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Bike of the Day: Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere

Published: 02 June 2018

Updated: 23 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?


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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