ADV Pulse

NEWSLETTER
Get ADV Pulse delivered by email
Sign up for ADV Pulse Weekly

Newsletter

Get ADV Pulse delivered by email
Sign up for ADV Pulse Weekly

Connect With Us

Follow On Facebook:

ADV News2024 Yamaha Tenere 700: First Ride On The Upgraded Adventurer

2024 Yamaha Tenere 700: First Ride On The Upgraded Adventurer

Exploring the range of refinements to Yamaha's popular midsize ADV bike.

Published on 12.14.2023

In the dynamic landscape of midsize adventure motorcycles, the Yamaha Tenere 700 has emerged as one of the most well-rounded and most sought after models in the segment, and for good reason. With its combination of smooth power, proven reliability, a compact off-road chassis, and an affordable price tag, it’s a package that’s hard to beat. While the T7’s core performance remains unchanged for the new year, the 2024 model for the American market introduces a range of tech upgrades focused on improving convenience and versatility.

2024 Tenere 700 tested

Before diving into the recent enhancements, let’s take a look at what’s carried over from last year. The Tenere 700’s parallel-twin CP2 powerplant remains unchanged with a rating of 72 horsepower and 50 lb-ft of torque. The fully-adjustable suspension is still by Showa featuring a 43mm inverted fork with 8.3 inches of suspension travel along with a rear shock that has 7.9 inches of travel. Ground clearance is also generous at 9.5 inches contributing to a seat height of 34.4 inches. Wheels are a dirt-friendly 21″ in front and 18″ in the rear, while the bike comes equipped with a set of wide serrated footpegs, aluminum skid plate, effective windscreen, and a GPS mounting right out of the box. With all that going for it, it’s not surprising that the T7, according to Yamaha, is the sales leader in the 650 to 900 adventure category.

2024 Tenere 700 tested

And while many on this side of the pond hope to see some of the variants currently offered in Europe, Yamaha has decided to stick with an updated version of the standard model in America for the new year. Having rigorously tested the bike a few years ago, you can find all the relevant performance analysis in our 2021 Yamaha Tenere 700 review or check out the video version of the review here.

Evaluating The Key Upgrades

2024 Tenere 700 review

ADVERTISEMENT

Recently we got a chance to throw a leg over the latest Tenere 700 for a full day of testing both on and off-road in California’s Santa Ana mountains. Here’s a break-down of each of the key upgrades along with impressions on how they performed.

5″ Color TFT Display

2024 Yamaha Tenere 700 review

The centerpiece of the 2024 Tenere 700’s upgrades is the 5″ Color TFT display with a vertical orientation. A new thumb controller simplifies navigation through menus, displaying essential information such as trip metrics, fuel economy, and ABS modes. The vertical layout not only enhances readability but also lends the bike a distinctive rally aesthetic.

2024 Yamaha Tenere 700 review

Two theme options, one with a traditional analog look and the other exuding modern sleekness, provide riders with a personalized touch. After getting a quick rundown of how the new controls operate the new dash, everything was intuitive and simple to operate. 

Bluetooth Connectivity (Y-Connect App)

2024 Yamaha Tenere 700 review

The addition of Bluetooth connectivity introduces a seamless connection between the Tenere 700 and riders’ smartphone through the Y-Connect app. This feature, though not exhaustively tested during this ride, promises a slew of new functions, including call notifications, ride tracking, maintenance alerts, and the ability to locate your parked motorcycle.

The app also proves useful in monitoring various ride metrics (e.g. fuel consumption, top speed, miles traveled, average throttle opening, average rpm), offering owners a detailed insight into their riding habits. There are no map navigation features, music or call controls, but it does notify you with an icon on the dash if someone is calling you or if you receive a text. Overall, it’s a nice new feature set that’s fairly easy to set up and operate for those who want to add a new level of tech to the bike.

