After some 8 weeks in Corona lockdown, I needed something to cheer me up, so I decided a new bike might do the trick. My nearest Yamaha dealer is the "City Bike Centre" in Devonport, they have recently re-built their showroom, which I hadn't seen yet, so we dropped in there. I was very impressed, they also sell Honda's, and they had a very good display of both types, plus plenty of accessories. To my surprise, they had a new Super Tenere XT1200ZE on the floor, and a very good salesman, I was hooked, and we agreed that I would pick up the new bike the next morning.
We rushed home, and I spent the afternoon and evening stripping all my accessories off my old bike, and getting it ready for sale. The next day, I trailered the old bike into the dealer, and picked up the new one, and paid the agreed $17,000 change over price. Then it was back home, and another afternoon re-fitting my accessories, I finished it off this morning. These included the top box and rack, tank bag, GPS and wiring, and the crash bars,
This bike is the top of the range model with electronic suspension adjustment, whereas my last bike was the base model. The electronics and wiring on this thing is beyond belief, every square inch of space is jammed full of electronic boxes. I'm afraid I kept the old bike too long, when the salesman heard that I had done 60,000 Km in 3 years, his eyes nearly fell out of his head, and the trade in value dropped by 3 grand. He is used to getting trade in bikes with only 5,000 Km on the clock.
Well, the bike is ready to go, except for a fender extender and hugger, which I couldn't take off the old bike, I will have to order them in from over seas. But the weather is ratshit, so we will ride tomorrow, after I have studied the owners manual and figured out how to operate all the new features.