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Traded my FJ-09 in for a 2015 Super Tenere


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I miss my 09 already. I traded it in on a 2015 Yama Super Tenere day 'fo yes'day. I was mainly tired of an uncomfortable seat and hasseling with a chain all these years. The Tenere is a 1200cc, larger, actually made for touring n longer distances, has a bigger more comfy seat and a driveshaft, heated grips, cruise control, etc.
 
While of course the 1200cc Tenere is powerful, handles very well too, etc, my helmet is still buffeted by wind noise, and I miss the FJ-09's lighter quickness, agility and quick responsiveness. Perhaps after I spend more time with the Tenere I might feel differently.
 
But not having to hassle with a chain, worrying about grit in it after I lube it when I have to ride over some sandy dirt parking lot, etc makes the driveshaft alone worth it. Lol!
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You will get used to it, they are great bikes. I would never be worried about a dirty chain although im anal about maintenance I could do 1000 miles before the noise would prompt some wd40 on a long trip.
Enjoy that shaft and find some unpaved back roads, the FJ should never leave pavement IMO.
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My fellow motorcyclists, had a very close call today on my new Yamaha Super Tenere 1200 I just got night 'fo last. Ok, I hope the arschloch who turned in front of me today on Cobbs Ford Rd sees this!!
 
So far my bike handles quite well. It is so much bigger, heavier n more prowerful than my FJ-09 was I was sorta scared of it. Today, due to close calls caused by idiots in traffic a couple of times I had to "get on it" combined with some serious manouvering, and some serious leaning. It handled quite well.
 
One occurance was I had a left green turn light, coming fr Pville, turning to go towards Bass Pro. Me n the guy to my left took off fr the light into our left turn and just as I was completing my turn an turd in a small SUV type came flying up from direction of I-65 n turned to his right, running his yield sign, and right into my lane in front of me. I had to lock it up, missing him by inches, then goose it and making a hard lean into the left lane to avoid hitting him. The other guy to my left had to swerve to his left to keep me from hitting him and I just as quickly made a hard brake and a hard lean right back into my lane behind the idiot who turned in front of me.
 
All this in a few seconds. You couldn't have driven a nail up my butt with a hammer!!
 
I bore down on my horn n he tooted his back n slowed down. I had to brake n hard lean to miss him. I got up beside him finally, a short fat guy driving w a female in passenger seat. I said "You stupid idiot!" It is hard to communicate while wearing a full coverage helmet. He yelled something back n swerved to the curve n acted like he wanted me to pull over too.
 
A few short years ago I would have. But besides having just left church I had somewhere I had to go. He was lucky I didn't do as he wanted. But then again, I mighta gotten shot.
 
But that big fine bike handled quite well. Guy Boutin Greg Campbell Melissa Berry N Glynn Williams Travis Edelen Melynda Bouyer Michael A Mims Steve Knight Steve Taylor David J Smoke John Danny Groome Jerry D Talbot Harold McCray
"What do I know of cultured ways, the gilt, the craft and the lie?
I who was born in a naked land and bred in the open sky.
The subtle tongue, the sophist guile, they fail when the broadswords sing.
Rush in and die, dogs — I was a man before I was a king!" -- from t poem "The Road of Kings" by Robt. E. Howard
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I went the other way, owning a Super Ten for 3 years before swapping to a MT09 Tracer.
 
I like both bikes but the Super Ten is a heavy bastard and I really appreciate the sub 200kg weight of the Tracer.
 
