2012 Yamaha XT1200Z Super Ténéré | First Ride

Coming to America

By Tim Carrithers, Photography by Brian J. Nelson, Tom Riles

Tech Spec

Europeans know the 1983 XT600 Ténéré begat an improved '88 version, which inspired the XTZ750 Super Ténéré twin in '89. This iteration is the first to come to America.

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

Price $13,499
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 Mikuni EFI
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Transmission 6-speed
Claimed horsepower 108 bhp @ 7250 rpm
Claimed torque 84 lb.-ft. @ 6000 rpm
Frame Steel perimeter
Front suspension 43mm Kayaba fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension Single YHS shock with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping
Front brake Dual ADVICS four-piston calipers, 310mm discs, linked with ABS
Rear brake Nissin single-piston caliper, 282mm disc, linked with ABS
Front tire 110/80-19 Bridgestone BW501 Battle Wing
Rear tire 150/70-17 Bridgestone BW502 Battle Wing
Rake/trail 28.0º/5.0 in.
Seat height 33.3/34.3 in.
Claimed dry weight 538 lbs.
Colors Blue, black
Available May
Warranty 12 mo., unlimited mi.

Yamaha Motor Corp. USA
6555 Katella Ave.
Cypress, CA

Verdict 4 out of 5 stars
A very crafty opponent for that 30-year-old heavyweight Boxer.

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