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Offline Chaps

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Want to buy 2014 Super Tenere for $8500
« on: December 29, 2017, 02:11:49 pm »
Just joined on my birthday today.  I am thinking of buying a 2014 Super Tenere with $2000 worth if upgrades.  It has 12000 miles on it.  I have seen many complaints about the weight of these bikes, and other issues.  I currently have a 650 Vstrom.  Has any body got some feedback... I mostly commute to work, but want a bike I can yearly take of road to hunt and camp in Oregon and Nevada.  I am a Navy and Marine Corps chaplain in San Diego and would use the bike to visit my troops in the field. I need some good feed back about likes and dislikes about this bike because I can't find one to test drive.  The bike I am looking at is several hours away.  Thank you and God's blessings to all.

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Re: Want to buy 2014 Super Tenere for $8500
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2017, 02:19:23 pm »
Welcome aboard and thanks for your service, in more than one way.


We have a number of owners who came from the Strom world and will give you lots of comparisons. We ourselves had a 650 and hope to soon sell the DL1000. The Tenere is the keeper of the three.


I'd suggest using the Search  block on the home page and you will find a number of previous similar discussions.
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Re: Want to buy 2014 Super Tenere for $8500
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2017, 02:34:53 pm »
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Re: Want to buy 2014 Super Tenere for $8500
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2017, 02:50:04 pm »
I came over from a DL650, and haven't ever looked back.  The Super Tenere is a lot like a DL650 on steroids; there's just more of what you liked about the V-Strom.  The weight has never been an issue to me; it weighs more on paper than a V-Strom, but with a full tank of gas, my V-Strom felt like the heavier bike.  The V-Strom may have been more "flickable", but the Super Tenere feels more planted, which is an important factor if you do a lot of commuting on interstate highways with lots of big trucks around.  Brakes and suspension are much better on the S10.  I prefer the shaft drive to a chain.  The S10 has higher valve check interval than the V-Strom (26,000 vs 17,000).  Around 30 extra HP on the S10, which is also helpful if your commute is on the interstates.  MPG is less on the S10:  I get around 45 mpg in the summer, and it was about 50-51mpg on the V-Strom.  The S10 engine has a very different feel to it than the V-Strom.  It revs lower, and some people describe it as "tractor-like".  I didn't feel that way.  It feels different, but not worse.  It's very roomy, if you travel with a passenger.  I had a Harley Road King at one time, and my usual passenger says she has a lot more room on the S10 than she did on the Harley, and it's more comfortable.  She told me it's more roomy and comfortable that the V-Strom, too.  The stock seat on the S10 is more comfortable that the V-Strom, though that isn't saying a whole lot. 

I bought my 2014 brand new.  It now has just shy of 44,000 miles on it.  In that time, the only thing I've had to actually fix (that wasn't routine maintenance) were two burned out headlight bulbs.  I've done all the maintenance myself (oil changes, fork oil changes, brake pads, brake/clutch fluid flushes, tire changes, etc) with the exception of the first valve check, and I'm no mechanic.  Maintenance is straightforward.  Believe me, lifting the tank on the S10 is WAY easier than doing it on the V-Strom. 

The DL650 is an excellent bike, and I wouldn't bad-mouth it for a second.  I just like my S10 even more.
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Re: Want to buy 2014 Super Tenere for $8500
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2017, 08:43:19 pm »
you will never know until you ride one, Chaps, with a simple hello.....
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Re: Want to buy 2014 Super Tenere for $8500
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2017, 09:14:34 am »
As far as the weight of the bike, my wife went from a lowered first gen DL650 to a lowered first gen Super Tenere.  The first time she picked it up off the kickstand she looked at me and said, "it's so light."  Although it weighs more than the Wee, it is not top heavy like the Stroms (we've had 3 of those).  Neither one is fun to pick up off the ground, but I used to pick up her Wee more than I've ever needed to pick up her Tenere.  The Tenere just doesn't hit the ground as often.

I would love to buy her a bike that is more matched to her 5'6" size, but after 2 Teneres, more than 35,000 miles, in all kinds of weather, she feels completely at home and safe on her Tenere.  There's no getting her to switch. 

Don't let the weight of the bike be the reason to keep you from getting it.  The weight contributes to a very stable bike.  Unless you expect to drop it constantly,  it is more a positive than a negative.   
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Re: Want to buy 2014 Super Tenere for $8500
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2017, 12:05:17 pm »
Stationed at North Island then?  Probably the only thing that would give me pause is going over the Coronado Bay Bridge, but that has more to do with my fear of falling versus any quality of the bike.  I used to commute all over SoCal on my FJR, and given the constant deterioration of the roads there, I would choose the ST over the FJR every time now...
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Re: Want to buy 2014 Super Tenere for $8500
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2017, 12:21:44 pm »
I'm the seller of the bike you're looking at (small world) and I'll say here what I've told you via email.

While this bike is likely the heaviest of its class on paper, it feels very, very, light once it starts moving because Yamaha did an excellent job lowering the center of gravity on it. The Super Tenere feels lighter than my old Tiger 800XC because of how the weight is distributed.
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Re: Want to buy 2014 Super Tenere for $8500
« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2017, 01:27:28 pm »
I am on my second Super Tenere, which is a 2014 ES. My son bought a new 2009 DL650 ABS , put over 40,000 miles on it and in June, 2015 bought a 2014 Super Tenere ES. Our first trip was to the S10 Rally in Arkansas and when we first got to the good Ozark twisty backroads in Missouri, he came on our headsets and said "Wow, this thing is so easy to ride!" He loved the Wee, but loves his S10 even more.

No problem with the weight, if you are planning on riding it. If you plan to do bench presses with it, it might be a different story. :-)
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Re: Want to buy 2014 Super Tenere for $8500
« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2018, 04:36:06 pm »
I had a '15 Ducati Multistrada betweeen S10 number one and S10 number 2.  I would think the Multistrada is about the lightest in the class and to be honest I never noticed the difference in weight.  S10 is a big easy.

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Re: Want to buy 2014 Super Tenere for $8500
« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2018, 05:28:00 pm »
I will jump on the weight bandwagon.  I just bought a 2014 Super Ten for $9,000 with 20K+ miles.  I do not regret that at all.  I was riding a BMW F650GS before and this bike feels way lighter, way more powerful, and super maneuverable in comparison.  I also don't have the 70mph buzz that the Beemer had.  Go for it!

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Re: Want to buy 2014 Super Tenere for $8500
« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2018, 07:40:30 pm »
The S10 seems like a great choice for you.  I went from a little DR650 to the S10, but I was strongly considering a brand new DL650 strom.  So for me it was - get a used 2013 S10 or get a new v-strom 650.  I agree with everything said above.  It really came down to the quality of componentry.  On the S10, everything was just better, IE suspension, brakes, shaft, ruggedness, and power.  After reading the numbers, I too was a little concerned about the weight and possible "lack of flick-ability."  Jumping from the DR to the S10 for my commute, it initially felt like a behemoth but that very quickly subsided.  No complaints on its agility, but I'm also not a rider that pushes the envelope much on the street.  For off road, I've ridden a bit on some pretty technical single track and fire-roads.  No real complaints worth mentioning here.  It means little, but it did more than fine on a couple group off-road rides that included bikes ranging from GSAs to thumpers.  Like you, in reality it's mainly for commuting, which I've done year-round since buying in 2016 with 16k miles.  I never planned on being a year-round commuter in the D.C. area, but it's been such a great riding bike.  I now have nearly 40K with zero issues other than a slightly sticky throttle cable when temps go under around 20F :)  I absolutely love the S10 and intend on keeping it.

 

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