Bike of the Day: Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere

Published: 24 April 2018

Why it’s MCN’s pick:

Yamaha’s Super Tenere is the forgotten bike in the adventure class and although in many ways it simply can’t match the mighty GS, it shouldn’t be overlooked if you are after a road-biased adventure-styled machine.

Launched in 2010, the Super Tenere uses an 1199cc parallel twin that fires out a decent 109bhp with 84ftlb of torque. Add to this a very comfortable riding position, good screen (with a poor adjustment system) and electronics such as traction control and ABS and it all adds up to a bike that ticks all the right boxes. So much so, in fact, that owners rave about them. So why aren’t they more popular?

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The truth of the matter is that the Tenere is a little too refined, which makes it a bit too heavy for some riders and that’s not great on a bike with a tall 845mm seat height. On the flip side, this refinement adds up to a machine with beautiful build quality and an ability to soak up the miles with minimal effort.

If your adventuring involves tarmac and not dirt, give the Super Tenere a try as it is good value in the used market and may well surprise you with its overall feeling of quality and plushness.

 

Seller says:

“If you are looking for a big trailie motorcycle that offers a lot for your money, this XT1200 Z Super Tenere is the answer. Mightily under-rated, this bike will take you to the farthest corners of the world no problem. With 18,145 miles on its clocks, this bike comes with a full service history, ABS, traction control, adjustable front and rear suspension, dark smoke tint touring screen and spoiler, aftermarket slip-on exhaust, heated grips and six-months warranty.”

 

You can see this Yamaha and find more Super Teneres for sale here.

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