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Old 05-13-2010, 10:02 AM   #2491
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And here I thought i was going to be first to post that!

Great write-up, and a nice PDF file linked from the bottom of that page...
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Old 05-13-2010, 10:19 AM   #2492
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From this site
http://moto.caradisiac.com/Essai-Yam...techniques-719

seems to say (again) that the engine is very docile in Touring mode, but leave in Sport mode and it's fine. The only reason to leave in Touring mode would be to improve fuel economy - which is, in what I gather is fairly spirited riding - 6.4l/100km or 36.8 US MPG. So, about what you'd get out of a V-Strom or (I think) a 1200GS. No better no worse... Except that you have the option of touring mode to improve a little.

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Old 05-13-2010, 10:59 AM   #2493
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to improve fuel economy - which is, in what I gather is fairly spirited riding - 6.4l/100km or 36.8 US MPG. So, about what you'd get out of a V-Strom or (I think) a 1200GS. No better no worse..

Don't forget great lenghts of the trip were Off-road, and then the backwheel makes about 30 to 50 km/h extra, driving consistently energetically off road with a big pussy, will surprise you at the pump 10 litres is quite feasable then.

In sticky mud a R11GS can be pushed to 11 litres on 100 km (1:9)...
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Old 05-13-2010, 03:12 PM   #2494
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Old 05-13-2010, 04:05 PM   #2495
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Old 05-14-2010, 04:09 AM   #2496
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Old 05-15-2010, 09:08 AM   #2497
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By pure coincidence, I rode some of those same Tenere roads last week, and in snow/hail/rain/ice. Not very nice.

I was on my 1150GS and had to use old-fashioned traction control; my throttle hand
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Old 05-15-2010, 11:06 AM   #2498
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In das Motorrad dem erstem roadtest, der ultimativen relaxreise fahrzeug :-)

In Das Motorrad the first roadtest, the Ultimative Relaxride
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Old 05-15-2010, 11:27 AM   #2499
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Judging from the way it is handled by the riders, the ST 1200 is a remarquably agile motorcycle.
I noticed that even though it was dry sump, it had a smaller ground clearance than the Varadero whihc is a wet sump.
The only reason might be to drop CoG and make it a more flickable trailbike.

By the way, that dancing lady in the video is that Janie Omorogbe (ex-Gladiator)?
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Old 05-15-2010, 11:56 AM   #2500
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exactly how do we get this bike in the US! BEG PLEAD TO YAMAHA!
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Old 05-15-2010, 06:11 PM   #2501
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I've seen "agile" mentioned several times, and one guy said it feels lighter than his Tenere 750.
I'd hope so; the 750 is pretty top-heavy tbh.
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Old 05-16-2010, 02:39 AM   #2502
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First roadtest in das Motorrad

The roadtest in Das Motorrad says, it's verry nimble but stable, so it isn't as agile as some other allroads, it needs a tiny effort like the little Tenere, that needs a little hint, so it doesn't steer on thought alone, but it really listens verry obedient, so it actually gives a verry relaxed ride.
And doesn't get into a hairraising state of anxiety if you give an unintended pull on the handlebar when hitting a pothole...

The engine sort of the same story, it's longstroke and heavy rotating masses (crank and two dampers) make it less fruity than a Katoom, but that also is not naggingly sluggish, but again relaxing, when needed, you can pull the throttle wide open at 2000 rpm, and it will do its supposed job without protesting, no shudders or hickups which are verry common with the modern lean burnig big bore twins.

So it isn't the ultimate screamer allroad to play lunatic, but it's exactly what i want it to be, a relaxed über-potent Reise Enduro, with the real meaning of Enduro (riding day's on end for weeks) as its main ingredient. So it's not exciting in it's way of handling or throttle response, it's not a Springbok, possibly wearing out it's rider correcting the loose behavior it's a Wildebeast, running all along the Serengeti without pause, but still possible to make sharp rights and lefts to evade predators.

It won't give you the highest possible speed off or onroad, but it will definitive have the highest mean-traveling-speed per day, just by enabeling to ride 10 or more hours per day, where one is nackered after tryin to get a 1200GS fluently through tight corners because of its surging, and wears ones bum out on the way to soft saddle.

Okay one quote, which i really liked in the test, it's german, so beware not to let get any kind of sentiment about that language in the way :-)

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Harmonie ist sein Credo
Wie ein Paternoster arbeitet sich die leistungscurve bis zum Drehzahlbegrenzer bei 7800/min nach oben. Zuverlässig, unablässig, ohne überraschungen. Dass kann man als erlebnisarm erfahren - oder als Stressfrei
Harmony is its Credo
The powerband works its way through to the revlimiter at 7800/min like a Paternoster (antique lift)
Dependable, unstoppable, without any surprise. One could look at it as dull - or as stressfree.
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Old 05-16-2010, 07:35 AM   #2503
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A test including a picture with panniers removed :
http://www.moto-net.com/actualites-motos-3721-Essais-et-Tests-TEST-Essai-Yamaha-XTZ-1200-Super-Tenere-:-la-voyageuse-onctueuse-!.html
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Old 05-16-2010, 12:21 PM   #2504
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Looks good without the ammo boxes.

Timesonline review.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/dri...cle7125853.ece
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Old 05-16-2010, 12:45 PM   #2505
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