2014 Yamaha Super Tenere VideoWhen Yamaha introduced its Super Tenere (XT1200Z) in 2010, it immediately became a competitor of the world’s top-selling adventure tourer – the BMW R1200GS.On paper, much looked like match, from the 1199cc parallel twin that produced 108.4 horsepower to the shaft drive, aluminum luggage, and traction control. But through the years, BMW’s R 1200 GS got bolder, and the Yamaha Super Tenere remained the same.
This changes for 2014. Yamaha has released a revised Super Tenere, and now offers the Super Tenere ES, which has electronic suspension. The ES system features four pre-load settings, three damping adjustments and an additional seven damping fine-tuning adjustments.On both the standard and ES versions, ergonomics and riding modes were enhanced, along with some new styling and LED lights.The highlight the features of the new 2014 Super Tenere and Super Tenere ES, Yamaha released the attached video, which presents the adventure tourer well.Look for a test from Ultimate MotorCycling in the future; we’ll let you know how this revised Super T compares to BMW’s latest semi-water cooled R 1200 GS.For a preview of the 2014 Super Tenere with specs images, visit 2014 Super Tenere ES Preview.
Honda CRF-E2 Electric + Dale Schmidtchen and the $50M V-Rod
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Hello everyone and welcome to Ultimate Motorcycling’s podcast, Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
This week’s episode is brought to you by Yamaha YZF-R7. The R7 lives up to its legendary name, as a high-performance supersport machine. Check it out at at your local Yamaha dealer, or of course at YamahaMotorsports.com.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams and I chat about electric bikes and the electric bike revolution that is likely the future of motorcycling. Actually this episode is specifically about Honda’s new CRF-E2… an electric dirt-bike for kids. We asked our tester, 8-year old Avery Bart to put the E2 through its paces and according to Don, she loved it. Honda has stated that the company goal is for 50% of its sales to be electric by 2030—an ambitious goal for sure, and the CRF-E2 is the first step in that direction.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my Aussie motorcycle industry friends—Dale Schmidtchen. Dale has worked for most of the major moto factories globally during his career, and his take on his CF Moto ADV bike is interesting. Beyond that, one his many projects is currently helping to sell the world’s most expensive motorcycle—a Harley V-Rod worth around 50 million dollars. Yes, that’s 50 million with an ‘M’.
Dale also owned a race team in the 1990s and helped bring several well-known Aussie racers to the world stage. He’s a very modest, matter-of-fact guy, but I always really enjoy chatting with him; I hope you enjoy listening.
Incidentally, if you’ve got around fifty mill burning a hole in your pocket and you fancy owning the so-called ‘Mona Lisa of motorbikes’—contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll put you in touch with Dale.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!