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: 730 56.7%
  • It's exactley what I thought it would be

    Votes: 475 36.9%
  • It's not quite what I thought it would be

    Votes: 77 6.0%
  • It's nothing like I thought it would be

    Votes: 6 0.5%

  • Total voters
    1,288

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DSN
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I purchased my 2015 non-ES brand new. Rode it all over northern Italy in the Alps and Dolomites, and then in the US. Put over 13,000 miles on it. The bike was flawless. Always easy to handle, did exactly what I wanted, felt very stable on the highway at fast speeds or in high cross-winds, and was very forgiving at any speed and gear. Ergonomics was perfect, weather protection was perfect, and it brought a smile to my face.

Wasn't riding it as much due to living in a more congested area (with terrible drivers), no longer had a garage, and had other family responsibilities to think about (costs and risks). I traded it in as I bought a new car. I know why I made that decision, but regret giving up the ST and miss it.
Sorry you sold it. I am kinda in a same situation as I have a Super Tenere and have just purchased a new Yamaha Tenere 700 and love it also. I can't justify both bikes along with a street legal WR450 but I don't want to get rid of any of them. I think the only answer for me is to stop buying motorcycles.
 

Filbert

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Joined
Jul 6, 2017
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Location
Regina Saskatchewan Canada
I bought mine new in 17. I have just over 26000 km on it now. I find it has been a wonderful bike. Better than expected fuel economy and the best gravel road bike I have owned. I had a KLR before this and the super tenere beats it in every aspect. Great all around bike.
 

VRODE

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Joined
Aug 7, 2014
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Location
Northern Vermont
Just an update.
Been dealing with a bum knee that has gotten weaker over time. It's been deteriorating for years but it's accelerated since 2015. I bought the ST in 2016 and have really enjoyed it. But having to pick it up (parking lot drops) twice, and wheeling it around, make me realize it's a big beast. This year is not the year to replace it though as I'm making the move to a total knee replacement.
So to entertain myself this winter I started the long, arduous trek I usually put myself thru when contemplating a new bike. All kinds of makes and styles were considered. I also considered used bikes, as some models I like can be had for quite a discount. The hard part is balancing what I like, versus what I really need. I still really like FJRs. Pros...Shaft, comfort, reliable. Cons.....a little heavy, not really a dirt road bike. I keep coming back to "If I could find a bike that had those FJR attributes I like so much AND was good on milder dirt conditions, it would be great" My first ride this spring brought it all back. I'm sure I'll eventually want a change, but it's not this year. And if my knee comes back stronger (it can't be much worse than it is now) I'm sure Godzilla and I have more than a few good years left. Hope everyone has a good riding season!
 

fac191

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Jun 22, 2016
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London
Just an update.
Been dealing with a bum knee that has gotten weaker over time. It's been deteriorating for years but it's accelerated since 2015. I bought the ST in 2016 and have really enjoyed it. But having to pick it up (parking lot drops) twice, and wheeling it around, make me realize it's a big beast. This year is not the year to replace it though as I'm making the move to a total knee replacement.
So to entertain myself this winter I started the long, arduous trek I usually put myself thru when contemplating a new bike. All kinds of makes and styles were considered. I also considered used bikes, as some models I like can be had for quite a discount. The hard part is balancing what I like, versus what I really need. I still really like FJRs. Pros...Shaft, comfort, reliable. Cons.....a little heavy, not really a dirt road bike. I keep coming back to "If I could find a bike that had those FJR attributes I like so much AND was good on milder dirt conditions, it would be great" My first ride this spring brought it all back. I'm sure I'll eventually want a change, but it's not this year. And if my knee comes back stronger (it can't be much worse than it is now) I'm sure Godzilla and I have more than a few good years left. Hope everyone has a good riding season!
Way to go dude.
 

pilleway

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May 18, 2019
Messages
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Location
Mexico
Just an update.
Been dealing with a bum knee that has gotten weaker over time. It's been deteriorating for years but it's accelerated since 2015. I bought the ST in 2016 and have really enjoyed it. But having to pick it up (parking lot drops) twice, and wheeling it around, make me realize it's a big beast. This year is not the year to replace it though as I'm making the move to a total knee replacement.
So to entertain myself this winter I started the long, arduous trek I usually put myself thru when contemplating a new bike. All kinds of makes and styles were considered. I also considered used bikes, as some models I like can be had for quite a discount. The hard part is balancing what I like, versus what I really need. I still really like FJRs. Pros...Shaft, comfort, reliable. Cons.....a little heavy, not really a dirt road bike. I keep coming back to "If I could find a bike that had those FJR attributes I like so much AND was good on milder dirt conditions, it would be great" My first ride this spring brought it all back. I'm sure I'll eventually want a change, but it's not this year. And if my knee comes back stronger (it can't be much worse than it is now) I'm sure Godzilla and I have more than a few good years left. Hope everyone has a good riding season!
My best wishes for you knee to become stronger and enjoy Godzilla for many years!!
My best regards.
 

Sierra1

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Nov 7, 2016
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The FJR is my second favorite bike. The power is intoxicating, and is about the only thing I really miss about it. I would think your knees would prefer the Tenere's more relaxed seating position.

Good luck with the bionic knee.
 
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