Ténéré 700

Yamaha whip up a storm with all-new Ténéré 700

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New trailie looks set to stun

‘Think of it like a smoother, more re­fined ver­sion of the XT660 single. It’s very ca­pa­ble and easy to ride’

Yamaha say you can trace the new Ténéré’s roots back to the XT500 of 1976, but it re­ally all started with the 1983 XT600Z Ténéré which was in­spired by their Paris-dakar vic­to­ries in 1979 and 80. And al­most 40 years later, the al­lure of a com­pe­ti­tion-ap­ing Dakar bike has lost none of its fizz. The new Ténéré 700 might only have hum­ble MT-07 lin­eage to draw on, but this could be one of 2019’s more im­por­tant new bikes.

The power in the pack­age comes from that peachy MT-07 CP2 689cc par­al­lel-twin, which should trans­late to off-road use very nicely. And it’s all wrapped up in a new chas­sis that rolls on a 21in front rim and 18in rear, mean­ing the world is your lob­ster when it comes to se­ri­ous off-road rub­ber op­tions. The en­gine will de­liver a flex­i­ble broad spread of torque and plenty of power for the road (and the loose stuff). There have also been gear­box tweaks to suit its new pur­pose and Yamaha say the 16-litre tank ca­pac­ity will still give you a 215mile range be­tween fill-ups.

The bold face is dom­i­nated by the quad-led head­lamps and tall screen, which also pro­tects the new all-lcd dash tower. It’s a shame that it has all the class of a 1990s Nin­tendo, but all the right info is there. There’s also a use­ful bar above the LCD tower for bolt­ing all your nav needs some­where vis­i­ble.

Sus­pen­sion com­po­nen­try might not come from Swe­den, but it looks up to the job, with a 43mm in­verted fork boast­ing damp­ing ad­just­ment and 210mm of travel, while the rear gets a re­mote preload-ad­justable monoshock with 200mm of travel. It’s not go­ing to win a pub brag­ging spat, but it should get you over the worst most ter­rains have to of­fer. Brak­ing is Brembo, with twin 282mm discs up front, and a 245mm rear, with a lit­tle ex­tra con­trol help from switch­able ABS.

The all-new tubu­lar steel dou­ble cra­dle frame was de­signed just for the Ténéré, and Yamaha say it’s a happy com­pro­mise be­tween tar­mac manners and off-road flex­i­bil­ity and grip, but we ques­tion their wisdom in weld­ing the sub­frame in place. One fall could lead to a tail­bend­ing write off, while a bolt-on unit could sim­ply be switched.

It’ll be avail­able in Power Black, Com­pe­ti­tion White and Ce­ramic Ice when it ar­rives later this year.

NICK SAN­DERS MCN CON­TRIB­U­TOR 689cc par­al­lel-twin 73bhp and 50ftlb TBCKG (kerb) £TBC FAST FACTS

It’s been a long time com­ing, but Yamaha’s new Tén looks great

LCD tower looks a tad cheap and plas­ticy, but has all the right info

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