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post #61 of 65 Old 07-05-2019, 09:35 AM
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I have watched this thread and stayed out til now....
There is no perfect bike. They are ALL a compromise.
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post #62 of 65 Old 07-05-2019, 10:33 AM
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I have watched this thread and stayed out til now....
There is no perfect bike. They are ALL a compromise.
Ahhhh, the voice of reason.
Very good advice. When shopping for something it is easy to get carried away looking for the last few percent of improvement in a certain scenario which then turns out to be a small percentage of actual usage. I would say my 650 is 90% perfect for what I use it for most of the time: interstate comfort (with Givi airflow), twisties, dirt roads, paved backroads etc. If you look for 100% in one area you are likely to see something else drop to 80%.
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The distance between the pegs and the saddle is too short - I'm 6'3". Super Tenere and BMW better suited for a taller rider?
The GS and the 650 Strom have almost the same seat to peg distance. Peg lowering kit is available for the Strom

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When I use your link, the GS and the Super Tenere show quite a lot of difference in a 2012 DL 650, both have much less knee and hip angle ( a good thing ). But yes, the peg lowering kits from Adventuretech.biz are some of the best solutions for lowering pegs I have ever seen. I wish they had them for more bikes!

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I'm 250 miles shy of 60,000 miles on my 2014 Super Tenere, and a lot of those miles were two-up touring. I won't say it's the best touring bike in the world; I haven't ridden every bike out there and no doubt there are others just as good and better, but it's definitely been the best one for me. Reliability is one of the most important things for me when I'm traveling; nothing puts the bad mojo on a trip faster than being broken down someplace waiting on a repair. I never worry about that with the Super Tenere; I'd throw some clothes in the pannier and leave right now on a trip to Utah without a second's hesitation about the bike's ability to get there, in spite of its mileage.

The bike has its detractors, and I won't even say they're wrong about things like an agricultural feel, or that it's heavy. It's just that those things don't matter to me when compared to the overall performance it offers. It's comfortable for spending hours in the saddle (way more than my old Harley Road King), it's got a lot of pillion room (again, way more than what Harley had on what they considered a touring bike), it has cruise control as standard on all 2014 and up models, shaft drive, and more than enough power at around 100 HP for my needs. It's heavy, but it carries its weight well. With my two knockoff Pelican panniers and a knockoff Pelican top case, I can carry enough stuff for two people for a ten or so day trip without having to stop and do laundry.

This is one of the best reviews of the Super Tenere. It's not a gushing fanboy review, or a review based on how much swag Yamaha gave to the guy. It points out the perceived flaws of the S10, and I think the reviewer is very even handed in his evaluation. If you wanted to consider the Yamaha as a potential touring bike, this review is a good place to start.

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