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2010 Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere unveiled

Yamaha is gunning to take some market share from the segment leading BMW 1200GS and 1200GSA. It's meant to appeal to the adventure riding/touring segment and be capable of taking its rider off the beaten track if desired. The SUV of the motorcycle world - capable but not necessarily used to its full potential in the off-road department. So, the bike has to be really comfortable on-road too.

It looks like Yamaha has equipped the Super Tenere to do the job - spoked rims suggest off-road ability, available crash bars, and low maintenance shaft drive give this bike some of the characteristics it'll need to steal away potential BMW riders.

I'm not too sure about that front fender though. That's a little vulnerable looking for extended off-road sessions. Time will tell I suppose.

Forward momentum comes by way of a 1,199cc inline twin putting out 110PS at 7250rpm m of torque at 6,000rpm. It also packs some sophisticated technology such as a 3-stage traction control module and intelligent ABS braking system.

The Super Tenere is no lightweight at 261 kg wet, but that puts it in the ballpark with the equally sized BMW. The Super Tenere is about 5kg heavier - but is said to carry the weight low for a very balanced and stable feel.

No word on pricing yet, or whether we'll get this bike in Canada. We'll let you know as soon as we hear.

For full details on the Super Tenere along with a large gallery of pictures - be sure to check out the Yamaha Motors Europe website HERE.


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