2012 Yamaha XT1200Z Super Ténéré

02/24/2010 @ 11:40 am, by Jensen Beeler19 COMMENTS

UPDATE: Pricing abroad for the 2010 Yamaha XT1200Z Super Ténéré looks to be £13,500 & €15,000, with some variation because of individual country tariffs.

With its latest bike the Yamaha XT1200Z Super Ténéré, Yamaha is stepping up its game and getting serious about the adventure-tourer motorcycling segment. The Dakar inspired Super Ténéré is a ground-up production for Yamaha, making it the first Japanese manufacturer to get serious about this emerging (and very profitable) market segment.

With 1,199cc under the hoood, the XT1200Z Super Ténéré is aiming its sights on the class-leading BMW R1200GS and new-comer Ducati Multistrada 1200. The powerplant features a parallel twin motor with four valves per cylinder, and makes 108hp @ 7,250 RPM and 84lbs•ft @ 6,000 RPM. Read more about the Yamaha XT1200Z Super Ténéré after the jump.

For a wiz-bang factor, the Super Ténéré features a bevy of techno-goodies like ride-by-wire throttle control, three-mode linked & ABS brakes, dual-riding modes (street and touring), and Yamaha’s traction control system (YCC-T). Ensuring that the fun doesn’t stop is the bike’s 6.07 gallon gas tank, which should make all the die-hard adventure/touring folks very happy. However, the bike’s 575lb wet weight is likely to turn a few upside down frowns the wrong way around.

As was done on the YZF-R1, Yamaha seems to be taking the lessons learned on the MotoGP race track, and is applying their cross-plane crankshaft design (if you can call it that on a two cylinder motor) to the Super Ténéré. The 270° crank allows the Super Ténéré to deliver its power pulses in a manner that allows for better traction between the tire and road, which has a huge benefit in off-road situations.

No price has been announced yet, but expect it to undercut the KTM, BMW, and Ducati’s of the world…and for real bad news, the Super Ténéré has not been confirmed for the US market.

Technical Specifications of the 2012 Yamaha XT1200Z Super Ténéré:

Type: Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, inline 2-cylinder, 4-valve, fuel injected, twin spark engine
Displacement: 1199cc
Bore x stroke: 98 x 79.5 mm
Compression ratio: 11.0:1
Firing intervals: 270- and 450-degree points
Max. Power: 80.9kW (110PS) @7,250rpm
Max. Torque: 114.1 Nm (11.6kgf・m) @6,000 rpm
Lubrication system: Dry sump
Fuel supply system: Fuel Injection
Clutch type: Wet, multiple-disc diaphragm spring
Ignition system: Twin spark
Starter system: Electric
Transmission system: Constant mesh, 6-speed
Final transmission: Shaft
Throttle system: Yamaha Chip-Controlled Throttle (YCC-T)
Yamaha D-MODE: 2 modes, Sport (S) and Touring (T)
Traction control: 3 modes, TCS1, TCS2 and OFF
Exhaust System: 2-into-1

Frame: Steel tube backbone
Front suspension: Upside-down telescopic fork, 43 mm inner tube, adjustable preload, compression and rebound damping
Front wheel travel: 190 mm
Rear suspension: Monoshock, adjustable preload and rebound damping
Rear wheel travel: 190 mm
Front brake: Hydraulic Twin 310 mm wave discs, ABS/Unified Brake System
Rear brake: Hydraulic Single 282 mm wave disc
Front tyre: 110/80/19
Rear tyre: 150/70/17

Overall length: 2,250 mm
Overall width: 980 mm
Overall height: 1,410 mm
Seat height: Adjustable 845-870 mm
Wheelbase: 1,540 mm
Min. ground clearance: 205 mm
Wet weight: 261 kg (includes full oil and fuel tank):
Fuel capacity: 23 litres
Oil capacity: 4.2 litres

  • akatsuki

    Sounds good, but the styling should have gotten a bit more attention from Yamaha. The Multistrada is almost gorgeous (minus the beak). Better looking than the R1200GS anyway. And that weight? Ouch.

