Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Washington, the state
Yamaha has been making various models of their Ténéré line since 1991. The 1200 Super Ténéré is the latest and greatest, debuting in 2010. I'd get one without concerns if it was the bike that best suited my needs. Also look at the Triumph Tiger line.
If the KTM best meets your needs, get an aftermarket or custom seat.
I've owned two 650 stroms, but for you, maybe the new 2012 1000 strom (actually the 2012 version of the old Vee) would work the best. The 650, regarded as being more nimble, is the better bike for unpaved roads, but the 1000 has more power for two-up on highways. The choice is yours. Here we all like the stroms for their low cost of purchase and M&R, excellent reliability, and fun. Along with the low cost of the stroms, budget some money for suspension upgrades. Better front damping valves, better damping shock, and front & rear springs that correctly suit your loaded riding weight will greatly improve the bike. In a couple of areas most of us think Suzuki should have put a bit more cost into the bikes--suspension, seat, windscreen.
"Older people who are reasonable, good-tempered, and gracious will bear aging well. Those who are mean-spirited and irritable will be unhappy at every period of their lives.
"Let each of use properly whatever strengths he has and strive to use them well. If he does this, he will never find himself lacking."
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Last edited by PTRider; 11-29-2011 at 11:22 AM.