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by David Swarts
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Yamaha’s Super Ténéré
has received some updates for the 2014 model year. The liquid-cooled,
fuel-injected 1199cc parallel twin (98.0mm x 79.5mm, bore x stroke) has been
enhanced with a “modest increase in horsepower and torque,” according to
Yamaha. The D-Mode, or Drive Mode, settings have been recalibrated to create a
more noticeable difference between the T and S settings, the only two settings.
The windscreen has been reshaped to provide more wind protection and less noise
and the height can be adjusted quickly without tools. The handlebar has been
moved 10mm higher and 10mm closer to the rider to increase comfort. And the
instrument panel is new, easier to read and simpler to adjust modes, says
Ténéré still comes with Yamaha Chip
Controlled Throttle (YCC-T), a.k.a. ride-by-wire throttle, four-way-adjustable
Traction Control, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Unified Braking System
(UBS), and a multi-function carrier system to accommodate optional luggage or
The parallel twin engine features a 270-degree crankshaft
that allows both forged aluminum pistons to fire closely together, enhancing
traction, according to Yamaha. The engine also has four valves per cylinder, an
11.0:1 compression ratio, double overhead camshafts, a dry-sump, a side-mounted
radiator and 12-hole nozzles on its fuel-injectors.
The engine and the six-speed wide-ratio transmission are
carried in a steel main frame. The inverted from forks are fully-adjustable,
and the rear shock is adjustable for spring preload and rebound damping. The
braking system includes dual 310mm (12.2 inches) front discs arrested by
four-piston calipers and a single 282mm (11.1 inches) disc and its single-piston
caliper stop the rear wheel. The wire-spoke wheels carry a 110/80R19 front tire
and a 150/70R17 rear tire. Final drive is via a shaft. Wheelbase is 60.6 inches
(1539mm), rake is 28.0 degrees, trail is 5.0 inches (127mm), seat height is
adjustable from 33.3 inches (846mm) to 34.3 (871mm), fuel capacity is 6.0
gallons, claimed wet weight is 578 pounds (262 kg), and manufacturer suggested
retail price (MSRP) is $15,090.
2014-model Super Ténéré ES, which
has an MSRP of $16,190, differs from the standard machine in that it comes with
cruise control and the suspension settings can be adjusted electronically.
2015-model SR400 is a continuation of a Yamaha classic first introduced in
1978. The latest version keeps its retro-styling including an air-cooled
engine, twin rear shocks, chrome fenders, and a kick-starter and combines it
with some modern convenience, like fuel-injection. The SR400 is propelled by a
399cc four-stroke single cylinder engine with a bore of 87.0mm, a stroke of
62.7mm and a compression ratio of 8.5:1. Two valves per cylinder are actuated
by a single overhead camshaft. The transmission has five speeds.
engine and transmission are carried in a double-cradle tubular steel frame. The
swingarm is also formed from tubular steel, and the front forks are raked at
27.7 degrees with 4.4 inches (112mm) of trail. The 18-inch wheels carry a
90/100-size front tire and a 110/90-size rear tire. A single 268mm (10.5 inches)
disc and two-piston caliper make up the front braking system, and a 150mm (5.9
inches) drum arrests the rear wheel. Wheelbase is 55.5 inches (1410mm), seat
height 30.9 inches (785mm), claimed wet weight is 384 pounds (174 kg) and MSRP
more information, go to www.yamaha-motor.com.