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ADV NewsSpecs and Availability Released for Much-Anticipated Tenere 700!

Specs and Availability Released for Much-Anticipated Tenere 700!

Yamaha announces production plans & specs for all-new 700cc ADV Bike.

Published on 11.05.2018

Yamaha Motor Europe today introduced the all-new Yamaha Tenere 700 Adventure Touring motorcycle during an exclusive press conference in Milan, Italy, and Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. announced that this all-new motorcycle would also be produced for the U.S. market. Production for the European model will take place in France, while production for the U.S. model will take place at Yamaha’s factory in Japan.

Yamaha Tenere 700 Adventure Motorcycle


The new Tenere 700 is equipped with the CP2 689cc parallel-twin engine. The key characteristic of this compact CP2 engine is its strong and linear torque output that gives instant throttle response together with great acceleration. Producing maximum torque at 6,500 rpm, this engine provides the ideal balance of performance and controllability, and its excellent fuel economy contributes to the Tenere 700’s ability to cover long distances between fuel stops.

To cater to the unique requirements of Adventure Touring riders, the final transmission ratio is optimized for both road and off-road operating conditions. Together with a range of model-specific fuel injection settings, these features contribute to the bike’s versatility and remarkable performance in different riding environments.

Yamaha Tenere 700 Adventure Motorcycle

Yamaha Tenere 700 Adventure Motorcycle

Tenere 700 model overview

• Rally-bred T7-inspired Adventure Touring design with pure Ténéré DNA

• Compact and nimble

• Great off-road performance

• Go-anywhere long-distance potential with an approximate average 217-mile fuel range

• Powerful, smooth and economic high-torque engine

• Switchable ABS option for off-road riding

• Effective windscreen and hand guards for excellent weather protection

• Modern long-travel suspension


Yamaha Tenere 700 Adventure Motorcycle

During the development of the Tenere 700, one of the key goals was to achieve a slim, agile and light feeling chassis that would be equally suited to both road and off-road riding. To satisfy these requirements, Yamaha’s designers have developed an all-new lightweight double cradle tubular steel frame that combines low weight with immense strength, making it ideally suited to a variety of riding conditions. Featuring a compact 1,590mm wheelbase and a slim body, this rugged chassis delivers responsive handling characteristics, and with 240mm of ground clearance, the Ténéré 700 is designed to help its rider conquer the roughest terrain.

Body and Seat

Yamaha Tenere 700 Adventure Motorcycle

The Ténéré 700 is equipped with a flat seat and slim body that allows maximum rider agility. The compact bodywork and narrow fuel tank also enable the rider to grip the tank with their knees whether sitting or standing, giving added confidence and control in every situation, whether riding on dirt or asphalt.

Rally-bred Face With Four LED Headlights

Yamaha Tenere 700 Adventure Motorcycle

The new Tenere 700 comes equipped with a distinctive looking headlight assembly that is a direct spin-off from Yamaha’s latest factory rally bikes and the T7 concept machine. A total of four LED headlights project powerful beams of light that can illuminate the darkest wilderness. Stacked in a two-plus-two layout and protected by a clear nacelle, along with two LED position lights at the base, this strong face gives a purposeful look that matches this new Adventure Touring bike’s imposing character.

Adjustable Long-travel suspension

Yamaha Tenere 700 Adventure Motorcycle

The flex-resistant 43mm upside down coil-spring forks stay composed over the most extreme terrain to provide precise steering and smooth suspension action, while 210mm of suspension travel enables the rider to attack the most challenging off-road terrain with confidence.

Featuring full damping adjustment, these rally-specification front forks ensure high levels of comfort with lightweight handling performance when on the road.

Remotely Adjustable Rear Shock Absorber

Yamaha Tenere 700 Adventure Motorcycle

The Tenere 700 features a rally-bred link-type rear suspension system that provides smooth and progressive action for maximum riding comfort and enhanced levels of control. Featuring a lightweight aluminum swingarm for low un-sprung weight, this high specification rear end offers 200mm of travel which, like the front suspension system, is designed to handle the most severe off-road riding conditions while producing a comfortable ride on the road. Another significant feature is the remote preload adjuster that provides quick and easy adjustment to suit riding conditions.

