High mileage Gen2.5

aqcon

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Another question: the left exhaust bolt/studs look pretty cruddy. Is that common? Hard to R&R for preventative maintenance?
 

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Wonder why he traded it in. With your weather. . . . clean & shiny is going to be tough. Some guys here can help you out though.
 

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If it was the one at Motorsports Nation in Seekonk, that’s the one. Bike was 6995 yesterday, sold to me today for 5995; dealer wanted it gone. The difference pays for YES and some of the valve maintenance. Now to start shopping for luggage. Open to suggestions for how best to find decent used panniers...
Yup, that's the one.

For the price you paid, with a two year warranty, you're golden! One thing I would double check is the rear rotor thickness. These bikes are very hard on the rear brake, and the back rotors are a wear item at around your mileage.

As far as panniers, my advice would be to stay away from the OEM ones. Givi Trekker Outback's are pricey but seem to have the most fans, including me.
 

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Yup, that's the one.

For the price you paid, with a two year warranty, you're golden! One thing I would double check is the rear rotor thickness. These bikes are very hard on the rear brake, and the back rotors are a wear item at around your mileage.

As far as panniers, my advice would be to stay away from the OEM ones. Givi Trekker Outback's are pricey but seem to have the most fans, including me.
I was out with a friend two weeks ago he has a new 2020 tenere with less than a thousand miles on it. He did a u-turn slow speed like walking pace and dropped the bike. It broke the factory pannier. Cracked down the side and will have to be replaced. I would agree stay away from factory. He is now going to get the panniers I run, Happy-trails newest design. Another guy with us has them and constantly drops his and has the HT panniers with just scuffs. He is coming from a cruiser and getting use to a tall bike.
 

aqcon

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I was out with a friend two weeks ago he has a new 2020 tenere with less than a thousand miles on it. He did a u-turn slow speed like walking pace and dropped the bike. It broke the factory pannier. Cracked down the side and will have to be replaced. I would agree stay away from factory. He is now going to get the panniers I run, Happy-trails newest design. Another guy with us has them and constantly drops his and has the HT panniers with just scuffs. He is coming from a cruiser and getting use to a tall bike.
I’m seeing underwhelming reviews of the Yam panniers. Don’t want to break the bank, but don’t want to pay for bombproof either. I’ll check those out.
 

aqcon

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Wonder why he traded it in. With your weather. . . . clean & shiny is going to be tough. Some guys here can help you out though.
Report was that he just wanted a new one... I’m assuming he knew the valve job and brakes needed done and did the cost/benefit...

Dealer I bought it from was helpful- reached out to previous owner, who was also helpful. While they talked, the PO admitted regret for trading in - especially since the new one was having TB issues.
 

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I’m seeing underwhelming reviews of the Yam panniers. Don’t want to break the bank, but don’t want to pay for bombproof either. I’ll check those out.
See if you can locate the OE box locks, they match the ignition key. Originally, there were three lock sets, for the boxes, under the seat. If they're not there, see if the dealer can contact the original owner, and find out where they are. If not, and you end up with OE boxes, you'll have at least two different keys to keep track of.
 

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Congrats on the new to you bike! Looks to be in great condition! If your talking about the header studs/bolts and nuts....they seem to get that way on most motorcycles. In my opinion, It can be good to have back up ones. It will only be a problem if you replace the headers or take them off for maintenance. Not uncommon to snap the studs. Just get torque specs. correct and even pressure when tightening/loosening. I use anti-seize.
 

racerxpunk2

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I’m seeing underwhelming reviews of the Yam panniers. Don’t want to break the bank, but don’t want to pay for bombproof either. I’ll check those out.
Check out solobox. Very reasonably priced and durable. Happy with mine.
 

aqcon

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Quick update.
I had asked the dealer to quote the valve service so I had an idea of cost up front, especially given the variability in prices reported here. When I called to check in yesterday, the tech had already started the job (yikes). After some discussion, the dealer called it up to a miscommunication - he thought I wanted it done regardless.

Best part, he honored his part of the sale to cover half the cost: I’m only paying $200! They’ve got the before and after specs documented.

I expect to have delivery done by early next week, once he gets the registration back from RI.
 

jeepinoutwest

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Hi all!

Checking out a high mileage 2017 ES tomorrow, and would love some advice. Price is right (almost suspiciously low but at a reputable dealer), bike looks in amazing shape, and has 61k on the clock. Valves were inspected at 30k, CCT was not replaced. I plan on a cold start to check for tensioner rattle.
I might be able to get the service records, which would obviously be of interest.

What else to look for?
How much is valve service with cct replacement?
I’m a bigger guy, 5’10” 265# - any thoughts or concerns of high mileage suspension issues?
Is the brake switch recall applicable, or easily enough replaced by the mechanically inclined?

Thanks in advance!

Edit to add: I’m in southern New England
I’m the owner. I loved and miss that bike. Ask away.
 

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i try to stay off my rear brake... i figure the linked front is putting enough to the back without me ham-footing it.
I learned with my first set of tires. When she's unloaded, without a passenger, using the back brake with the front is overkill. I was locking up the rear on a regular basis. Also learned that the rpms have to be lower than what I was used to with an inline four, before downshifting.
 

Haynes

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Aqcon:

I am fairly new to this Forum, though I have lurked here for a while, and I stumbled in tonight to find your query about buying a used, high mileage Super Tenere. I'm late to the show and realize that you have already purchased the bike however I just wanted to chime in to let you know that you have purchased a GREAT bike and have nothing to worry about.

I have a 2013 Super Tenere and I'm guessing that this would be a "Gen1" machine. I have owned the bike since new and it currently has almost 178,000km (110,604 miles) on the odometer. It would have even more kilometers on it however last year I bought a second bike, on which I put 20,400km, so I only put about 14,000km on the Super Tenere last year. I have completed 3 Iron Butt rides with it and it is no stranger to gravel roads and some mud.

Summarizing a few details of my bike for you: original brake rotors, FD has leaked three times requiring rebuilds, regular valve checks have always found one or two exhaust valves to be tight, rear shock leaked (not rebuildable) and was replaced with an OEM shock, 16 rear and 10 front tires (original Metzlers, 2 sets of Mitas E07, and the rest were Heidenau K60's, Yamalube 10W40 and Yamaha filters and the motor does not burn oil, spoke failure in the rear wheel - make sure you check them every so often and re-torque them (6Nm), Jesse Bags 10" saddlebags (didn't buy the OEM bags as they looked pretty flimsy), AltRider rear luggage bracket, AltRider crash bars, AltRider stump pan, Fenda Extenda on the front fender.

I have added several other bits and pieces but I don't want to bore you, however one add-on I highly recommend are the Yamaha winglets that attach to the fairing on either side of the windshield. They are well worth the outrageous Yamaha asking price.

You have purchased a fine motorcycle. Enjoy.

Haynes
 
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