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The XTZ1200 inherits the spirit of the legendary Ténéré models that drove an era of Yamaha dominance during the 1980s and ’90s in the Dakar Rally, widely known as the world’s most demanding endurance rally.

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The XTZ1200 inherits the spirit of the legendary Ténéré models that drove an era of Yamaha dominance during the 1980s and ’90s in the Dakar Rally, widely known as the world’s most demanding endurance rally.

The Super Ténéré is designed to achieve a high-level balance of the qualities riders want in an intercontinental long-distance touring, including:

(1) Unmatched long distance capability (2) Excellent dirt road performance (3) Light and agile cornering on mountain roads

Compact forward inclined 270 degree parallel twin

One of this engine’s most interesting features — one which makes it particularly suitable for a twin-cylinder dual-purpose bike — is its 270° crankshaft and the superior traction this crank layout delivers. Because both cylinders fire closely together, traction is improved and the rider can better feel the grip at the rear tyre. This is one reason why single-cylinder engines are so widely used for dirt bikes. The 270° crank gives a twin a gutsy traction feel similar to that of a single. This technology was developed by Yamaha for use on its winning Dakar rally racers.

Electronically adjustable suspension

The new system is operated by a multi-function handlebar switch, and allows the rider to select from four preload settings and three damping force settings, to give 12 main options. The system also offers the rider the opportunity to select from another 7 levels, and this easy-to-operate system offers a total of 84 fine tuning settings, all of them available at the flick of a switch

A tough chassis for a tough world

On the XTZ1200 the engine is mounted as a stressed member, and the frame is designed to reduce rider fatigue over long distances. This is one reason that the main frame is made of steel, because steel offers both strength and flexibility. Steel is very good at absorbing road impacts. Because riders are very sensitive to the location of the crankshaft, this frame locates the crankshaft low and very close to the foot pegs. This makes the XTZ1200 feel lighter than it actually is and makes the bike easier to ride. The dual backbone tubes extend from the steering head on each side of the engine, and the engine is mounted low in the frame at the cylinder head and crankcase. This layout not only lowers the centre of gravity of the fuel tank, it leaves space at the front for the airbox and throttle bodies and complements the straight, downdraft intake system. Another benefit is easy access to the engine and its related parts for maintenance, a feature that mechanics will appreciate. Components located far from the centre of gravity, such as the rear frame, are made of lightweight aluminium.

Engine TypeLiquid cooled, 4-stroke DOHC 4 valve, forward-inclined parallel 2-cylinder with YCCT + traction control
Displacement1199.0 cc
Bore x Stroke98.0 X 79.5 mm
Compression Ratio11.0:1
Lubrication SystemDry Sump
Fuel ManagementFuel Injection
Engine ManagementEFI, YCC-T, D-MODE
Starter SystemElectric
Fuel Tank Capacity23.0 L
Oil Capacity4.20 L
Final TransmissionShaft drive with hypoid gear design
TransmissionConstant mesh, 6-speed
Length2255 mm
Width980 mm
Height1410 mm
Seat Height845 mm
Wheelbase1540 mm
Ground Clearance190 mm
Dry Weight246 kg
Wet Weight265 kg with 23.0 litres of fuel
Frame TypeSteel tube backbone
Suspension FrontTelescopic forks 190mm front travel
Suspension RearSwingarm 190mm rear travel
Brakes FrontDual disc 310mm, ABS + unified braking system
Brakes RearSingle disc 282mm, ABS + unified braking system
Tyres Front110/80 x 19
Tyres Rear150/70 x 17