I took the S10 for a very long test ride before committing to the AT.
It really is a great bike and the only thing that stopped me is the age of the S10 and the amazing deal I got on my AT.
The S10 must be due a major update soon!
The model I took out had the electronically adjustable suspension which I was unsure about at the start and thought it's a gimmick,but I soon had to change my mind,it really is very useful and very noticeable. Also the shaft drive was a big selling point for me,but I'm also aware you loose also of power in a shaft drive system. The S10 is also suited better for road use over the AT due to it having a 19"front wheel and this was apparent on my test ride.
Comparing the power between the AT and the S10 was not as noticeable as I thought it might of been,yes the S10 seems to have more torque but it's 200cc bigger but outright acceleration seems very similar which I think will be due to the S10's bulk over the AT.
One thing I will say that could make people buy the S10 over the AT if they don't intend to do lots off road is the S10 has a very good cruise control system and the S10 I took out came standard with heated grips which unlike the items found on the AT actually work.
The S10 has a bigger fuel tank than the AT but it's also not as good on fuel as the AT so I guess total milage from a tank of fuel may be around the same on both bikes.
Makes me wonder why people buy BMW's GSA's over the Yam S10's,looking on the internet owners of S10's seem to have very little in the way of problems compared to the BMW's which seem to suffer all sorts of issues.
I'd rather have the S10 and have a spare £5k in my pocket iv just saved over the BMW.
The AT does make a decent road bike even though it's more suited to the rough stuff than black top,iv been very surprised with the handling of the AT and how well it goes around corners,yes it gets slightly flustered if pushed really hard but it's not built tear up corners.
Also that LED headlight is the best light iv ever used on a standard setup,the spread of light is fantastic on both dipped and main beam.
The display on the AT is nice and clear and iv yet to have issues in any condition reading it,one thing I think Honda could do is make the display screen anti-glare,as some times if the sun is behind you it can make it slightly harder to read.
Let me tell you I also wonder the same, my Yamaha mechanic and friend owns an XT1200 and he said it's extremelly reliable he's around 30K KM, when he did the big service, everything was flawless so I'll never understand the BMW interest. He said that's what you get with japanese, rock solid reliability !
I have owned only Yamahas since my now 10 years of riding, a XJ6 to pass my license, then a glorious white FZ8 and last was a blue MT-09 that I really loved, but felt I would kill myself without electronics on it and the not so good brakes and suspension !
So it kind of annoyed me not finding what I wanted in Yamahas, The Tracer 900 is not comfy and electronics are meh too much like the MT, he made me try his Tenere but I was pretty affraid of it's huge weight, so though the engine was fun I just didn't feel too good riding this monster.
For my brand loyalty and loving the Yamaha finish and ergonomics, I didn't want to love the Honda, but really I feel so at home on it that it was a no brainer, there was no way i wouldn't buy it, so take that from a Yam lover the AT is that good !
Then to the power argument I'd say this, I always give a look at the Akrapovic website, they test stock against their exhaust and give the curves. Even if you argue their tests might not be so accurate, logic would say you can still compare motorcycles, the tests being made by the same people and setup.
Look at those 2 curves, really the power is eaten by the drive shaft on the Tenere, theory says a drive shaft can diminish engine power by 15-20%, that's rougly the case here and the power then is pretty matched with the Honda, but the AT is still lighter than the Yamaha !