THE ULTIMATE ADVENTURE PARTNER.
2018 Yamaha Super Tenere Review on Total Motorcycle:
The Super Ténéré is ready for adventure with a compact, powerful 6-speed 1199cc inline twin, electronic cruiser control, drive modes, traction control, ABS brake and adjustable seat.
The Super Ténéré equips you with a powerful compact parallel engine, wide‑ratio 6‑speed transmission, advanced fuel injection, traction control, ABS and multiple rider adjustable comforts.
Adventure travelling takes skill, courage and endurance – as well as faith in your machine. Faith that it’ll love rocky river crossings and dirt roads as much as you do. Faith that it’s going to be comfortable on a long freeway haul. Faith that it’s got what it takes to carve up twisty mountain roads.
The Super Ténéré is built from the ground up to be the most exciting next-generation adventure tourer, combining Yamaha’s Dakar-bred toughness and reliability with light, easy handling and advanced rider assist technology.
The Super Ténéré comes with a prestigious lineage of success at the famous Paris to Dakar Rally. In fact, Yamaha won the first ever event in 1978 and followed that up with 8 other victories at the world’s most grueling rally.
The Super Ténéré comes standard with anodized, aluminum side cases. With a capacity of 32L, these water resistant cases are capable of carrying and protecting just about anything you throw at them. The one-key fits all operating systems also means you won’t have to worry about extra keys.
The Super Ténéré is built for adventure, with an exceptionally narrow and compact 1199cc parallel twin using a unique 270° crank for excellent torque and traction. Engine mass is kept low for surprisingly light, agile handling. Its wide-ratio 6-speed transmission has the right gear, whether on the open highway or off-road. Your adventure begins here.
*2016 model shown.
Whether touring across North America, carving up a twisty road or exploring a deserted fire road, the Super Ténéré is guaranteed to provide the highest levels of comfort, convenience and performance that riders have come to expect from Yamaha.
*2016 model shown.
43 MPG Estimated
2018 Yamaha Super Tenere Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
Compact and Powerful Engine
The Super Ténéré® is built for adventure, with an exceptionally compact 1199cc parallel twin using a unique 270° crank for excellent torque and traction. Engine mass is kept low for great handling. Narrow 2-cylinder inline engine is slim and compact for carving tight lines in twisty mountain roads.
Wide-ratio 6-speed transmission has the right gear, whether on the open highway or off-road. The durable enclosed shaft drive is protected from the elements while providing a direct, responsive connection to the rear wheel.
Advanced Fuel Injection
Twin downdraft throttle body fuel injection with YCC-T® (Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle) delivers optimum throttle control and acceleration. Two-position “D-Mode” (Drive Mode) throttle response allows the rider to adjust mapping for conditions or preferences.
Traction control lets the rider get on the gas with confidence. This very advanced system regulates ignition timing, fuel injection and throttle valve opening based on wheel spin, providing a smooth response that is not abrupt like the competitors. Three modes available to match rider preference, including off.
Super Ténéré has both an Antilock Braking System (ABS) and Unified Braking System (UBS). With UBS, squeezing the front brake lever also provides some rear-wheel braking; pressing the rear brake first overrides UBS for traditional separate front and rear braking action.
Convenience and Comfort
Whether riding across town or crossing a continent, rider comfort and convenience are important. Super Ténéré delivers, with cruise control, an adjustable seat height and windshield, tuneable front and rear suspension, low-maintenance shaft drive, centerstand and more.
2018 Yamaha Super Tenere Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
•1199cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-valve, inline twin produces serious torque and horsepower.
•26 degree engine slant.
•allows use of downdraft intake system
•reduces centre of gravity for lighter, agile handling
•DOHC 4-valve cylinder head design.
•37mm intake & 31mm exhaust valves with Isonite coating on valve tips for durability
•valve angles are 12.5 degrees intake & 14 degrees exhaust
•cylinder head design provides a compact combustion chamber
• 2- spark plugs per cylinder.
•shortens the flame diffusion time for more complete combustion
•speeds combustion for excellent torque character
•42,000 km valve adjustment interval.
•Short skirt, forged aluminum pistons.
•fast throttle response
•reduced reciprocating mass means less mechanical vibration
•270 degree crankshaft with uneven firing order (270 & 450 degrees).
