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Yamaha Announces Official Route for Tenere 700 World Tour

Yamaha firms up its riders and routes for the Tenere 700 prototype world tour.

Published on 05.07.2018

Yamaha just loves to build suspense. This is the fourth “tease” of the Yamaha Tenere 700 World Raid adventure bike. Back in 2016, it was just called the T7 and we, meaning adventure and other motorcycle enthusiasts alike, got really into it. Then, Yamaha released photos and video of a more refined, closer-to-production unit called the Tenere 700 World Raid. With that announcement we found out that this prototype machine would be traveling the world as a real world testing / marketing / shake down of the bike – yet details were lacking.

Now, Yamaha has announced the complete route the Tenere 700 will take for its global shake down tour and who will be riding it. Although no further information has been released on the bike’s specs, what we do know is that it has a 689cc CP2 parallel-twin engine, carbon fiber paneling, steel chassis, and a lower seat height than the original T7 prototype. The World Raid Tour will cover a total of 4,450 km with routes that will take the Tenere 700 and its selected riders through challenging terrain across almost every continent.

Stage 1: Australia


Yamaha Tenere 700 World Raid Tour

Route: Hervey Bay to Dubbo
Distance: 1,200 km

The first stage of the World Raid has already taken place in Australia with the bike being flogged along beautiful beaches and long expances of dirt. The rider for this stint Down Under was none other than Rodney Faggoter. As a current member of the Yamalube Yamaha Rally Team, he knows what he’s doing with two wheels and a motor. This stage featured the Tenere 700 in the Bay to Bush Run, which is completely Tenere focused with all different model years represented.

Stage 2: Africa

Yamaha Tenere 700 World Raid Tour

Route: Portion of original Paris to Dakar Rally
Distance: 600 km

The second stage will be in the home of the original mother of all motorsports races, Dakar. Starting and ending in Merzouga, Morocco, part of this route is the same as the legendary Paris to Dakar Rally. This stage will no doubt display the bike in iconic desert scenery that harkens back to races of yesteryear. Who better than legendary 13-time Dakar winner Stephane Peterhansel to take the reins. He raced the bike that is the main inspiration for the Tenere 700, the Yamaha YZE 750.

Stage 3: South America

Yamaha Tenere 700 World Raid Tour

Route: Portion of the current Dakar Rally route
Distance: 800 km

The third stop for the bike will take place in South America with the route traveling through Argentina. Yamaha did a good job juxtaposing the route in Morocco with this route since the former was the original Dakar route and Argentina plays host to the current Dakar Rally. With epically challenging terrain through mountains and deserts and blistering fast expanses, the young Adrien Van Beveren will be riding this leg of the tour. Van Beveren is a sand specialist who has won the Enduropale du Touquet three times. Although he is known for his skills on smaller bikes, having him ride the sandy South American leg should show just how capable the Tenere 700 is.

Stage 4: Europe

Yamaha Tenere 700 World Raid Tour

Route: British Isles to Italian Alps (Hard Alpi Tour – Imperia/Turin)
Distance: 1,850 km

Starting in the British Isles and ending in the mountains of Italy at the Hard Alpi Tour event scheduled in September, the last section of the World Raid Tour will pit the Tenere 700 against the most diverse terrain it has seen yet. Wet, soggy forests to Alpine passes, the bike is sure to encounter mud, rain, rocks, and slick and slimy conditions. The Tenere 700 will be ridden by five riders on the European leg starting with Nick Sanders who is known for circumnavigating the globe in record time. After Nick, Alessandro Botturi of Italy will take over. The FIM Enduro World Champion racer has won that championship twice as well as earning two wins at the ISDE. Herbert Schwarz, former CEO and Founder of Touratech will hop on the bike to give his expert opinion. Next, five-time French Enduro Champ David Fretigne will take control of the Tenere and put his off-road skills to good use. Lastly, Cristobal Guerrero, another off-road champ with four Spanish Enduro Championship victories, will take the bike on its last ride.

Yamaha Tenere 700 World Raid Tour

As for now there are no plans for a stop in the US and from the Yamaha’s press material, that looks pretty final. We are just going to have to follow along and wait for our chance to ride the sweet looking machine.

