Category: Maintenance and Mods

VStream Sport

Looking for an answer to the windshield problem

One of the areas that the Super Tenere ergonomics that is ripe for improvement is the windscreen. I’ve never been comfortable with it a highway speeds, constant buffeting is draining after a while. The fact that I wear a Shoei Hornet dual-sport helmet with a peak on it probably doesn’t help, but that same helmet […]

Fenix flashlight

An excellent accessory…

I ran across this Fenix E05 R2 Flashlight on a photography site. It was highly recommended for photographers because of its power, it’s “color” and the smooth, even glow it gives out. That makes it good for lighting scenes without flash, especially when using long exposures. It’s also good for setting up gear in total darkness, as photographers […]

Rumbux skid plate and crashbar

Rumbux combined crashbar and skidplate – military-grade protection

The Rumbux integrated crash bar/skid plate design is a three piece unit. The main, lower bars, the skid plate, (which bolts to the main lower bars with 6 easy to access bolts), and the upper crash bar unit that includes the hoop up under the lights. The upper unit bolts to the lower unit and […]

reworking the foam

How to Build a Super Ténéré Saddle

The stock saddle on the Super Ténéré it pretty good, as far as it goes. It’s far better than the stock V-Strom seat for example, which has me squirming after 30 minutes. On the other hand, I can ride 12 hours straight on a Corbin seat on the same bike, and get to the end […]

Super Ténéré, Enhanced and Enlarged

Super Ténéré, Enhanced and Enlarged

No this is not spam! You really can get enhanced and enlarged by simply sending Jaxon your gas tank (and credit card details). This is Jaxon’s first Super Tenere enlargement, and it looks like it will be a beauty. It retains the lines of the stock tank but with a more than 2 US gallon […]

Jesse Panniers

Jesse Odyssey Panniers and Racks

I bought one of the first sets of panniers and racks produced by Jesse Luggage for the Super Tenere. It was a relatively easy decision – true, it was a lot of money ($1250 at the time) but Jesse bags have a long reputation for ruggedness, combined with good capacity and narrow width. All these […]

Hepco & Becker price increase soon

Hepco & Becker price increase soon

I’ve been talking to Alan at capitalcycle.com, he tells me H&B prices are going up next month. I believe they’ve already gone up at some other vendors. Order soon if you’re considering… I have quite a bit of H&B gear on my bike, every one a winner! This LINK will take you directly to the […]

Super Tenere 50,000 mile stripdown

Nick Sander’s Super Ténéré 50,000 mile stripdown

You may have seen details on Nick’s ride, 3 times the length of the Americas in around 100 days. After his return to the UK, Nick answered some questions for me. The Super Ténéré that Nick rode was supplied by Yamaha UK, and when the bike arrived back there, expert technicians stripped the bike completely to see […]

Traxxion Dynamics Shock Socks

Looking after the rear shock – or… making the yellow go away!

In line with my philosophy of “hardening” the Super Tenere to make it tougher and more reliable in the long run, I just added a Traxxion Dynamics vented rear shock sock. The idea behind this is similar to the neoprene fork boots I use on the front fork legs – to keep dirt and rubbish […]

Hippo Hands on the Super Tenere

Winter is here… or at least, showing signs of impending arrival…

It’s getting colder now, but not as cold as usual at this time of year. Still, time to break out the cold-weather gear. I went on on COG ride a couple of Sundays ago, leaving DC at 7am – temps were around freezing at that time. It did warm up to the mid-40’s later in […]

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