Yamaha Super Ténéré Worldcrosser
The Yamaha XT1200Z Super Ténéré ruffled some feathers when it was launched in 2010. The big, full-featured adventure bike immediately won an ardent following and can now be seen on the most challenging routes around the world.
The big Yam is, however, a little on the heavy side for technical riding. Weighing in at 538lbs (244kg) dry, the brute can be a handful in tight twisty uphills – although it’s 110 horses willingly pull the 575lbs (261kg) wet weight (plus rider and pillion) with ease. But that output and weight gives it a power-to-weight ratio less than it’s main competitors:
BMW R1200GS: .54:1
Ducati Multistrada: .79:1
Super Tènèrè: .45:1
KTM Adventure: .50:1
Suzuki V-Strom 1000: .47:1
Trust Yamaha to address the problem. Introducing the Yamaha Worldcrosser!
“Fully-equipped with an exclusive range of lightweight chassis components, this high-specification machine is designed for adventurous riders who want a supremely capable motorcycle for the toughest global challenge.”
“By creating the Worldcrosser concept model, Yamaha has underlined the true spirit of the Super Ténéré. With the addition of a few specialist components and the replacement of some of the standard parts, this rugged adventure bike is ready for the most exciting off road adventure.”
Yes, it’s still in concept stage but it looks o-so-near ready for launch. There will be some feathers flying when it roars into life.