BMW R1200GS vs. KTM 990 Adventure vs. Yamaha Super Tenere – Comparison…

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BMW R1200GS Adventure


Close your and plant a finger on the map. you like. As long as it doesn’t back smelling like there’s a good chance you can a motorcycle there. Not just any of course.

You’ll want one of a full-size adventure-touring bike.

such as the BMW R1200GS, KTM 990 Adventure and the Yamaha Super Ténéré the “adventure” label by promising a mix of capability (read that as range, luggage capacity) and suitability (don’t read as lining up for the start at the nearest

The “touring” part means seek your two-wheel far from home, which has in thinned the small Singles the herd and pushes you toward that can be fitted with hard-sided luggage. Plus, want room for your SPOT emergency locator, radio and plug-in coffee for all we know.

Like sport-touring, the hyphenated adventure-touring category tremendous compromises on the equipment, even more so than STs. And, along lines, you need to ask yourself how much true off-roading likely to tackle, because the will help you put each of three bikes’ strengths and into context.

For our testing, we all three independently over distances, shook them out on a day ride that included high- and low-speed paved, roads, and then brought all together for a two-day flog in the California high desert. In this is probably a higher of off-road riding than owners will put them to, but we that we needed to challenge to the most difficult tasks—scaling trails, grinding through washes, roosting volcanic see what they’re really of.

Since the model-year 1981 of the R80 G/S . BMW has just about owned market segment. The current is an amazing construct, surprisingly for such a large, technology-filled impressively powerful, feature-rich and to look the part. BMW borrowed the dohc cylinder heads for the opposed-Twin engine in the GS for the 2010 year.

That free-revving remains a charmer, with the peak horsepower and torque of three (98.4 hp and 78.5 leading the similar-displacement Yamaha by 6.2 ft.-lb. and the 999cc KTM V-Twin by 8.1 hp and a 16.5 ft.-lb. of torque. Editor Blake Conner “The Boxer Twin is peer in this group. At speed, the engine is smooth, if that cruise speed is 75 to 80

Twins? Yes and no. All three machines a pair of cylinders, but each set of jugs is arranged differently. character is, not surprisingly, quite among all three, with controllable torque and linear

But the BMW R1200GS wins the hot-rod for providing the most performance

KTM’s familiar 75-degree doesn’t have the ponies of the engines, but it’s smooth and tractable, with a higher than the others (9500 rpm vs. the 8500 and the Yamaha’s 7750) and a flat torque curve. The KTM has less flywheel effect, the engine a snappier feel well, there are times 90-plus horsepower is just too for the dirt.

Yamaha’s 1199cc parallel-Twin character all its own. Using a crank, the Yamaha’s narrow feels more like a large, very smooth Power delivery follows with a grittier personality and the even with the standard system switched off, to traction.

We love almost about the Yamaha but the YCCT—Yamaha Controlled Throttle—ride-by-wire system. The T has two modes: S for Sport and T for Touring. In the S initial throttle response is languid but then wakes up a bang, only to flatten out

The soft-hard-soft character makes the very difficult to ride In the T mode, the Ténéré is much manageable but feels dull. love you to take one more at this one, Yamaha, given that your needs no such electrickery to a seamless, predictable translation twistgrip movement to forward

The more time we spent in the the more we came to dislike the fitted to the BMW and the Yamaha. Our 990 Adventure with ABS, which can be off, and brakes with enough onset that were immediately at home challenging terrain. In fact, the KTM felt like it was born to be chunks of terra firma the back tire.

For safety and fairness in the comparison, all three Continental TKC 80 street-rated knobby The KTM has a traditional 21/18-inch combination, the other two sport compromise wheel sizes. To some the BMW and Yamaha disliked the Contis’ (the BMW quite a lot, but the KTM could well have delivered on these tires—it that natural.

Electronics, then? Yes, the two-stage traction control can be off, as can its linked ABS, but so takes a series of button and a thorough understanding of the icons on the LCD Yamaha allows you to select one of two TC as well as Off, but you can’t disable ABS.

Here’s the dear manufacturers: If you really these bikes to go off road, you to make it easier to configure for that purpose.

KTM’s 990 is the closest thing you’ll to a Dakar Rally refugee in the adventure-bike class. It’s good off-road and gives up few comforts on the highway.

We know thousands of miles in the saddle the BMW R1200GS is a superlative all-around and a more-than-passable tourer. Our recent on the Ténéré suggests much of the with the added benefit of quirk-free brakes, a sufficiently engine, great fuel (like the BMW) and good protection. The KTM falls behind in the category but not by much, mainly at the of cockpit turbulence at highway

Understand that the spread isn’t huge, with the barking right up the BMW’s and the Adventure just a few lengths Any of us would hop on any of these three for a tour.

Expectations and results invert tarmac gives way to nature’s Light (by the class standards), predictable and confidence-inspiring, the Adventure all but the most technical terrain causing the rider to have a moment. Yamaha’s beast, the in the test by 47 lb. (591 lb. wet compared to 544 for the BMW and 519 for the causes some initial

BMW R1200GS Adventure

Says Off-Road Editor Dudek . “Compared to the others, the of the Ténéré is most apparent, the impression that it is hardest to But it turns out to be surprisingly adept, through sand reasonably and steering predictably once switched off TC. The BMW was everyone’s least off road, with the experienced fairly sanguine about its and the front end’s propensity to skitter and generally fail to the Beemer’s mass.

The one tester little recent time hated it. As for Dudek, the guy who lives “You have to build a confidence in the GS, as well as with the before challenging a steep or sandy hill. But put out the spoiler The KTM is obviously best for off-road

Its riding position is closest to of an actual dirtbike, from its handlebar to its slim chassis. It the rider more control the bike.”

Conner helps put the BMW in “The GS’s bar is too wide to be when standing. Mechanically, the BMW is off-road, but is anyone really to take the GS off-road just to off-road? No way.”

BMW wasn’t through earning ire. He managed to break Vario sidecases, one of them it had been completely emptied. the small plastic tang the locking support broke, by the one where that bracket onto the frame tube.

At point, the bags are free to the bike, which both did at once. Put bluntly, the expensive bags aren’t suitable for off-road work or even for dirt roads, for that

Yamaha Super Ténéré is on the highway and surprisingly good Its traction control is particularly in the dirt, allowing controlled to assist turning.

In contrast, the KTM bags and Yamaha’s optional (both top loading, our preferred proved durable. In fact, we had no with the Ténéré’s bags at all and managed to pop some rivets on the set after jumping the bike for with them in place the bags stayed on).

not suggesting that luggage the finishing order, but by unanimous we call the Yamaha Super the best of the three when the concern is a traditional adventure/touring If your dirt/street ratio be no more than, oh, 30/70, the will do the job and do it extremely well. Conner, “I was rather surprised by the Ténéré when the dust

It really proved to be the jack of all it is a really good streetbike many features that riders are looking for.” that preference pointer to, um, 50/50 dirt/street, and we say go orange in our case, white) with the It’s close enough in the categories that neither the BMW nor the gets away, and then it trounces both of them off the beaten path.***

Do we suddenly dislike the GS, a longtime fave? Not at all. The BMW remains an flexible streetbike, one of the quickest down a cobbled mountain and a vehicle built with care.

It should be, considering our fully equipped (ABS, Electric Suspension Adjustment, control, heated grips, wheels) GS put the sticker just shy of Grab a Ténéré, base of $14,500, add luggage and heated and you’re still a whisker $16K.

Close your and pick a point on the map, and the Super Ténéré will you there in comfort, with off-highway competence to keep you spending the night in places rather not be.

BMW R1200GS Adventure

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