What do we now think of the bike

So now you've got one how well does it stack up?

  • It surpasses my expectations

    Votes: 635 56.2%
  • It's exactley what I thought it would be

    Votes: 425 37.6%
  • It's not quite what I thought it would be

    Votes: 65 5.8%
  • It's nothing like I thought it would be

    Votes: 5 0.4%

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Checkswrecks

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eemsreno said:
. . . There is always someone out there with more miles somewhere. And there is always someone faster. [now days most guys are faster ]

Same guy who recently posted this jewel.
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eemsreno said:
I had to look through all the post to see if I had posted my age yet.Be 61 in a month.Was just on the MX track last evening and held my own against the boys just fine.Not quite as fast as them but put in twice the laps as any one there.
 
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Still think I made the right choice.

My buddy has a GS and we ride together sometimes. He has commented more than once that he loves the exhaust note of the S10 when he is riding behind me.

I would love to try an Akrapovic pipe someday but the $ changes my mind. And louder is not necessarily better I guess.
 
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ADKsuper10 said:
Still think I made the right choice.

My buddy has a GS and we ride together sometimes. He has commented more than once that he loves the exhaust note of the S10 when he is riding behind me.

I would love to try an Akrapovic pipe someday but the $ changes my mind. And louder is not necessarily better I guess.
Buy my Ti Leo Vince for $200. I even fixed the carbon turn-down and hanger strap...

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Thank you but I am not looking to upgrade the exhaust right now.

Too many farkles to add before I take a big trip on her.

Need more protective plates, etc before I get to that. And bar risers.
 

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i came from a BM GS 07- initially i hated my tenere as i hate change. six months later i love it. i also love the forum here as i let the battery go flat and great advise howntonreengerize the elec suspension. Gear box i thought was a pure dog but it’s good way smoother and my ability to ride the bike has improved immeasurably with hours spent on her. The side stand is a bit of an issue re stability but every bike has their foibles. Changed the windshield for a madstead and put the cyclops bulbs on her. I mostly do road work so the tyres are standard road michelin’s. The bike is a tank and i i tend to keep it. It took a long time to desensitize me from the GS but i’ll neber go back now- i wear it as a badge of honor now to mix it up with my GS pals and show them the ability of the bike without getting utterly robbed by a dealer. Super tenere is technical and big services are fiddly dissembling stuff but all in all a happy man.

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I came off an FJR, sometimes I miss the smoothness of the 4cyl but I don't miss the weight.

I've only got 3k on it since June. I did a TBSync recently and that helped and sometimes I feel the brand of gas makes a difference in smoothness but overall I really like it. Flickable, torquey, plenty fast and the seating position is roomy.
Maybe I'm a bit impatient and need more miles on it to smooth it out some but sometimes it feels like the counter-balancer is a bit off....?

Tranny is just as slick-shifting as my FJR's and 6th is an OD. Throttle response is a bit abrupt but I'm getting use to it, may have the ECU flashed this fall to fix this and to help with the smoothness.

The seat is my biggest gripe and that may be why I'm feeling every little thump/vibe. So, I dropped my seat off at Terry Adcox's last week and using a Seat Concepts Low model until probably Sept when Terry should be about done with it.

It's easy to work on, a blast to ride and takes me back to my XL250 days as a kid again. ::014::
 

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I've previously owned only various Japanese street bikes, CBR VFR YZF, then to a 1st Gen Suzuki DL650, before buying my current 2013 S10, that came used w/ 25k miles.

The adventure motorcycling segment is such an exclusive market, and manufacturers have to compromise at every corner in terms of weight, power delivery, suspension, electronics, handling, and comfort.

I like that the S10 has a quiet humility with the stock pipe, but a smug smile knowing it can keep up with the demands of a rider who is willing to push it to its limits.

I've heard that Tenere sales aren't up to what Yamaha had hoped, but I oddly like that the motorcycle is less commonly seen on the streets and in the mountains than, say, BMWs.

This bike has been a huge upgrade from the previous DL650. I foresee a long future with the S10, as it satisfies just about everything I could possibly need in a motorcycle, and then a bit more. I could see how a rider coming from a BMW might find it lacking in some areas, as German engineering has a very different overall feel; but I can hardly imagine anyone coming from owning a different street bike to find any significant faults with the S10.

