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