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Author: Sean Klinger

With his sights set on doing what he loved for a living, Sean left college with a BA in Journalism and dirt bike in his truck. After five years at a dirt-only motorcycle magazine shooting, testing, writing, editing, and a little off-road racing, he has switched gears to bigger bikes and longer adventures. He’ll probably get lost a few times but he’ll always have fun doing it. Two wheels and adventure is all he needs. 

Author: Sean Klinger

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19 thoughts on “Yamaha Announces Official Route for Tenere 700 World Tour

  1. What !!! Why No North American tour??? Or Canada for that matter! Time to look at alternatives and let Yamaha ride off into the sunset.

    • Maybe they aren’t gonna sell it here? We had the 660 in Mexico but I’ve been asking the dealers down here about the T7 since I began to hear about it and they know nothing. Just another Fuck You from Yamaha.

  2. Meh. Voted with my wallet. New KTM 690 Enduro sitting in the garage, and all those problems about grenading engines? KTM has solved them. New parts are in the 690 motors now, as seen in a parts fiche (look for changes in part numbers for Valve Drive: Rocker Arms, inlet and exhaust, change cut in 2014). No need to wait for the new motor in the 690 Duke, and the Husky 701. That engine brings dual counterbalancers to the table, but it’s not something I needed to wait for.

    Bye Bye, Yamaha!

  3. So Yamaha is still sitting on it’s heels in terms of getting this bike to market. Seems foolish to me as the competition is taking advantage by getting their similar bikes into show rooms everywhere. That said, the T7 promises to be a better combination of light weight and smooth, strong power delivery – both on road and off. Can’t wait to find out.

  4. Having worked in the motorcycle industry in the past, yes for Yamaha, I can see that MANY prospective purchasers are just fed up with Yamaha’s release of this model. Rightfully so! Motorcycle sales are down across the board and the average age of new motorcycle purchasers are rising….who else has disposable income for hobbies and toys? So why discourage these people with “teaser ads”? They will take their cash elsewhere. Best to have just kept their mouths shut and released this model when ready. World Tour is Corporate speak btw for “we need more time!”

  5. “Coming your way” eh?
    On a trial ride.
    But when is the likely release date?
    Yamaha have been dangling this carrot for far too long.

  6. Purely a marketing gag to win time. For real world testing they would need much more than 4000something kilometers. Like really riding it once around the globe. And why has noone asked me to test it on Scandinavian gravel roads – and maybe even in winter? 😉

  7. To anyone noting that Yamaha’s waiting too long to release this & will miss sales: Honda seemed to wait a helluva lot longer to release the Africa Twin and it has seemed to work out for them. I’ve also bought a bike since Yam started teasing the T7. Doesn’t change my mind on its appeal. KTM has its own appeal and riders buy them for just that. Yamaha has an advantage on dealer/service network, will likely be less $ and also likely a little competent in the dirt(but still likely bloody good). Regardless of winning or losing your money, everyone will still get to ride in circles in the dirt and have fun. It’s fine, everything’s fine.

    • So my 2002 Yamaha TDM900 fitted with dual sports tyres weighs a sniff over 200Kg wet (once I’d ditched original massive exhausts). 16 years later we’re supposed to get excited about a 200Kg 700cc twin ?

  8. Poor old Yamaha !
    after a disaster with 1200 not selling ,
    and now all this endless teasing with the 700
    They just dont know what to do !
    It will never be as good as the new crf1000 africa twin
    so lets all feel a bit sorry for them !!

  9. You call it a World Tour and your not even coming to the USA! Seriously? I hope you plan on selling it here in USA. I’m holding out to see if you do. I hear Honda is working on that same segment so we’ll just have to wait and see who comes out with a nice bike. I prefer Yamaha but ill get a Honda if Yamaha wimps our.

  10. 500 LBS is a lot for a 700cc machine. My 1290 weighs less. Granted I’ve made some modifications. If this is the best they have I would think this will be a dud. They better hope the 790 doesn’t come in at 400 LBS.

  11. 1.Fuel tank capacity we need 24 to 30 litres
    2. Rider seat hight must be can adjustable 810 to 860 mm.
    3. Ground clearance must be can adjustable 220 to 290 mm.


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