BIKE (UK) - - HELLO - Hugo Wil­son Edi­tor

BMW’S mar­ket­ing depart­ment would dis­agree, but Yamaha prac­ti­cally in­vented the ad­ven­ture bike. Their XT500 (first tested in Bike in March 1977) was the first time that a pro­duc­tion trail bike was a con­vinc­ing road bike. Mod­i­fied XTS won the first two Paris­dakar ral­lies.

The big-tanked XT600 Ténéré (first tested in Bike in Oc­to­ber 1984) tapped into Dakar rally cred­i­bil­ity and be­came the bike of choice for round the world rid­ers in the eight­ies and nineties.

The XTZ750 Su­per Ténéré (first tested in Bike in May ’89) led the big trailie (they weren’t called ad­ven­ture bikes then) boom that swept Europe in the nineties, and Su­per Tén-derived bikes won the Dakar seven times.

Now the Yamaha re­vival that be­gan with the in­tro­duc­tion of the MTŽ09 (first tested in Bike in Novem­ber 2013) is about to pro­duce a bike that lives up to their ad­ven­ture bike her­itage.

We got the exclusive ride on the con­cept ver­sion of the new 700cc ad­ven­ture bike. Off-road edi­tor Jon Pear­son reck­ons it’s very good and as soon as there’s a pro­duc­tion model we’ll be rid­ing that, hope­fully across the Sa­hara (I’m vol­un­teer­ing). Bike has al­ways de­liv­ered the best tests and in­sight and we’ll con­tinue to do so.

And we’ve got the best read­ers, as ev­i­denced by the con­sis­tent qual­ity and in­sight of the mail that we re­ceive (let­ters on page 24). If you’ve got a story, an in­sight or an opin­ion then write. Or come and see us at the Bike track­day on 4 Au­gust (de­tails on page 119).

En­joy the is­sue.

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