Our Super Ténéré is already approaching 14,000 miles (well past the planned 10,000), a clear indication that mileage comes easy on this popular adventure-tourer.
Constantly in motion as a commuter, weekend explorer and photo-chase bike, the big Yamaha has burned through another set of tires. Avon’s Distanzias lasted 7300 miles and provided good on- and off-road performance, so we replaced them with an identical set ($428.44; www.avonmoto.com).
One of our regular complaints involves airflow management. The VStream Sport-height windshield from National Cycle ($159.95; www.nationalcycle.com) provided good protection, but didn’t completely eliminate the buffeting we experienced with the OEM screen.
Most recently, we tried Wunderlich’s Tobinator Screen Adjuster ($129; www.wunderlichamerica.com). The easy-to-install brackets utilize the stock windscreen but provide excellent adjustability without tools. The brackets set the screen forward of its stock location, which allows air to pass between the headlight and windshield, smoothing airflow and reducing buffeting. The screen can be raised, lowered and tilted via adjuster knobs to suit rider preference.
We took the bike to Mission Motorsports in Irvine, California, for its 12,000-mile service. Oil, filter and four sparkplugs (two per cylinder) set us back $322.81, with another $119 tacked on for mounting the new Avons.
With the aforementioned improvements, the Super T has been one of the most enjoyable long-termers we’ve had in years.
|Maintenance costs (including tires):||$2041.70|
|Average fuel mileage:||39 mpg|
|Price as tested (2012):||$14,500|
|Related content:||Yamaha Super Tenere – Update #1|
|Yamaha Super Tenere – Update #2|