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ADV NewsYamaha Unveils All-New Tenere 700 “World Raid” Model for 2022

Yamaha Unveils All-New Tenere 700 “World Raid” Model for 2022

A more off-road capable T7 that’s ready to go the distance.

Published on 02.15.2022

Big news today for fans of the Yamaha Ténéré 700. The production version of the higher-spec Ténéré 700 “Raid” prototype has finally been announced with a host of revisions that take the T7 to the next level. Dubbed the Ténéré 700 World Raid, the new machine boasts more off-road capability and range with updates throughout the chassis for more extreme riding in a wide variety of terrain.

2022 Yamaha Tenere 700 World Raid announced

One of the biggest changes are the new tanks. As we revealed in the recent patent filings, the new T7 variant features a set of low-slung dual front fuel tanks giving it an additional two gallons of capacity over the range-craving standard model, for a whopping increase in range of up to 310 miles. The World Raid’s tanks are also designed to sit lower than the standard T7 to keep the center of gravity relatively unchanged.

The other notable change is a revised suspension featuring increased travel and ground clearance, optimized damping and spring rates, along with a new rear linkage.  These new suspension upgrades are bound to make significant improvements in the bike’s big-bump absorption during aggressive riding, one of the standard model’s shortcomings. To further improve off-road handling of the World Raid, an Ohlins adjustable steering damper has been added as well.


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Other key upgrades for off-road use include larger foot pegs, a more-aggressive skid plate and rugged body front panels that offer some built-in crash protection. The seat is also a flat design that, along with the lower front tank design, makes it easier to shift your weight forward over the front of the bike for improved body positioning. Touring amenities get an upgrade as well with a new color TFT screen, improved wind protection on the highway, Bluetooth connectivity, and an upgraded 3-Mode ABS.

Is it the rally-bred T7 we’ve all been waiting for? Read on for the full scoop on what’s new. 

6.1-Gallon Dual Fuel Tanks

2022 Yamaha Tenere 700 World Raid announced

The Ténéré 700 World Raid is Yamaha’s most extreme long distance adventure bike with the ability to go further than ever before. The new 23-liter (6.1-gallon) dual side-mounted fuel tanks are designed to bring peace of mind on the longest trip and eliminate the range anxiety that every rider has experienced when the reserve light starts to flash. In typical usage conditions these new tanks are estimated to be able to give a range of up to 311 miles (500 km).

The unique twin side-mounted design offers a number of significant advantages compared to simply making the tank higher and wider in order to increase its capacity. By having two separate tanks that are positioned lower, and locating the fuel pump in a lower position in one of the tanks, the bike’s center of gravity can be kept almost the same as with the existing Ténéré 700 that has a 16-liter (4.2 gallon) tank – helping to maintain agile handling despite the increased weight of a larger fuel load. Moreover, Yamaha says the vehicle mass is further centralized, with an ideal weight distribution between front and rear.

2022 Yamaha Tenere 700 World Raid announced

An important feature of this new layout is that the highest point on the new twin side-mounted tanks is lower than the top of the tank on the Ténéré 700, reducing the height difference between the tank and seat to give a much flatter profile for increased rider mobility and easier front/rear weight shifting when riding off road.

Another benefit of this dual tank design is that the movement of the fuel is limited, compared to a one big tank layout which is especially beneficial while cornering. 

Upgraded Forks

2022 Yamaha Tenere 700 World Raid announced

For refined off road handling performance the suspension system on the Ténéré 700 World Raid features a number of significant upgrades. Newly designed 43 mm KYB forks give 230 mm (9.1 in.) of wheel travel – 20 mm (.8 in.) more than the base model – offering increased shock absorption potential on rough terrain. The new forks are equipped with a spring preload adjuster, in addition to the rebound and compression damping adjusters and air bleeding screw already featured on the Ténéré 700, enabling the rider to set the suspension to suit different terrain and loads.

2022 Yamaha Tenere 700 World Raid announced

For increased durability with reduced internal friction, the longer travel 43 mm front forks feature a resilient Kashima coating applied on the outer tube, with a distinctive dark bronze color, while lightweight fork internal components are used in order to minimize weight, despite the longer stroke.   

Thanks to new suspension with longer stroke, ground clearance is now 250 mm (9.8 in.), up from 240 mm (9.4 in.) on the standard model.

