Pay how much for a Super Tenere!?!?..

Yamaha may have priced the Super Tenere out of reach of decent sales numbers.  French bike site MotoStation says ‘reliable sources’ (love to know where people find them) have leaked the price of Yamaha’s most anticipated bike of 2010. 

Allegedly the R1200 GS killing Super Tenere will cost a whopping €14,999
(£13,416) inclusive of ABS when it launches in June of this year.  With BMW's 2010 revised GS 1200 getting good reviews for adding performance but maintaining a sub £10,000 price point Yamaha may have made a fatal error.  It's also priced higher than the new Ducati Multistrada 1200 another potential competitor.  The Super Tenere is going to have to be really super to justify this.  

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A Better View of the Super Tenere..

A few more details have appeared on Yamaha's Super Tenere teaser web site, with a slightly clearer picture of the bike's look revealing R1 style projector bulb headlights.  This is in keeping with the concept showcased a few months back and will set the bike apart from the existing Tenere range.

Yamaha give the bike a glowing tech filled promo speech on the site a bit of which is below.  Fingers crossed it can live up to the hype.  It's clearly aimed at taking on the BMW GS range for adventure and mile munching touring, something the Ducati Multistrada can't do due to the cripplingly small tank range.


"If you’re looking for an intelligent adventure travel bike to conquer
absolutely everything the world throws at you, look no further than the
new Super Ténéré.
We’ve fitted a big displacement parallel twin engine with shaft drive,
utilising 270˚ crankshaft technology to offer unsurpassed levels of
power, torque and traction – perfect for any extreme situation you face
on your adventure.

We’ve made the new Super Ténéré highly advanced to give optimal
mechanical performance as well as superb levels of rider feel and
control. That’s why you’ll find our Yamaha Chip-Controlled Throttle
system (YCC-T) on the new Super Ténéré, with traction control to
inspire confidence on every surface. Then there’s hi-tech ABS, as well
as our Unified Brake System (UBS), which links front and rear brakes
for rider comfort, and comes blessed with enough intelligence to adapt
to every situation – on and off-road. After all, when you’re deep in
unknown territory and you can't see far ahead, sometimes you need to
stop in a heartbeat. Then, when you’ve caught your breath, you need to
get moving again, whatever the surface.

In early 2010 it’s time to go far beyond the desert to continue our
adventure elsewhere. Then we’ll take you to other inspirational places
to bring you more insights on the new Super Ténéré and on how we’ve
engineered it to conquer the most challenging terrains on earth."

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No Weather for Biking..

Owwwww…. Well it had to happen some time, my first spill off the bike.  Almost no speed to it but still an interesting experience.

Now anyone in the UK is probably saying to themselves "That fool was on two-wheels in this weather!!"  Well yes I was but only because I'd done it successfully before, but this time my luck ran out. 

I'm no fair-weather biker, rain, hail, ice, gale force winds, I'm there on the bike and loving it.  I rode my wee Suzuki GZ125 commuter all though the winter last year, and while the cold snap then wasn't as bad as this, I still braved ice and snow and managed to stay upright.

Unfortunately the policy in my local area seems to be to grit main roads and leave all side streets/minor roads, both rural and urban, to turn into ice rinks. 

As soon as I turned onto the last street to my destination this morning I could see it was pretty bad but I only had 100 yards to go to safety.  I dropped my speed from 25 to 15mph and crawled along, gently braking as I drew level with gates of the entrance to work.  Then with no wobble, slip, or warning, WHOOP! the bike was gone from under me and I was sliding along the road….bollocks.

Luckily the damage was minimal with my brake peddle and an indicator bent.  The large handlebar muffs I have comically employed to keep my hands from freezing made for a good shield against the iced over tarmac, saving me a few £'s in repairs for sure.

Well I'm in the club now, I've had a wee motorcycle crash, one I can gladly limp away from.  It was a jarring experience making you realise just how vulnerable you are on a bike, and how close and hard the ground is!  In a strange way I'm kind of glad it did happen as I have always wondered if the armour etc actually worked, and how I would feel confidence-wise after something like this.  I'm glad to report I've taken a hammer to the brake peddle and will be riding home later.

May any future crashes be low speed slips, and I think I'll ask the wife for the lend of her car tomorrow : )

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