Fairing and Windscreen

Yamaha Tenere 700 Adventure Motorcycle

The rally-styled faring and windscreen on the new Ténéré 700 exhibit pure Dakar character. The compact screen and nose fairing give you protection from the wind while maintaining the slim and nimble character of the bike, and the competition type tapered handlebars give a relaxed riding position whether you’re seated or standing.


Yamaha Tenere 700 Adventure Motorcycle

With their ability to efficiently absorb the continuous impacts experienced when riding in rough terrain, these lightweight wheels work with the long travel suspension to give the rider optimum handling performance and control. Because the Ténéré 700 features a competition type 21-inch front wheel/18-inch rear wheel combination, riders have the option to fit a wide range of tires to suit their requirements – ranging from a pure enduro pattern for predominantly off-road use, to dual sport pattern tires for on/off-road versatility.

Slim, Long-Range Fuel Tank

Yamaha Tenere 700 Adventure Motorcycle

Throughout the development of this new generation Adventure Touring bike, Yamaha’s principal goal was to ensure that the Ténéré 700 would deliver class-leading off-road performance together with outstanding on-road capabilities and provide genuine long-range potential.

The slim design of the fuel tank belies its 4.2-gallon capacity, and its narrow rear section offers plenty of rider mobility and excellent knee grip. Whether sitting down or standing up, the compact dimensions of this long-range fuel tank enable the rider to shift their weight around effortlessly. Thanks to the excellent economy of the twin-cylinder engine, 4.2-gallons of fuel provides an approximate average 217-mile fuel range which gives the new Ténéré 700 a high level of all-terrain versatility.

Multi-Function Instruments

Yamaha Tenere 700 Adventure Motorcycle

Located centrally behind the screen for great visibility, this instrument panel displays a wide range of information that can be absorbed by the rider without having to take their eyes off the road or trail. The multi-function LCD display features two trip meters and comprehensive information including gear position, fuel level, estimated fuel range, average and instant fuel consumption and more.

The cockpit is designed to accommodate the fitment of aftermarket navigation devices, enabling riders to add extra equipment to suit their requirements, including GPS, road book readers and smartphones.

Switchable ABS

The braking system consists of dual 282mm wave-style front discs and a 245mm wave-style rear disc that provide high levels of stopping power with plenty of feel at all speeds on the road or in the dirt.

When riding off-road, the rider has the option to temporarily disable the ABS by activating a switch while stationary. With the ABS turned off, the rider can take full manual control and choose to lock the rear wheel deliberately in certain off-road situations.

Protection From The Elements

On long journeys, the screen and front cowl provide protection from the wind and weather, and thanks to the bike’s slim and compact body design, the rider can tuck in tightly to the chassis and keep out of the main airflow. As well as deflecting wind and rain, the tough plastic handguards offer added protection from branches and foliage when riding in the wilderness, and help to protect the levers and throttle from accidental damage.

Yamaha Tenere 700 Adventure Motorcycle

Key Technical Features

• High-torque 689cc four-stroke CP2 parallel twin-cylinder engine

• New lightweight double cradle tubular steel frame

• Slim, compact and ergonomic body and seat

• Aggressive rally-bred face with four LED headlights and two LED position lights

• Adjustable 43mm upside down coil-spring forks with long-travel (210mm)

• Remotely adjustable link-type rear suspension with 200mm of travel

• Compact rally-style cockpit with tapered handlebars

• 21-inch/18-inch lightweight spoked wheels with adventure tires

• Slim, long-range fuel tank with 4.2-gallon capacity for an approximate average 217-mile fuel range

• Compact rally-style multi-function instruments

• ABS can be disabled to suit off-road riding preferences

• Screen and handguards give good rider protection from the elements


Due to differing government regulatory standards and factory production line schedules, the all-new Ténéré 700 is scheduled to arrive at U.S. dealerships in the second half of 2020 while in Europe the new machine will arrive earlier; in the second half of 2019. The bike will be available in a Ceramic Ice color scheme. MSRP will be announced at a later date.