Öhlins Steering Damper

2022 Yamaha Tenere 700 World Raid announced

For better controllability – particularly in off road riding situations – an Öhlins steering damper is fitted as standard equipment. Mounting position is close to the top triple clamp, allowing the rider to quickly adjust the unit to his preferred levels of feel and feedback on a variety of terrain, thanks to 18 different damping settings.

Upgraded Rear Suspension

The rear suspension has also been upgraded to match the new front forks, and features a revised linkage design with a piggyback type shock absorber with longer stroke. The rear suspension’s damping characteristics, spring rate and linkage ratios have all been optimized in order to give a comfortable ride on the road together with the ability to take some hard hits during off road exploration.

2022 Yamaha Tenere 700 World Raid announced

For consistent damping performance the new shock features an aluminum body for good heat dissipation, while the separate piggyback type oil reservoir prevents cavitation – and like the forks, the new shock gives 20 mm (.8 in.) more wheel travel, and is fully adjustable for spring preload, as well as compression and rebound damping.

A new rubber bumper has been introduced as well to increase performance on energy absorption in case of bottoming.

New Air Cleaner Box

The Ténéré 700 family has a new air cleaner box, specifically designed to handle the extreme off-road terrain that this long distance adventure bike is built for. The Ténéré airbox has been equipped with a forward-facing intake duct that is designed to prevent ingress of dust and debris thrown up by the rear wheel.

New Flatter Seat

2022 Yamaha Tenere 700 World Raid announced

As well as the reduced height of the new dual tank design, the Ténéré 700 World Raid also benefits from a new 890 mm (35.0 in.) high seat (.6 inches higher than the standard model) that gives a much flatter profile for a smoother transition between the seat and tank. This design enables the rider to move backwards and forwards with minimal effort when shifting their body weight to maintain control on rough terrain, and the new ergonomics are suited to both sit down and stand up riding positions.

2022 Yamaha Tenere 700 World Raid announced

The seat’s two-piece design allows for the easy removal of the rear section to enable the fitment of accessories such as a rack or luggage. The seat is made from two different kinds of leather, with a high grip zone in the center and a smoother zone that enables freedom of movement while riding.

New Color TFT With Mobile Connectivity

The new 5” color TFT screen is linked with the bike’s Communication Control unit (CCU) which talks to the MyRide app, giving connectivity in the form of text message and incoming call notifications that are displayed on the instrument panel.

Yamaha’s free MyRide app also allows Ténéré 700 World Raid riders to review riding statistics including total distance, elevation, top speed, average speed, acceleration and lean angle, and then compare their data with fellow riders. The system can also alert the rider of any technical issues and even report them to a Yamaha dealer or designated contact. 

2022 Yamaha Tenere 700 World Raid announced

Additionally, Ténéré 700 World Raid riders can choose from three different themes on the new 5” color TFT display: The ‘Explorer’ screen layout features a modern digital design that provides all of the machine’s key running data in a contemporary and easy to read style. The ‘Street’ screen features a tachometer with a circular dial and needle that give a more conventional look from the analogue era, and the ‘Raid’ screen is inspired by a typical rally racing roadbook and features two independent countdown tripmeters that enable the rider to see the distance to the next waypoint.

Located to the right of the dashboard area there is a USB type A socket that can power navigation systems or charge mobile devices. 

Three-mode On/Off Road ABS

2022 Yamaha Tenere 700 World Raid announced

For optimal controllability in varying riding conditions the new Ténéré 700 World Raid is equipped with three-mode ABS that can be selected when the bike is stationary, via a specific menu available in the screen. Mode 1 is fully on, with both wheels benefitting from ABS as required legally while riding on public roads. Mode 2 and 3 have been introduced for non-public roads riding. In detail, Mode 2 (new function developed for Ténéré 700 World Raid) is front wheel on, rear wheel off, and this is the recommended mode for terrain such as gravel tracks, where low levels of grip are likely to be experienced. Mode 3 is fully off, suitable for experienced riders who want to enjoy pure off road riding.

The instrument panel shows when Mode 2 and Mode 3 are active, and the rider can return immediately to Mode 1 at any time when moving or standing still by pressing a button on the left side of the instrument panel.

Revised Windscreen & Panels

2022 Yamaha Tenere 700 World Raid announced

For additional wind protection on long distance adventures the bike is fitted with a 15 mm (.6 in.) taller screen with easy-to-remove side deflectors, and LED flashers are original equipment.