Enjoy the bike, it is very good choice if your legs are fairly long and you can man handle the mass. I'm a relative shortarse and feebler than I used to be...
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I don't understand why people have a problem with chains,occasionally having to put some lube on them,what's so hard about that,tracer is listed 115bhp,s tenere 112 bhp adventure bike.
I agree on the chain. Tenere does have 20 ft lbs of torque on the FJ to be fair. It's also much heavier though. I would guess the FJ would be faster though without looking up 0-60 or 1/4 mile times.
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It's apples n oranges. A tool for every job. The FJ09 is for sport touring and that's what I wanted. The Super Tenere is for on road touring and off road as well. Big price difference between the two. Personally, I have a great bike for off roading when I want to play in the mud. A Ural Gear Up. Last year I went on a Central Florida Adventure ride called," The Dixie dual sport." There was about twenty Urals in attendance with about 200 bikes of many different brands. In the Florida sugar sand by the orange groves along the journey the Urals because of the extra sidecar wheel blasted by the two wheel adventure bikes. The big Adventure bikes like the Tenere, BMW 1200's. and so on had issues in the sugar sand and a consideration was rider experience in the soft stuff as well. On the hard stuff the adventure bikes blasted by the Urals because of dominant power. We all had a blast and there was allot of interest in the Urals. I had my son With me and loaded up with camping gear. While way out in the middle of nowhere while traversing rocks I blew out third gear. I rode another thirty miles to camp. I just wound out 2nd, bypassed third, and shifted into fourth. Whoo! Hoo! The next morning I drained my tranny to look for broken pieces. Nothing. Refilled and rode without third for another 250 miles back to my dealer for rebuild. By buddy who followed me on the way back, blew his left jug on his Ural forty miles south of my dealer and while on the side of the road checking compression on my buddies rig, A guy stopped in a pick up truck, asked if we needed help,and got a trailer for us to put my buddies Ural on. I told the guy to follow behind me cause I don't have third gear. :-) The guy looked at us like we were nuts! When we got to my dealer my buddy bought a new jug, torqued it up, set the valves, and rode home. Ural fixed! I left my rig at the dealer for a tranny rebuild. My point. I have all the off road fun I'll ever want with a Ural. The FJ09 is fantastic for going on long weekends n such. I love it! A tool for every job...
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I don't understand why people have a problem with chains,occasionally having to put some lube on them,what's so hard about that,tracer is listed 115bhp,s tenere 112 bhp adventure bike.
I agree on the chain. Tenere does have 20 ft lbs of torque on the FJ to be fair. It's also much heavier though. I would guess the FJ would be faster though without looking up 0-60 or 1/4 mile times.
As someone who has a direct seat of the pants experience on both - there's a gnat's cock in it for everyday riding. Yes the Tracer will be faster in a straight line as it has a better power to weight ratio but the Super Tenere will be faster when it gets bumpy. On a long tour, in competent hands both bikes will keep up with a mixed group as how often do you ride at speeds way in excess of the statutory limits? 
 
Both bikes are excellent. For me, it is the weight that is the deciding factor. Moving the bike around the garage, negotiating tricky hairpins and stop-start riding when commuting in the city are so much easier on a lighter bike. I had a shaft drive bike for 14 years and prefer them but it would add 30kg and £$, so I've got used to a chain again, choosing to use an auto oiler. 
 
 
 
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Yeah the chain concern is kinda silly IMO. I regularly lube my chain but cleaned it today for the first time.
I take it you haven't owned a shaft drive bike?
 
The thing about shaft drive is the only thing you have to do regularly is ignore it. This is especially nice if you routinely ride in the rain, or if you're on a long multi-thousand mile tour where you'd rather spend free minutes enjoying a view or sipping coffee rather than f@€%ing with chain maintenance.
 
Are shafts 100% maintenance free? No, you need to change the rear drive oil every 15-20k miles. This takes about 10 minutes and is a whole lot easier than replacing chain-and-sprockets every 15-25k miles.
 
Obviously chain drive isn't a deal breaker for me because here I am. But if I could have a bike like the FJ-09 with shaft drive I'd definitely buy it.
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I miss my FJ-09. It is lighter and mire manouverable, easier to mive around, etc. but the deal is done. But the Tenere is very nice too.
"What do I know of cultured ways, the gilt, the craft and the lie?
I who was born in a naked land and bred in the open sky.
The subtle tongue, the sophist guile, they fail when the broadswords sing.
Rush in and die, dogs — I was a man before I was a king!" -- from t poem "The Road of Kings" by Robt. E. Howard
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Obviously chain drive isn't a deal breaker for me because here I am. But if I could have a bike like the FJ-09 with shaft drive I'd definitely buy it.
 
The FJ09 would be well over 200kg with a shaft drive, which would make it less attractive for me
 
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I miss my FJ-09. It is lighter and mire manouverable, easier to mive around, etc. but the deal is done. But the Tenere is very nice too.
Spilled milk. Ride the SuperTen and enjoy!! Congrats! 
I was thinking about making the same move, but only got as far as mounting the Tenere's footpegs on my FJ-09.  :D
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Super Tenere was my 2nd choice, with Versys 1K at 3rd. I could have bought a new 2014 S10 for the same price as my 2015 FJ09. The shaft drive was the main draw, followed by cruise control. In the end, I chose the lighter weight of the FJ09 and the occasional chain lubing. I don't regret it.

2015 red FJ-09: Cal Sci screen, Sargent seat, ECU flash, slider combo, cruise, Rizoma bars, Matts forks, JRi shock, slipper clutch

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