Yamaha’s MT-07 based Ténéré is here and we love it
Ténéré 700 delivers adventure for all
This could be the most important new bike of 2019. Of course, it isn’t as advanced, powerful, sexy or sophisticated as the latest crop of super-adventure bikes, but it will be very capable and far more accessible – bringing genuine adventure ability to the masses.
The globe-trotting adventures of Yamaha’s T7 concept bikes have given us two years of Ténéré 700 teasing and it’s interesting that the production bike has arrived in a much more hardcore state than the first prototype spied by MCN almost two years ago. The implication is that while it might have started life as an MT-07 ‘softroader’, the market’s pre-occupation with authentic adventure ability has demanded more genuine potential.
Power is from the MT-07’S 689cc parallel-twin wrapped in an all-new chassis rolling on proper off-road rims (21in front, 18in rear). The engine has had a makeover with dedicated fuel maps meaning a broad spread of torque yet plenty of power for the road. There have also been gearbox tweaks to suit its new purpose. Yamaha say the combination of good fuel economy and a 16-litre tank capacity will give a real-world 215-mile+ range between fuel stops.
The all-new frame is a tubular steel double cradle which Yamaha say offers enough flexibility for good road manners as well as finding traction in the rough. The one odd decision is that the subframe is welded to the main chassis spars, meaning a light off-road smack could write off the frame.
Its striking new face is dominated by four LED headlamps nestling behind the tall screen, which also protects the new LCD dash (showing speed, rpm, fuel level and range, trips and more). Above that is a useful bar for bolting your navigational needs to.
There’s 43mm inverted forks with full damping adjustment and 210mm of travel, while the rear gets a remote preload-adjustable link-type monoshock giving 200mm of travel for its aluminium swingarm. Braking is courtesy of Brembo, with twin 282mm discs up front and a 345mm one at the rear, equipped with switchable ABS (which can be disabled for off-road).
It’ll also come in black or white when it arrives in the second half of 2019. Price yet to be confirmed.