Yamaha Suoer Tenere 1200
After all the waiting...ssssszzzz!!!
Sorry, i must have dozed off.That is how i feel when looking at this behemoth.
I was expecting something that gelled together,somthing radical like the factory PARIS/DAKAR bikes of old.The front and rear of the bike don't go,the frame looks like its been cobbled together in a hurry,no radial calipers,(IF JUST FOR THE LOOKS),fit & finish look typical Jap(cheap looking)rubber hoses(still!!!)silencer looks like it came from a design project from a secondary school kid and there's not even a name brand(Renthal,magura,Ohlins),what a let down,well,it is too me(i bet the price/insurance won't be though).
Don't get me wrong,it takes some getting used to a new design,bikes always look different in reality compared with photo's,but having seen the Tenere 660 photo's,when it came on the scene,then in the flesh,(a bike that should have been a beauty, but turned into a pig ugly, final production, watered down more than your locals beer,load of crap!!!
Its frustrating from a prospective buyers view,you hear of these bikes coming onto the market,see super looking pre-production designs in the mags and expect great things,but when they actually appear, you're chin hits the floor and your heart drops into your stomach.Your hopes have been dashed,no matter what power,comfort,etc the bike offers.......
Another thing,although i appreciate, that being mass produced, fit and finish will always be average(pity the price isn't),but if the likes of KTM,BMW and DUCATI can get things right(well ,mostly) why can't the big Jap 4.The SUPER TENERE 1200 may have,the touring factor stiched up,but why so ugly?
The BMW R1200 Gs ADVENTURE took some gettting used to when it appeared but somehow it has that querkiness in looks you get too love quicky,and a qulity that is acceptable considering what you pay for what is after all a motorbike!!.
Yamaha should go back and look to their PARIS-DAKAR factoy protoypes for style.
I think all started too go wrong with TENERE 660XTZ 5 VALVE model of the early 90's,a good name/design dilluted,to suit more touring orientated people.
Me,nah,i'll keep Saving and go for either the BMW or KTM unless Yamaha bring out an SP model clothed in bits of carbon,radial calipers Ohlins front/rear,Renthal bars,steel braided hoses all round, a decent looking can,and fit and finish to go with what i bet is a well polished price no doubt!!!