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So now you've got one how well does it stack up?

It surpasses my expectations
566 (56.5%)
It's exactley what I thought it would be
372 (37.1%)
It's not quite what I thought it would be
59 (5.9%)
It's nothing like I thought it would be
5 (0.5%)

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Re: What do we now think of the bike
« Reply #285 on: June 06, 2017, 04:31:45 pm »

The BMW comparisons take me back to the 1970s when I was a fairly new airplane mechanic and worked weekends on a race team. Home base was a north corner of the Van Nuys airport on Reseda Road and we spent a lot of weekends there. I was a dumb kid and Skip, the Crew Chief at the time, was quite the ladies' man. One day, this smoking hot little thing walked up to the fence and said something to get our attention, like "You hoo. Have you seen my new boy friend, [whazisname]?"


We walked over to the fence to check her out and she explained "That's his airplane right over there past yours. He's going to take me flying. Isn't it pretty?"
I don't remember whose it was but it was a T6 like one of these:





Needless to say, we were a bit less than impressed by Valley Girl. After hearing that we had no idea where her new boyfriend was, she said something to the effect of "Gee your airplane is pretty too."


Ummm - Yeah. Miss America was a clipped wing Unlimited Class P51 Air Racer.

 



She babbled on some more and finally said:  "Why do they look so different?"


Skip, who'd had enough by this time: "Because your new boyfriend's airplane used to be a trainer for Army pilots to learn to fly in. That P-51 fighter is the Real Deal."
And we walked away.


I don't believe in embarrassing others or putting them down, but when people wonder about the Tenere or BMW, I do kinda go back to that memory of poseurs.
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« Last Edit: June 07, 2017, 08:38:47 am by Checkswrecks »
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Re: What do we now think of the bike
« Reply #286 on: June 06, 2017, 04:39:33 pm »
Man, they don't have to be "non-bike guys".  NOBODY knows what it is.  The "best" guess, and most common, is that it is a BMW.  Of course it tell them "no, it's better".  ::025::
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Re: What do we now think of the bike
« Reply #287 on: June 06, 2017, 06:54:48 pm »



Yeah that has also happened to me. I think the only person who has got it right and knew what it was was an FJR1300 owner who approached me when I was leaving a store. That was cool because I think if I hadn't gone with the S10 I would have gone the FJR route.

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Re: What do we now think of the bike
« Reply #288 on: June 07, 2017, 10:42:25 am »
I've had my 2012 s10 for a year and about 5,000KMS now.  I'm leaving on a 3,000KM northern QC trip in 2 weeks and I can't wait.

I bought my bike from a widow who's husband was my height and had spent THOUSAND$$$ farkling up his s10 to get it right; Madstad shield and bracket, heated grips, GPS, ABS off-switch, throttle lock, alum. bash plate, full engine guards, hwy pegs, Givi trekker panniers, handlebar risers, and more and more....    I really lucked out. 

I've owned a vstrom 650, FZ1, VFR, Bandit, DRZ, Royal Star Venture, KLR... if I blended all of these up to make a bike, I'd end up with an s10 and the complete bike that it is!  Comfy enough for 1,000KM days, can destroy twisties, it will run on a hwy at 140KM/h all day, it's light enough (I had a Venture.. the s10 feels like a bicycle  ::008::) yet incredibly stable.... it's by far the best bike I've owned.  It's not as fast as my FZ1, as cozy as my Venture or as good offroad as my DRZ, but it would be silly to expect that.

I love it and it very might end up being my forever bike! (for me, that means 2-3 years at most  >:D)  The biggest reason I will likely keep it for the long run, I can't even name ONE bike I would rather own.  Because dependability and low maintenance is critical for me, I would never even consider anything any bike from the other side of the pond (sorry GS, KTM and Tiger fans). 

