Yamaha Rolls Out New Models

Apr 13, 2014 View Comments by

Yamaha Rolls Out New ModelsYamaha has updated its Super Ténéré adventure touring model, spawned a range topping “ES” version of it, and added the SR400 retro-style model.

The big news for touring enthusiasts is Yamaha’s addition of a premium 2014 Super Ténéré ES model, which adds electronic suspension controls and various other upgrades. The ES model employs KYB suspension parts, which can be adjusted on the fly with multi-function switches. With this new electronically adjusted suspension, finding the ideal setting is a breeze. There are four pre-lead settings, three damping adjustments, and seven additional damping fine-tuning adjustments, which allow the Super Ténéré’s suspension to be dialed in to meet any challenge.

Also for 2014, both Super Ténéré models get a slight increase in horsepower and torque that are designed to make for stronger and smoother acceleration. Yamaha D-Mode has two settings: “T-mode” for Touring, which gives a less direct response, and “S-mode” for Sport for more enthusiastic riding. For 2014 there’s a more noticeable difference between the two modes.

Ergonomics has received attention, as well. The windscreen was redesigned for more effective wind and noise protection and easy, tool-free adjusting. Cruise control is now standard equipment. Handlebar position has been moved 10mm closer to the rider and 10mm higher, thanks to a new tapered aluminum handlebar that should improve comfort for a broad range of sizes. Heated grips with three settings are now included on the ES model. A new LCD meter improves clarity and ease of use. New LED turn signals improve the bike’s aesthetics. Suggested retail pricing of the updated Super Ténéré is $15,090, and the ES variation is $16,190.

Yamaha Rolls Out New Models2015 SR400
Listed as a 2015 model, the compact SR400 is really a retro throwback to the mid 1970s. Powered by an air-cooled single and weighing only 384 pounds, the SR400 is designed for those seeking a basic, bare bones motorcycling experience. The bike is kick-start only, which should appeal to a certain group of motorcyclists (likely a small group of hipsters who want to turn the SR400 into a café racer). The 399cc SOHC two-valve motor has electronic fuel injection and a 5-speed transmission. A front disc and rear drum brake provide stopping power. Suggested retail price is $5,990.




Text by Ken Freund


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