We tested the Super Tènèrè Raid Edition for a whole week, reaching a conclusion: the personality of this motorcycle is enclosed in 5000 rpm!
On the highway, with the cruise control on 130 km/h, the rev counter remains well under the indicated threshold, with practically no vibrations, and the windshield and plexiglass side wind deflectors work so well that the upper part of the body feels no turbulence.
On urban roads and on mixed tracts the plentiful torque invites upshifting; in the 5000rpm range the motorcycle runs smoothly, the exhaust sound is muffled, and this too helps on long trips. Direction changes are reactive and it is easy to lean into curves, so much so that the side of your riding boot may brush on the pavement, probably helped by the footrest position lower than usual.
Due to road tires, our off-road was limited to dirt roads and little more. Here too we appreciated the excellent job of the suspensions that readily follow any roughness giving confidence and stability, so much so that we dared excluding traction control to have fun skidding around while in the standing position. While we were waiting for a few pictures to be taken, we tried a few technical stretches at very slow speed and were surprised by the maneuverability of the bike despite its 265 kg in total.
The 5000 rpm threshold has been given to enjoy this bike with all its features; in truth over this threshold, the engine still pushes really hard, but, in our opinion, the fun of riding at the pace required by the boundless horizons chosen as destination, diminishes.