Su­per Ténéré Raid Edi­tion rated

Yamaha Su­per Ténéré Raid Edi­tion gets the full ac­ces­sory treat­ment


Just like those tod­dlers you see that some­how look like OAPs, Yamaha’s Su­per Ténéré al­ready looked old when it ar­rived in 2010. Back then the Dakar-in­spired ma­chine wasn’t what you’d call an overnight suc­cess. Weigh­ing as much as an ele­phant, with the heart of a mouse, it couldn’t live with the BMW and KTM ad­ven­ture bikes of the day and was left stand­ing by the then new Du­cati Mul­tistrada 1200. To make mat­ters worse the Su­per Ténéré was re­leased at a time when Yamaha’s prices went through the roof. Not only was its £13,500 more than the R1200GS Ad­ven­ture and 990 Ad­ven­ture (it was only £700 cheaper than the superbike-en­gined Mul­tistrada 1200 S) it cost more than the £12,199 base model Su­per Ten does to­day. Fast-for­ward to 2018 and the Yamaha trails even fur­ther be­hind. Its 110bhp, 1199cc, 270° par­al­lel twin doesn’t have a hope of liv­ing with its glossy new ri­vals. And with its ba­sic LCD dash, lack of an up/down quick­shifter and brakes that seem only to work on dial-up speed, it feels de­cid­edly be­hind the curve. But you know what? None of that mat­ters, be­cause the Yamaha isn’t as­pir­ing to be a BMW/KTM/ Du­cati-beater any­more and can hap­pily serve as the more re­laxed, depend­able choice.

The Yamaha’s mo­tor boasts low-down grunt, a smooth throt­tle and gen­tle power de­liv­ery. It takes the 265kg ma­chine time to turn and set­tle into cor­ners (and some­times scrape its pegs), but all that weight serves to give you a crin­kle-free ride. It’s com­fort­able, low enough for shorter rid­ers, has main­te­nance­free shaft drive, a cav­ernous 23-litre fuel tank and is beau­ti­fully screwed to­gether all round. Stan­dard equip­ment in­cludes a ba­sic non-IMU trac­tion con­trol sys­tem and linked ABS, which works well (although it’s a lit­tle in­tru­sive), a two-way ad­justable seat, spoked wheels and wavy discs. Go for the £13,999 XT1200ZE model and you get elec­tron­i­cally ad­justable sus­pen­sion, cruise con­trol, heated grips, cen­tre­stand and grab han­dles.

Now rally-ready

New for 2018, this Raid Edi­tion comes with £2175-worth of Yamaha ac­ces­sories. Based on the stan­dard ZE, you get a pair of sturdy 37-litre lock­able alu­minium side cases, a taller screen, wind pro­tec­tors, a bash plate, fog lights and car­bon fi­bre fair­ing side pan­els. Our test bike also fea­tures a £151 Yamaha tour­ing tank bag.

It’s still not cheap

Cost­ing £15,849 the Raid Edi­tion is more than a (lug­gage-less) £11,599 KTM 1090 Ad­ven­ture, a £14,899 1290 Su­per Ad­ven­ture and the funky £13,860 BMW R1200 GS Ad­ven­ture Ral­lye. In short, you’ve re­ally got to want the Yamaha to jus­tify the price, but you save over 300-quid on buy­ing the ac­ces­sories sep­a­rately.

The lug­gage, taller screen and more are worth £2175

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