Ténéré 700

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Two years after teas­ing us with its ‘T7’ con­cept, then a year later with the ‘Ténéré 700 World Raid’ pro­to­type, Yamaha’s full-pro­duc­tion Ténéré 700 is fi­nally here. Ac­tu­ally, no, sorry, it’s not: it won’t be in deal­ers un­til “the sec­ond half of 2019”. Gah…

For those who’ve had their head buried in the desert sand, the Ténéré 700 is a light­weight ad­ven­turer (lack­ing from Yamaha’s line-up since the XT660Z) pow­ered by the MT-07’S feisty, fun-packed 689cc par­al­lel twin. It’s an idea so ob­vi­ous it seems bonkers that Yamaha is mak­ing the world wait 30 months for it. But at least now we have more de­tails to chew over. The frame is a new steel dou­ble cra­dle, long-travel sus­pen­sion has ad­just­ment at both ends and wheels are a se­ri­ous 21in front and 18in rear. A 16-litre fuel tank claims a 200-mile range — plau­si­ble given the en­gine’s fru­gal­ity. The four-light face car­ries over from the T7 and the Yamaha WR450F Dakar bike. Seat height is a huge 880mm. We’re wait­ing for de­tails on power (we ex­pect the same 74bhp as the MT), kerb weight (hope­fully around 200kg) and price (surely £8000-£8500) to bring our an­tic­i­pa­tion to boil­ing point. Still, no rush...

An ac­tual Ténéré 700, seen test­ing yes­ter­day (maybe) Face from the T7 con­cept car­ries over

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