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Old 04-09-2013, 08:06 PM   #1
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Super Tenere - Top 3 Farkle / Upgrade Recommendations

My new bike - I finally got around to pulling the trigger on trading in the K7 V Strom 1000 for a new bike. I test rode this one Saturday and well ended up taking it home. I did kiss the Strom bye; we had been many thousands of miles together and she had never let me down. My initial impressions of this bike:

Plus + Smooth effortless power and plenty of it -- excellent handing, the bike is so well balanced you forget she is a big girl -- shaft drive!!! -- ABS and multi-mode traction control -- tuck in behind the screen and it is a quiet machine -- excellent instrument cluster -- awesome brakes -- good lower body wind protection -- and lots more, I am sure, time will tell.

Neg - stock windscreen seems useless -- the eng. map control is on the right stalk, but the traction mode is a button on the instrument cluster; that seems backwards to me -- where did they get these turn signals? the bike looks like an invading alien creature overall, but the turn indicators look like they came out of a 60s parts bin -- the shift linkage looks suspect to me, kind of sicking out for a limb to grab.

This is by far the nicest bike I have had the pleasure to own... and I have just gotten started with her.

Now, those of you who ride this beast -- give me your top 3 farkle / upgrade recommendations, I would love the input and thanks!

See you in the north GA mountains.


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Old 04-09-2013, 08:19 PM   #2
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I have only done two so far with a few more on order.

1) Madstad windscreen adjustment bracket - installed, then it started snowing today so no test, but this should give me the adjustment I've been looking for.

2) Flattened the front tilting rider seat by installing flatter pads in the back

3) Yamaha Heated Grips - They arrive on Thursday. I live in Colorado and I am not apologizing for being a pussy.
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:38 PM   #3
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Thanks, RocketJon - I ordered a GIVI touring screen last night. Had one on my Strom and it was great. If that does not do the trick I'll add the Madstad. Had that on the Strom as well.

I noticed the seat tilt issue over the weekend; kept having the urge to squeeze the tank like I was on a sport bike.

And I hope I don't need the heated grips. I am a GA boy and have thin blood.
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:45 PM   #4
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Depends on your needs, mine were long distance travel, and off road

Started out with a stocker



Madstad adjustable windscreen bracket



Crash bars and bash plate. Went with Altrider



Removed the rear seat and rack and made a nice flat space for a duffel with a Wolfman rear and pillion racks



Lastly panniers. I like the Touratech's Zega Pro, and voila



The final touches were Heidenau K60's and an Xcel Throttle Lock. Works like a champ.
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:45 PM   #5
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I like the AF-1 ECU reflash. Just makes it feel like a perfectly jetted bike.
Removes the lower gear neutering.

Anything else is personal taste and use bolt ons.
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:03 PM   #6
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Nice looking rig, Snake Doctor. I like the bar on the MadStad for the GPS - nice add. Like the Wolfman stuff too; good quality gear I have been told.
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:08 PM   #7
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Nice looking rig, Snake Doctor. I like the bar on the MadStad for the GPS - nice add. Like the Wolfman stuff too; good quality gear I have been told.
Thanks, just take your time and keep it as minimal as possible while meeting your specific needs. I bought my bike in September 2012, and just finished the farlkledom . The S10 is a great bike and doesn't need much.
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Old 04-10-2013, 10:14 AM   #8
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I like the AF-1 ECU reflash. Just makes it feel like a perfectly jetted bike.
Removes the lower gear neutering.

Anything else is personal taste and use bolt ons.
Thanks, pluric -- where do you get a mod like this done? I suspect the local Yamaha shop is not the answer.
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Old 04-10-2013, 10:17 AM   #9
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I like those Wolfman racks. Made in Colorado too!
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:34 AM   #10
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Welcome from another North GA Tenere owner. In fact, I think I may go enjoy this weather this evening and carve up Blood Mountain, or a few Forest Service Roads.

As far as Farkles, I guess it depends on how you are going to use the bike. I went for better seat first because I do some long days and distance. (Russell Day Long). Next was protection for those FS roads (Skid Plate, Crash Bars). Then started doing the other little things like better windscreen, Yamaha Side Wings, Bar Risers, Bags just before Bike Week, and when the tires wore out slapped on a set of K60's. Already had the electonics from a past bike so I was good to go.

Only thing now is I want upgraded suspension for more offroad fun.

Look for a Black Tenere in the hills with a license plate of "RISKI". Usually have my Givi 52l top box on the back.
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Old 04-10-2013, 12:05 PM   #11
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Essential mods for me:

1) Flatten out the seat. Now with a sheepskin I'm good for 500 mile days.

2) Change the bars. I'm still searching for the best ones for me. The stockers had entirely too much sweep and caused noticeable pain in my wrist. Just ordered some Raptor bend ProTaper's yesterday.

3) ECU re-flash from AF-1. Like Pluric said, the fueling is pretty much flawless now.

Everything else I've added is either mission specific (crash bars, skid plate, different tires, etc...) or something I add to every bike I've owned (hard bags, bigger screen, etc...).
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Old 04-10-2013, 12:05 PM   #12
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Only three??????????

Very dificult to me... I'm a farkler...
Very personal, I'm doing most off road so:

ACD bash plate (full frame mounted)
Crash bars: mine are Touratech but there are lot more
Fully adjustable suspensions (BM by Mambatec)
Let me a forth: Dual exhaust by None

.... and some few more...



Congratulations for your new bike!!
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:34 PM   #13
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Thanks, pluric -- where do you get a mod like this done? I suspect the local Yamaha shop is not the answer.

http://www.af1racing.com/store/scrip...dproduct=38286

Removal instructions here.

http://www.yamahasupertenere.com/index.php?topic=7407.0
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Old 04-10-2013, 03:58 PM   #14
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Very dificult to me... I'm a farkler...
Very personal, I'm doing most off road so:

ACD bash plate (full frame mounted)
Crash bars: mine are Touratech but there are lot more
Fully adjustable suspensions (BM by Mambatec)
Let me a forth: Dual exhaust by None

.... and some few more...



Congratulations for your new bike!!
What a fantastic Rally Raid edition.. jeebus!

I wish I had the skills to back up such a transformation on my machine!
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Old 04-10-2013, 04:00 PM   #15
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I like the AF-1 ECU reflash. Just makes it feel like a perfectly jetted bike.
Removes the lower gear neutering.

Anything else is personal taste and use bolt ons.
Did they need to do anything special for your high altitude-ness?
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