say the least, the Traction Control and Unified Braking ABS technology
incorporated on the new Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere,
is light years ahead of the competition.
"For the FIRST time, I truly experienced a motorcycle which
has had a lasting impression on me, unriviled by anything I have
"This is more than a motorcycle, its a Revolution"
Marshall - Rider
a Super Tenere in Cape Town!!
Press launch, Ermelo to Swaziland
(Traction Control System)
The REVOLUTION has begun..... the days of having
to switch off the traction control and ABS systems when you hit
the dirt are officially over. The XT1200Z Super Tenere
has the most advanced technology available on a commercial Dualsport
The True Test: Imagine freshly wet hard packed
clay roads - as slippery as it gets. We passed a water truck along
the way, wetting the forest roads - needless to say I have never
ridden in such slippery conditions.
The traction control has two settings - Default Mode 1
(Most traction) Mode 2 (Moderate traction but a
little bit of wheel spin) and OFF Mode.
With the Traction Control set on Default Mode 1
(Most Traction) it was nearly impossible to get the rear wheel to
spin even in the wet clay. The acceleration is smooth and there
is no engine spluttering. It feels like the clutch is slipping as
the bike accelerates smoothly forward.
With the Traction Control set on Mode 2 (Moderate
Traction) the back end was a little loose, but the bike behaved
incredibly well on the slippery surface and always still accelerated
with very slight wiggling.
With the Traction Control switched to Off mode
- the bike began to behave like its other 1200cc and 990cc competitors
would on an ice rink - almost putting me down in the mud.
There is no doubt some riders will prefer to ride with the bike
in OFF MODE all the time - allowing for drifting
and wheel spinning - but if you need to get the bike under control
in adverse conditions, or you are a novice Dualsport Rider - the
technology won't let you down - or put you down.
standard wind shield is more than adequate due to the fact that it can
be adjusted to two positions and the added low seat position. Higher screens
are available if you are an exceptionally tall rider.
Depending on the mode you're riding in, Sport Mode
or Touring Mode - your economy will range between 18km
and 21km per litre. Riding at 3000RPm in 6th gear will push up the economy
to between 25 - 28km per litre. If you prefer to ride with traction control
in OFF Mode and D-Mode set to Sport
- then in loose conditions with the rear wheel spinning you can expect
as low as 16km per litre.
Off Road Handling:
Changing the combinations of D-Mode in T-Touring
and S-Sport mode and the TCS mode between Mode 1, Mode
2 and OFF Mode gives the rider the choice of just how much power, how
much wheel spin and how much fun you want to have. Throw in fully adjustable
rebound and damping front and rear suspension - and you got an unbeatable
Dualsport motorcycle for experts and beginners!
It feels very much like its younger sister the XT660Z Tenere - agile,
light, incredible suspension and very confidence inspiring.
ABS Off Road: Truly
We tested the ABS system by traveling at 100km/h and then grabbing a hand
full of front brake !!
The onboard computer quickly picks up the millisecond from the lever grab
to the first instant the front slips - then cleverly the bike allocates
the rear brake at a higher percentage than the front. rendering the front
wheel washout impossible. Truly AMAZING !!!
On Road Handling:
The ability to vary the Fuel Mapping with YCC-T- Yamaha
Chip-Controlled Throttle system - allows for smooth gutsy
sport handling and instant response acceleration - like you would expect
from a Sport bike. The low centre of gravity permits riders to throw the
bike around as if on a race track. With the standard fitted dualsport
tyres you can expect super smooth handling well in excess of 200km/hour.
The max speed attained by me personally was 219km/hour on a flat tar road.
Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere - Specifications
4-stroke, DOHC, inline 2-cylinder, 4-valve, fuel injected,
twin spark engine
x 79.5 mm
Nm(11.6kgf+m) @6,000 rpm
sump, oil tank in crankcase
drive with Hypoid Gear
Multiple-disc diaphragm spring
fork, 43 mm tube, adjustable preload, compression and rebound
adjustable preload and rebound damping
190 mm - Rear 190 mm
Twin 310 mm wave discs ABS/Unified Brake System brake system
Single 282 mm wave disc
10/80/19 - Rear 150/70/17
18 and 25 km per Litre
219 km / hour
Bike Weight - can you feel its weight ? (261kg wet)
At no stage during the nearly 700km
trip did I feel the bike was anything heavier than 180km.
As previously mentioned, it feels very much like a XT660Z
in the dirt, obviously with more grunt. On tar the Super Tenere
feels like a big sport bike, but not a heavy one that's for
sure. The side mounted radiator is equally balanced out with
the bike battery and electronics on the opposit side.
You can put the bike down on its side and easily pick it up
on your own.
With Adjustable 845-870 mm - that's
even lower than the XT660Z Tenere allowing for a much wider
range of riders - Yamaha hit the nail on the head with this
important feature. It keeps the centre of gravity lower as
well. The broad seat is superbly comfortable and has a stippled
texture for bum grip so you don't slide around.
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