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Yamaha Tenere 700 Kicks Off Its 2018 World Tour!

 Yamaha begins worldwide adventure to finalize development of Tenere 700.

Published on 03.08.2018
The Yamaha Tenere 700 prototype making an appearance on Rainbow Beach, Australia for the first leg of the bike's World Tour.

Inspired by the huge levels of interest generated during the last year, Yamaha will be taking the Tenere 700 World Raid prototype on a worldwide tour throughout 2018. During this special ‘World Raid tour,’ a team of Yamaha riders will take on a number of tough adventure stages across the globe, enabling fans in America, Australia, Africa and Europe to see, feel and hear the much-awaited machine.

For its tour debut the Tenere 700 World Raid made an appearance in Australia, ahead of the “Tenere Tragics Bay to Bush Run” in Queensland. Factory Yamaha Dakar Racer, Rod Faggoter, was honored with the task of riding the new twin-cylinder adventure machine during its kick off leg. According to Yamaha, Africa will be the next stop on the tour.

Yamaha Tenere 700 prototype World Raid Tour Adventure Motorcycle

Yamaha Tenere 700 prototype World Raid Tour Adventure Motorcycle

The Tenere 700 World Raid prototype is being used to develop the final specification of the production model. Featuring the rugged rally-inspired character of the original T7 concept bike, and developed using the information gained from intensive testing of the T7 during 2017.

At the very heart of the Tenere 700 prototype is the same highly acclaimed 689cc CP2 engine that has been used in the popular MT-07. Its compact design and linear torque delivery give it plenty of power for strong performance on the asphalt or dirt, while its mass-centralized layout and low weight contributes to the bike’s agile handling. The prototype also features a custom-made rally-style Akrapovič exhaust that reinforces the bike’s rugged looks and delivers a deep and powerful exhaust note.

Yamaha Tenere 700 prototype World Raid Tour Adventure Motorcycle

Yamaha Tenere 700 prototype World Raid Tour Adventure Motorcycle

The prototype’s steel chassis has been reworked and improved in key areas in order to achieve optimized on-road and off-road handling. It also inherits the same rally bike silhouette and ‘Racing Blue’ color scheme as the T7 but with a number of small touches, such as a lower seat height that makes it more accessible to a wider range of adventure riders.

In addition, the fuel tank has been developed to give a more useful range between refills, while at the same time offering better ergonomics. Carbon fiber is used for the side panels, front fender and the one-piece rear tail. It also gets a distinctively-styled cowl equipped with a Dakar Rally inspired 4-projector headlight assembly. The cockpit area is designed to enable the rider to attach additional equipment such as navigation devices.

Yamaha Tenere 700 prototype World Raid Tour Adventure Motorcycle

Throughout the 2018 World Raid Tour, the Tenere 700 prototype will be tested on all types of terrain. From these tests, Yamaha plans to develop the final specifications for the production model. Hopefully, it will be sooner rather than later when we finally see the Tenere 700 arriving on dealer floors!

Photos Courtesy of iKapture

Author: ADV Pulse Staff

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36 thoughts on “Yamaha Tenere 700 Kicks Off Its 2018 World Tour!

  1. Instead of the endless bullshit, why don’t they just produce them for sale. I got fed up waiting for this bike. Spent the cash elsewhere.

    • I think Yamaha is going to find their endless teasing leaves their customers unsatisfied and looking elsewhere for their next bike.

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  3. This bike and the 790 Adventure will likely be coming out exactly when I’ll be ready for a new bike. Hopefully final specs are nice enough. There isn’t much on the market to compete.

  4. „Develop the specification…?“ The bike is basically production ready, engine, frame, suspension, everything. Nomthis is a pure marketing gag. If it is necssary I doubt, the market is there!

  5. A fz07 costs 7200 a wr 450 costs 9 grand. Build this bike with parts from both and sell it for 11k. Boom. No let’s tease people with it for 12 more months. Missing the boat. Build it already we need it

  6. Is a world tour necessary for them to inject plastic in the carbon fiber molds, take a heavy exhaust from the parts bin, slap on some heavy cast wheels, and put on crappy street rubber?

  7. I hope the final bike will not be too good, because I coudn’t wait any longer and ordered me a Honda CRF250 Rally. Ready to pick it up as soon as weather allows it.

    • The “gas tank as rear subframe” killed this idea for me. I was not figuring out how to mount up luggage to the rear of this cycle. Great powerful machine if you don’t need to carry significant gear with you.

    • KTM 500 EXC is looking pretty light at 250 lbs. I’ll bet they have most of the bugs worked out of that design by now, too.

  8. Yeah i dont mind waiting for a good thing…just wanted a little more info on where this bike is touring in Australia. Also wouldn’t mind seeing the bike with some touring gear on it. If thats what they are doing (Touring). Put some bags on it. Panniers etc.

  9. I’m with a lot of guys here. Yamaha – get your act together and release this thing already. I’m giving you another 3-5 months, and if this bike isn’t announced for release then I’m getting a Husky 701 or Africa Twin.

  10. Why wait for another prototype bike that never becomes reality. AJP PR-7 is available now. Under $10k with built-in tablet, adjustable mapping and Italian made fuel injected motor that makes 60 hp. Better than waiting for the “Unicorns” from Yamaha and KTM.

  11. As a Tenere 660 owner and blue fan, i think Yamaha screwed up designwise. They went from a true adv bike design (thumper, seat, fairing, etc.), To a strange mix of motocross and road bike with too much plastic. Might be me, but its a no go. In these case they should have followedf Klr/dr steps, dont fix it if it aint broke. IIthink there was a healthy market in the US and Can for thetxtz660 as it was. Too many giant adv bikes as it is. If i were on the market for a adv bike, i’d to africa twin. Guess never gona let go my Desert Queen

  12. the bike frame has potential if it can carry overland luggage – but the MT07 is a gutless bike – Yamaha needs to extract way way more excitement from this Raid version of the motor – it needs to be a 750 at least to take on the KTM 790

  13. How long have we heard about this MC? Has it been two to three years? If this MC is ever released it better be great because Yamaha will never live it down if the model falters.

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