Looking hard at the Super Ten

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I'm presently bikeless, but going to get back into Adventure biking. Been doing lots of research, but being 100+ miles away from any regularly stocking motorcycle dealer, almost all of my research has been online and talking to the few other Adv bikers I know or run across. Because of my isolated location, reliability and ease of maintenance are very important. I keep coming back to the Super Ten (and one other bike), especially the Super Ten ES, because I'll be eating a lot of highway miles as well as gravel and dirt road miles. And I love to go bike-camping.

Very surprisingly, this area is just about an Adv biker's paradise. Around here, I can ride thousands of miles of gravel and dirt roads, two-lane paved twisties, and major 4-lanes are close and interstates within 100 miles.
 

Mak10

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I bought mine and am loving it. If you are expecting a dirt bike- it’s not. If you are expecting a sport bike it’s not.
With that out of the way, it’s just what I wanted. I can take it off road, and it will take me where I want to go. I can take off the luggage and it is sportier and has gobs of power.
Tires are a big factor in performance. With knobbies it is much more confident off road. With street oriented tires it is much quieter and smooth on road.
It will comfortably go for hundreds of miles and pack your gear. I bought an es and love how easy it is to change for the load you have.

I am having a ball on mine. It has become my favorite means of transport. + 50mpg doesn’t hurt either.
 
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I also have an es model and love it. Just finished the Arrow exhaust and ECU flash and miss my GSA wet head even less now. Last I knew the dealer in Grand Junction, CO advertising 2018 es for $13,999 will let it go for 13.1k total out the door. Look it up on Cycletrader.com
 

Sierra1

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....If you are expecting a sport bike it’s not....I bought an es and love how easy it is to change for the load you have....It has become my favorite means of transport. + 50mpg doesn’t hurt either.
He's right, but, I wasn't expecting a sport bike....and it turned out to be one. Depending on skill level, yours & theirs, the Tenere can embarrass the hell out of true sport bikes. And, you don't have to worry much about road surfaces, 'cuz she doesn't need roads.
 
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It's a great choice. The only problem it has is being such a perfect all-arounder than it doesn't win any bike comparisons. There's always another bike that's better on road, better off road, faster, cheaper, lighter, simpler, more advanced... but there's no other bike that strikes such a perfect balance that it threatens to be called "boring." It just does it all without complaining, every day, no drama.

If I had to do it again, I'd get a well-sorted used bike. There are plenty of low-mileage bikes that older guys have well-farkled and responsibly maintained.
 
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I went to a 2018 Super Tenere ES last year from a 650 VStrom and am loving it. All day comfort on the highway or gravel roads, good weather protection, and a planted effortless ride. You really can ride all day and then get up the next morning and want to do it all over again. Highway stability, shaft drive, cruise control, good suspension all add up to a great bike. I don't do any hard core off road riding, so I can't comment on that. My focus is highway and dirt roads, reliability, cost of ownership and comfort.... I highly recommend it for those reasons.
 
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