Yamaha XT1200Z Super Ténéré | First Ride

From Dakar with love

By Roland Brown, Photography by Paul Barshon, Alessio Barbanti, Friedman Kirn

tech
SPEC
Evolution
Introduced in 1989 and discontinued in 1996, the Super Ténéré returns for 2010 with all-new 1199cc engine plus traction control and ABS.

Rivals
BMW R1200GS, Ducati Multistrada 1200, KTM 990 Adventure, Moto Guzzi Stelvio, Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom.

Price na
Engine type l-c parallel twin
Valve train DOHC, 8v
Displacement 1199cc
Bore x stroke 98.0 x 79.5mm
Compression 11.0:1
Fuel system EFI
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Transmission 6-speed
Claimed horsepower 108 bhp @ 7250 rpm
Claimed torque 84 lb.-ft. @ 6000 rpm
Frame Steel backbone
Front suspension 43mm Soqi fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension Soqi shock with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping
Front brake Dual Sumitomo four-piston calipers, 320mm discs, linked with ABS
Rear brake Nissin single-piston caliper, 282mm disc, linked with ABS
Front tire 110/80-19 Bridgestone BW501 Battlewing
Rear tire 150/70-17 Bridgestone BW501 Battlewing
Rake/trail 28.0°/5.0 in.
Seat height 33.3/34.3 in.
Wheelbase 60.6 in.
Fuel capacity 6.0 gal.
Claimed dry weight 539 lbs.
Colors Blue, gray
Available 2011
Warranty 12 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact Yamaha Motor Corp. USA
6555 Katella Ave.
Cypress, CA 90630
800.962.7926
www.yamaha-motor.com

Verdict 4 stars out of 5
A highly capable albeit expensive alternative to European adventure bikes.

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