I bought the first gen. Tenere in 2011 now it has 43000 Km and are no longer mine. I recently traded it in for a
brand new 2014, white it is! just as my old one.
I have only 500 km on this one and are taking it easy during break-in but I have been able to notice a few differences
of course. I had only one real concern about the -11, the vibrations.. I have to be very sensitive for vibes as neither a
pan european, ZZR 1400 or Z750 is acceptable for me, those are bikes well known to be very smooth.
I ordered the -11 ST after reading about the silky smooth twin and belived it would cut it for me, but it never really got
good enough. I tried everything. akra, PC5, Ecu unleashed gen 2, vibranators, ROX anti-vibe risers, SW Motech anti-vibe and shock
handle bars, pro-grip gel grips and a lot more.
Now.. why on earth do I get another big parallel twin!? That would mean vibrations?
During the test ride I noticed that Yamaha had worked hard to adress the vibes particulary. The power, torque, fueling and other
things people seemed to adress by them self with aftermarket options but the vibes stayed annoying for certain individuals.
The internal friction (which still may be a bit tight during break-in) in combination with the new handlebar arrangement, aluminium bar and
rubber risers is sucessful! There is vibrations still there but now to be honest I fell good about them due to they beeing equally smeared
out over the RPM-range and the intensity are very low. I do have lots of nice gel-grips sitting around at home, just to slide on if I'd like but
at the moment I think I don't need them.. that is good!
Other then that the CC is great and the E-suspension also great. The look of the bike is better du to a more finished look.
The powercurve, is as good as ECU-unleashed's Gen 2 flash and the fueling is perfect, so Im very happy for the 2014 XT1200ZE!