2021 Yamaha Super Tenerse ES: A Dakar Rally Bike For Your Own Adventures
It is a known fact that a lot of modern automotive and motorcycle technology first passed through the crucible of motorsport. Yamaha Motorcycles decided to test their idea of an adventure bike in quite possibly the single toughest motorcycle event in the world, the Dakar Rally. And through the knowledge gained from over two decades of racing, the Super Tenere ES (or Tenere 1200 in some markets) was born.
Using a 1,199cc parallel-twin jam packed with technology and knowledge from desert racing, the 2021 model year Super Tenere ES gets 110 HP and 84 lb-ft of desert crushing torque. Most of that torque is tuned to be available in the mid-range of the engine, giving it great crawling and trail touring power, as well as being able to go completely off the trail if needed.
As expected of a bike derived from an extreme event, the Super Tenere ES has a bevy of features that impress. A kickstand and a center stand make it easy to maintain and repair in the middle of nowhere. Dual-zone ABS with a unified braking switch, meaning the front brake will also apply the rear brake at a ratio determined on the fly by the onboard computer. Throttle-by-wire with failover protection.
The best part, however, is what the ES in the name stands for: Electronic Suspension. This Japanese-inspired technology is fully adjustable, electronically controlled suspension allows you to dial in the bike for whatever terrain you’re on, even while in motion. And if the control system fails for whatever reason, there is a secondary control system that operates in diagnostic, or commonly called “limp home,” mode.
The 2021 Yamaha Super Tenere ES starts at $16,299 USD …read more