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2011 Yamaha XTZ1200 Super Ténéré

Rider Contributor
September 1, 2010
Filed under Latest News, Yamaha Motorcycle Reviews

2011 Yamaha XTZ1200 Super Ténéré

2011 Yamaha XTZ1200 Super Ténéré

Yamaha has been inundated with requests to bring the XTZ1200 Super Ténéré adventure-tourer to the U.S. Named after a challenging Sahara Desert stage of the Paris-Dakar Rally, it will arrive next spring as a 2012 model. Powered by a 1199cc parallel twin with a 270-degree crank that fires both cylinders close together, it mimics a big thumper but with dual-axis primary balancers to tame the shakes. Tech geeks will love the ride-by-wire throttle, dual power settings, 3-position traction control, ABS and linked brakes. The shaft drive features a compact spiral bevel gear said to reduce unsprung weight. A rugged tubular steel frame uses the engine as a stressed member and mates to an aluminum subframe and swingarm. Suspension is fully adjustable, hand guards and adjustable windscreen/seat are standard and a full line of adventure-touring kit will be available. At an MSRP of $13,900, the Super Ténéré will be sold only through a pre-delivery deposit program: through March 2011, put $500 down to get on the list; bikes will be delivered starting in May.

Available in December for $8,490, the naked FZ8 is powered by a sleeved-down, previous-generation R1 engine. Bore was reduced from 77 to 68mm while stroke was unchanged at 53.6mm, for 799cc. The liquid-cooled inline-four engine features all-new pistons, cylinder body, crank, head, cams, valves and throttle bodies and has been tuned for low-to-midrange torque. Its 51-percent front-weight bias, 470-pound wet weight (claimed) and cast aluminum frame, swingarm and wheels are geared toward nimble handling while its upright ergonomics toward comfort.

The final spot on Yamaha’s new-for-2011 podium is from the Star Motorcycles cruiser division. The all-new Stryker is a factory-custom chopper powered by a 1304cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 60-degree V-twin. The steel double-cradle frame has a 6-degree steering yoke to stretch the fork’s rake to 40 degrees. It gets 5-spoke cast aluminum wheels (21-inch front, 18-inch rear) and a fat 210mm rear tire. Belt drive allows easy wheel changes and steel fenders are begging to be chopped. The Stryker should begin arriving in dealerships in September; MSRP is $10,990 for Raven or $11,240 for Reddish Copper or Impact Blue.

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