If I had to choose a different motorcycle right now, I would definitely consider another DL650, (2017+) not because it's superior to the S10, but because it also mostly satisfies what I prefer to have in a motorcycle. I'd miss the shaft drive, inverted forks, and highway overtaking ability.

Hope this helps! Thanks for taking time.


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richarddacat said:
I came off an FJR.... I feel the brand of gas makes a difference in smoothness but overall I really like it. Flickable, torquey, plenty fast and the seating position is roomy.
Maybe I'm a bit impatient and need more miles on it to smooth it out some but....Tranny is just as slick-shifting as my FJR's and 6th is an OD. Throttle response is a bit abrupt but I'm getting use to it....

::026:: My riding time was split between an ST 1300 & the FJR. REAL premium fuel seems to make a HUGE difference in the Tenere. I never understood why the FJR didn't have a 6th/OD gear; plenty of torque to pull it off. At first the VERY touchy throttle was annoying, but, with patience, I became accustomed to it. Now, when I ride the FJR, the throttle response seems slow. I have become addicted to the instant response in "S" on the Tenere. I had purchased the FJR used. I now believe the previous owner had it re-flashed; the throttle is NOTHING like the Tenere's. But, it's the only FJR I have ever ridden, so I don't have any comparison. I think that by the Fall, you too will gotten used to it, and won't need the re-flash. ::001::
 
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I think the two modes are a definite plus. I use the “T” mode when in town for stop and go riding and flick it back “S” mode where it stays everywhere else.

I found the throttle in S mode pretty abrupt at first also, but mostly from a stop into first gear and from first into second. Moving my clutch lever out to position 1 and training my right hand has helped this to get much smoother.
 

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New member here so I thought I would give my 2 cents. This bike is fantastic! I bought a new leftover '17 Sandstone on April 18, 2018. On Sunday August 5th I did my first SaddleSore 1000 and it now has 6047 miles on it (had to ride it back from Florida). I came to realize that I am slightly addicted to the smoothness of the entire bike and when road conditions were perfectly smooth as well. I felt like I was flying, hovering, whatever you want to call it, right over the ground. Pure riding bliss. The great fuel mileage and range, the non-existent worry about lubing a chain, the wouldn't ever do without it cruise control, the stability, I could go on. I can't wait to get on and ride some more. It has also been cool to 'feel' the bike/engine loosen up with miles. I totally made the right choice with this machine. Have fun and go ride.
 

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I've had mine for about a month and have done over 6K miles (a lot of this was from the east coast to the Dakotas and back), unbelievable machine. Kids, this is what happens when you ride cheap bikes first - a decade of old sport bikes, old cruisers, and KLRs prepares one well for appreciating a daggon ultra tourer. The thing will run superslab at 120MPH +- 10MPH all damn day and not eat oil, then hit sport bike roads, then hit fire roads. Riding modes are great (T for two up, or rain, or just relaxed riding - S for the big pretend dirt bike hoonage), ABS is super tight (manages the weird transitions of tucking in under heavy deccel so well, like dropping anchor to take an exit from an outside lane on bad pavement), and the ergos are perfect with bar risers (6' rider).


Too easy to ride too fast, but does it all like a Camry. Still can't believe I get to have such a fine machine. Windscreen is too short and I always want more fuel range, but those are the worst things about the bike. 2012/36,XXX miles.
 
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The Super Tenere has a feature I am not aware of on any other bike and I believe it is very important and overlooked. It is immune from torque roll because it has transverse crank axis, like most chain-driven bikes, AND yet it offers a shaft drive.

I don't understand why bike reviews never comment on torque roll. It is a hazard when using a longitudinal engine / shaft-drive bike in demanding ways or in low traction situations.

BMW doesn't have what the Super Tenere offers. Moto Guzzi doesn't have this. Honda doesn't have this. Suzuki doesn't have this...

When discussing bikes, this is the big eliminator of all other shaft-drive competition from being completely satisfactory in my mind. It seems to me Yamaha wanted to produce a superior motorcycle, and did so, and still nobody has been calling out the other manufacturers for torque roll.