New Off-Road ABS Mode

2024 Yamaha Tenere 700 review

The Tenere 700’s safety aids are expanded with the introduction of a new Off-Road ABS mode (Rear ABS Off), which allows the rider to selectively disable the rear wheel’s ABS. This gives off-road riders the ability to maintain front-wheel ABS while enabling controlled rear-wheel skids for enhanced maneuverability in the dirt. Previously, the Tenere’s ABS system was either both wheels on or both off. This new ‘Rear ABS Off’ mode introduces a third mode designed to give newer off-road riders the ability to have a bit of a safety net while they increase their skill in the dirt.

2024 Yamaha Tenere 700 review

Unlike some sophisticated off-road ABS systems, the Tenere’s front ABS sensitivity does not change between street and dirt modes. However, it does work fairly efficiently in the dirt. You definitely feel the front ABS chattering on loose steep descents, but it doesn’t completely freewheel. You just have to build some confidence with the system and understand that it will continue to slow you down, and that it’s more than likely doing a better job than your hand alone. 

2024 Yamaha Tenere 700 review
2024 Yamaha Tenere 700 review

Changing the ABS modes can take some time though, since it’s buried a few levels down in the menu. The previous system had a simple button on the dash to turn ABS on or off. There is however a new ABS ‘On’ button on the dash that quickly returns the bike to its full ABS ‘On’ mode. I think making that a toggle button for the three different ABS modes would have been a more user-friendly solution. Another point of frustration is that the system resets itself back to full ‘ABS On’ every time you key the ignition or hit the kill switch. While you can stall the bike in gear to retain settings, I would have liked to see it keep its setting if you use the kill switch to take a break on the trail. However, I was pleased that you can still turn ABS off completely on both the front and rear wheel, which isn’t an option on many adventure bikes these days. 

Streamlined LED Turn Signals

2024 Yamaha Tenere 700 review

Addressing a previous design quirk, the 2024 model incorporates streamlined LED turn signals that appear to be attached more solidly. The big round ‘DOT-approved’ blinkers of the old T7, with their flexy stalks, had a tendency to detach from the rear fender in bumpy terrain. These new turn signals not only adhere to DOT standards but also offer the sleek, modern appearance European T7 customers have enjoyed for years. While the new stalks aren’t flexible like the old ones, they do have a break-away design that looks like it will protect them from a fall or accidental kick from a boot.

12-Volt Power Port To USB

2024 Yamaha Tenere 700 review

A notable convenience upgrade comes in the form of replacing the 12-volt cigarette lighter-style charging port with a standard USB port. This upgrade aligns with the typical charging cables of modern electronic devices, eliminating the need for a separate USB adapter and ensuring riders can easily charge their devices on the go.

Pre-wiring for a Quickshifter

2024 Yamaha Tenere 700 review

The 2024 Tenere 700 introduces pre-wiring for a Quickshifter, offering riders the option to enhance their shifting experience. But surprisingly, Yamaha just offers an “upshift-only” Quickshifter ($199.99 upgrade) and no downshift option.

2024 Yamaha Tenere 700 review

Test bikes were outfitted with this feature during our ride, which proved valuable for clutchless shifts while accelerating on the street or through rough terrain. However, the absence of a downshift Quickshifter left me feeling a bit unsatisfied and sometimes confused about when to clutch, and when not to, while selecting gears in varied off-road terrain. The addition of a downshifting Quickshifter would aid riders on difficult hill climbs or rocky trails by allowing you to focus more attention on maintaining proper technique and balance, rather than pulling in the clutch.

The Bottom Line

One of the key benefits of the Tenere 700 for many riders when it first arrived was the pure simplicity of the machine. It didn’t have a lot of electronics that could potentially go wrong and you didn’t have to go through an elaborate routine on the settings menu to get going in the morning. That’s still the case for the most part. 

2024 Yamaha Tenere 700 review

Updates to the 2024 Yamaha Tenere 700 represent a thoughtful evolution that still keeps things pretty simple with a basic TFT, no ride modes or traction control settings, no lean angle sensing ABS or other advanced tech. Overall, Yamaha was able to incorporate a few new modern conveniences without compromising the core performance or simple nature of the machine, which should help the T7 maintain its status as one of the top options among adventure riders. 

