Category: Dailies


French motorcycle designer Bako, previously responsible for penning the 97kg Tucson BT550 Superleggera, has created this image of what he thinks the 2011 Yamaha Super Tenere will look like when it's revealed tomorrow. The rendering, created exclusively for Hell For Leather, was extrapolated from the Yamaha Super Tenere Concept, the leaked toy shots and Yamaha's own silhouettes, as well as Yamaha's own XT660Z Tenere.

"I included a muffler which only leaves on the left side, which is
confirmed on the prototype seen at Tokyo," says Bako. "Contrasting
colors define rather well large protectors for the side-mounted
radiators. For the rear, the saddle seems rather long and it should,
considering the vocation of Tenere as a comfortable motorcycle. The
option of large the bags for the Raid model suggest a simple subframe
created more for functional than aesthetics. The shape of the tank
is clear from the prototype seen at the show."

Yamaha itself has revealed the bike will be equipped with 3-mode ABS and
linked brakes, switchable engine maps, drive-by-wire throttle, traction
control, shaft drive, a parallel-twin with a 270-degree crank and a
long range fuel tank. It's being directly targeted at the BMW R1200GS
and KTM 990 Adventure, but will likely give the more road-biased Ducati Multistrada 1200 a run for its money too.

Check back here tomorrow at 2pm EST for the real thing.

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