Yamaha likes to shake things up. In 2010, the Super Tenere arrived in Europe and sparked a war at the top end of the adventure world. It would no longer
be a BMW-versus-KTM playground, and it would no longer be enough to look the
part. The Super Tenere proved that massive adventure bikes could and should
have better capabilities in the dirt. It came to the U.S. the next year, and not long
afterward, BMW and KTM responded with newer, better 1200s that pushed the
bar even higher, and the war raged on.
Yamaha had a very short reign alone at the top of the class, but the Super
Tenere is not standing still. Changes came late in the 2014 model year, designed
to keep it in touch with the rapidly evolving adventure bike assortment.
Evolution of a revolutionary