Despite a modest price bump of $300, it’s still a great value at $10,799, especially considering the improved feature set. There’s also a range of factory options to customize it to your taste such as a higher or low seat, lowering links, various guards, heavy-duty skid plate, and the aforementioned quickshifter, although, there’s no cruise control option yet. And while there’s still room for improvement in certain areas, we expect the T7’s balanced blend of power, reliability, capability and affordability will continue to draw in both new and experienced riders alike.

2024 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
TRANSMISSION:6-speed; wet multiplate clutch
FINAL DRIVE:Chain
FUEL CAPACITY:4.2 gal
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
LXWXH:93.3 in x 35.6 in x 57.3 in
SEAT HEIGHT:34.4 in
WHEELBASE:62.8 in
RAKE (CASTER ANGLE):27 Degrees
TRAIL:4.1 in
MAX. GROUND CLEARANCE:9.4 in
WET WEIGHT:452 lbs
COLOR OPTIONS:Team Yamaha Blue and Shadow Gray
AVAILABILITY:Currently delivering to Yamaha dealers
WARRANTY:Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)

Photos by Joseph Agustin Photography and Rob Dabney

Author: Rob Dabney

Rob Dabney started a lifelong obsession with motorcycles at the age of 15 when he purchased his first bike – a 1982 Honda MB5. Through his 20’s and 30’s he competed in off-road desert races, including the Baja 250, 500 and 1000. Eventually, his proclivity for exploration led him to dual sport and adventure riding. Rob’s never-ending quest to discover what’s around the next bend has taken him on Adventures in Latin America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and throughout the American West. As a moto journalist, he enjoys inspiring others to seek adventure across horizons both near and far.

Author: Rob Dabney
ADVERTISEMENT

Related Stories

Related Stories

Notify me of new posts via email

Subscribe
Notify of
guest

20 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Paul Tannahill
Paul Tannahill
December 14, 2023 11:09 am

They still aren’t offering a tubeless wheelset, cruise control, industry-standard up/down quickshifter, heated grips (and dare I mention a heated seat?) even as available options. I can’t help but think that enough people would be willing to pay extra for some or all of those features, while still keeping the current bike as a low-cost base model. That would look like a win-win all around.

Svenja
Svenja
December 15, 2023 2:31 am
Reply to  Paul Tannahill

You’re looking at the wrong bike. Go for an Africa Twin or a GS. The T7 is meant to be an enduro bike, not more and not less.

Ken
Ken
December 15, 2023 9:30 am
Reply to  Svenja

What she said. It blows me away that every time a reasonably priced basic bike comes out, there is the litany of folks whining that a $10-12k bike isn’t loaded like a GS. You want all that sh**? Pay for it.
i purchased the ’24 over the ’23 for the few updates, added $1k worth of goodies and have a ride that will last me a decade.

Paul Tannahill
Paul Tannahill
December 15, 2023 11:52 am
Reply to  Ken

Maybe read my comment again.

Ken
Ken
December 18, 2023 3:58 pm
Reply to  Paul Tannahill

I did read the comment and will concede the up/down quickshifter, but otherwise stand by my comment.
I don’t see folks clamoring for all those upgrades being the target audience for the Tenere. The Toureg is that bike.
The additional cost of offering options like that on this particular bike would drive up costs (as i imagine they’d wire all the bikes the same, not custom wire each bike level) and there are plenty aftermarket providers of such parts that are available for less $ than Yamaha could provide them. This is a specific bike and suites it’s purpose quite well. Basically the modern KLR.
I will say it would be nice if they offered the same variants here as in Europe, but they don’t.

Paul Tannahill
Paul Tannahill
December 15, 2023 10:14 am
Reply to  Svenja

I think you missed my point. The terrific Tenere 700 could be the bike for a lot more people than it currently attracts if my idea was implemented.

