We thoroughly enjoyed the 2012 Yamaha Super Ténéré when we rode it last year (yeah..do the math on those numbers). Properly thrashing the machine through the outskirts of Sedona, Arizona, the big-displacement Super T is fun adventure-tourer that balances Japanese bang-for-the-buck economics with a robust feature set normally reserved only for European machines.
So it is hard to imagine how Yamaha could improve on an already fine motorcycle (we guess the tuning fork brand could give the Super Ténéré away for free), but the Japanese manufacturer did so with its Yamaha Super Ténéré Worldcrosser concept.
A more rugged and off-road oriented variant of the Super T, the 2012 Yamaha Super Ténéré Worldcrosser seemed too-polished, and certainly too well received to avoid going into production, and sure enough, we have gotten word today that Yamaha has green-lit the Worldcrosser for production (we’ll take one in competition white, please).
Donned with protective covers, extra aluminum and carbon pieces, and of course knobby tires, the Yamaha Super Ténéré Worldcrosser is an imposing figure on the eyes. While we called the base Super Ténéré a motorcycle that leaned more to the on-road side of the adventure-touring equation, the Super Ténéré Worldcrosser seems to go the other way with its true-to-the-name raison d’être. Initially available in Europe starting March 2012, it’s not clear when/if the Worldcrosser will come to US soil (we’d be highly surprised if it didn’t though).
Starting MSRP in the EU will be €15,690, and for those that don’t find the 2012 Yamaha Super Ténéré Worldcrosser to be a robust enough package, Yamaha is also offering the Yamaha Super Ténéré Worldcrosser R, which incorporates some select aftermarket Yamaha parts (namely a titanium Akrapovic exhaust can and even more carbon fiber goodness) at a 20% discounted price.