In all honesty, most adventure motorcycles you see on the road in the UAE are the R1200GS derivatives. Either the standard version or the almighty Adventure spec. However, if you find the BMW to be too common or expensive (which it is), you have other options you could look at. 2014-Yamaha-XT1200Z-Super-Tenere-EU-Yamaha-Blue-Studio-001Over the last few years, other manufacturers have realised the importance of selling their adventure bikes in this region and even though the dealers have been a bit hesitant, they are giving in to the demand.

Let’s take a look at what options do you have in the litre-class adventure bike segment.

The Yamaha Super Tenere is a rare sight in the UAE. It is sold in very limited numbers and the dealer doesn’t seem too keen to tap in on the adventure market. The only bikes available at the dealer as of May 2014 are the 2013 models without ABS.

The Super Tenere is a renowned model and could do much better in this market given a little push from the dealer. It is known to be reliable and will go pretty much anywhere the rider wants it to go. It can be decked up with luggage and it looks the part as well.

2014-Yamaha-XT1200Z-Super-Tenere-EU-Yamaha-Blue-Studio-002Here is what you need to know about the new Super Tenere. Lets hope the dealer imports a fresh batch of 2014 models.

Engine type Forward-inclined parallel 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves

Displacement 1,199cc

Bore x stroke 98 mm x 79.5 mm

Maximum power 110bhp @ 7,250 rpm

Maximum torque 117.0 Nm (11.9 kg-m) @ 6,000 rpm

Overall length 2,255 mm

Overall width 980 mm

Overall height 1,410 mm

Seat height 845/870 mm

Wheel base 1,540 mm

Minimum ground clearance 190 mm

Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank) 265 kg

Fuel tank capacity 23 litres

Oil tank capacity 4.2 litres

Price: AED 52,000

Contact: Al Yousuf Motors, Next to Daihatsu Showroom Bet. 2nd & 3rd Interchange Sh. Zayed Road, Dubai, UAE. Phone +971 4 339 0000