New adventure bike test, with S10 included

Sierra1

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One the Bike Show's S10 reviews from years ago help sell me on buying it this past summer. Not that I plan on doing any of this stuff with mine :rolleyes: Still cool to see :cool:

The Bike Show - 2014 Yamaha Super Tenere
Wow, that's the most complementary review that I've ever seen for the T-12 (Fortnine's was pretty close) And, she's thousands, and thousands less expensive than the "superior" bikes. Never a negative.
 

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Superior is subjective. I came from a VStrom 1000. Loved that bike. Fit me well, had everything I needed including a used price of $2400. It was better at what I wanted than my KLR650, which seemed like a dinosaur. Now I have a 1st Gen ST. The minimal electronics scared me a bit, but after lots of research, I determined they were not an issue. The VStrom, which was just tits, seems like a bit of a dinosaur now. I am sure my next bike will make the ST dinosaurish. I am not one who wants all the electronics. I don't need 10 different driving modes, that's why I have a right hand. Give me a bike that I can put gas in, change fluids, plugs, air filter, and tires and just ride and I'm happy. I guess I'm just a motorcycleasaurus...
 

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The Super Tenere is the most sophisticated bike I've owned. Ridden lots of others with more tech and more power but that doesn't always translate to long term reliability. Initially, I was even hesitant about getting the ES model (more electronics, motors, etc.). My research however, showed that any version of the bike posed virtually no long term major headaches.

On my last BDR trip out, my ultra dinosaur 2016 KLR650 was rock solid! From TX to NM, AZ and all the way back. Unfortunately, I couldn't say the same for my buddy's 2020 BMW 850GS that we had to find a dealership for (power loss, fueling software updates, etc.)

To me, the Bike Show video (in my original post) provided a very quick long term wrap up of sorts. It's these words from Donovan that will keep me sold on the bike:

"It's been around forever and it's never blown up"

"If you want to bike that's gonna last a million years, buy a Super Tenere"

I don't need much more than that ;) :D:cool:
 

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. . . . others with more tech and more power but that doesn't always translate to long term reliability. Initially, I was even hesitant about getting the ES model (more electronics, motors, etc.). . . .
I've never been the latest/greatest tech guy. Because you're right, the more "extras" the more things to go wrong. I even had to wait two months to get my Jeep because I had to order it for it to have manual everything. My last truck was also manual everything, back when you you could find them at the dealer. My wife was quite surprised when I got the "bells & whistles" version of the Tenere. The Beemer & Katie have more bells and whistles. I know what I was going to get with the Beemer, and didn't feel like risking it with the Katie. I trust Yamaha.
 

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Some parts of the review were rather amusing to me but overall it was ok, we all like different things but I’ve always been very curious about a taller front tire and always suspect that might work better in the soft and rough stuff but never actually got to try one so can’t really say much more. As far as KTM’s 140-160 horse power claim well I have ridden one one and all I got to say is I’d like to see them on the same horse power machine the same day and see the results, I don’t think KTM puts out anywhere near what they claim.
 

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My boy had the 990R with a 21 inch front and he is one of the best riders I have ever ridden with,
After 50,000 miles he was totally convinced that anything above a 500 lb bike that a 21 is not safe on the roads. They do not have enough tread on the pavement to stop in emergencies.
I realize that after the 990 they have made better 21 inch tires with more pavement contact.
He says that he will never own a 21 inch front street bike again.
I like the tough looks of a 21 inch front, and I am very well aware of their off road advantages, "I dirt bike a LOT" Motocrossing now for 48 years.
Matter of fact , I'm going out to ride my MX bike right now.
 

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The Super 10 is my favorite bike of all time. Even after the “new” bike glitter has worn off. I personally would prefer no more electronic aids especially off pavement. I see no temptation to spend money on anything else. It is a joy to ride, and is still bringing a smile to my face after 26000 miles.

I have not regretted buying this bike-ever.
 

holligl

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Maybe we should adapt a new nickname for the S10:
"Old Faithful!"

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I'm very familiar with two of bikes in this report. I find the assessment of each closely reflects my views.

As for the 17 vs 19 vs 21, I've come to really dislike the 17" bikes. I find I have to ride them far too fast to get any enjoyment. I just don't want to have to ride that fast. I expected to like the BMW 850 GS with a 21" front wheel, but absolutely hated it. In general, don't find 21" is the best choice for me in the twisties...which is where I spend the bulk of my riding. 19 is the best setup for my style of riding.
 

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I have rode a couple big bikes with 21 inch front wheels. I could adapt pretty well to them and had good rides even though one ride was on a road covered with tar snakes and it was 90 degrees. I really like the feel of the 19 inch wheel for what I do on them. these bikes are too big for me to ride single track or what I would call off road. The 21 seemed very slow at emergency action for at speed on road use. I am sure some great riders would have no trouble but I am not great. Yet!
 
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