HARTLEY'S WRAP ON THE XT1200Z SUPER TÉNÉRÉ
While surfing about on the web today, I happened upon the much updated www.dalbymoto.com.au web site.
Now, if you don't know who Dalby Moto are, be advised they are a leading Yamaha/KTM dealer in south-east Queensland, which is fronted by confirmed Ténéré Tragic (#15) and legend Aussie adventure bike rider, Craig Hartley.
It's taken Craig and his partners plenty of blood, sweat and tears to build the Dalby Moto empire into the major moto emporium it is today, and his reward is getting plenty of time to scratch the adventure bike riding itch, which means more often that not he's out in the boonies racking up the miles on the latest Dalby Moto project bike, rather than kicking back in the showroom with his feet up on the desk.
Anyway, I happened to notice Craig's thrown up on his web site a few report cards for various bikes he's been riding, one of which is the XT1200Z Super Ténéré he rode to the Ténéré Tragics run to the Flinders in March.
Craig's report on the XT-Z makes real interesting reading, especially his comments on the bike's ABS brakes -- and I have to agree with his impressions on this topic: for serious dirt riding, you need to be able to turn the ABS off.
There are also plenty of handy tips included in the editorial, as well as details on service costs, so all you blokes running new Super Téns, study the words of a bloke who sure does know his stuff right here:
If the direct link doesn't work, just copy it into your web browser and hit 'Return'.
-- Clubby, Ténéré Tragic #1