2012 Yamaha Super Tenere

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2012 Yamaha Super Tenere

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The adventure class of motorbikes just got a little bit larger with the launch of the new Yamaha Super Tenere. The 2012 Yamaha Super Tenere is an all-new entry into the American adventure motorcycle class. The Yamaha Tenere has been in production for about 30 years in other parts of the world, but 2012 is the debut for the model in the United States.

The 2012 Yamaha Super Tenere is a large bike that is powered by a large 1199cc parallel twin engine that is equipped with dual counterbalancers and a 270 degree crankshaft. The crankshaft features an uneven firing order that improves traction, as well as giving the exhaust an interesting sound. Mounting the radiator on the side has allowed a shorter wheelbase and better overall weight distribution of the 2012 Yamaha Super Tenere.

Riders can choose between two different modes when riding the Super Tenere. During riding, the rider can switch between the modes as long as the throttle is closed. Choosing Sport mode means a sharper response by the throttle, while Touring makes for a less aggressive ride. Traction control can also be operated in three different modes to allow for more or less control by the bike or rider. The traction control system works by adjusting throttle response, ignition timing, and fuel injection based on speed differences detected between the front and rear wheel.

For a heavy bike, the performance and handling of the 2012 Yamaha Super Tenere is powerful and agile. It will never be mistaken for a smaller bike, but the large engine provides more than enough power for riders who want a quicker ride. It has one of the smaller turning radiuses in its class and excellent maneuverability, although it is much better on the pavement than off road. Off road riding can be difficult, particularly when the bike is fully loaded. The ride is basically vibration free due to a primary balancer, as well as rubber covers on the foot pegs.

New For 2012
  • The engine in the 2012 Yamaha Super Tenere is an all new 1199cc liquid cooled, DOHC, four-valve, inline twin that is compact and lightweight and produces 80 lb-ft of torque. The new engine contains an all new four-valve cylinder head design that provides a compact combustion chamber for the valves that have been coated in Isonite for longer durability. The crankshaft has been newly designed with a 270 degree uneven firing order, which reduces inertial torque and provides improved rear wheel traction and throttle response that is more linear. The air box has been redesigned to maximize power and torque output by optimizing airflow.

2012 Yamaha Super Tenere Specs

  • Model: XTZ12
  • Engine Type: 1199 cc, liquid-cooled, four-valve, inline twin
  • Bore and Stroke: 98 x 79.5mm
  • Compression ratio: 11:1
  • Valve Train: DOHC, two-cylinder
  • Induction: Mikuni 46mm throttle body fuel injection
  • Ignition: TCI / Electric
  • Transmission: Six-speed
  • Final Drive: Shaft
  • Fuel Capacity: 6.0 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 47 mpg
  • Brakes (Front): Dual 310mm discs (ABS & Unified)
  • Brakes (Rear): 282mm disc (ABS & Unified)
  • Suspension (Front): Telescopic fork, 43mm tube, adjustable preload, compression and rebound damping, 7.48-inch travel
  • Suspension (Rear): Monoshock, adjustable preload and rebound damping, 7.48-inches of travel
  • Wheelbase: 60.6 inches
  • Rake: 28.0 degrees
  • Trail: 126 mm
  • Seat Height: 33.26 or 34.25 inches
  • Curb Weight: 574.2 lbs.
  • Tires (Front): 110/80R19 (tubeless)
  • Tires (Rear): 150/70R17 (tubeless)


  • Side cases made from anodized aluminum with a reinforced nylon frame are water resistant, hold up to 32 liters, and feature a one-key operating system. Lock cylinders and mount included.
  • Top case can hold up to 30 liters in an anodized, aluminum case with a reinforced nylon frame. Water resistant and a one-key operation.
  • Tank bag has strong magnets that make it easy to mount and remove and features an anti-slip bottom.
  • A three millimeter thick aluminum skid plate can replace the stock plastic one to cover the exposed engine, header pipes, and oil filter.
  • The grip warmer kit features grip heaters with a variable heat control and an auto shut-off function.
  • A taller windshield made from four millimeter hard-coated polycarbonate provides additional protection for riders from the wind. It has three adjustable height positions to make touring more comfortable.

Key Competitors For The 2012 Yamaha Super Tenere

  • BMW GS
  • KTM 990 Adventure
  • Triumph Tiger 1050
  • Ducati Multistrada 1200
  • Moto Guzzo Stelvio

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