I came to the Tenere from a Hayabusa. Bit of a step I know. At the same time I also owned an Aprilia Caponord, but with the g/f passing her DAS there was no need to have two large bikes, so they were both sold. First impressions of the Tenere were it's strong aesthetic. It was the first bike I had seen in a while that I actually took a shine to. I don't own a car so bikes are the only mode of transport for me, the Ten was going to have to fill that role well. So, now at over 11,000 miles and just over a year old, what do I think of it? Well the dull commute is dispensed with no problem. The bike spends most of the time above 5,000rpm and feels just fine. Roundabouts and overtakes are dealt with swiftly and easily. Some say that the bike is overbraked, with it's twin discs up front. I disagree. With a view to carrying a pillion, luggage and a full tank of fuel, it's nice to have that extra stopping power. On the going side the bike can feel a little pushed when fully laden, but then it's going to isn't it? You just find yourself planning your actions more and riding smoother.
Those 11,000 miles haven't been uneventful; a front end slide exiting a left hander at ca.50mph saw me testing the engine bars and tank plastics. I'm pleased to say that the bike survived fine, and I was able to pick it up and ride it the 25 miles home before straightening the handlebars and replacing the £28 plastic tank protector. The cush drive rubbers and crankcase breather were replaced under warranty, and, for a budget bike there's been few other issues.
I wasn't happy with the stock seat so had that refoamed and reshaped, and found the rear shock lacking after almost 10,000miles so a replacement was built by Nitron. A worthwhile improvement.
I've done a few long jaunts on it, including a 400 mile run in a day to the Isle of Arran, and found the economy to have averaged 53mpg over the period of my ownership. Sitting for hours on motorways isn't the ideal place for the bike, but it manages fine. It truly feels at home on the smaller A and B roads, and let's be honest, they're far nicer places to make your trip on. When opportunity has presented itself I've taken the bike along forest roads and trails and there's been no scary moments. Likewise during all the snow we've had, I was one of the few vehicles in the works car park.
Overall I would recommend the bike quite highly. In fact a friend has just bought one and is becoming equally enamoured.