Yamaha Super Tenere 1200 to cost £13,500

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Yamaha has confirmed the new ‘first edition’ version of the 2010 Super Tenere 1200 will cost £13,500 in the UK.

The Super Tenere is the bike Yamaha is aiming squarely at the BMW R1200GS and the lucrative and ever-growing adventure bike market.

If you were to spec up a BMW R1200GS to a similar level as the Yamaha Tenere it would take the basic price of £9925 to around £12,200 – just under £1300 less than the Yamaha.

The Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere will first appear in a limited ‘first edition’ guise during 2010. This first model will come with parts that will be available as optional accessories in 2011.       

The bike will only be available by reserving it online – no dealers will be getting demo bikes and everything will be sold online; just like the Yamaha V-Max was in 2008.

To underline the limited edition Super Tenere’s off road ability, the bike will come fitted with left and right aluminium 30-litre (tbc) panniers, purpose-fit headlight protector (for off-road use only), and sturdy aluminium bash plate.

A unique first edition decal will set this bike apart from the basic model.

The basic undressed (read cheaper) version of the Super Tenere will appear in 2011 and buyers will be introduced to a world of genuine Yamaha accessories to spec their bikes in a similar way to BMW’s popular R1200GS.

Official accessories listed so far (www.yamaha-motor-acc.com) on top of the panniers and bash plate for the Super Tenere are:

Taller screen
Twin fog light kit
Engine crash bars
Heated handlebar grips
Wind deflector panels
Super Tenere tagged tank pad
35mm lower rider’s seat
Tank bag
Aluminium 30-litre top box
Inner bags for panniers and top box
LED indicators with black, chromed or carbon fibre finish

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Andy Downes

By Andy Downes

Former MCN Senior Reporter