Darryl TurpinD
Darryl Turpin
December 19, 2023 1:08 pm
Reply to  Svenja

Kinda was thinking the same.

John
John
December 15, 2023 11:16 pm
Reply to  Paul Tannahill

Omg stop with the tubeless nonsense. Nobody needs tubeless, cruise control, heated grips, quick shifters. Might as well suggest seatbelts, airbags or just stay at home for god’s sake and let real riders do the riding.

Joseph
Joseph
February 14, 2024 12:11 pm
Reply to  John

I agree with you on all but one item. Tubeless tires. Anyone who has had to spend a couple of hours on the trail in 90 degree heat patching the rear wheel tube wished he had tubeless tires. I’ve done both and believe me, the 5 minute “plugging” of a tubeless tire is the desired scenario!

Guy Caron
Guy Caron
December 15, 2023 10:55 am

The downshift option for the quickshifter may appear some-where down the road for the T7, and at the same time the cruise control option, when the CP2 get ride-by-wire throttle.

Bob
Bob
December 15, 2023 4:17 pm

There are better enduro parts on the EU cycles : Suspension. Gimme better suspension.

Joe John
Joe John
December 18, 2023 4:51 am

This is the best all around bike for the money. No other big 4 is making anything that can come close in my opinion. I would rather have a Japanese bike than a Euro ride. That being said I’m not dumping my 701. I have my bike dialed in and it’s just too expensive and a pain in the arse to start from scratch.

RobGD
RobG
December 21, 2023 9:02 am

Still can’t ride it even if I wanted it; 34.4 inch seat height is way too tall for me. And as others said… no cruise, no heated grips, no thanks.

Kai
Kai
December 28, 2023 7:16 pm

So they give you a button to switch the ABS on again PLUS automatically reset it to road abs with ignition off/on? And ABS several levels down in the menu? Thats the stupiest way to implememt abs selection I can think of! Glad e g KTM and Husqvarna offer a REAL offroad ABS that stays on no matter what.

JAN
JAN
January 1, 2024 2:19 am
Reply to  Kai

Exactly. What a joke. Somewhere I read that the wheel/switch to disable ABS stopped working after a few days in the dirt on a multi day ride in the US on four different Teneres… so they all rode without the option to switch ABS off … but praise the lord for that ABS-ON-switch HAHAHAHAHA

Leon Phelps
Leon Phelps
December 29, 2023 8:36 pm

After owning a T7 for 13 months … It’s shortcomings become quite apparent..a test ride on a Aprilia Tuareg made selling the T7 very easy… For an additional @$2k the Aprilia is far superior in all aspects from suspension, engine performance, tubeless rims, cruise control and build quality. SURE aprilia dealers are few and far between…but 6000 miles later including highway droning, ADV riding as well as many miles on Florida single track , the Aprilia is by far the better bike .

JAN
JAN
January 1, 2024 2:22 am
Reply to  Leon Phelps

the Yamaha is too expensive for what it offers – now they made it even worse because they replace the ABS on/off button with an ABS on! only Button and you need to dig in the computer to switch ABS off

JAN
JAN
January 1, 2024 2:24 am

Its a bad joke that they replaced the old ABS on/off button with an ABS-on! (only) button… and that one needs to fiddle around with the bord computer to switch ABS off
makes me wonder if the engineers are actually riding the bike.

AK Erickson
AK Erickson
January 5, 2024 8:25 pm

This cp2 has 68 NM of torque not ft/lbs. it puts out around 55 ft/lbs

ADVERTISEMENT

Watch: 2024 Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro Tested

For 2024, Triumph's dirt-focused Tiger 900 — the Rally Pro — has received...

My First Time Riding Enduro, How Hard Could It Be?

Nestled between the Sierra Nevada and Inyo Mountains of California lies a l...

DoubleTake’s Popular Off-Road Mirrors Get Major Upgrade For 2024

Life always looks clearer in the rear view, that is, until you’re looking int...