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XT1200Z Super Tenere

To say the least, the Traction Control and Unified Braking ABS technology incorporated on the new Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere, is light years ahead of the competition.
"For the FIRST time, I truly experienced a motorcycle which has had a lasting impression on me, unriviled by anything I have previously ridden."
"This is more than a motorcycle, its a Revolution"
Craig Marshall - Rider

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XT1200Z Super Tenere

Traction Control
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.
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The RouteTested in 2010: Swaziland

To be fair to a motorcycle of this stature, a route was created to put the big girl through her paces without being too difficult for the group of 20 plus media journalists.

Starting in Ermelo, Mpumalanga, NE South Africa - we headed East along gravel service roads adjacent to the railway line running out of town. The road was laden with loose quarry stone, thick powdery dust and deep concrete storm water culverts - which, if you weren't paying attention had a tendency to drop you in and then rocket you skyward out the otherside!

Into Swaziland, the gravel roads were in good condition in some places, but descending down the valley to our overnight stop, we encountered steep and very loose gravel, tight corners and cattle - the Super Tenere got it a chance to show us how well the Unified Braking System and Traction Control really work.

On the second day we made our way North out of Swaziland and into the lush forests of Mpumalanga in the Barberton region. A well placed water truck wetting the dusty roads gave me the opportunity to push the traction control to the max in the slippery wet clay.

Along the various tarred sections of the 680km, we were able to open up the 1199cc V-Twin motor and experience the delight of rapid acceleration in "Sport Mode" and the smooth top end of around 219km per hour.
Yamaha D-mode
Power Management at your fingers
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On the fly Adjustment
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What does Yamaha D-Mode do? - (Drive-Mode)
The NON technical explanation is that it gives the rider a choice to manage the (Engine Mapping) power output in accordance to the terrain being ridden.

On the XT1200Z Super Tenere, the Sport Mode will give you quicker acceleration on the tar, but maybe too powerful for a technical rocky river crossing. The fuel consumption is also greater in S-Mode.
Touring Mode will be noticeable more docile, but will be better to handle in loose sections and wet conditions - fuel consumption is improved in
T Mode and you will loose a bit of top end as well.

So for road riding, short day rides where fuel economy is not an issue you would want to use S mode and Traction Control mode 1 or Mode 2

For Gravel sections and tricky loose or rocky sections you would want to use T Mode and Traction Control Mode 1

If you are more experienced and like to ride like a hooligan, then switch the Traction Control ,to Mode 2 or OFF Mode and the power to
S Mode - for a more, OLD SCHOOL type of riding.

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.

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.

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. 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. The top left reading on the dashboard will indicate litres per hundred kilometers

Off Road Handling:
Here is a bold statement - "The XT1200Z Super Tenere has off road handling that is without a doubt, ahead of any of its competition - 800cc, 990cc and 1200cc alike - The Super Tenere wins hands down."
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.

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.

Bike Weight - can you feel its weight ? (261kg 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.

UBS - Unified Braking System - (ABS Type)

You can switch off the ABS - Read more 

This is the second and most noticeable part of the riding revolution - until now if you have been riding 800cc, 990cc or 1200cc Dualsport motorcycles - you probable use to stopping as you hit the gravel, switching off the ABS and then proceeding with caution, especially on steep loose gravel sections - right?

One would think that a bike weighing 261kg and having 81kw would be a bitch to handle in the rough - Yamaha have changed the course of riding history with the XT1200Z Super Tenere.
The UBS works, off road and on road - period !!! subject closed

According to the load and the speed you're travelling - the rotation speed sensors in the front and rear wheels on the Super Tenere will intelligently utilise the braking to ensure safe stopping on ALL surfaces.

When the ABS computer detects a wheel locking tendency, it sends signals to an infinitely variable hydraulic pressure unit that modulates braking pressure smoothly to avoid wheel lock-up. In this way, it often takes action before a slide even begins, to deliver smooth, controlled, confident stopping power.

If you grab a hand full of front brake in the loose gravel or wet, the rear is activated first and then the front, unifiying both wheels together.
If you stand on the rear brake first, then its activated independently and will even allow a little slide - but still stop you rapidly even on steep loose gravel. So you NEVER get that "Run Away Train" feeling.

XT1200Z Super Tenere

2013 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 80.9kW (110PS) @7,250rpm
Max. torque 114.1 Nm(11.6kgf+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
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
Seat height Adjustable 845-870 mm
Tank capacity 23 L main
Fuel Economy Between 18 and 21 km per Litre
Top Speed Aprox 219 km / hour
Weight with Fuel 261 kg
Price ZAR 140 000.00 Standard
XT1200Z Features:
• Shaft drive inline 2-cylinder engine - 270-degree crank
• Mass kept low and central for agile handling
• Intelligent Unified Brake System and ABS
• YCC-T 3-stage traction control plus Yamaha D-mode
• First edition adventure pack
• Tough spoked, tubeless aluminium rims
• Adjustable front and rear suspension
• Adjustable seat height
• Side Mounted Radiator
Rubber and spiked combination foot pegs
Functional accessories:
High screen
Fog lamp kit (can be mounted under the headlights or on the ~optional engine guard)
Engine guard
Grip heater kit
Wind deflectors
Super Ténéré tankpad
Low seat (35 mm lower compared to the standard positions)
Super Téneré tankbag
Aluminium 30 L top case matching the aluminium side cases
Ténéré inner bags for the sides cases and top case
Stylish LED Flashers, available in black, chrome and carbon
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Download Official Yamaha XT1200Z Brochure
Download the Accessories Catalogue

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The Conclusion:
Currently in the Dualsport motorcycle market - there is no better bike - for the technology - for the price - for the looks - for the off road ability in this class and for the safety and many other reasons. BUT ? is this the bike for YOU? that is the question.
Many riders will still stick to competitive brands, as will die hard Yamaha fans continue to be loyal to their brand and buy the XT1200Z Super Tenere. IF you want the best 1200cc Dualsport Bike in the world at this time and its within your price bracket ZAR 155 950 for the second edition available in Matt Grey, Blue and if youre lucky, White. 2014/2015 Colures Grey/Blue - go and buy the Super T. You wont be sorry and your buddies will be jealous.

.......................................................................................................................................................Craig Marshall
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