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Re: Looking at picking up a second bike
« Reply #15 on: August 11, 2017, 04:40:24 pm »
It's still early, but I really think so. My Concours is a '95 first generation bike. I've ridden the later ones, but the riding position is just too cramped for my old knees. The older bikes are great sport tourers and can eat up the miles and they do curves well, but they are also very top heavy. Slow speed parking lot maneuvering is not great. The Tenere seems to do quite well at both.

Part of the motivation from the Concours to the Triumph was a more comfortable seating position.  Glad to hear that the s10 is comfortable for you as my knees are also getting older too and that is all part of my thought process. 

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Re: Looking at picking up a second bike
« Reply #16 on: August 11, 2017, 05:36:29 pm »
I was out for a long ride in traffic today and I actually thought about this thread while I was out. I'm a fan of this bike. I like nearly everything about it. I'm also a fan of Triumphs triples and I don't think this engine matches them. I don't think I'll be trading on a Triumph anytime soon, but if this engine was more like the 1050's, it wouldn't hurt my feelings any.
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Re: Looking at picking up a second bike
« Reply #17 on: August 11, 2017, 06:21:39 pm »
Maybe I'm getting old, but....how much power do we need?  I haven't had my Tenere as long as many of y'all, but I have yet to have the thought "gee, I wish I had more power".  The FJR has, in my opinion, the most USEABLE power in a motorcycle; any gear, any speed, twist the throttle....gone....without drama.  I ride in "S" all of the time.  I have to be careful with throttle, or the back tire breaks loose; and I weigh 310lbs.  That being said, if I was at altitude, with the bike loaded like a mule, trying to get to an all-u-can-eat seafood buffet before it closes, I might wish for more power.  But, that trifecta isn't very likely to happen soon.  MY Tenere, so far, has done everything that I need/want her to do.  ::001::
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Re: Looking at picking up a second bike
« Reply #18 on: August 11, 2017, 10:33:46 pm »
To me it's not the shear acceleration, but the torque curve. The triples seem to always be in the right gear. It's been awhile since I rode an FJR. If I'm remembering it right, I think it would outrun the triples, but it would be fussier about what gear it's in when you ask for the power. I know the Tenere is fussier than the triples are. That doesn't mean I don't like the Tenere. The guys pointed to the well scrubbed tires from edge to edge on my bike tonight. It puts a smile on my face when it does that. I find it unlikely that I'll spend much time in sport mode on this bike, because I just don't need to accelerate like that, but a guy that's used to the low end grunt of the triple may miss it a bit.

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Re: Looking at picking up a second bike
« Reply #19 on: August 12, 2017, 03:40:07 am »
I never use the power the S10 have, only the torque.
I always ride in "T" mode, and have for the past 2200 miles, done 51.51 mpg ::)  (this is from new)
So I don't use the power at all.....so the engine is fine for me. I would like more that the engine was more silent, rather than more power.. :)
Comming from a Honda Transalp, this engine rattles a lot.. ???  (I know the S10 is supposed to do that)
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Re: Looking at picking up a second bike
« Reply #20 on: August 13, 2017, 03:19:24 pm »
More than one bike is just plain sinfulness.  ::013::
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Re: Looking at picking up a second bike
« Reply #21 on: August 13, 2017, 05:53:54 pm »
I was out for a long ride in traffic today and I actually thought about this thread while I was out. I'm a fan of this bike. I like nearly everything about it. I'm also a fan of Triumphs triples and I don't think this engine matches them. I don't think I'll be trading on a Triumph anytime soon, but if this engine was more like the 1050's, it wouldn't hurt my feelings any.

I love the Triumph 1050 engine but honestly think the S10 engine is just as good although different. Once you figure out how to ride a slower revving twin and use torque instead of rpms this thing will go through the twisties with any bike.  S10 has so much grunt just pick a gear to match your mood and off you go quite similar to the Triumph actually.  On either bike I found the fast way through the twisties is to forget shifting just get the engine in its sweet spot and go for it.

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Re: Looking at picking up a second bike
« Reply #22 on: August 13, 2017, 06:45:20 pm »
 ::026:: I've noticed that when transitioning through moderately sharp corners, there's not a lot of shifting needed.  The bike seems to glide through corners, with the suspension set correctly, with little throttle input.  While chasing my kid on his R6 through a bunch of curves, the only thing that limited the Tenere from keeping up was it's "narrow" tires.  I wish that more rubber could be mounted, but there is no clearance with the caliper brace.  ::001::
In the stable: Me-'17 TENERE ES & '86 FJ 1200; Wife-'01 TW 200; Son 1-'16 R6; Son 2-'14 FJR ES
Out to Pasture: '77 XS 360; '81 SECA 550; '00 KZ 1000P; '04 BMW 1150 RT-P; '11 ST1300PA; '11 KLR

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Re: Looking at picking up a second bike
« Reply #23 on: August 13, 2017, 08:48:09 pm »
2 of my riding buddies do more track days in a month than I do in a year.  We tend to ride at a spirited pace through the twisties.  The S10 does just as good a job of hanging with them as any other bike in spite of it's skinny tires.  I used to wish for fatter tires but after owning a Multistrada with 150hp and fatter 17" tires I realized the S10 or it's skinny tires are not a limiting factor.  The bike will go as hard as I push it and has never caused any pucker factor.  In fact it surprised me to find out how hard I could ride the S10 and the bike does fine.  If I think about it some of the fastest riders I've come across were riding things like KTM 990s with skinny dual purpose tires and they were quick!

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Re: Looking at picking up a second bike
« Reply #24 on: August 13, 2017, 11:43:00 pm »
More than one bike is just plain sinfulness.  ::013::
So you are going straight down?
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Re: Looking at picking up a second bike
« Reply #25 on: August 13, 2017, 11:49:12 pm »
I really don't know why they seem so "skinny", they're 150s.  My FJ runs 150s, and it doesn't look narrow.  I realize the sidewalls are different, but 150 is 150 regardless of sidewall ratio. 
In the stable: Me-'17 TENERE ES & '86 FJ 1200; Wife-'01 TW 200; Son 1-'16 R6; Son 2-'14 FJR ES
Out to Pasture: '77 XS 360; '81 SECA 550; '00 KZ 1000P; '04 BMW 1150 RT-P; '11 ST1300PA; '11 KLR

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Re: Looking at picking up a second bike
« Reply #26 on: August 14, 2017, 12:38:22 pm »
More than one bike is just plain sinfulness.  ::013::



You used the wrong emoticon. For you, it should be this one:
 >:D


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Re: Looking at picking up a second bike
« Reply #27 on: August 15, 2017, 10:59:14 am »
So you are going straight down?

I use my allotment of grace, ALL of it, then look around and find a ton of un-used by others. Hope it's enough!!! Lol
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Re: Looking at picking up a second bike
« Reply #28 on: August 15, 2017, 11:29:21 pm »
I use my allotment of grace, ALL of it, then look around and find a ton of un-used by others. Hope it's enough!!! Lol
Darn. I was hoping to see friends down there!
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Re: Looking at picking up a second bike
« Reply #29 on: August 16, 2017, 12:10:43 pm »
Looking around here, you certainly won't be lonely.
 >:D   O:-)
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