer on the ST. Handle bars perfect...but I have long arms.

I ride long distances. My Vee took several mods to be comfortable and I could do long hours on it. The ST was correct for me right out of the box. No ergo mods at all....but I am still considering a custom seat.

The other questions are answered elsewhere.

I am still a huge original Vee fan, not so much a fan of the new vee. I am currently looking for a new gen wee.

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OTOH, chain maintenance isn't really that bad. I haven't ever adjusted a chain. They seem to not stretch too much until the end. Second, you are doing your trips all wrong; eliminate freeway riding and take the scenic route and/or tour solo. No need to keep up. Fit a cruise control. Done. Keep the Glee! I tried :mrgreen:

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post #9 of 35 Old 08-28-2014, 01:53 AM
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Its a tricky thing that s10. If you NEED a bike with its capabilities, you'll appreciate it. Otherwise it might not really work well. I test rode one and was very excited before hand to finally try this thing. It was no more comfortable than my wee2, had a much more agricultural feel to it, wasnt smooth like the wee and wasnt as nimble as the wee. So in the end, for me and my commuting needs it would have been the worse choice. I just dont need its size weight power mpg and all the john deere tracktor charasteristics that come with it. But, it did seem to be a better long range traveler than the wee, smoother suspension and slightly better weather protection, as well as additional power and better brakes for when youre loaded down. So depends on what u need. My main use is navigating through town and downtown for work, and back road adventures on the weekend. The wee just works better for what I do most. The s10 is pure overkill with too much excess baggage in my case. Yours could be different.

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Slow speed parking? Not sure I understand that question....a RoadKing can be turned around under power in less than an 18' circle, the Wee & Tenere should make that turn 2' less....16' but I have not measured it yet. Like mentioned above, slow speed maneuvering needs to be practiced a lot until you have confidence in your ability.

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