Please educate me if I am incorrect.
 

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This is my second S10, after logging up 20,000 km's on my 2015 ES, I foolishly bought a 2017 Triumph Explorer XCA chasing more horsepower.
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I clocked up am impressive 18,000 km's on the Trumpy in 6 months, but I wasn't enjoying that smooth triple power plant, and the bike wasn't as good on the gravel roads I frequent, and the tank range was woeful to the point I had to add 2 x 5l containers just to get to my favorite destinations.

So I have gone all out on my new Anniversary Yellow ES to build the bike I need for the next 10 years of Aussie Adventures.

If they ever discontinue the Super Tenere, I will buy another one and leave it in the crate until my current one dies.

I have owned 2 x R1200GSA's, and after a few bad failures, I would never go back to one again.
 

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Got my new '17 in June of this year, I have 13,000 miles so far. Besides a couple cruisers, my last four bikes were Stroms, I rode those a combined 231,000 miles with no complaints. Changed to the S-10 mostly because of the shaft drive and was pleasantly surprised with the rest of the bike. I'm very happy with my Tenere.
 

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The Super Tenere has a feature I am not aware of on any other bike and I believe it is very important and overlooked. It is immune from torque roll because it has transverse crank axis, like most chain-driven bikes, AND yet it offers a shaft drive.

I don't understand why bike reviews never comment on torque roll. It is a hazard when using a longitudinal engine / shaft-drive bike in demanding ways or in low traction situations.

BMW doesn't have what the Super Tenere offers. Moto Guzzi doesn't have this. Honda doesn't have this. Suzuki doesn't have this...

When discussing bikes, this is the big eliminator of all other shaft-drive competition from being completely satisfactory in my mind. It seems to me Yamaha wanted to produce a superior motorcycle, and did so, and still nobody has been calling out the other manufacturers for torque roll.

Please educate me if I am incorrect.
Torque roll never seemed like an issue to me on the Beemers. Noticeable at first but then it was just part of the bike and pretty much forgotten.
 

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Best commuter bike ever!


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I am a ST rider since 2012. I've ridden that gal from my former home on Long Island ,NY up the coast through Nova Scotia, PEI, New Brunswick, all of Quebec, and back home. I've ridden her form my new home in the East Bay of San Francisco down to LA and back. Highways, logging trails, fire breaks, city streets, and suburbs. I thoroughly love this bike and i'm about to do the R4, Arrow headers, reflash mods to smooth out her response and give her a little gogo juice. Point being, I am a dedicated Yamaha ST guy.
However. There was a time when I worked in Manhattan at the WTC site for several months and continued to work in NYC (Local 94 Operating Engineers) for a few years after. I commuted to the city from Long Island, a 2 hour commute through some of the most brutal and dangerous traffic in the country, on thee only bike that you should commute to, through, and home from a city on. The Kawasaki KLR is and will always be the best utilitarian motorcycle around. It's cheap, tall and narrow enough (at least the early models) to squeeze in and out of the never ending flowing river of aluminum and plastic. There is a VAST aftermarket to do what ever you want to make them fit your needs. It is the hammer in the tool bag of the motorcycle world. I rode KLR's from 89 til this year when I sold my beloved 96 before I moved west. I'm no longer a commuter, just a pleasure rider out to see as much as I can and hit some of the BDR's before I'm too old. But if I had to get up and ride my butt into SF every morn to go to work, you can bet I'd be straddling my old '96 with the ST waiting for her chance on the weekends.
 
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Regarding torque roll, the first time I experienced it was on a test ride of an airhead. I was turning right onto the apex of a curve on a highway at the end of the street the owner lived on. I needed to get up to speed quickly to reduce the risk and found out about torque roll by surprise when the bike ended up on the edge of the rear tire with me countersteering.
I get that it is part of the ride. I bought that bike. However, it is not without risk. Much of my riding is on cold wet pavement and so I may be more concerned about neutral behaviour than most.
 
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Bought a brand new 2016 and rode ~700 miles so far, I can't wait to take it to Santa Cruz mountains again and again.

Now that a helibar was added and the seat was made level, I should be able to ride 400 miles a day.
What do you mean by the seat was made level?
 
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