Wednesday, October 21, 2009



The 41st Tokyo Motor Show fired into life in Japan today, and while first reports from the event suggest the ranks of exhibitors and trick new models were decidedly thin (thanks in no small part to the impact of the Global Financial Crisis), the Yamaha stand did display one special treat for big-bore adventure bike fans.

Taking pride of place on the Yamaha exhibit was this special Super Tenere concept bike, which gives a hint of a new big-bore twin cylinder Yamaha adventure bike that certainly suggests it is aimed fair and square at the BMW R 1200 GS market.

Here's a first news report on the relaunched Super Tenere from British publication, Motorcycle News:

"Yamaha has shocked the Tokyo Motor Show crowds by unveiling a concept version of the new Super Tenere which is due for release next year.

"Weirdly, the concept bike is made of cloth, though it does give a tantalising glimpse of what the Japanese firm will be bringing to production next year.

"Highlights include a 1200cc parallel twin engine with shaft drive, traction control, ABS with three modes, linked brakes, side mounted radiators and a 270 degree crank (like the TDM).

"MCN has already found trademark applications filed by Yamaha lodging the Super Tenere name for use. It’s not thought this bike will be shown before the middle or late 2010 to go on sale later that year.

"All of the Japanese firms are anxious to get a slice of the adventure bike market so gripped by the sales success of the BMW R1200GS. It looks like Yamaha will be the first to get a bike to production."

Stay tuned for more news on the Super Tenere's return in coming months.

-- Clubby,

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