I stopped by the local Yamaha dealer to buy a new shield for one of my helmets and there it was: The 2012 Yamaha Super Ténéré XT1200Z. This bike was launched as a 2011 model in Europe during the fall of 2010. It was supposed to be available in the United States by the Spring of 2011. However, the March 11, 2011 Japan earthquake that led to a Tsunami and a nuclear meltdown halted Yamaha’s production of this motorcycle. A few months later Yamaha re-started its production and after catching up with all the U.S. pre-ordered bikes, finally we can see this bike in a showroom floor here in Eugene.
It is a beautiful machine. And a very capable one as well. To know more about what this machine can do, check Nick Sanders‘ website. Nick Sanders is a British motorcyclist and writer who this year (2011) completed a trip from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego and then back to Alaska on a motorcycle exactly like this one.
And he did this round trip in 49 days! Can you imagine that? You can learn more about Nick Sanders’ tremendous adventure on his site under the incredible ride title.
Meanwhile, you can check the Super Ténéré at Ramsey-Waite. Ask for Greg Toftdahl and he will let you know about this bike.
I haven’t ridden this bike yet, but journalists and riders who have tested it put it on the level of the venerable BMW R1200GS. The specs put these bikes very close to each other in terms of performance and riding characteristics. And the price of the Yamaha is very competitive.
The holidays are here, and winter is not the best time to test a bike. But if the stars align and I have a chance to ride this bike in the near future, I will report my riding impressions here. Stay tuned!