2014 Yamaha Super Tenere - First Ride Teaser

Kevin Duke
by Kevin Duke

The 2014 Yamaha Super Tenere brings a host of new features to stay competitive with its adventure-touring rivals. Key to the updated Tenere is a new cylinder head and new power characteristics, more expansive coverage from a new windscreen, and the arrival of an optional electronically adjustable suspension, a system similar to the FJR1300ES we reviewed last week.

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The ES model, for electronic suspension, provides 84 settings of adjustment, with three levels of damping with seven levels of fine-tuning within each, plus four preload settings. On our ride so far, the added wind protection is a highlight, as is the easily readable instrumentation. The new cylinder head and revised D-mode settings offer minor upgrades, with the 1199cc parallel-Twin supplying slightly snappier throttle response, an adjustable seat height and electronic cruise control. The base model retails for $15,090, while the ES has an MSRP of $16,190 that includes heated grips.

EiC Duke gets the technical lowdown on the Tenere.

More riding is in store, so stay tuned for our full review of the upgraded 2014 Yamaha Super Tenere!

Don’t let the casual pose fool you. Duke completely focused on the upcoming ride and bringing all the information to MO readers.

2014 Yamaha Super Tenere (Super Tenere ES)

MSRP$15,090 ($16,190 ES)
Engine Typeliquid-cooled, 4-stroke 2- cylinder DOHC
Engine Capacity1199 cc
Bore x Stroke98.0 x 79.5mm
Fuel SystemFuel Injection with YCC-T
TransmissionConstant mesh, 6-speed
Final DriveShaft
Front SuspensionTelescopic fork, 43mm tube, adjustable preload, compression and rebound damping, 7.5-in travel
Rear SuspensionMonoshock, adjustable preload and rebound damping, 7.5-in travel
Front Brakes Dual 310mm hydraulic disc, ABS/Unified Brake System
Rear Brakes 282mm single disc
Front Tire110/80R19M/C 59V
Rear Tire150/70R17M/C 69V
Seat Height33.3 or 34.3 in
Wheelbase60.6 in
Dry Weight575 lb (584 lb)
Fuel Capacity6.1 gal
ColorsTeam Yamaha Blue, Matte Gray/Matte Black (Matte Gray/Matte Black)
Warranty1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)
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  • Kevin Kevin on Apr 02, 2014

    Looking forward to reading your take, Kevin. But it somehow appears to me that Troy may have gotten the better end of this to have gone to the Caponord launch.

    • Kevin Duke Kevin Duke on Apr 07, 2014

      Depends if you're more into adventure-styled sport-tourers or a true adventure bike. The Capo likely wouldn't have made it thru the off-road sections of the Tenere ride.