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Old 02-06-2014, 03:19 PM   #1
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12 Super Tenere for 11 990 Adv r

Hi all, I'm a lurker and admirer of the orange crush. Last January I purchased a new 2012 Yamaha Super Tenere. Now, I'm very close to pull the trigger on a 2011 990 Adv R. My bike has just over 5k and the 990 has 18k.

Am I nuts? I want the 990 so bad and they're very rare in my neck of the woods. I know a few people around here who have them and they swear by them. Wouldn't ride anything else.

I do a variety of riding, touring, off-road (although not much with the Tenere, super heavy) and commuting. I want to ride more off-road and do more BDR style riding. Haven't yet because the weight of the Yamaha scares me into submission.

They want $2200 difference. Honestly, this is the first 990 I've seen for sale around here, period.

My wife thinks I'm crazy but the other 990 guys know what I'm thinking. Open for debate.

Thanks.
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Old 02-06-2014, 03:22 PM   #2
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Buy it. You will not look back. Bought my 11' 990R about 4k ago and am still smiling every time I ride it. The only limitation of the bike is my ability.


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Old 02-06-2014, 03:45 PM   #3
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Where are you located (fill out your profile)?

And no, you're not nuts at all. So, that's the good news.
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Old 02-06-2014, 03:58 PM   #4
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Sorry I'll do that I'm located in Rapid City South Dakota


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Old 02-06-2014, 05:00 PM   #5
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Sir

Can I suggest you read some solid reviews on the R model and view some YouTube videos, this will give you good insight into this bike.
If you are doing more off road than this bike is built for that purpose.
However it is also very capable on road as well.

Personally forget the 990 and just get on a 1190 R .... then you will believe ...
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Old 02-06-2014, 06:30 PM   #6
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Do you stand up when riding off road... and charge hard? If so, no question, YES!

If your personality and ability tell to sit & dangle your feet, the S10 will probably serve you well (watch the clutch in off road environments).

The 950/990(R) will make a man out of you... the kind of man that doesn't want for 600lbs. or 150 hp to have fun. It's a smile factory, but you need a bit of a twisted side to not feel guilty about the kind of smiling you'll be doing.
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Old 02-06-2014, 07:18 PM   #7
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I have the 990R and I had a demo ride on a 2013 Superten and found it heavier,slower and not as much fun to ride as my 990. Having said that I think the Yamaha will be more trouble free and need way less wrenching than the KTM. Having shaft drive is also a bonus for some people. Off-road no contest the KTM is leagues ahead. For me in the twisties the KTM is also the winner, I think the only place the Yamaha is ahead is on freeway drones.
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Old 02-06-2014, 08:35 PM   #8
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Not sure if the MCN head to head test will help you where there was a 990 and a ST

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Old 02-07-2014, 06:22 AM   #9
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I'm in Rapid as well, my '11 990R is at rice as I traded it for an 1190, is it the one you are looking at?

A friend has a tennerre and we switch bikes occasionally. Off road the 990 is far better, not even a fair comparison. on the road however I thought the Tennerre was more comfortable and had better wind protection. there are also the traction control and ABS which the 990 does not have. Personally I preffered the 990, but if you are going to stay on the pavement I think you will find it a bit "rough" compared to the superT.

this is how the Super T went home the last time it followed the 990 off road.



the 990 is a great bike


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Old 02-07-2014, 06:50 AM   #10
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I'm in Rapid as well, my '11 990R is at rice as I traded it for an 1190, is it the one you are looking at?

A friend has a tennerre and we switch bikes occasionally. Off road the 990 is far better, not even a fair comparison. on the road however I thought the Tennerre was more comfortable and had better wind protection. there are also the traction control and ABS which the 990 does not have. Personally I preffered the 990, but if you are going to stay on the pavement I think you will find it a bit "rough" compared to the superT.
Have you compared the S10 to the 1190R?
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Old 02-07-2014, 06:56 AM   #11
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Have you compared the S10 to the 1190R?

not really? I can't get the 1190 off road until spring. on the road the 1190 feels a lot like the Super T but has noticeably more power. it "feels" lighter than the 990 did as well so I'm expecting it to be as good as the 990 off road but will have to wait to find out for sure?
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Old 02-07-2014, 07:14 AM   #12
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I went from a 2012 Super Tenere to a 2008 990 Adventure.The difference is pretty big, and largely depends on what you want to do. I wrote a comparison on my website: http://www.mikef5000.com/motorcycle-comparison.html

I took my S10 off road quite a bit, and was always very impressed.

That's the difference though, the S10 made me question whether it could tackle an obstacle, then when it could, I was impressed. The KTM feels like it can do anything... there's never any question or doubt.

For touring, the S10 is the better bike. For twisties, commuting, and off-roading, I'd take the KTM.
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