3000 Miles with the Super Tenere
I wanted to wait a little while before I posted up my impressions on this bike. It is so different from the 919 that I wanted to really put some miles on to give it a fair evaluation.
Having now ridden the bike on everything from 450 miles of Interstate to 20 miles of gravel roads I just get more and more impressed with it. It takes a little more effort to turn in than the 919 but feels stable through all turns. The suspension just soaks up any kind of bump and the bike just flows along.
The bike has combined brakes if you use the front brake and ABS. Using the back brake first breaks the linking. I have stomped on the back brake going down hill on gravel and the ABS just stops the bike with no fuss at all. Still don't have the nerve to just grab front on gravel.
Also has 3 levels of traction control. Level 1 is the most intrusive but does a really nice job of limiting spin. Level 2 will let you step the back end out a little and is a lot of fun on gravel. The final setting is off and this really turns loose the motor. It doesn't have 919 acceleration but the bike has been timed 0-60 in just over 3 seconds so that is plenty fast.
The only complaint so far has to be the windshield. I have a fully adjustable bracket but I can't seem to find clean air. I get buffeting right at the top of my helmet. Really enjoying the way the air is off of my chest and shoulders though.
Overall I really, really like this bike. The more I ride it the better it seems.