Yamaha Tenere 700 Specs

Engine Type: 689cc liquid-cooled DOHC 4-stroke; 8 valves
Bore x Stroke: 80.0mm x 68.6mm
Compression Ratio: 11.5:1
Fuel Delivery: Fuel Injection
Power*: 72.4 HP (54 kW) @ 9000 rpm
Torque*: 50.2 ft-lbs (68 Nm) @ 6500 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed; wet multiplate clutch
Final Drive: Chain
Suspension/Front: 43mm inverted fork, fully-adjustable; 8.3-in travel
Suspension/Rear: Single shock, adjustable preload (w/remote adjuster) and rebound damping; 7.9-in travel
Brakes/Front: Dual 282mm hydraulic disc; selectable ABS
Brakes/Rear: 245mm hydraulic disc; selectable ABS
Tires/Front: 90/90R21 Pirelli® Scorpion® Rally STR
Tires/Rear: 150/70R18 Pirelli® Scorpion® Rally STR
L x W x H: TBD
Seat Height: 34.6 in
Wheelbase: 62.6 in
Rake (Caster Angle): TBD
Trail: TBD
Maximum Ground Clearance: 9.5 in
Fuel Capacity: 4.2 gal
Fuel Economy: TBD
Wet Weight*: 452 lbs (205 kg)
Warranty: 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)
Color: Ceramic Ice
Availability: Europe in second half of 2019; USA in second half of 2020.

* European model specs

Author: ADV Pulse Staff

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36 thoughts on “Specs and Availability Released for Much-Anticipated Tenere 700!

  1. Just another fat pig. MT03 engine and 350 pounds wet (that’s with the same full 4.2 gallon tank) would be an exciting bike.

  2. I think most of the interest has been lost when we see the specs of this bike, somehow i find it hard to believe that the bike we saw in the promo videos doing jumps and going through sand and whoops is even remotely similar to what the final product is. At 450 lbs I wouldn’t take it in the woods or sand. Trim 100 lbs off it and you’ll have something. I’ve wanted one of these for over a year now looking at the prototype, But this bike isn’t it. I’m going a different route. Yamaha, are you listening?

  3. I have A 2006 KTM 950SM that weight,s 458LBS with full 5 gallon tank. I knew they were going to struggle to keep T7 much lighter than that ! I,m old and short , so at least 8in of travel will let me touch ground, might buy one if I’m still alive in 20 MONTHS. I understand you hard core guys disappointment.

    • I love my 950sm. This is why the super enduro is so sought after. If they came out in 2019 they would have a jump on the competition.

  4. Finally, real info… Can someone explain how a bike like this can take 5 years of rumor/development? It reminds me of the upcoming Toyota Supra which I saw on the floor of the NY Auto Show in April of 2014. Finally coming to fruition in late 2019. I was a fan in 2014. Now I don’t care. Same here. I like how Honda surprised us with the CRF 450L. It just happened and now I really want one. And what is the fascination with these low fenders on Adv. Bikes? Is there a gov’t regulation that requires that? Otherwise, are they trying to kill us in the mud? And how much does this thing weigh? 4fiddy? I hope this thing is great but my excitement has moved on…and we won’t see it until 2020. Next.

  5. Too little, too late Yamaha. We waited for this bike for two years and all we get is blue balls? The new 2019 KTM 690 Enduro R has more horsepower, more torque, more suspension travel, it’s a hundred pounds lighter and, most importantly, it will be available in the US in just a few months. What does the Yamaha have going for it? It looks better (in my opinion), it has a slightly larger fuel tank (4.2 gal vs. 3.6 gal) and because it’s a twin probably a smoother motor (though the new KTM single claims to be less vibey than the previous version.) I’m sorry Yamaha, but you shat the bed royally on this one. That whole “World Raid” marketing campaign was an abomination, especially since it amounted to nothing more than a big “Hurry up and wait.”

