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2014 Yamaha Super Ténéré ES Preview


by Pascal Bastien ,

The new 2014 Yamaha Super Ténéré ES is a more equipped, more capable version of the Japanese manufacturer's adventure touring motorcycle, with several enhancements made to the design, powertrain, and chassis including electronic suspension adjustment.

The engine driving the 2014 Yamaha Super Ténéré ES boasts a number of revisions that provide more horsepower and more torque than ever before, especially in the low and medium ranges. Engineers redesigned the pistons and rings, reduced internal friction, and revised the intake and exhaust systems. The Yamaha variable throttle control system still offers an "S mode" for instant throttle response and sportier dynamics, plus a "T mode" that provides slower response for a more relaxed power delivery. Improvements to the clutch, transmission, and drive-shaft housing maximize operational refinement.

Yamaha Super Ténéré ES 2014
Photo: Yamaha

Sleeker and more upscale
In addition to LED turn signals that create a more modern look, the 2014 Yamaha Super Ténéré ES stands out with a beautiful matte-grey finish (blue remains available on the base model). Other upgrades include:
  • Electronic cruise control;
  • Fully digital instrument panel with a gear indicator;
  • Tapered aluminum handlebar;
  • Revised upper triple clamp with more stylish two-piece handlebar mounts;
  • 4-position windscreen that requires no tools to adjust;
  • Suede-like seat with thicker padding that ensures a more upright riding position;
  • Variable heated grips with up to 10 levels of heat.
Unlike the regular 2014 Yamaha Super Ténéré, the ES version retains a cargo rack, centre stand, and passenger grab handles -- must-have items on an adventure motorcycle.

In tune with the times
Similar to the BMW R1200GS and Ducati Multistrada 1200, the 2014 Yamaha Super Ténéré ES benefits from electronic suspension adjustment. The system is derived from the FJR1300, offering as many as 80 different possibilities thanks to four preload settings and multiple compression and rebound settings.

Starting at $17,499, the 2014 Yamaha Super Ténéré ES is $1,000 more expensive than the standard model, yet proves competitively priced for a luxuriously equipped adventure motorcycle.