The wait is over. Yamaha released details of the new XT1200Z Super Ténéré adventure touring machine, and from what we see, it had better be coming to Canada.
At the heart of the machine is a liquid-cooled parallel twin engine displacing 1,199 cc. Crank pin throws are offset at 270-degrees for a broad spread of torque and a V-twin sound, and dual counter-balancers do away with vibration.
The dry-sump engine claims 108 hp. A six-speed gearbox transfers power to the rear wheel via shaft drive.
Power is controlled through Yamaha’s ride-by-wire throttle control system (YCC-T), which will offer two maps for different riding conditions (Sport and Touring). The bike is also equipped with three-mode traction control.
Computerised linked ABS will monitor several parameters and adjust
braking proportion between front and rear brakes, yet the rear brake
alone can be used for low-speed manoeuvring if the rear brake is
applied before the front.
Yamaha uses a rigid steel tube frame instead of aluminum because “it holds up better under the demands that off-road adventure riding can place on a large bike.”
A fully adjustable 43 mm inverted fork and a single rear shock adjustable for rebound damping and preload provide 190 mm (7.5 in) of suspension travel.
Wheels are laced and tubeless, much like the Super Ténéré’s obvious
competitor, the BMW R1200GS Adventure. Wheels sizes are 19-inch front
and 17-inch rear.
The Ténéré’s long-distance adventure-touring potential is reinforced with a 23-litre fuel tank, adjustable windscreen and seat height and a 12-volt power socket. Tons of touring accessories are also available.
According to Yamaha’s literature, the Super Ténéré will be available in Europe in 2010, but the company will offer it as a one-year “First Edition” model, with aluminum side cases, headlight protector and aluminum skid plate. These will be options on the 2011 model.
No news yet if the bike will make it to Canada this year.
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