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Super Tenere XTZ1200

Time for adventure, time for the super tenere! The bike was purchased standard except for a remus slip-on and unifilter air filters, but by the time I have finished with it, it will be Suuppeeeerpurb!

No Light in My Headlights

The other night coming back from the city I took the freeway to discover I had no lights! Yes, it was pitch black and to make matters worse I had my dark visor on as I was not anticipating on riding at night. Well, I pulled off at the next off ramp and rode home very slowly with my emergencies on.

I thought it might be a fuse that's gone as both the brights and the dims on two lights were not working. So I removed the RHS panel and checked the related 20A fuse, and it was good. Read more about No Light in My Headlights

Parts Worked On: 

  • Electrical System, Lighting System

Replacing the Rear Wheel Bearings

Its always a good idea to check the wheel bearings and brake pads etc. when changing your tyres and guess what... I need new rear wheel bearings and brake pads...

Not bad as the bike has now done 43,187km and as the second owner I'm guessing they have not been done before.

Step 1 - Identify the Bearing Codes and Source them - unless you go directly to Yamaha in which case you will be paying more. Also buying some kits out there may not contain quality bearings so may not last another 40k..

Step 2- Replace the bearings and seals if required. Read more about Replacing the Rear Wheel Bearings

Parts Worked On: 

  • Rear Wheel

Installing Yamaha Side Cases

It was time to sort out the XT12's luggage carrying ability. As you would know this is an expensive decision as the genuine Yamaha side cases and the needed mounting kit can cost south of $1500 AUD...

I just happened to see a set on gumtree from a nice chap north of Victoria and purchased them for $870 plus shipping - including the mounting kit. I may purchase the top box at a later stage.

Negative Comments: Read more about Installing Yamaha Side Cases

New Tyre Time - Shinko 705

After destroying the rear Dunlop Arrowmax (4800km life span) on the Snowy ride it was time to put new boots on the XT12. The problem was due to my financial circumstances I had to think budget, and this is where the Shinko's came in. At $330AUD a pair fitted (loose wheels) at MCA nothing was going to beat the price. Read more about New Tyre Time - Shinko 705

Parts Worked On: 

  • Front Wheel, Rear Wheel

Removing the catalytic converter

Removing the "Cat" for additional performance is a well worth exercise if you can find someone to do a good job - it just so happened I knew such a person... Lamoto63 (check his projects out on Shepsters).

As far as I know only Arrow makes performance headers for this bike, but at $400 it was a little rich for me so I had a chat to my mate Lamoto63 and it was on -  see my video showing how it was done. Read more about Removing the catalytic converter

Parts Worked On: 

  • Exhaust

Flashing the ECU

Getting the ecu reflashed is a must do for anyone looking to increase the performance of this bike as it comes with a lot of electronic restriction.

How to:

Step 1 - Remove the RHS panel via the four allen screws

Step 2 - Remove the clips things by pushing the middle of them with a screw driver. There is a allen screw which must be removed from the fork area which is fiddly so remain calm (see pic)

Step 3 - remove the ecu, package up and email to your preferred vendor. Read more about Flashing the ECU

Parts Worked On: 

  • Electrical System, Ignition System

At the time of purchase 11 June

She big but she beautiful and she mine. Nothing a diet and some nice bling cant sort out and a turbo charger...

Current Specifications:

  • Remus slip-on
  • Unifilter reusable foam air filters
  • Crap tyres - Dunlop rear & Michelin front (must change to a 60/40 road / dirt)

First things done:

  • Changed oil to motul fully synthetic 20w 50 - its red!

First modification How to: Read more about At the time of purchase 11 June

Parts Worked On: 

  • Electrical System, Fuel Injection System