Yamaha’s Super Ténéré sportsbike is the kind of two-wheeled bike that is built for adventure. Featuring an all-new, exceptionally compact 1199cc parallel twin engine with a unique 270° crank for excellent torque and traction, the Ténéré is the perfect example of Yamaha’s upstanding engineering.
Where the pavement ends the adventure begins for the all new 2012 Super Ténéré. With its heritage going back to the famous Paris to Dakar rally, the Super Ténéré is the perfect machine to experience all facets motorcycling has to offer. More than its impressive performance capabilities, the Super Ténéré also possesses a clever combination of sturdy handling, attention-grabbing looks, and a plethora of the company’s new technologies.
Whether riding across town or crossing a continent, Yamaha designed the Ténéré to be the kind of bike that provides rider comfort and convenience while also keeping it real as far as its performance capabilities are concerned. The end result is a sportsbike that catches the allure of both casual riders and enthusiasts alike. It almost seems as if the bike was built for one specific purpose: customer satisfaction.
Find out more about the Yamaha Super Ténéré after the jump.
To cater to the wide range of clients that might choose to ride a bike like that Super Ténéré, Yamaha equipped the sportsbike with an adjustable seat height that provides an inch of adjustment for shorter riders or a roomier riding position for taller riders in the high position. The grooved foot pegs on the Super Ténéré also show the company’s attention to detail. When the rider is seated, rubber cushions provide excellent comfort. On the flip side, when the rider stands up and takes attention, the rubber compresses, thus allowing the rider’s boots to contact the metal foot peg surface.
On top of all the cool features that come with the Ténéré, Yamaha also added a shopping list of cool touring and adventure-related equipment to complement the Ténéré, including an aluminum belly bash pan, an engine oil filter, a low adjustable seat, and plenty more that are part of Yamaha’s “Capture Your Adventure” accessory campaign.
The benefits of purchasing these accessories when you order your Super Ténére include guaranteed pricing, guaranteed priority delivery, and a free GoPro camera.
The heart of the Ténéré is a 1,199cc Parallel Twin fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-valve-per-cylinder engine with an 11.1 compression ratio and a 270-degree crank firing order. The bike also carries a two-axis primary balancer helps smooth vibes inherent in the Parallel Twin configuration with a 2-into-1, 2-step expansion system exhaust ending in a short, elliptical muffler. The engine is routed through a wide-ratio six-speed transmission. In addition, the bike also carries Yamaja’s signature YCC-T fly-by-wire technology that has been matched to an all-new traction control system that regulates ignition timing and fuel injection volume based on rear wheel spin. Three rider-selected modes are available to match conditions and the rider’s preference. In addition, the bike also has a D-Mode, which carries two distinct settings, each carrying their own advantages. The “T-mode” for Touring provides general riding while also giving a softer response. There’s also the “S-mode” for Sport riding, which allows the bike to have sportier configurations and a more performance-centric feel to it.
Chassis and Suspension
The Yamaha Ténéré carries an all-new steel frame that’s been designed to reduce rider fatigue during long rides. This steel main frame offers the best balance of strength and flexibility to the bike and is capable of absorbing jolts from uneven road surfaces. A four-position clutch lever is also part of the set-up, requiring a moderately firm pull to actuates the burly clutch pack consisting of 9 friction plates. Similar to the GS model, the Ténéré has a cast-aluminum swingarm that actuates a shock hydraulically adjustable for spring preload and rebound damping. The bike’s rear-suspension travel is 7.5", the same as in the 43mm inverted fork. Yamaha one-ups the BMW by having fork adjustments for compression and rebound damping plus preload. However, the Ténéré isn’t available with anything like BMW’s optional push-button Electronic Suspension Adjustment. There are front and rear hydraulic discs, both of which come in wave-type, providing improved performance on or off road. The ABS and Unified Brake System (UBS) work together to help prevent wheel lock during braking. This new system allows the rider to operate front and rear brakes together by simply pulling the front brake lever, which is especially helpful when riding while standing on the pegs. Applying the rear brake first overrides UBS to provide traditional separate front and rear brake control.
The 2012 Super Ténéré is available at Yamaha dealerships nationwide at a starting price of $13,900.
Monoshock, adjustable preload and rebound
damping, 7.48-in of travel
Dual 310mm hydraulic disc, ABS/Unified
282mm single disc
L x W x H 88.6 x 38.6 x 55.5 in
33.26 or 34.25 in
Rake (Caster Angle)
Est. Fuel Economy
Motorcycle ---- "Yamaha’s Super Ténéré brings a worthy foe to the adventure-touring class by virtue of its versatile set of capabilities. It’s one of the rare motorcycles that can easily knock out 500-plus miles of highway travel in a day and also allow exploration of uncharted and unpaved trails off the beaten path. But so does BMW’s R1200GS and GS Adventure, a thoroughly developed all-terrain vehicle that has become a class icon."
Motorcycle-usa ---- "The Super Tenere is a street bike designed to fuse the touring and off-road worlds, giving motorcyclists a machine that can go virtually anywhere and do anything."
Motorcycledaily ---- "The Super Ténéré is fine on fire roads and gravel-strewn byways, where the traction control can really be put to good use. I made good progress (I wouldn’t necessarily call it swift) on these types of surfaces, and even tackled some fairly tight single track."
Ultimatemotorcycle ---- "The 2012 Yamaha Super Ténéré features twin downdraft 12-hole injectors with YCC-TTM (Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle) for optimum throttle control and acceleration, according to Yamaha. These electronic allow the Yamaha to include what it calls the D-Mode (Drive Mode)."
Roadbikemag ---- "I’m sure plenty of media outlets will be quick to compare the Super Ténéré to the perennial on-and-off-road king of the hill BMW GS 1200."