As most of you know I had put a deposit sight unseen last September and had been waiting for the bike since then. I had a chance to see and sit on one for the first time last January at the NY Motorcycle Show. I had not heard the engine running live, only on various Youtube videos made by Ténéré owners around the world. I had taken a leap of faith with Yamaha. I am very happy with my choice to purchase this wonderful machine. It's everything I thought it was going to be and more.
I had asked the dealer to call me as soon as the Yamaha truck delivered the bike. On Friday, July 29th they called and I dropped everything and headed to the dealer in a hurry. The box was out back and still closed. I opened the box myself and was finally able to see my Super Ténéré.
The dealer was closed on Monday but by Tuesday my bike was being assembled. On Friday I left work early and headed to the dealer to pick up the bike. I heard the engine running for the first time, a big 1200cc engine that sounds like a big thumper, it was music to my ears.
Yamaha started distributing the bikes to dealers at the end of July and some owners had already received their bikes by the end of the month but most of the owners reporting they had picked up the bikes were from the south. On Saturday, August 6th, I went out for my first ride and to introduce the bike to my friends, to my amazement I ran into another owner near the meeting place with a blue Ténéré. Later in the day while riding in Pennsylvania we ran into another owner, this time a black one just like mine.
I will be writing a full report soon but in the mean time here's a video made by my brother when I rode to meet the group at the Brass Ring Cafe in Hopewell NJ.