Tenere seat compatibility

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Hi All
Just Traded my 2016 Africa Twin for a new 2018 Super Ten ES. Haven't riden it yet as its too cold where I live in Ontario Canada.
I have access to a lower seat that is from a 2012 Tenere
Question, will the 2012 seat fit onto my 2018 Tenere??
I'm getting conflicting information from a a few sources, some say no problem and some say no fit.
Anyone can help me out here?
Thanks to all, much appreciated.
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Welcome :)
It is also possible to adjust seat hights on gen 1, so I really think it is the same seat. But I am sure that others know for sure in a minute ;-)
I'm interesting in why the change?
Not that I don't know Yamaha is better:) after all we are on this page;);)
 

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Welcome :)
It is also possible to adjust seat hights on gen 1, so I really think it is the same seat. But I am sure that others know for sure in a minute ;-)
I'm interesting in why the change?
Not that I don't know Yamaha is better:) after all we are on this page;);)
I feel that the Tenere is a little too tall for me as I cannot comfortably flat foot with the seat set to the lower position. I found this to be the same with several bikes I was considering. I just traded my Africa twin and I had a lower seat on it positioned in the lower setting. Then I was able to put both feet on the ground to balance the the bike. I know not all riders agree that you must flat foot, but I feel more comfortable knowing that I can.
So I will ask my question again and hopefully someone out there can give me a conclusive answer. Will a lower seat from a 2012 Tenere fit a 2018 Tenere??
I did read that one Tenere owner changed the rubber bumpers that are on the underside of the seat. Did this lower the seat or only adjust the angle and of the seat?
Thanks again to all.
I'm looking forward to riding the Tenere in, hopefully late March or early April.
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Here's the deal. Yamaha lists a different part number for the seat on a Gen1 verses the Gen2 bikes. I can't see there being much difference. Saddlemen lists their seat to fit from 2011 and up and Sargent lists their seat for 2010 and up.
 

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I don't see why the low seat shouldn't fit gen to gen. Not conclusive I know, you'll have to try it out to be conclusive. The part number change is most likely some cosmetic change, not the pan. And yes the bumper trick is for levelling the seat.
 

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….I did read that one Tenere owner changed the rubber bumpers that are on the underside of the seat. Did this lower the seat or only adjust the angle and of the seat?....SHUMBA

Technically, changing the bumpers is an angle change. To me, it did seem to lower the seat a small amount; it lowers the rear of the seat to match the front. I agree with Don, I don't think the seat was one of the changes from Gen I to II. Have you checked with a dealer that you can trust? THEY should know for sure. Congratulations on your new ride.
 

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Hi All
Just Traded my 2016 Africa Twin for a new 2018 Super Ten ES. Haven't riden it yet as its too cold where I live in Ontario Canada.
I have access to a lower seat that is from a 2012 Tenere
Question, will the 2012 seat fit onto my 2018 Tenere??
I'm getting conflicting information from a a few sources, some say no problem and some say no fit.
Anyone can help me out here?
Thanks to all, much appreciated.
SHUMBA
Yes, it fits fine. No changes were made between the two generations that would impact seat swapping. I had a 2012 first issue Super Ten, (US), and moved my rider seat from that bike to my current 2015 Super Ten. (I wasn't giving up my Russell Day Long seat). Both generations have the exact same seat pans, same height adjuster piece, etc. Both can be modified with the seat bumper mod, if you desire.
 

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Thanks for your assistance I am most grateful for your input.
I have access to a 2012 lower seat and must ascertain if it will be compatible with my 2018 Tenere.
As mentioned, I feel more comfortable with a bike that I can sit on and place my feet flat on the ground.
Unfortunately, a lot of bikes I would like to own are just too tall for me. The Tenere height is marginal for my leg length, but I can manage with a lower seat.
Thanks again SHUMBA
 

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Technically, changing the bumpers is an angle change. To me, it did seem to lower the seat a small amount; it lowers the rear of the seat to match the front. I agree with Don, I don't think the seat was one of the changes from Gen I to II. Have you checked with a dealer that you can trust? THEY should know for sure. Congratulations on your new ride.
Ya, thanks for your input.
Changing the rear rubber buttons or seat buttons or whatever you want to call them should change the geometry of the seat, I.e. lower the rear marginally.
As was mentioned earlier Yamaha had changed a part number pertaining to seats.
In conclusion, the only way to ascertain if a lower seat for a 2012 S-Ten will fit is to try it on a 2018 S-Ten.
I have a good picture of the underside of the 2012 lower seat, but I'm still looking for a good picture of the underside of the 2018 seat (rider seat)
If anyone out there can post a picture of the underside of a 2018 seat I would be greatful.
Thanks again for everyone's input.
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@SHUMBA - Please take a few moments to fill out some of your profile. At least the location with your country or city/state. It gives perspective to your questions and answer.
 

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Sorry, I was not being precis..
I'm interesting in why the change from Africa Twin to Tenere?

In the spring 2017 where I bought my Tenere, I had 2 possible bikes in the end, the Africa Twin and the Tenere.
And I choise the Tenere mostly due to shaft drive and more modern electronics.

I have the original low seat to my Tenere, and in theory it should lower the seat hight about 25mm (1"), but in real it does not feel like 25mm.
 

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The issue with that is the Tenere has 7.5" of suspension travel and just happens to have only 7.5" of ground clearance. If you ever do any off road riding you better have one heck of a good skid plate as it is going to take a beating. On road it would probably be OK but you will also lose lean angle by lowering the chassis.
 

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The issue with that is the Tenere has 7.5" of suspension travel and just happens to have only 7.5" of ground clearance. If you ever do any off road riding you better have one heck of a good skid plate as it is going to take a beating. On road it would probably be OK but you will also lose lean angle by lowering the chassis.
Great advice, but no off-road for me as I'm too old for that now. I just want a comfortable cruiser that will get me from A to B and now I don't need to oil my chain every day. I may do some gravel roads, but let's face it, I know I could not get a 575 lb bike on its wheels if I were to drop it. I would have to walk home.
 

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You never said why you got rid of your Honda.
I rode my 2016 Africa Twin for 30,000 KM over two riding seasons in Canada. Great bike, flawless, never any issues, just change tires (OEM's) at approx 15,000 KM. I oiled the chain on a very regular basis, change oil and filters, set valves at 25,000 along with an new air filter.....rear brake pads..............and nothing else!!! I highly recommend the Africa Twin. If I were a rich man, I would have kept it, but here in Ontario Canada we get hosed by both the government and the insurance companies as I would have to pay licence and insurance for both bikes. Anyone out there figured out how to ride two bikes at one time?? The insurance company thinks you can. Looking forward to riding my new Super Ten in March or April or whenever the weather breaks. Judging from what I have read so far it all sounds good to me. I think I have a lead on a lower seat which, hopefully will fit onto my 2018 Super Ten without any issues.... SHUMBA
 
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