  6. I have to agree with what someone else said; keep holding out for your unicorn or go spend $30K on a custom Poskitt Rally Special. The EXC500/ CRF450L route only works if you don’t mind dirt bike maintenance intervals and a buzzy 80-85 mph top speed. I don’t think that was ever the target buyer for Yamaha. Even more strange is the perception it is garbage despite not one test ride.
    I see a well designed bike that looks to have hit all the design goals & will probably come in around $11-12K. I see a bike that doesn’t win any showroom HP brochure wars but will probably appeal to mere mortal adv riders who aren’t 6 foot everything or need/ want 95hp in the dirt. It’s a shame Yamaha won’t beat KTM to market as they could’ve established a foothold. But I say it’s a safe bet they will sell a lot of them, regardless of what the pundits think…

    • Someone else also said it, but if this thing shows enough return on the showroom floors Yamaha could easily slap the MT03 motor into a beefy YZF chassis & make a CRF250 Rally killer. Time will tell.

    • Good balanced synopsis, I agree with you. If only they hadn’t annoyed everyone with the BS marketing campaign. It lost them a lot of goodwill.

    • The bonus to this bike is that it has the same motor as the other 700 bikes Yamaha currently makes, so parts can stay cheaper, and the engine is reliable, we also know Yamaha has a good rep for the engines having long life with little valve adjustments and wide maintenance intervals. Look at the wr250r it’s not a top performing bike but it’s one hell of a tank that has been the roughly same for over 10 years, it does suck that it’s taken forever for it to come out but Yamaha like to put a reliable product on the market. They are not the highest performing machines compared to KTM or Ducati but they are able to get something of high quality for cheaper to the market that people can at least be mostly happy with. That lighter weight also comes at a cost to the engine casing and frame. Higher your performance the tighter your maintenance intervals are going to be and that your going to have to stay on top of. But one thing I always notice, you see lots of old Japanese bikes on craigslist that still run reliably.

  7. I will predict this bike will be No1 seller in the Adv sector in AU because it will be way cheaper than the KTM (which failed to fit a fairing and has a hideous headlight) – The T700 design is 100% spot on Raid ADV and 10/10 for the small LEds and looks. Realistically the weight is actually low for a big bore hardened adv bike with a big tank (unless you can afford seriously exoctic materials like titanium and carbon and spend $30K or go downsize and buy a 450 single like the CRF450L). Some weight can be reduced go Lithium battery and Akra pipe – but to me it’s the Milestone bike of the last few yrs being as close to the unicorn as will can get. Well done Yamaha – (and I am not even a Yamaha fanboy ) – hopefully Honda will reply eventually with a 750cc Africa twin too. KTM Kiska fail looks and missing RAID fairing put it squarely in 2nd place – imo.

    • Agreed. Despite my initial statement, I think this may come in under $11K US. Realistically, there doesn’t appear to be much more than $4K better than an FZ07, right? And if that happens, Yamaha will sell bunches of them & make the big dogs sweat. The 790 ADV should be a stud bike & if it is anything like the 790 Duke it will surely sound like something amazing. And all that comes at a high premium. Not to mention the looks, which missed, IMO.
      The T7 should have 5-10 pounds of excess weight & a pipe/ ECU will open it up & wake it up just nicely. Plus you could have enough free cash for some suspension work, new gear, & a years’ worth of adventures.

    • But this bike is missing a proper long range fuel tank, no rack and a horrible seat so how is the design 100%spot on? I compare it to the ktm 690, because of its small tank, no luggage space, horrible seat. Then unfortunately the ktm will beat it.

  8. Bit disappointing was going to buy one but 16 litres of fuel just isn’t enough out b@ck Australia between fuel stops sometimes is well over 400 km can get 480 km with my 660 tenere which has 23 litres . Yamaha has missed the boat with this new tenere.

