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Old 03-12-2013, 03:37 PM   #4216
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Well, I finally took possession of my very own Super Tenere 12 days ago in Georgetown Texas. I did the 600 mile check/changes, then rode it down the east coast of Mexico with a couple of excursions up into the Sierra Occidental. The best part was from Xilitla to San Miguel de Allende on rt 120, then more rural roads. It got the square of some of the highway riding off the tires.


Here she is on rt 101 southwest of Ciudad Victoria, with the Gulf coast humidity doing its best to encroach on the desierto. Accessories are just the Givi racks/bags & crashbar.

Overall impression after 12 days and 2k miles: I think I'm falling in love. I'm coming from a VStrom DL1000 before this, and a couple of Versys prior to that. In the long run, the Vstrom might be a tad sportier than the Tenere, but given all the other features, the Tenere is in a completely different league from what I can tell. It's got similar grunt to the Vstrom, but with a more nimble feel, kinda like the Versys I used to own. The drive shaft is new to me, and perhaps after learning the bike a bit more I won't be thinking the VStrom is more sporty. The seat is a bit uncomfortable IMO. Stock mirrors are as good or better than any I've had on any of my bikes. I really like the gear ratios, esp compared to the Vstrom. They are much more practical, being spaced more tightly in the lower 3-4 gears, but still tall enough in the upper gears to cruise down the interstates and cuotas of the world with aplomb. The rider ergos work for my inseam, height, and arm length. Absolutely love the suspension. Same for the ride-by-wire throttle, ABS, TCS, and unified braking. Plus she's pretty. I think she's a keeper. :)
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Old 03-12-2013, 04:09 PM   #4217
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Congrats on the new bike, Miguelito. Check into the clutch jumper mod if you want more power/better response in the first 3 gears.
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Old 03-12-2013, 04:09 PM   #4218
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One step closer. Talked to the bank but they can only lend for the sale price and can only mail the check.

I'll be making two trips. This weekend will be the negotiation price and trade in value then the following weekend will hopefully be the transaction. If everything goes to plan, I'm less than two weeks from riding a Tenere.
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:22 PM   #4219
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Not the OEM skidplate

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Thanks Roberto!

Great Ideas!

I think I can try that with the OEM skid plate also. I think it is beefy enough. I believe the problem with the OEM is:

1) It sits right against that engine mount/lift bolt and when the other people who have had failures it looks like it slammed that bolt or ripped it off in or out of the engine. It also sits close to almost everything below the bottom casing.
2) Week attachments all around. Little bolts and flimsy attachments to the engine. I tap it with my foot and the whole thing moves half an inch. it rebounds back but still moves.
3) Mounted to the engine.

If i remove these three things and mount it a little more below the engine and saw off that hanging engine bolt, and mount above like yours in the front and figure out how to mount the rear do you think the OEM skid plate thickness will be good enough?

My neighbor welds In aluminum so he can set me up. He builds Aluminum air boats out here for the hunters on the Great Salt Lake swampland...
He creates giant skid plates for those boats. So I think he could set something up.

If you and anyone thinks the OEM skid plate itself not mounted as original is not a good strength material or thickness to handle the hits like aftermarket ones do then let me know and i will sale a child of mine for one. Don't want to waste allot of time building off OEM if it is crap skid plate.

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Your neighbor and someone who owns a SW Motech or Hepco Becker who may lend it for a day or two can make you happy ... just copy and paste as I did ... your final design draw it in a piece of paper or if possible a CAD drawing and laser cut it in a 4mm aluminum then weld it. The SW Motech front and the Hepco Becker rear mounts are the best available. I like the SW Motech two drain holes also ... I use special plugin hoses to drain the oil.

The rear supports








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Old 03-12-2013, 07:30 PM   #4220
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Congrats on the new bike, Miguelito. Check into the clutch jumper mod if you want more power/better response in the first 3 gears.
Thanks TR. I will be doing more research on stuff like that now that I own a Tenere, so thanks for the heads-up. ;)
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:52 PM   #4221
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today, near my commute...

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Old 03-13-2013, 08:28 PM   #4222
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:35 PM   #4223
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Space travller

what tires you put on?

looks good
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:46 PM   #4224
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what tires you put on?

looks good
Thanks.

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Old 03-13-2013, 08:51 PM   #4225
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:07 PM   #4226
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Silk-black

Awesome colors ! \m/
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:33 PM   #4227
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That gray is slick looking !
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:47 PM   #4228
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Space Traveler,

Damn that is nice!

What were you doing to it besides new tires and a throttle lock?
You opened the fairing and the seat..mods??

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Old 03-13-2013, 10:38 PM   #4229
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Very nice!
Sweet!
I'd almost be glad if somebody stole me gas tank. Gray tank and panels would go on order the same day.

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Old 03-14-2013, 01:02 AM   #4230
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Space Traveler,

Damn that is nice!

What were you doing to it besides new tires and a throttle lock?
You opened the fairing and the seat..mods??

boulder
I think that's the heated grips being installed ???
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