The front panels surrounding the radiator and the interior panel around the cockpit area are manufactured from tough fiberglass composite material. These are designed to be able to handle rugged off road riding.

Larger Footpegs

2022 Yamaha Tenere 700 World Raid announced

New larger footpegs give greater grip for the rider’s boots, and also reduces pressure on the soles when riding on extreme terrain. A larger surface area also prevents mud and sand build up, and the removable rubber inserts improve the boot/peg stability in wet conditions.

New Engine Guard

For increased protection when riding off road, the bike is fitted with a new three-piece aluminum engine guard that helps to prevent accidental damage caused by rocks, stones and any other debris.

New Radiator Grille

2022 Yamaha Tenere 700 World Raid announced

To ensure that the radiator maintains its high levels of cooling efficiency during off road riding, a new radiator grille is fitted. Featuring vertical louvers like Yamaha’s off road competition models, this new grille is designed to protect the radiator from debris thrown up by the front wheel.

Ténéré 700 World Raid Key Features

  • 6.1-gallon capacity dual side-mounted fuel tanks
  • Flat Rally inspired two-piece seat
  • 5” color TFT display with mobile notification connectivity
  • USB type A
  • 3-mode switchable ABS
  • High specification 43 mm KYB front forks, 9.1 in. travel
  • Öhlins adjustable steering damper
  • aluminum piggyback rear shock, 8.7 in. wheel travel
  • High windscreen, easy to remove side deflectors and LED flashers
  • Fully new cockpit area and new front cowling
  • New larger rider footrests with easy-to-remove rubber inserts
  • 3-piece aluminum engine guard
  • New aluminum die-cast engine support
  • New radiator grille
2022 Yamaha Tenere 700 World Raid announced

Ténéré 700 World Raid / Ténéré 700 / Ténéré Rally Edition Shared Features

  • Quad LED headlights, LED taillight
  • Position adjustable (5 mm) front mudguard
  • 282 mm dual wave front discs, Brembo calipers, ABS
  • 245 mm rear wave disc, Brembo caliper, ABS
  • High tensile steel tubular backbone/double cradle frame
  • Gravity cast aluminum swingarm
  • 36-spoke lightweight aluminum wheels
  • Tapered aluminum handlebars
  • Pirelli Scorpion Rally tires, 90/90-21 front, 150/70-18 rear
  • High-torque EU5 CP2 engine
  • Air cleaner box with forward facing intake duct

Colors, Availability & Pricing

Yamaha will offer the new Ténéré 700 World Raid in two color options. Icon Blue is inspired by the factory’s competition race bikes, and features blue body panels and side panels with yellow accents, and blue wheel rims. Midnight Black features an all-black body with black wheel rims.

Deliveries to European Yamaha dealers will commence during May 2022. The price in the UK for the new World Raid will be £11,600 compared to £9,700 for the standard model. That translates into about a $2,500 increase in US dollars. But prices vary per region, so we’ll have to wait until further details are released for North America.

World Dominator?

While there is much to be excited about with the long list of desirable changes the World Raid offers, some of the more exotic parts from the Raid Prototype didn’t make the cut for the production model like the 48mm forks with 10.6 inches of suspension travel, CNC Machined aluminum triple clamps, the rear shock with 10.2 inches of travel, more powerful brakes, high front fender, or the dual rear fuel tanks. Hopefully, we’ll see these  performance components appear in Yamaha’s GYTR  (Genuine Yamaha Technology Racing) parts catalog available as factory upgrades.

2022 Yamaha Tenere 700 World Raid announced

We also haven’t received full specs yet on the new model and it remains to be seen if the changes come with a significant weight increase compared to the standard T7. News of the new World Raid model is also coming out of Yamaha Europe, so we aren’t sure yet if this model is slated to come to the US. Although as a more off-road focused variant, we expect the strong market demand for this style of motorcycle in the U.S. will ensure it finds its way here. As always, we’ll share more details as we receive them. Stay tuned!

Author: ADV Pulse Staff
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31 thoughts on “Yamaha Unveils All-New Tenere 700 “World Raid” Model for 2022

  1. So much goodness here… but no cruise. Yeah, it’s a real first world option, but it’s a deal breaker once you’ve have a bike with it!!!

