This bike has met my expectations which were set very high. I have ridden a 2007 liter strom for 97,000 mostly trouble free miles (water pump seal and clutch slave my only issues). First and foremost I demanded durability no matter what I paid (price was small factor in my purchase). After durability I wanted suspension, easy maintenance, a shaft would be nice and good dealer support.
I started thinking about new bikes 2 years ago. The tenere impressed me but weight was an issue and so was availability. I looked at everything; Ducati, BMW, triumph, KTM, another strom. But every time, something kept me on my trusty vstrom. As 100,000 miles approached I made the decision, this would be the year. Then it came down to the tenere (any year) or a 2014 strom. Again I waited because I had to see and ride a new Vstrom. The new strom disappointed me in the styling, and low ground clearance. The 2014 strom appeared to have the same issue as my 2007, a great street bike but really not my pick for dirt. None of my extensive farkles from the 2007 would work on the 2014.
So, I found myself at the yamaha dealer. Then I find out the tenere was changing in 2014..dam...more indecision. After seeing what the new 2014 offered, the previous models were my pick...ESA, cruise, new dash...meh, not worth the extra money. The dealer I love put me on a grey 2013 cheaper...about $1k less than the 2014 strom ( I know I rated cost low, but it was a factor).
Then I started breaking it in. I spent my first day going over the bike and found one issue. Yamaha choose to route the rear brake hose where it rubs against a metal frame support. A piece of rubber hose and a zip tie provided a "cushion" and adequate peace of mind and I planned my first ride.
1) The bike is fueling perfectly out of the box. I may reflash at a later date, but for now I see no reason.
2) Brakes are awesome. Modulate well. Stop well.
3) The chain is much easier to lube.
4) Power is fine, my 100,000 mile strom will spank it though.
5) MPG - around 39 to 42...decent, and better than my flashed strom by far.
6) Weight, which was a big hang up with me was not an issue. The tenere carries it's weight very low and well. The strom is lighter but carries weight high. The tenere feels lighter than the strom.
7) offroad I was playing in terrain I would never consider with my strom. The suspension exceeds my expectation both in damping and spring rates.
The tenere came with lots of protection that my strom did not have. It also has a center stand. Thus some of the weight comes from extra hardware (not a bad trade).
9) Looks. This is subjective for an ADV bike. I wanted a dirt bike look. I wanted to see the engine. It needed to look strong and muscular, not smooth and sexy.
1) Wheels. Specifically the rear as I lost a spoke (found it and the nipple, it choose to fall off at a rest break and since the bike was new, I was checking the spokes and found it 15 feet behind the bike, the nipple another 5 feet back...karma). The spoke jettisoned itself with less than 100 easy street miles on the clock. Picky i know and a known issue. However, I went ahead and re-torqued all my spokes and ping them with a metal bar routinely for tightness. No repeat issues.
2) Battery. I left my GPS on for a few days....duhh. When I went to go for a ride with my BMW friends the bike was dead. No dash lights dead. Worst part...the crap from my buddies. I hope this was just dumb luck and not a sign of an undersized battery. No continued issues now that I turn GPS off.
3) The bike makes my hands go slightly numb. I need to consciously ride with a relaxed grip. This is getting better with time/ mileage.
4) The seat, the first factory seat I have kept is about 1 inch too short for me. Good foam, good grip, just puts me pretty friendly with the gas tank.
5) LCD readout on dash takes a while to become intuitive..small issue.
6) Cooling. Moving, the bike cools great. Get in stop and go traffic, or in the single track, and the fan will be coming on soon. The coolant temp readout is fun to watch, this bike really swings through a wide temp range (170 to 220 f) is routine. I know the sideflow radiator is contributing to this. I hope the fan motors are durable. At least it should be hard to put a rock through the radiator, but side fall protection for the radiator is critical. I put a Rumbux on before I left the pavement.
7) No hazard flashers, how can I safely wait with my BMW buddies on the side of the road.
No gear position/OD indicator...the one thing the 2014 tenere had I wanted.
The pros far exceed my cons in my reasoning. The honeymoon is over and I have over 2,000 miles on it. I expect it to fix me breakfast now and not complain too much. Great machine, I see why you guys are so proud of it. It has earned my trust quickly and I am in planning stages for a long ride about this summer.