2013 Yamaha XT1200Z Super Ténéré

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If you are planning to go in an adventure on two wheels then you’ll certainly have to carefully choose the perfect motorcycle. Firstly it will have to be reliable to the core, then very comfortable and of course strong and agile to be able to ride effortless on the highway but also on the unpaved roads.

The Yamaha XT1200Z Super Ténéré fits perfectly in this pattern and does much more than that. At the heart of this beauty lies a 1199 cc, liquid cooled, 2 cylinder engine that develops a maximum output of 80.9 kW (110PS) at 7,250 rpm and 114.1 Nm (11.6 kg-m) of torque at 6,000 rpm.

The Super Ténéré is equipped with Yamaha’s Chip-Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) technology with 3-stage traction control that can be turned off if wanted. You also get switchable Yamaha D-MODE engine mapping.

The motorcycle rides on spoked, tubeless aluminium rims wrapped in imposing 110/80R19M/C 59V front and 150/70R17M/C 69V rear tires.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2013 Yamaha XT1200Z Super Ténéré.


Yamaha XT1200Z Super Ténéré

Adventure travelling takes skill, courage and endurance – as well as faith in your machine. Faith that it’ll love rocky river crossings and dirt roads as much as you do. Faith that it’s going to be comfortable on a long freeway haul. Faith that it’s got what it takes to carve up twisty mountain roads.

The Super Ténéré is built from the ground up to be the most exciting next-generation adventure tourer, combining Yamaha’s Dakar-bred toughness and reliability with light, easy handling and advanced rider assist technology.

  • Shaft drive inline 2-cyl engine - 270- degree crank
  • Mass kept low and central for agile handling
  • Intelligent Unified Brake System and ABS
  • YCC-T, 3-stage traction control, Yamaha D-mode
  • Tough spoked, tubeless aluminium rims
  • Adjustable front and rear suspension
  • Adjustable seat height

Yamaha began with a clean sheet and a clear vision for the Super Ténéré – the intelligent adventure travel bike. We started with a big, powerful engine – with an inline 2-cylinder layout to keep the bike compact and narrow – and a 270-degree crank for superb throttle feel.

We kept the mass low and central for light, agile handling from walking pace on a rocky trail to attack velocity in the twisties. We built it tough, with spoked rims and inbuilt engine protection for flat dirt trails. We made it comfortable and practical for long-haul touring. And we loaded it with the latest rider assist technology to help riders tackle any terrain.

Shaft drive inline 2-cylinder engine - 270-degree crank

Yamaha XT1200Z Super Ténéré

Tear up tarmac and move mountains of sand with 1199cc of effortless, 270-degree inline 2-cylinder grunt. Big, flexible torque meets 110PS of quick-revving power in a big-bore engine that’s mounted low in the frame for sharper handling.

Mass kept low and central for agile handling

Yamaha XT1200Z Super Ténéré

A low and central centre of mass was one of Yamaha’s key design goals. You’ll notice the effects straight away - the superb balance and agility you feel at slow speeds and on loose surfaces, and the light, quick steering as you flick the bike effortlessly through switchback corners on mountain roads.

Intelligent Unified Brake System + ABS

Yamaha XT1200Z Super Ténéré

The smart ABS system predicts when the wheels are about to slide and smoothly intervenes. And the Unified Brake System lets you choose between braking both wheels with just the front lever, or controlling each wheel by touching the rear brake pedal first. Together they deliver exceptional control in a wide range of riding conditions.

YCC-T with 3-stage traction control

Yamaha XT1200Z Super Ténéré

Choose how you want to ride and get on the gas with confidence. The Super Ténéré features advanced Yamaha Chip-Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) technology with 3-stage traction control that can be turned off when it’s time for a little rear-wheel steering in the dirt. The bike also has switchable Yamaha D-MODE engine mapping.

Tough spoked, tubeless aluminium rims

Yamaha XT1200Z Super Ténéré

For reliable performance over the toughest off-road obstacles, the Super Ténéré runs spoked, tubeless aluminium rims. The narrow front rim features two Double T-type rails at the rim end of the spokes, letting the spokes cross over further to help generate the rigidity you need for agile on-road handling.

Adjustable front and rear suspension

Yamaha XT1200Z Super Ténéré

Set the bike up for any situation - the Super Ténéré’s upside-down forks are fully adjustable for preload, compression and rebound damping. You can adjust the rear monoshock for preload and rebound damping without getting any tools out, making it easy to prepare the bike for passengers or heavy luggage.


Yamaha XT1200Z Super Ténéré
Engine typeliquid-cooled
Bore x stroke98 mm x 79.5 mm
Compression ratio11.0 : 1
Maximum power80.9 kW (110PS) @ 7,250 rpm
Maximum torque114.1 Nm (11.6 kg-m) @ 6,000 rpm
Lubrication systemDry sump
Fuel systemElectronic Fuel Injection
Clutch typeWet
Ignition systemTCI
Starter systemElectric
Transmission systemConstant Mesh
Final transmissionShaft
FrameSteel tube backbone
Front suspension systemUpside-down telescopic fork, Ø 43 mm
Front travel190 mm
Caster angle28º
Trail126 mm
Rear suspension systemSwingarm
Rear travel190 mm
Front brakeHydraulic dual disc, Ø 310 mm wave discs
Rear brakeHydraulic single disc, Ø 282 mm wave disc
Front tyre110/80R19M/C 59V
Rear tyre150/70R17M/C 69V
Overall length2,255 mm
Overall width980 mm
Overall height1,410 mm
Seat height845/870 mm
Wheel base1,540 mm
Minimum ground clearance205 mm
Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank)261 kg
Fuel tank capacity23 litres
Oil tank capacity4.2 litres

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