•superior throttle control & excellent rear wheel traction
•Carburized connecting rods (carburizing is a heat treating process that increases the carbon content on the outer surface of the rod).
•excellent strength & durability
•Direct ceramic composite plated cylinder uses “liner less” bores
•ceramic coating sprayed directly on the aluminum block, eliminating the liner & reducing weight
•excellent heat dissipation for consistent power delivery
•coating enhances the thin film of oil between the cylinder & piston, reducing friction & increasing power
•Dual, gear driven balancer shafts.
•reduced engine vibration for excellent rider & passenger comfort
•Single, side mounted radiator (LHS) with ring-type cooling fan.
•maintains consistent engine temperatures for optimum performance
•side mounted location lessens unit’s overall length of the bike for agile handling
•eliminates the possibility of the rad being damaged by debris kicked up by front wheel
•Dry sump lubrication system (oil tank is integrated into engine cases).
•eliminates deep design oil pan for increased ground clearance
•Easy access spin-on type oil filter & easy access oil drain plug.
•fast & easy oil changes
•”Closed loop” 46 mm dual bore Mikuni throttle body fuel injection system.
•system uses throttle position sensor (TPS) & acceleration position sensor (APS)
•injectors feature 12 holes & 20 degree spray pattern for excellent fuel atomization
• “closed loop system” uses an oxygen sensor to “sniff” spent exhaust & automatically adjust the fuel / air ratio for reduced emissions
•fuel injection benefits include; choke-free starting, steady idling during warm up, excellent fuel economy & reduced emissions
• Yamaha Chip Control Throttle (YCC-T)
•YCC-T electronically controls throttle valves for outstanding throttle response & controllability
•YCC-T system provides precise control of intake air volume for a smoother torque curve
•ECU that controls YCC-T is capable of responding to changes at a speed of 1000th of a second
•Yamaha traction control system.
•works in conjunction with the YCC-T system, utilizing front & rear wheel sensors
•when rear wheel begins to loose traction, the ECU modifies the YCC-T function, ignition timing & fuel injection to reduce power & eliminate wheel spin
•actuation button is on the multifunction instrument panel
•traction control helps maintain traction when accelerating on slippery surfaces. System automatically engages when the ignition is turned on but can be turned off if desired
•2 operating modes: TCS1 completely eliminates wheel spin & TCS2 allow limited wheel spin
•Yamaha D-Mode variable throttle control… 2 modes available
•enables the rider to adjust the performance characteristics of the engine based on riding preferences or riding conditions
•”S mode” provides normal / instant throttle response
•”T mode” provides slower response for more “relaxed” engine power delivery
•D-Mode switch is located on the R.H.S. handlebar switch gear.
•Electronic cruise control system (part of the YCC-T functions).
•”settable range” is from 50 to 160 km/hr ? transmission must be in 3rd gear or higher
•system cancelled by activating either brake, clutch, using activation switch or closing throttle
• Wide ratio 6-speed transmission.
•optimized gear ratios for a wide variety of riding conditions
•top gear is an overdrive gear ? reduced rpms at highway speeds ? excellent rider comfort
•Low maintenance hydraulic clutch.
•light, linear, consistent clutch feel
• Low maintenance, compact shaft drive system.
•utilizes a hypoid type final gear (allows the use of a smaller ring gear)
•reduced unsprung weight for enhanced handling
•Maintenance-free transistor controlled ignition (TCI).
•produces a strong spark for fast starts
•provides precise ignition timing / mapping for optimum engine performance at all rpms
• Direct ignition coils (ignition coil is built into the spark plug cap) with iridium spark plugs.
•Automatic decompression device.
•fast, easy starting
•lighter weight, more compact starter motor
•2 into 1 exhaust system.
•features a honeycomb style catalyzer to reduce emissions
•compact “elliptical” shaped, short design muffler reduces machine width
•heat shield protects rider and passenger
•Compact 600 watt (@ 5,000rpms) AC magneto.
•lots of electrical power for accessories
•High tensile steel, backbone-style frame. Engine is a stressed member. Steel pipe is used for its excellent strength – rigidity balance and more inherent softness than aluminum (comfort). The engine is mounted low in the frame and allows for a fuel tank design which lowers the centre of gravity for a lighter riding feel.
•Detachable aluminum rear sub frame.
•sub frame designed to withstand the rigors & loads associated with adventure riding
• Long design, low pressure cast aluminum swingarm.
