Motorcycle Review of the Yamaha Super Tenere

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SEASON 26 | EPISODE 7

“the biggest improvement on this generation Tenere definitely comes through on the electronic management side of the equation.  With the ES version, you now get on the fly traffic suspension adjustment.  Out on the highway, no problem, soften it up for comfort.  Hitting the gravel?  No problem there either; with the touch of a button you can stiffen up the suspension for better control.”

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“The Super Ténéré® ES is built for adventure, with an exceptionally compact 1199cc parallel twin using a unique 270° crank for excellent torque and traction. Engine mass is kept low for great handling. Narrow 2-cylinder inline engine is slim and compact for carving tight lines in twisty mountain roads.” Yamaha

Three years after launching their current generation Super Tenere, Yamaha revised their top of the line ES with some thoughtful upgrades that totally enhance what was already a well-respected big boar adventure touring package.  In the engine department, horsepower was bumped a few ponies, while real world comfort was addressed by adding a tool-less adjustable windscreen, heated grips, and two position seat.  But the biggest improvement on this generation Tenere definitely comes through on the electronic management side of the equation.  With the ES version, you now get on the fly traffic suspension adjustment.  Out on the highway, no problem, soften it up for comfort.  Hitting the gravel?  No problem there either; with the touch of a button you can stiffen up the suspension for better control.  The ES also has a new cruise control system, two switchable engine power delivery maps along with a three-mode traction control system.  And there’s ABS.  Lots of bells and whistles to be sure but how does it all work?  Well, we asked serious adventure riding enthusiast, and loyal viewer, James Simzer.

 

 

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