Help me pick my next bike
My 2012 Super Tenere is currently in the shop due to engine troubles which leaves me sitting here bikeless and stir crazy. I think it's either a malfunctioning cam chain tensioner or a spun lower rod bearing based on what I was able to find on the S10 forum. Official diagnosis and fix is TBD from the dealer, but I'm losing a bit of confidence in my current bike and thinking about the next move.
1. Fix the engine and keep my fully set up S10 with accessories, luggage, protection, suspension, lighting, and comfort mods which is still under warranty until 2018 and has only 23K miles? Some other things that have been nagging me on this bike are handlebar vibes, early rear brake pad wear, and some oil consumption.
Or do I or trade in and:
2. Get a newer Tenere ES and move the majority of my accessories over? Many of the issues on the 1st gen S10 were addressed in the 2nd gen S10.
3. Go the sport touring route and get a new FJR? The bike feels like a comfy rocket ship and great long distance road tourer. Roll on the throttle on this bike and it feels like it wants to sprout wings and fly. I feel like I would be more comfortable on one of these for a long distance road trip.
4. Go right for an XSR 900 which felt light, nimble, responsive, and is addictively quick? I was originally planning on getting one of these next year, but only as a 2nd bike since the tank is a bit small and this would be a bike for hooning around locally.
5. Go for a BMW R9T which is a bike I've been drooling over for years? Lack of funds and garage space had previously kept me away. Test riding the XSR a couple of months back swayed me away because performance on the XSR made me think of a lighter 919. I got to briefly ride one of these a couple of years ago and I know the R9T can perform very well though.
I'm probably not going to have time to do any sort of trips or much riding with a baby on the way. Not ready to give up riding yet, but if I spend $$ to get a new bike now, it's going to be my only ride for a while.
So there you have it and I'm really not sure which way to go. The S10 has been such a versatile bike that does everything I want it to including cross country trips, work commutes, exploring dirt back roads, and touching pegs down with 50/50 knobbies on twisties. If I could only have one bike to do it all, it's a great choice, but I'm probably not going to need a bike to do it all.
2012 Yamaha Super Tenere
2001 Honda Blackbird
2007 Honda 919
49/50 visited on two wheels. 1 more to go!