Yamaha’s MT-07-based Ténéré 700 ad­ven­ture bike on tour

Round-the-world chal­lenge will prove new Yamaha’s cre­den­tials

MCN - - CONTENTS - By Jor­dan Gib­bons SE­NIOR RE­PORTER

Yamaha’s new Ténéré 700 will hit deal­er­ships in 2019 and the firm are hop­ing to demon­strate just how good it is by tak­ing the pro­to­type on an ac­tion-packed world tour.

The Ténéré 700 is pow­ered by the 689cc par­al­lel twin from the MT-07, which is one of the most en­ter­tain­ing en­gines Yamaha have ever pro­duced. Although the peak power of 73bhp might not blow your mind, the easy-revving na­ture makes it a re­ward­ing ride. It’s pack­aged into a new light­weight steel frame that Yamaha have slimmed-down in the mid­dle for easy han­dling. To make the 700 a proper ad­ven­ture weapon, Yamaha have fit­ted it with long-travel in­verted forks and a rear monoshock as well as 21in front and 18in rear wheels with off-road tyres. The Ténéré 700 pro­to­type also boasts a Rallystyle Akrapovic ex­haust which we ex­pect to be listed as an ex­tra in the ac­ces­sories cat­a­logue.

The Ténéré 700 has been de­signed to fol­low the trail that Yamaha blazed through their years of dom­i­na­tion at the Dakar in the 1990s, so it has a large tower to house the nav­i­ga­tion equip­ment and big fuel tanks, which will dou­ble up as prac­ti­cal tour­ing fea­tures on the fin­ished bike. Although it main­tains the same rally silhouette as the T7 Con­cept un­veiled in 2016, the ma­chine has clearly now been fine-tuned for pro­duc­tion, in­clud­ing a lower seat height to make it more ac­ces­si­ble to a wider range of rid­ers.

Racing pedi­gree

To test the the fin­ished pro­duc­tion bike’s met­tle ahead of the launch, Yamaha have sent the bike off on a World Raid, start­ing in Aus­tralia where it’s be­ing rid­den by fac­tory rally rider Rod­ney Fag­goter. From there it trav­els to Africa where it takes on some of the clas­sic Dakar route in the hands of rally leg­end Stephane Peter­hansel, be­fore head­ing to South Amer­ica to be rid­den by rally racer Adrien van Bev­eren. Fi­nally it will ar­rive in Europe, where it’s picked up by global trav­eller Nick San­ders, be­fore fac­ing the pun­ish­ing Hard Alpi Tour in Italy. Tar­get­ing BMW’s F860GS and KTM’s forth­com­ing 790 Ad­ven­ture, it’s ex­pected to be priced at around £8000 when it ar­rives next year.

Yamaha say the bike will have true off-road abil­ity The Ténéré name car­ries a wealth of Yamaha his­tory Rugged dash is de­signed to look like a road­book

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