  • Peter

    “With 1,999cc under the hoood”
    That’s one big engine..

  • Dave

    1,999cc? Sounds 700cc too high. Still rather have a regular tenere. Those at least seemed more capable for the weight…

  • My bad, I got distracted by the 575lb weight quote, and goofed on the displacement. It’s 1,199cc’s.

  • i personally like the styling, it’s rugged and that looks like something i would ride through anything and not give a damn haha.

    agreed on the Multistrada, yeah, minus the inescapable beak, is sexy, but i’d feel horrible if i ever got a ding, dent, or scratch. with this Yamaha, i feel as it would give it just that much more appeal.

    the weight does scare the crap out of me though.

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  • Eric

    I don’t know about this thing, it looks like a pig. The KTM990 Adventure has all the power you need for a huge adventure tourer, but it “only” weighs 430lbs or so. 575lbs is absolutely absurd. Why won’t they just sell the Tenere 660 in the USA? I see KLR’s all over the place, is there some reason why they think the 660 won’t sell over here?

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  • Ferd

    The weight seems high at 575lbs but I think Yamaha should import the Tenere 660 to the USA. I think BMW has the 1200cc class wrapped up with the R1200GS and GSA. The BMW will be a tough bike to take on as it is established and has a very loyal following. The BMW’s have tons of aftermarket company’s making add-ons for the GS line-up. Still I guess I really don’t have to worry because the USA will not get these anyway. If Yamaha would import the 660 I would buy one tomorrow.

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  • timmy-bear

    Yamaha better damn well bring this thing to the US. I used to be a big Honda fan, but I really thing Yamaha is where it’s at (they got Rossi didn’t they?). The new Tenere is a direct competitor to the Multistrada 1200, and the BMW GS. So long as Yamaha keeps the pricing down, this thing will sell like hotcakes. Otherwise, it’ss suffer the same fate as the TDM 850 of ’92-’93

  • Hayabrusa

    I agree with timmy-bear, but alas, I fear the US will get the shaft again – I find it interesting (and frustrating) that some ya-hoo in a foreign country ‘decides’ that a bike won’t be good for the US market! Gee, I wouldn’t bother trying it, on the off-chance it could be a huge success! D’oh!! Anyway, the bike is cool, and I bet you won’t notice the weight once you’re underway, unless you do a lot of slow-speed off-roading.

  • Hayabrusa

    . . . which you really shouldn’t be doing with those tires anyway! Nice ‘fake’ off-road picture, Yamaha!

  • tc

    Wow, Heavier than my 02 Bandit 1200 by over 50lbs, radiator to get damaged if dropped, Higher compression motor but similar power curves. Guess I don’t get it???
    My husky 610 covers the dirt riding that the Bandit can’t complete.

  • pwr

    I like adventure touring bikes for sport touring, but I hate chains. There aren’t any shaft-drive adventure tourers besides the Stelvio and the R1200GS, and who’s going to take a Guzzi into the boonies? This is bound to be a good bit cheaper, if it ever gets here. I’ll watch with interest.

  • Serge

    C’mon YAMAHA!! please bring that bike in North America PLEASE Listen….We want one here in Canada…We need one to explore James Bay, Labrador, Abitibi….We are going to kick the ass of the GS this the SuperTénéré!!!! PLEASE YAMAHA….Listen

  • Mondo Endo

    You would think that because of how well the BMW GS series sell they would at least give us a shot at it. Look at the chance that BMW took with the new 1000rr going against the status quo in the super sport market and from all Ive read its a great bike and doing well sales wise. I would love to have the new 1200, I cant count how many times Ive gone on a( lets see where this road leads me ride) only to have to turn around because of a dirt road or trail. I dont want a full on dual sport I want a street bike with off road as an option. Ive ridden a 990 KTM adventure and wasnt impressed on the street, Im sure its way better off road than the Yam or BMW but since I spend more time on road thats more important to me. I guess I could always convert my Bandit 1250 into a adv tourer, hell it weighs about the same. Where can I get high pipes for it? lol

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