What is a high mileage for a Super Tenere?

MIKE R

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Had my bike for almost 5 years now and it's showing just under 42000m.

I really like the bike and it has never let me down and is well maintained but I'm wondering if it's worth trading to a 1 year old bike with less than 6k under its wheels that I've seen.

I know that they are a lot of riders out there with high mileage Super Tens. At what age/mileage did your bike start to show sighs of age/developing problems?

Just for reference it is a Gen 2 with electronic suspenders

Thanks in advance for any of your thoughts/experiences

Mike
 

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I've got 65,000 miles (about 105,000 K) on my 2014. So far, I've had a couple headlights burn out, and just recently I replaced the rear wheel bearings (one had gone bad). That's literally all that's gone wrong on mine. I'm going to replace the fork seals this month, mainly as a preventative thing for this year's riding season, but they're my original seals and they've never leaked.
 

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I have gen 2014 and same here couple of headlight globes. Not even a spoke loose. This is 60000km, mostly service myself due too financial constraints.

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I have a 2011, purchased in 2016 with 4,800kms now has 96,000kms. Other than the usual servicing consumables have replace 1 x fork seal around 80,000ks, rear wheel bearing 94,000ks and a couple headlight globes - that's about it. Steering bearing is a bit notchy and will replaced soon.

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At 50,000 miles I traded my 2013 for a new 2018, the main thing I was after was cruise control but there are lots of other small but very nice improvements. It was an expensive trade but I’m happy.
If I had known about all the nice improvements coming for the 2020 Honda Africa Twin DCT I might have waited and bought one of those instead.
 

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I have a 2011, purchased in 2016 with 4,800kms now has 96,000kms. Other than the usual servicing consumables have replace 1 x fork seal around 80,000ks, rear wheel bearing 94,000ks and a couple headlight globes - that's about it. Steering bearing is a bit notchy and will replaced soon.

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hi lozza,

can i ask what is a headlight globe

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I know that they are a lot of riders out there with high mileage Super Tens. At what age/mileage did your bike start to show sighs of age/developing problems?
My 2015 has 66.000 100% trouble free miles on the clock (106.000 km).
Based on what others with higher mileage have experienced, I expect to be able to double (or even triple) that mileage without any major issues.

When we talk reliability and longevity it mostly comes down to proper servicing and being on top of things.
I regularly do extended trips abroad and would hate to deal with issues on the road that I could have fixed at my convenience at home.
For that reason I try to replace wear parts before they fail - it costs a bit more $$ (not much) but besides keeping the bike 100% fit for fight it buys me peace of mind - especially when I'm far from home.
As an example I replaced all 3 seals in the "pumpkin" last year during winter storage (they had never leaked).
Next time I change the tires (around 120.000 km) I plan on replacing all the wheel bearings - at the same time it will be time for new fork oil where I will check and maybe replace the fork seals.

As a result of my approach to bike maintenance my bikes always feels new and tight no matter the mileage - and in 30 years/600.000 km I've only been left stranded because of a technical issue ones (and that was on a less than 1 year old 650 V-Strom).
 
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My good buddy just turned 105,000 miles.

The only thing note worthy has been a little issue with a TPS sensor recently.








Just a quick update: This little issue has been resolved with the Yamaha provided warranty TB wire (patch)..... Evidently, this was the issue and was fixed by Yamaha quickly. He now has 107,500 Miles on his 2012 Tenere....
I see this bike about once a week because we are friends. The bike still runs and sounds like a new 2020 bike....

I would not hesitate to buy a Tenere with 30+ K miles on it.... From everything I have seen "mechanical wise", these bikes should hit 200K miles with no issue (with a little bit of normal maintenance)
 
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Given all these responses I would be foolish to even consider a change with such a low mileage!

Although I'm not very good with spanners I know of a local indy mechanic who is. Early each year I take my bike to him and tell him to go though it with a fine tooth comb and grease, clean or replace anything that is needed as well as giving the bike a good service.

I've been doing this since 18k miles and the only thing to let me down so far is one light bulb whilst on the way to Croatia

Thanks all

Mike
 

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I sold my 2010 gen 1 at 44k kms. I now have a 2015 gen 2 with 10k kms. They are almost different bikes. I would update if you can afford it. I don't like bikes with more than 40k kms. This one will be sold at 30k kms.

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o_O Seriously? It take me that long to get to the really know the bike.
Yeah that was the oldest bike I have ever owned. Always buy new and turn over quickly. I keep cars for 15 years but they are different. I'll probaly get a T700 in the next 12 months. I love to farkle and I love that new bike feel.


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