    • Sorry but I hear this comment all the time & it makes little sense to me. Apart from a few routes like canning stock route & Simpson desert, 350km fuel range is quite adequate for Australia… Most of the time. I’d much rather carry an extra fuel can for those rare occasions rather than carry extra weight all the time. Maybe it’s just me?

  9. Why is it that everything new is looking like a KTM/ Husky.
    Short you good the boys in Austria know how to build off road bikes.

  10. I did the TAT on a KLR, confident the T7 would do it as well. I still want one, not much heavier than my KLR, should fit my 5’8 body. Yamahas have always lasted for me with little maintenance compared to KTM, BMW. I also would welcome a Honda Africa Twin in 700cc. I would like to be a one bike guy for awhile!

  11. If you have ever rode an electronics equipped cycle in the dirt and pushed it towards the limit you would understand the huge benefits. I rode a bullet proof reliable 2006 KTM 450 for 10’years and gave it to my brother as I replaced it with a 2014 KTM 450. I also have a 1190 Adventure Std because I wanted 33” seat, 1” wider tires (than R model) electronic suspension and lean angle sensing. Even with lifetime of dirt riding, I still take off road classes. The electronics stop it faster, drift it better, tractors it through mud and up hills better, prevent flipping, and lean angle sensing has kept me from sliding out multiple times. The 450’s will not lose me on the trails except when we start jumping, but as sooon as I muddle through the jumps, I will accelerate so fast they won’t even know I dropped back.
    Here’s what the 1190 taught me. Electronics freakin work! KTM knows this which is why they put ALL the modern electronics on the KTM 790 (and an impressive amount on the new 690). BMW also knows how awesome the electronics are and they make great bikes. The KTM 790 has same HP as Africa Twin, more electronics, 85 pounds less weight, and better suspension. Price of 790 should be just under $13k which is also less than AT. We all want power, low weight, great suspension,with low seat height and low center of gravity. Currently, KTM has everyone beat in nearly every category. I just hope everyone gets to lower seats and less weight, but don’t take away the electronics! They make us faster, prevent accidents, save money and prevent hospital visits!

  12. Ouch, 450LBS wet? I had read a commment by Nick Sanders who was one of the earlier test riders that the expected weight was going to be closer to 170Kg (375lbs).

    Current article by AdventureBikeRider “Nick added: “It’s as light as I thought it was going to be. We know it’s about 170kg, which is great. That makes it about 70kg lighter than the Super Ténéré and on a par with the old XT660, which in a sense is what it’s replacing.”

    Even if he was stating dry weight, this bike would be closer to 400LBS wet.

    I am hoping Yamaha can put this bike on a diet by the time it releases. Assuming it releases on time in 2021 in the states, we will know if the Chinese manufactured KTM 790 is up for a big adventure. We may also see a Honda midweight by then. It could be a tough competitive landscape for the Yammy.

    A lot of adventure riders have pretty steep expectations for this “middleweight” segment. The bike needs to be relatively light without sacrificing too much power. It’s needs good build quality\reliability with a decent suspension to be trusted on long trips abroad. Good fuel economy and range are nice to haves as well.

  13. The 790 Adventure R is 417lbs dry (445+/- wet?) and made in China-

    I think I’ll stick to the made in Japan Yamaha, and compared to a 400lb FZ-07, all the reinforcement, protection and electronics are going to add weight.

  14. you mention yamaha developed this bike to have class leading capablilities? Well they didnt do that very well. the 790 beats it in stat’s in every catagory. Power, suspension, comfort, a rack, and an actual long distance fuel tank. Here in canada a 215 mile range will only get you into trouble, not out of it. Nice bike, great price. I would buy one but i need bigger range and a better seat and a rack stock.

  15. Its a very sweet bike and will make alot of people very happy right out of the box. I live in canada and rides regularly cover more than 350km between fuel stops. Making this bike with its little tank, not an option for regular use. Almost every media coverage i see states, its long range make it a great bike??? Again I like the bike, whats gotten stupid is the marketing used to sell them to us. Great bike, crappy fuel range, unless 150 miles, safely is your match, then lucky you.


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