The past couple of days, I have found myself looking at other motorcycles. It’s not that I’m dissatisfied with what I have, but that I am wondering what else is out there. Is there a second motorcycle in my future?
Brad, Clinton County Motorsports, called me to say, “Hey! We’ve got a new Yamaha Super Tenere’ sitting on the floor. They’ve discontinued the deposit program. Come on out and take a look.”
So I did.
Standing next to the bike, it looks big. Astride the bike, the tank and fairings look massive. It weighs 90 lbs. more than my V-Strom 650, but that 1200cc parallel twin will really get up and go.
Clinton County Motorsports is also a KTM dealer, and of course, they had a 990 Adventure sitting on the floor.
The Adventure is not as large as the Yamaha, but it’s V-twin engine will provide all the power needed for long distance dual sport riding. Frankly, I liked this better than the Super Tenere.
Whenever I visit Indianapolis on a Saturday morning, it’s usually to have breakfast with my brother with the BMW club and then a trip to the Indy BMW/Triumph dealer. The dealer’s inventory was full. It did not seem like there was anymore room for another bike on the showroom floor. Every model was represented including the one I really wanted to see. No … not a 1200GS, but rather the BMW G650GS—a thumper.
The 650 GS is approximately 30 lbs. lighter than my V-Strom 650, and is probably more of an enduro bike than mine. This bike is meant for back roads, gravel and fire trails. Can you picture this bike loaded with camping equipment headed to some remote wilderness campground? I can. And, oh yes. It comes in white.
See you on the highway.