•Casting method offers superior strength (material is more dense)
•long design contributes to excellent stability & rear wheel traction
•left side of swingarm “houses” drive shaft
•Fully adjustable 43mm KYB inverted fork.
•Front wheel travel is 190mm (7.5″)
•adjustments include 7-way (15mm) spring preload, 10-way rebound & 13-way compression damping
•adjustable design allows the rider to tailor suspension settings to match rider weight, load & terrain conditions.
• Adjustable link-type Monocross rear suspension.
•rear wheel travel is 190mm (7.5″)
•easy access “knob type” spring preload adjuster (no tools required to adjust rear preload)
•rear shock adjustments include: 6-way spring preload and 18-way rebound damping
• Tapered aluminum handlebar reduces weight and offers excellent strength. Handlebar position & bend is designed to be both versatile & comfortable whether sitting or standing.
•ABS equipped dual 310mm front disc brakes.
•”wave style” floating front discs / rotors
•ultra-rigid 4-piston monoblock calipers
•master cylinder uses a 16mm piston
•excellent braking performance & “feedback”
•ABS equipped “wave-style” 282 mm rear disc brake.
•single piston, slide-type rear caliper
•rear master cylinder uses a 14mm piston
•The ABS or Anti-Lock Braking System features Yamaha’s latest generation independent linear controlled system with step-less, infinitely variable hydraulic pressure adjustment. The ABS unit, the ECU and the hydraulic unit are combined into a single compact unit that allows for mass centralization. This system uses the same wheel sensors as the traction control system to reduce weight. When the system senses impending wheel lock-up, it regulates the hydraulic pressure to the point just before the wheel or wheels lock-up. The benefit of ABS is excellent control under hard braking or when braking on wet, slippery or loose surfaces. The ABS system is designed to help prevent wheel lock up.
• Unified Brake System is combined with ABS system. When the front brake is activated, an electronic control applies some rear wheel braking force as well. The amount of rear braking force is dependent upon how hard the front brake has been applied, unit speed and the amount of load on the unit. If the rear brake is applied prior to the front brake, it cancels the unified braking system temporarily (there may be times on difficult terrain when a rider does not want the unified system to activate).
•Large capacity, steel 23 litre fuel tank.
•lower portion of the tank is located down inside the frame rails, behind the air box & cylinders to reduce centre of gravity & centralize mass
•reserve portion is 3.9 litres (when low fuel light begins to flash)
•steel design allows the use of magnetic tank bags
•Tubeless, spoked wheels.
• “double T” type front rim features 2-raised “rails” that spokes attach to
•design allows use of tubeless, radial tires
•optimum spoke angle for excellent strength and durability
•rear rim uses a single raised rail design
•raised rails add additional strength to the rims
•tubeless design allows for temporary emergency road side repairs
•Dual, cat-eye, projector type H7, 55 / 55 watt headlights.
•excellent illumination for extra confidence when riding after dark
•solenoid moves the shade that controls the projector headlight function
•Adjustable long distance designed rider seat.
•rider portion offers two different height settings; low position is 845mm (33.3″), tall position is 870mm (34.3″)
•takes only seconds to make adjustment… no tools are required
•passenger seat is removable
• Multi-function plastic resin rear rack.
•in standard form it is a conventional rack / carrier
•also functions as a mount for the accessory 30 litre top box
•additional carrier built in under the passenger seat… with passenger seat & spacer removed, becomes a long, flat platform, providing maximum cargo space
•Combination rubber / steel rider footrests.
•when sitting, the rider’s foot is resting on the vibration damping rubber inserts
•when standing, rubber inserts compresses & exposes serrated edges of the steel pegs for additional grip when riding in difficult terrain
•Multi-function, LCD meter assembly. Left side features digital tach and speedo, plus fuel gauge, clock and status indicators for traction control, D-modes, and Eco System. The right side utilizes a DOT Matrix LCD display, which includes odometer, dual trip meters, outside air temp, coolant temp, instant fuel consumption, average fuel consumption, estimated travel range (based on remaining fuel), trip timer and low fuel trip meter. Other functions include grip heater status and gear indicator. Full range of warning and indicator lights as well, including cruise control and ABS status. The ECO indicator is a light that indicates the bike is being ridden in a manner that conserves fuel. Background illumination is adjustable.
•Sculptured 2- piece half fairing.
