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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

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