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Re: What do we now think of the bike
« Reply #289 on: June 07, 2017, 01:50:03 pm »
But, if "forever" is two to three years, where do you go from here?  Don't be surprised if you just trade for a newer version.  Most of your farkles will transfer to a new model.  And the rest will be on from the factory.  :)
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Re: What do we now think of the bike
« Reply #290 on: June 07, 2017, 03:45:35 pm »
But, if "forever" is two to three years, where do you go from here?  Don't be surprised if you just trade for a newer version.  Most of your farkles will transfer to a new model.  And the rest will be on from the factory.  :)

HA!  You read my mind!!  ::003::  That's the likely scenario, but considering my bike looks like new, rides like new and has only 31K on, it'll be some time before I can justify the upgrade to myself (never mind the missus).  The main gains that I know of would be cruise control and electronic suspension, neither of which is keeping me up at night.  If you can add to the list of what I'd gain, I'll gladly amend the Cost Benefit Analysis and Business Case documents I've started...   8)   

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Re: What do we now think of the bike
« Reply #291 on: June 07, 2017, 08:00:11 pm »
HA!  You read my mind!!  ::003::  That's the likely scenario, but considering my bike looks like new, rides like new and has only 31K

I love how, with the 1200 Tenere, 31,000 miles is "only" 31K mi. It's just settling in. Post back in another 30 about how you still like yours.
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Re: What do we now think of the bike
« Reply #292 on: June 08, 2017, 08:38:27 am »
I love how, with the 1200 Tenere, 31,000 miles is "only" 31K mi. It's just settling in. Post back in another 30 about how you still like yours.

If it was a GS I'd be on my 3rd valve adjustment and at least my 2nd rear drive by now..  ;)   My buddy with his Tiger just spent $1500 (CAD$) for a valve adj ...  OUCH!

PS.  it's actually 31,000 KMS or 19K miles... so it IS new!!  My Yamaha Venture which was 15yrs old and had 55K MILES on when I sold it was an "only gas, oil, brake pads and tires" story too.   
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Re: What do we now think of the bike
« Reply #293 on: June 08, 2017, 01:25:08 pm »
I love how, with the 1200 Tenere, 31,000 miles is "only" 31K mi. It's just settling in. Post back in another 30 about how you still like yours.

I had the same feeling. When I was working in a dealer as a kid, 6-10,000 miles was considered to be a lot and 50,000 miles was almost unheard of.
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Re: What do we now think of the bike
« Reply #294 on: June 11, 2017, 05:49:59 pm »
I own a flashed 2013 Super Ten.
Today I went to a Yamaha open day.
I rode 3 new bikes. The MT09 Tracer. A SCR950 and a new Super Ten.
The MT was a great bike if a little buzzy for me. We couldn't really open them up as we were in convoy with ride guides.
The SCR 950 was a V twin retro. Good looking bike with a wooden seat. It did remind me of a 79 XT500 I once owned so not all bad.
The new Super Ten was very nice. Very smooth and it seemed go well too. It felt firmer than mine but that may have been the age difference. I prefer the new dash with handlebar controls . I also prefferd the handle bars and top yolk as they sit with the bars further back towards me. Looks better feels better. Not sure of other differences but I did prefer it to my 2013 but not enough to trade up the moment. Plus Ive just ordered a new clutch basket.
Yamaha also gave us a t shirt and a pen after each ride. A great day out.

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Re: What do we now think of the bike
« Reply #295 on: June 11, 2017, 07:41:52 pm »
I had the same feeling. When I was working in a dealer as a kid, 6-10,000 miles was considered to be a lot and 50,000 miles was almost unheard of.


The first KZ1000P I had needed an entire top end at 45K miles.
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Re: What do we now think of the bike
« Reply #296 on: June 17, 2017, 11:46:43 am »
  To the original question, this bike has undoubtedly exceeded my expectations. The only thing I miss about my last bike (FJR) is the awesome power of the motor regardless of RPM. That FJR just pulled everywhere. The S10 is adequate in power but amazing in comfort for a tall skinny dude and handles good enough to drag pegs and throw some sparks. The wide bar and great clutch modulation also makes slow speed maneuvers a breeze. I don't go much beyond dirt and seasonal roads, which this thing handles great even two up, so I can't say much about it's offroad ability.

 

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