•offers an unobstructed view
•excellent air management
•good wind & weather protection
•Convenient, 12 volt DC outlet (fairing dash) for GPS, cell phone or other uses.
•4-position, no tools required, adjustable windscreen.
•excellent wind protection
•adjustment range is 60 mm (2.3″)
•both height & “attack” angle change as the windshield moves
•cross bar can be used as GPS holder
•Optional heated grips
•OEM accessory heated grips offer 10 heat levels
•plug & play installation
•heat settings & status shown in the LCD meter assembly
•Frame mounted composite tip over protectors.
•located on the left & right sides of the lower edge of the fairing
•offer protection for fairing, side mounted rad & battery
•Quick release fasteners on lower & mid fairings.
•quick access to the rad & selected electrical components including fuses
•Immobilizer ignition system.
•reduces possibility of “ride away” theft
•system must recognize the “coded ignition key” in order to start
•if the key is not recognized, electrical system will not activate, even if ignition is turned or forced into the on position
• Lightweight, magnesium cylinder head and clutch covers
• Centre and side stands
• 5-position adjustable front brake lever
• 4-position adjustable clutch lever
• Low maintenance 11 amp hour, sealed battery
• Brilliant LED taillight
• Compact LED turn signals
• Rugged plastic handlebar mounted brush guards
• Dash board mounted 12 volt DC outlet
2018 Yamaha Super Tenere – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $15,099 USD
Engine Type 1199cc liquid-cooled inline 2-cylinder; DOHC; 8
Bore x Stroke 98.0mm x 79.5mm
Compression Ratio 11.0:1
Fuel Delivery Fuel Injection with YCC-T
Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission 6-speed; multi-plate wet clutch
Final Drive Shaft
Suspension / Front 43mm inverted fork; adjustable preload,
compression and rebound damping; 7.5-in travel
Suspension / Rear Monoshock; adjustable preload and rebound
damping; 7.5-in of travel
Brakes / Front Dual 310mm hydraulic disc, Unified Brake
System and ABS
Brakes / Rear 282mm single disc, Unified Brake System and
Tires / Front 110/80R19
Tires / Rear 150/70R17
L x W x H 88.8 in x 38.6 in x 55.5 in
Seat Height 33.3 or 34.3 in
Wheelbase 60.6 in
Rake (Caster Angle) 28.0°
Fuel Capacity 6.1 gal
Fuel Economy** 43 mpg
Wet Weight*** 575 lb
Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)
Color Team Yamaha Blue
2018 Yamaha Super Tenere – Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $17,099 CDN
Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 8-valves (4-valves / cyl), inline twin
Bore and Stroke
98 x 79.5mm
11.9 kg-m (86 ft-lbs.) @ 6,000 rpm
YCC-T, D-Mode, Traction Control & Cruise Control
Mikuni 46mm throttle body F.I
Estimated Fuel Consumption±
18.2kpl / 51.4mpg (Imp.)
Ignition / Starting
TCI / Electric
Fully adj. inverted 43mm fork / 190mm (7.5″) wheel travel
Adjustable link Monocross / 190mm (7.5″) wheel travel
Dual 310mm discs / 4-piston calipers / ABS equipped & unified
282mm disc / single-piston caliper / ABS equipped & unified
1,410mm (55.5″) to 1470mm (57.9″)
Rake / Trail
28 degrees / 126mm
845mm (33.3″) or 870mm (34.3″)
23 litres (5.1 Imp. gal.)
261kg (574.2 lbs)
Deep Purplish Metallic Blue
2018 Yamaha Super Tenere – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £11,599 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
Forward-inclined parallel 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves
Bore x stroke
98 mm x 79.5 mm
11.0 : 1
82.4 kW (112PS) @ 7,250 rpm
117.0 Nm (11.9 kg-m) @ 6,000 rpm
Wet, Multiple Disc
Electronic Fuel Injection
Constant Mesh, 6-speed
Steel tube backbone
Front suspension system
Upside-down telescopic fork, Ø 43 mm
Rear suspension system
Swingarm, Adjustable preload and rebound damping, (link suspension), Monoshock
Hydraulic dual disc, Ø 310 mm wave discs
Hydraulic single disc, Ø 282 mm wave disc
1,410 mm high 1,470 mm
Minimum ground clearance
Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank)
Fuel tank capacity
Oil tank capacity
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