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.