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Calling the 2010 Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere "the R1 of adventure tourers" isn't just hyperbole, it shares important technology with the superbike, most evidently in the crossplane crankshaft. In the R1, that innovation eliminates inertial torque and alters the power delivery to make the most of available traction. In the Super Tenere, that should help get the 110bhp and 84lb/ft the 1199cc parallel-twin makes to the ground, whether that ground be asphalt, dirt or sand. Helping that along is a three mode traction control system that measures relative speeds of the front and rear wheels, then adjusts power to suit the riders demands. The traction control system is fully defeatable, but the ABS brakes are not.>

The Super Tenere's interesting mechanical spec doesn't stop there.
There's one radiator, mounted on the left side of the engine and final
drive is shaft to reduce maintenance. The parallel-twin engine is
mounted as far forward in the chassis as possible and relative to
opposed- or v-twin competitors is relatively short, allowing for an
exceptionally long swingarm, which should, in turn, help traction. The
battery and electrical components are mounted to the right of the
engine, mirroring the radiator.

Despite the lack of an ABS "off" switch, Yamaha is serious about the
Super Tenere's off-road ability, fitting it with a 19-inch front wheel
and a 17-inch rear. Both wheels are spoked, but tubeless. The riding
position has been optimized for both seated and standing positions and
brush guards are standard. Stand up on the pegs and the
vibration-reducing rubber insert will compress, allowing your boots to
grip the spiked metal pegs. Side engine protectors and a sump guard are
also standard and the rear subframe is reinforced to survive impacts
even while the panniers are fitted and fully loaded. At 6.07 gallons,
the oversized fuel tank should allow some serious distance between fill
ups. A 12-volt power socket mounted in the  is also standard, the seat
adjusts between 33.3 and 34.3 inches in height and the screen is also

Fully-fueled, the Super Tenere weighs 261kg/575lbs.

Yamaha USA has no official plans to import the Super Tenere. However, we
hear that should enough interest be registered and if the financial
numbers ad up, we could see it here soon.


Type:    Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, inline 2-cylinder, 4-valve, fuel injected, twin spark engine
Displacement:         1199cc
Bore x stroke:        98 x 79.5 mm
Compression ratio:        11.0:1
Firing intervals:        270- and 450-degree points
Max. Power:            80.9kW (110PS) @7,250rpm
Max. Torque:            114.1 Nm (11.6kgf・m) @6,000 rpm
Lubrication system:        Dry sump
Fuel supply system:        Fuel Injection
Clutch type:            Wet, multiple-disc diaphragm spring
Ignition system:        Twin spark
Starter system:        Electric
Transmission system:    Constant mesh, 6-speed
Final transmission:        Shaft
Throttle system:        Yamaha Chip-Controlled Throttle (YCC-T)
Yamaha D-MODE:        2 modes, Sport (S) and Touring (T)
Traction control:        3 modes, TCS1, TCS2 and OFF
Exhaust System:        2-into-1

Frame:    Steel tube backbone
Front suspension:    Upside-down telescopic fork, 43 mm inner tube, adjustable preload, compression and rebound damping
Front wheel travel:        190 mm
Rear suspension:        Monoshock, adjustable preload and rebound damping
Rear wheel travel:        190 mm
Front brake:    Hydraulic Twin 310 mm wave discs, ABS/Unified Brake System
Rear brake:            Hydraulic Single 282 mm wave disc
Front tyre:            110/80/19
Rear tyre:            150/70/17

Overall length:        2,250 mm
Overall width:        980 mm
Overall height:        1,410 mm
Seat height:            Adjustable 845-870 mm
Wheelbase:            1,540 mm
Min. ground clearance:    205 mm
Wet weight:            261 kg (includes full oil and fuel tank):
Fuel capacity:        23 litres
Oil capacity:            4.2 litres

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