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"Since its inception back in 2010, the Legendary Yamaha Super Tenere continues to dance circles around its competitors.
Not only in off road and on road performance, but in reliability, running costs and purchase price."
The Yamaha XT 1200 Z & ZE Super Tenere is
one of the greatest adventure motorcycles EVER produced globally. Despite what the most popular brands are according to sales figures, Yamaha Super Tenere riders just have a sense of knowing, they're on the best there is.
"The Revolution continues...... only better"
Craig Marshall - Rider

Rent a 2015 Super Tenere in Cape Town !!
2015 XT 1200 Z
2010 Press launch, Ermelo to Swaziland

The Facts speak for themselves:
Quote: "We have owned and rented all together 9 Super Tenere's since 2010 and they have collectively done over 850 000km in Southern African harsh conditions, and we have yet to have a single breakdown !"

"The Super Tenere's are indestructible, we usually run them to about
85-90 000km in 2 years, then sell them..... and they still keep going !!!!"

Can your brand boast the same ?

Download Official Yamaha XT1200Z Spec sheet
2010 - 2013

Download Official Yamaha XT1200Z Spec sheet 2014 - 2015

Download Official Yamaha XT1200ZE Spec sheet 2014 - 2015

TCS (Traction Control System) - 2010 - 2013
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 motorcycle today.

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.
Yamaha XT1200 Z Super Tenere  
TCS (Traction Control System) - 2014 - 2015
Essentially the functionality is exactly the same, but with the new 2014-2015 dashboard the TSC button on on the face top left.

Characteristics and behavior is still the same, and I can still attest, that is beast its competitors hands down.
No shuddering, no spluttering, just smooth seamless power control.
Wind Protection:
The 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.
2014 & 2015 model now have an adjustable screen

Fuel Economy:
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 AMAZING !!!
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 !!!
Front brake lever activation uses both front and rear, whilst rear foot brake activates only the rear, so its a unified or independent braking system.

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.

What are the main differences from 2010 - 2013 & 2014 - 2015 Models?:

1. Weight - 4kg lighter
2. Fully Adjustable Wind Screen
3. New Fully LCD Display Dashboard
4. Cruise Control
5. New Aluminium Side Stand
6. No centre stand & Grab bars
7. LED Turn indicators
8. Transmission (Gear) Indicator
9. ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) XT 1200 ZE Models
10. Heated Grips XT 1200 ZE Models
11. 2014 - 2015 has a new top triple-clamp with removable risers and hew handlebar
12. Refined engine with 112ps@7250rpm,


Yamaha Xt 1200 ZE Super Tenere
XT 1200 Z and XT 1200 ZE Summary:
Refined engine; Enhanced D-MODE switchable mapping characteristics; New: Manually-adjustable 4-position screen with GPS holder; New: Cruise Control, Enlarged intake and exhaust ports; Lighter camshaft assembly;Redesigned piston rings;New exhausts;Enhanced shaft drive damper assembly;New rubber clutch damper adopted;Reduced weight New: LCD instruments with multi-function display; New: Gear Position Indicator;New: Compact LED flashers and a lot more
The most significant upgrade that is featured on the new high-specification
XT1200ZE Super Ténéré is the all-new electronically adjustable suspension, which offers the adventure rider the option to make suspension adjustments while on the move.

The new system is operated by a multi-function handlebar switch, and allows the rider to select from 4 preload settings and 3 damping force settings, to give 12 main options. The system also offers the rider the opportunity to select from another 7 levels, and this easy-to-operate system offers a total of 84 fine tuning settings, all of them available at the flick of a switch.
2015 Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere - Specifications
Engine type liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, inline 2-cylinder, 4-valve, fuel injected, twin spark engine
Displacement 1199cc
Bore x stroke 98 x 79.5 mm
Performance 82.4 kW (112PS) @ 7,250 rpm
Max. torque 117.0 Nm (11.9 kg-m) @ 6,000 rpm
Compression ratio 1.0:1
Starter/Battery Electric
Fuel System Fuel Injection (type)
Timing System SOHC
Ignition TCI GT9B-4
Lubrication Dry sump, oil tank in crankcase
Primary drive Shaft drive with Hypoid Gear
Cooling Liquid-cooled
Clutch Wet, Multiple-disc diaphragm spring
Gearbox Constant Mesh, 6-speed
Frame Steel tube backbone
Front suspension Telescopic fork, 43 mm tube, adjustable preload, compression and rebound damping
Head Angle 28°
Rear suspension Monoshock, adjustable preload and rebound damping
Suspension Travel Front 190 mm - Rear 190 mm
Front brake Hydraulic Twin 310 mm wave discs ABS/Unified Brake System brake system
Rear brake Hydraulic Single 282 mm wave disc
Tyres, front/rear Front 10/80/19 - Rear 150/70/17
Ground Clearence 205 mm
Overall Length 2,250 mm
Trail 125 mm
Wheel base 1,540 mm
Seat height Adjustable 845-870 mm
Tank capacity 23 L main
Fuel Economy Between 18 and 25 km per Litre
Top Speed Aprox 219 km / hour
Weight with Fuel 257 kg
Retail Price XT 1200 Z = R164 950 & XT 1200 ZE = R184 950 VAT INC

Bike Weight - can you feel its weight ? (257kg 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.

Seat Height and Comfort:
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.

Full LCD Multifunctional Display:


More Cosmetic Updates
: 2014 - 2015
Fully Adjustable Screen, LED Turn Indicators

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