Yamaha made some 2011 model announcements for the U.S. Market this morning. A number of our readers have expessed an interest in the Super Tenere adventure bike previously available in the European market, only. Well, Yamaha is bringing the bike to the U.S. for the 2011 model year through a “Priority Delivery Program” at Yamaha dealerships beginning in September. To get one, you will have to place a $500 deposit with your dealer, and expect delivery of the bike beginning in May of 2011. The starting U.S. MSRP will be $13,900, and the bike will be available in blue (as pictured above).
The Super Tenere was tested by MD here, and left a quite favorable impression. It offers huge gas tank capacity and capable handling, both on-road and off. Yamaha has stressed mass centralization, and the handling prowess of the Super Tenere, and early returns indicate they hit the mark.
Also available in the U.S. for 2011 will be the FZ8 Naked announced last year in Europe. In many ways, it is a smaller displacement version of the U.S. market FZ1. At 779cc, it reportedly offers a good mix of low-end torque and high-end pull . . . a merging of the characteristics of 1,000cc nakeds with 600cc nakeds. We will see what we think when we get a chance to test one. Here is a link to Yamaha’s press release with all the details on the U.S, market FZ8.
The only color available is Raven (as pictured), at an MSRP of $8,490.
An entirely new model from Star will be introduced for 2011. The Stryker could be considered a response to Honda’s Fury chopper in the 1300cc category (the Stryker displaces 1304cc). Major differences are immediately apparent, however, as the Stryker is a much more menancing-looking bike in all black (pictured), although it will also be available in Impact Blue and Reddish Copper at a slightly higher MSRP. Base MSRP of the Stryker is $10,990 for the Raven (all black model).
We have always been impressed with the performance of Star’s fuel-injected cruiser v-twins, and we don’t doubt that the 1304cc Stryker will offer plenty of power for most riders looking for this type of motorcycle.
The Stryker has the requisite low seat height of 26.4 inches and wide 210-series rear tire. The chopper look is helped by the 21 inch front wheel and raked-out fork angle. Star throws in real steel fenders and belt drive.
The 60 degree, v-twin, fuel injected engine is smoothed out by dual counterbalancers. Star claims the cool looking exhaust system offers “a magnificant exhaust note” off the showroom floor.
Interestingly, Star goes on extensively about the excellent handling delivered by the Stryker despite the raked-out front end and huge rear tire (often a detriment to handling, particularly in combination). Despite these chassis features, Star claims the Stryker has both “solid straight-line performance . . . while at the same time providing light, nimble handling characteristics, even at low speeds.” Here is a link to all of the Stryker details provided in the press release issued this morning. Availability in U.S. dealerships should begin in September of this year.