2020 Yamaha Super Ténéré ES

A twin-cylinder adventure-tourer that straddles the middle of the road.

Yamaha Super Ténéré ES front right
2020 Yamaha Super Ténéré ESYamaha

For 2020, Yamaha once again offers the Super Ténéré ES in a single color: Ceramic Ice. Otherwise, this twin-cylinder adventure-tourer remains unchanged since its most recent update in 2014. But as ADV bikes continue to evolve for evermore specific niches, the Super Ténéré toes the line. Indeed, this category comprises everything from superbikes with long-travel suspension to Dakar Rally-inspired middleweights that nod to the category’s genesis, as well as smaller-bore machines that don’t need 8-gallon gas tanks to cover a bazillion miles and off-road-focused models with touchscreens and Apple CarPlay. What a time to be alive and ride motorcycles.

Yamaha Super Ténéré ES right side
2020 Yamaha Super Ténéré ESYamaha

The Super Ténéré represents the adventure bike as we’ve long known it. You can cover long distances in relative comfort, carry luggage and a passenger, and travel unpaved roads. And, at $16,299, it’s sensibly priced compared to other liter-plus ADVs. While it may not be as sophisticated as other models, the Super Ténéré has three ride modes, linked ABS, and electronically adjustable suspension. The big parallel twin features a 270-degree crank and puts power to the ground via shaft final drive. In other words, it’s probably more sophisticated than your hatchback.

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Yamaha Super Ténéré ES left rear
2020 Yamaha Super Ténéré ESYamaha

Manufacturer Claimed Specifications

Price $16,299
Engine Liquid-cooled, DOHC, two-cylinder
Displacement 1,199cc
Bore x Stroke 98.0mm x 79.5mm
Horsepower N/A
Torque N/A
Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive Shaft
Seat Height 33.3/34.3 in.
Rake 28.0°
Trail N/A
Front Suspension 43mm fully adjustable; 7.5-in. travel
Rear Suspension Adjustable compression and rebound damping; 7.5-in. travel
Front Tire 110/80-19
Rear Tire 150/70-17
Wheelbase 60.6 in.
Fuel Capacity 6.1 gal.
Claimed Wet Weight 584 lb.

Cycle World Tested Specifications

Seat Height N/A
Dry Weight N/A
Rear-Wheel Horsepower N/A
Rear-Wheel Torque N/A
0–60 mph N/A
1/4-mile N/A
Braking 30–0 mph N/A
Braking 60–0 mph N/A