Category: Reviews

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 […]

how not to ride off road

Free “How to Ride Off-Road” booklet

I found this booklet, written by Dave Peterson, available for free download on his site, bestrestproducts.com. Its full title is “How To Ride A Motorcycle Off Road – Riding Techniques for Large Dual-Purpose Bikes”. It’s full of useful tips for off-road riding as well as travel, preparation and packing tips for adventure motorcycling. There is inevitably […]

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 […]

AdvMoto mag

A Magazine for Adventure Motorcyclists

In case you haven’t caught up with AdvMoto magazine… now might be a good time. They’ve been around a few years now, and quality and quantity of content has been improving with each issue. Based in Northern Virginia,  they cover everything from motorcycle reviews to travel stories to maintenance, camping and gear tips. Basically everything […]

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 […]

Aerostitch Triple Digit rain covers

Aerostitch waterproof overmitts

I lived in the UK for a period in the 80’s, and got used to riding in more-or-less moist conditions, more-or-less all the time. One thing I couldn’t get used to was wet, cold hands. I’d tried a number of different gloves, all claiming to be waterproof, but in all cases it was just a […]

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 […]

Altrider Luggage Rack

Altrider Luggage Rack Review

I installed the Altrider luggage rack a few weeks ago. What a lovely piece of work. The rugged design and precise fabrication (with beveled edges on all the sharp bits) give it a real quality feel. Installation was a breeze, instructions hardly required. The hardest part was removing the redundant Yamaha parts – and that […]

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