2018 Triumph Tiger 1200 (XCA/XRT) or Yamaha Super Tenere

Nigan

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Nigan
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KTM DUKE 390
Hello everyone,,
I'm planning on doing a few two person cross country rides with the possibility of light to moderate off-roading and want a bike that will be comfortable enough to eat the miles, small and light enough to pick up in the dirt and reliable enough to not leave me stranded thousands of miles from home.

So far I've found 2 bikes that I really like but for some reason I haven't been able to find any good direct comparisons between them; the Triumph Tiger 1200 and the Yamaha Tenere 1200. I'm really attached to the idea of having shaft drive instead of a chain which ruled out the vstrom, tracer 900gt, tiger 800 and various ktms for me, so these are the only two that completely fit what I want out of a bike (BMWs are too expensive/unreliable and Goldwings are too big).

If there is a reliability difference with the Triumph is it worth losing 30-40hp, 1 cylinder and all of the sweet technology with the Tenere? If its negligible I'd much rather have the extra power and comfort.
 

CarlS

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I Have not heard of any reliability problems with the Triumph Tiger 1200 or the Yamaha Super Tenere. I do love the smoothness and torque of the Triumph triples. I have ridden the Tiger 1299; but I have never ridden a Super Tenere.
 

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I have been debating the same thing myself. Tiger 1200 or Super Tenere.
Triumph: Some complain of hot seats and private parts from engine heat(more noticeable in hot climates). Earlier models had some reliability issues(12-14 models) Little bit lighter than the S10 but weight is carried higher. That 1200 triple is verrrrry smooth and sounds great. Better electronics and basic equipment(depends what model you're looking at as well).
Super Tenere; Stone cold reliable. Not as quick or as much fun as the big Tiger. More affordable and cheaper to maintain.
Both are great bikes from everything I've read(believe me, I have read a lot lately). Depends on what your wants and priorities are. Only a test ride on both will confirm it for you.
 
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Nigan

Member
Riding for 2 Years
Local time
Today, 12:40
Mar 11, 2019
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7
28
Bangalore, India
First Name
Nigan
My Ride
KTM DUKE 390
Hello everyone,,
I'm planning on doing a few two person cross country rides with the possibility of light to moderate off-roading and want a bike that will be comfortable enough to eat the miles, small and light enough to pick up in the dirt and reliable enough to not leave me stranded thousands of miles from home.
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So far I've found 2 bikes that I really like but for some reason I haven't been able to find any good direct comparisons between them; the Triumph Tiger 1200 and the Yamaha Tenere 1200. I'm really attached to the idea of having shaft drive instead of a chain which ruled out the vstrom, tracer 900gt, tiger 800 and various ktms for me, so these are the only two that completely fit what I want out of a bike (BMWs are too expensive/unreliable and Goldwings are too big).

If there is a reliability difference with the Triumph is it worth losing 30-40hp, 1 cylinder and all of the sweet technology with the Tenere? If its negligible I'd much rather have the extra power and comfort.
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