Yamaha's 1200cc Super Tenere secrets revealed

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The Yamaha 1200 Super Tenere twin

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The 2009 Tokyo Motor Show last October saw some bizarre non-debuts as there had been an accord between the Japanese manufacturers that all would cut back their expenditure on the show in deference to the retrenchments resultant from the GFC. We mentioned this with our coverage of the Yamaha stand's Super Tenere “Art installation” at Tokyo. Here was a somehow fully formed motorcycle that was not really on show. Well the mystique has been maintained, because no images have been released yet, but we now know a lot more about the bike's fine details – the 1200cc parallel twin will have a 270 degree crank (for a v-twin feel), and will use Yamaha's YCC-T ride-by-wire throttle, have switchable engine-mapping, traction control, three-position anti-lock braking, a Unified Braking System that links the front and rear brakes, …

The Yamaha Super Tenere will have a similar parallel twin with a 270 degree crank to the current TDM900 and the TRX850 “faux Ducati” of the nineties – a motor with the feel of a v-twin, only this one will have 1200 cc of capacity and is designed to take on the BMW GS Adventure and Ducati Multistrada.

The radiators for the Super Tenere will be side-mounted, and final drive will be a hypoid gearshaft.

Stay tuned for more announcements as the product is apparently ready for launch and has been in that condition since before Tokyo Motor Show in October.

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