    • Word! How about fixing the exhaust vulnerability?. Maybe tubeless rims? I personally would have preferred to lower the weight by 20 pounds.

  2. Europe only at first again? Come on Yamaha. I still prefer the Aprilia but the ‘Raid’ model is more in line with my idea of what the Tenere should be.

    • Motorcycle (dot com) lists a “claimed” wet weight of 485 lb (of which about 12 lb is the extra 1.9 gal of fuel). If it’s within 10 lbs the same weight as the regular T7, when both are carrying the same amount of fuel, I’d consider that a wash, since the Raid version probably doesn’t need engine guards.

  3. Tomorrow I’m finally going to actually see a new T7, ready to purchase if that ergos (I’m 6’5”)check out. Over the past year I’ve been researching the heck out of the T7 and it appears the T7WR addresses every concern and more that I have with the standard model.
    Great! Now I’ll have to patiently wait (how long?) until the WR’s show up in the States. I guess I can pick up a new KLR for this season’s Mexico trip, keep it around as my around towner and guest bike, and wait until the WR’s pour over the floodgates.
    A mega upgraded T7 straight out of the factory? That’s pretty much the no brainer of the year!

  4. Cruise would be nice for sure. Not a deal breaker but man it’s nice when you have it.
    I would like to see a reposition of the exhaust, higher and possibly tucked in more.
    If this is a bike I can drop on trails, have rocks smash into, etc I don’t want a one-piece, connected-to-frame thin little tab of metal holding my exhaust low and out to the side some.
    Those are my only “beefs”
    That being said, and in all fairness, I’d own one in a heartbeat. That and I’ve not even had the opportunity to ride one. So that alone may sway my opinion.

    • It’s better imo without factory cruise (I have owned 3 Adv bikes from Triumph KTM and Honda with CC) as in my experience OEMs have limits like 50kph and 4th gear – I much prefer my McCruise CC on my 1190R allows CC at any speed in any gear – no restrictions – so I can preserve my license in 3rd in 40kph school zone. I like to use CC off-road to film in 2nd gear with one hand on the bars. Very interested to compare this evolution of the T7 with the Tuareg on a test ride for low ROM torque and handling.

  5. Pretty darn cool – is it definitely coming to the US? Too bad the center of gravity “remains unchanged,” this bike could really benefit from a lower center of gravity. I’m having second thoughts about my Tuareg 660 preorder now!

  6. What good is any of that when you can’t even get one to buy!! I’ve had money down on three of them at different dealers for over a year now. While I love my MT-07 and Yamaha I’ve lost my patience and just got a Honda Africa twin and feel it’s a better bike even still.

  7. 11600 Pounds makes 156.000SEK, which is more than I will pay tomorrow for my new 105hp Norden 901! I know, horsepower is not everything, but still quite a steep shot for Yamaha, if this price will be the one.

  8. Ok, correction to my previous oost: the standard model also seems to be a bit more expensive (using direct exchange rates) in the UK than here in Sweden. Correcting for this offset, the Yamaha would cost aproximately as much as a 790 Adventure (non-R).

  9. Three thoughts about the T7WR:
    1. No tubeless. Get serious Yamaha…
    2. Didn’t address the exhaust vulnerability
    3. How about you spring the bike for the average American with riding gear. Maybe 190#
    This bike was designed with the ‘simpler-is-better’ philosophy. Tart it all up w electronic goodies and it’s an underpowered AT. Perhaps they should focus their attention on getting the original bike into the market in appropriate quantities.

  10. No fix on the exhaust and hanger, more weight with the same horsepower… I’ll be keeping my 2021 for a while. Why all the calls for cruise control? This isn’t that kind of bike. If you want/need all the technological training wheels and crutches, buy a Beemer.

  11. I hate reading through these articles, my mouth watering, and then learning there are no known plans for a North American model.

  12. OK so a few questions
    Are the side mounted tanks vunerable if the bike is dropped?
    The front mudguard seem very close to the tyre which is great on a highway in the rain but off road? 5mm on adjustment seems hardly worth the bother

  13. ….is it really only 5mm. 5 inches yeah great but 1/4″???
    Lastly, is the seat really leather? Seems unusual and is it comfortable enough for day long rides on the hard top which is almost enevitable on any long “Adventure” (on/off road) ride.

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