fast, even faster and took in a few slow sections to soak up the views. These bikes are both excellent, but are very different beastys. The Super Ténéré, Smooth cruising… If you are looking for a very civilized kilometer eater that is totally happy on any gravel or tar road, then this is a bike well worth consideration. Yamaha has stuck with this one for a long time – and when you ride it, it’s easy to understand why. Powerful, comfortable and capable are all words that come to mind when you describe this bike. This is an adventure touring bike of some note. It has a big fuel tank and that upright riding posture that makes long trips in the saddle more comfortable. Perhaps not as comfortable as the rolling easy-chair ride of a Goldwing or similar, but then it’s not intended for the same type of journey. From the cockpit, the first thing you notice is how much room there is and how tall the bike is. It’s superbly comfortable, the riding position is very upright, the seat tapers in well and has two height settings which is essential for a tall bike. Despite the size, the bike is surprisingly nimble and light feeling. We had no trouble weaving or maneuvering it between traffic. The tall Ténéré is great for traffic dodging. Perched on the bike you sit above all cars. The tapered handle bars are wide and give your arms a bend that feels natural and your elbows are not too tucked in or too far out. It comes standard with off-roadish features such as a skid plate, handlebar brush guards, and the adventure-bike suspension that gives you a bit more wheel travel than a street-only bike. We like the The clocks are starting to look a bit dated now... grooved footpegs that, when seated, give you a cushy peg underfoot. When you get into more technical riding and you stand up, the cushioning compresses under your weight and gives you more sure footing on the underlying metal pegs. The seat height Cool lights, no beak but an aggressive look to it... 50 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE AUGUST 2019
Go Beyond. The latest XT1200ZE Super Ténéré is built to satisfy your desire to see what lies beyond the horizon. Everything about this hugely capable long distance adventure bike has been designed to take you further than you ever imagined was possible. Equipped with a hugely powerful 1,199cc engine and a rugged chassis featuring electronically adjustable suspension, the Super Ténéré is ready to thrill on the highway and excel on the dirt. XT1200ZE R4,676pm Retail price including VAT. RETAIL PRICE TERM DEPOSIT BALLOON INSTALLMENT INTEREST RATE TOTAL REPAYMENT R214 950 48 MONTHS 0% 30% R4 676 11.15% R284 252 Finance subject to approval by Yamaha Finance, a product of WesBank. A division of FirstRand Bank Ltd. An Authorised Financial Services and Credit Provider. NCRCP20 • Interest rate linked to prime lending rate which is currently 10.25% • Initiation fee and monthly admin fee included • Cost of credit excludes deposit • Offer valid while stocks last FINANCE DEALS EXCLUSIVE TO YAMAHA RIDERS www.yamaha.co.za · +27 11 259 7600 · Facebook: Yamaha Southern Africa · Instagram: @yamahasouthafrica AVAILABLE AT YOUR LOCAL YAMAHA DEALER. COLOURS ARE LIMITED. E&OE.