T7 TÉNÉRÉ CONCEPT
If this doesn’t make you feel like putting some motocross boots on and heading off into the great unknown, then you’re missing a key strand of your biking DNA.
While Yamaha are fast to pint out that this is just a concept bike, there’s absolutely no doubt that the firm will put this XT660 Ténéré replacement into production, continuing a 33-year line of Dakar-inspired middleweight desert assault bikes.
The game moves on dramatically though with this concept. Packing the MT-07’S CP2 engine into an all-new chassis, the T7 should dig into the soft stuff with superb tractability from the parallel-twin 700.
Equipped with an aluminium fuel tank, quad-projector LED headlight, a carbon fairing and skid plate, and a custom made Akrapovic exhaust – as well as high specification KYB front suspension, 21in front and 18in rear, the T7 concept is a serious statement.
It’s a WR450F Dakar for the masses, and while much of the bling Dakaraping spec sheet might be sacrificed for production, the overall effect will remain – and we love it.
THE FACTS 74bhp (est) 180kg (est) Seat height 895mm (est)
Akrapovic is unlikely to be stock
Itõs pure Dakar from the front