At Overland we believe that a bike review should be a realistic test. Riding around for a couple of hours or a long weekend is not the same as living with a machine everyday and experiencing it on various terrain, in a loaded state. So we headed to North America where Yamaha Canada kindly leant us a 2012 model XTZ 1200 Super Ténéré for a 4,000-mile fortnight on mixed surfaces, circumnavigating the Great Lakes.
It’s all-exciting for the reader, no matter the country he’s crossing. Nick has never struck me as someone prepared to goad US rednecks in a bar, but perhaps he is human after all and exhaustion can lower even his tolerance of stupidity.