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.

Source: OmniMoto.it

  • Craig

    I like this… but I know that picking up a bike after tipping it over is hard work… just watch the road racers picking there little 350lb bike off of the floor. Now make it weigh 500+ and throw sand / gravel in the mix. I can’t wait. :)

    But, all that said… I like it – just don’t fall, it’s easy!

  • mark

    Why am I not surprised that Yamaha has decided to compete with the R1200GS Adventure as well as the basic R1200GS? I predict Triumph will respond with a Tiger Explorer XC in 3… 2… 1…

  • Greg Hilchey

    World Crosser doesn’t exactly come to mind as with all the other large “Adventure” Bikes. To big. too heavy. At least it has adjustable front and rear suspension unlike BMW.

  • Dahveed

    Well, the BMW Adventure model’s come with more suspension travel, larger fuel tanks, additional crash guards, and different gearing in the gear box. The World Crosser comes with different tires, pipe, and crash guards. At least BMW has some functional difference, the Super T only has some extra stuff bolted on. If its at a discount and you were planning to add that stuff on there anyway, I guess its a good deal, but its no “Adventure” model of the bike.

    Other than having knobbies on it, how is it any more dirt capable that the regular model?

    Super T owners, spoon on some knobbies, slap on some yellow decals and you’ll have made your own “World Crosser”

  • Bruce Monighan

    As Dahveed said not a whole lot there and definately not the “Worldcrosser” prototype as shown a year ago. It was distinguished by the rear large capacity aux gas tank. My Tenere already looks like this one, Alt rider/Touratech stamped metal guards, Givi crash bars and Heideneau semi knobby tires. The Super Tenere forum already has instructions on how to make the exhaust guard modifications to look like the one in the pictures and there are several aftermarked exhausts. I would venture to say a lot of us have made more modificaiotns to the bikes we got late July/early August than are on this “new” model.

    By the way for Craig, manyof us have had our Teneres on their sides and actually because the weight is so low (mass centralization) they are really pretty easy to pick up. I too read the weight specs in 2010 and thought it was way too heavy. Riding it it feels more than 100 lbs lighter, really pretty amazing

  • Bob

    Well, it looks the part with all the crash protectors and such. But as others have said, if they didn’t increase the fuel tank size and add more suspension travel and ground clearance, simply spooning on knobbies does not an adventure model make. The GSA has 8.9 gallons and an extra 1 1/4 inches of travel (though only 3/4 inches more ground clearance).

    If Yamaha really wanted to do something to set themselves apart from the others, they would have contacted OHlins about the 2WD setup they used on the R1, TT600R and WR450. The 2WD was used in the Dakar by David Fretigne 6 or 7 years ago, I think.

    I tried a 2WD Christini and really liked how it worked in the sand and mud, keeping the front end going straight and not washing out. Would be invaluable on a 600+ lb Adv bike.

  • BikePilot

    That’s right on Bob, I’ve been saying for years the 2wd folks are missing the mark by pushing on competition machines (where its of dubious value) rather than big adv bikes (where it would be much more useful due to their weight/lack of traction).

  • MikeD

    NOTHING TRULY NEW to see here, move along folks.
    Don’t pay more for this version…buy a base model and do your own mods.

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  • Guido

    What is this thing about? They added a couple aftermarket parts, exchanged some pieces with more expensive and useless carbon / aluminum parts, but they forgot to make it actually better …

    This thing is missing at least

    – Better luggage to go RTW – the Yamaha luggage is too fragile
    – A larger primary or a secondary fuel tank
    – A better windshield
    – Real tip over protection
    – and so on, quite a long list …

    This thing doesn’t do a single thing better for “world crossing” than the standard Super Tenere 1200. It’s typical marketing BS and marketed at the same people that would buy spray on mud for their clothes so they look cool at Starbucks …