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ADV NewsYamaha Unveils New Tenere 700 ‘World Rally’ Model Variant For 2023

Yamaha Unveils New Tenere 700 ‘World Rally’ Model Variant For 2023

The latest model in the T7 lineup pays tribute to Yamaha’s Dakar-winning history.

Published on 06.01.2023

If you thought Yamaha was done expanding the Tenere 700 range, think again. The Japanese manufacturer just unveiled what they call ‘the most exclusive model in the lineup,’ joining the standard, Rally, World Raid, Extreme, and Explorer variants. Dubbed the Tenere 700 World Rally, the new machine celebrates Yamaha’s remarkable Rally history, dating back to 1979 when the brand won the first ever Paris-Dakar.

2023 Yamaha Tenere World Rally


To honor this legacy, the new World Rally is packed with top-shelf components and features special livery inspired by the 1993 Dakar race bike ridden by off-road racing legend Stéphane Peterhansel, who gave Yamaha six of its nine Dakar victories. 

2023 Yamaha Tenere World Rally
2023 Yamaha Tenere World Rally
The World Rally’s special livery is inspired by the 1993 Dakar race bike ridden by off-road racing legend Stéphane Peterhansel.

Besides its retro bold blue, pink and silver historic rally racing colors, the new Tenere 700 World Rally boasts a number of upgrades over the base model. Suspension duties are delivered by high-spec, fully-adjustable, black colored 43mm KYB front forks with 230 mm of travel while a competition-quality aluminum piggyback rear shock ensures consistent damping performance. Featuring a special linkage and large bump stop, the World Rally’s shock gives 220 mm rear wheel travel.

2023 Yamaha Tenere World Rally
2023 Yamaha Tenere World Rally

With 18 different settings, the lightweight Öhlins adjustable steering damper provides added confidence and controllability when the going gets tough and enables the rider to get the most from the premium suspension systems. 

2023 Yamaha Tenere World Rally

The Ténéré 700 World Rally is also equipped with the latest race developed 23-liter fuel tanks that give great autonomy for long distance rides. The bulk of the fuel is carried as low as possible in order to achieve mass centralization for agile handling, while the top of the tanks is positioned lower than the standard Ténéré for easy rider mobility.

2023 Yamaha Tenere World Rally
2023 Yamaha Tenere World Rally

Moreover, the World Rally’s 3-mode switchable ABS gives the rider flexibility in choosing how they want the bike to behave on a variety of surfaces. Mode 1 is fully on, with ABS working on both wheels – a legal requirement on public roads. Mode 2 is front wheel on and rear wheel off, giving added confidence on loose gravel tracks – and Mode 3 is fully off, giving the rider ultimate controllability when riding in the dirt.

2023 Yamaha Tenere World Rally

With its 2-piece design, the flat rally inspired seat can accommodate the fitment of a rack or luggage by removing the rear section. The flat profile ensures easy rider mobility and effortless front/rear weight shifting, while its dual black-gray material construction gives a firm yet comfortable ride. For added exclusivity, the seat also features the World Rally logo.

2023 Yamaha Tenere World Rally
2023 Yamaha Tenere World Rally

Tenere 700 World Rally riders have a choice of three switchable screen styles – digital, analogue or roadbook style – and the connected 5-inch color TFT display can also be linked to a smartphone with the free MyRide app, enabling the display of text messages and incoming call notifications on the screen.

Completing the package is a lightweight slip-on Akrapovič muffler which Yamaha says accentuates the high torque feeling and distinctive roar coming from the 270-degree crank CP2 engine.

2023 Yamaha Tenere World Rally

Tenere 700 World Rally Highlights

  • Heritage Yamaha Rally Racing colors
  • Lightweight Akrapovič slip-on muffler
  • 23-liter capacity dual side-mounted fuel tanks
  • High specification 43 mm KYB front forks, 230 mm travel
  • Öhlins adjustable steering damper
  • Aluminum piggyback rear shock, long 220mm travel
  • Dedicated 2-piece flat rally seat
  • 5-inch color TFT meter with smartphone connectivity and 3 themes
  • 3-mode switchable ABS

The new Tenere 700 World Rally will be offered in Trophy Blue with black colored front forks, black-gray seat and black wheel rims. The same colors will be used by Yamaha riders Alessandro Botturi and Pol Tarrés in their 2023 race season where they will test their Ténéré factory bikes to the limit.

2023 Yamaha Tenere World Rally

Yamaha Europe says the bike will be available mid-June and to contact your local dealer as prices may vary per region. So far the UK is reporting a retail price of £13,000 including OTR charges and VAT. As you may expect by now, there is no news from Yamaha on when or if this new model will land in the US. 

Ténéré 700 World Rally Specs

Engine type:4-valves, 4-stroke, Liquid-cooled, DOHC
Bore x stroke:80.0 x 68.6 mm
Compression ratio:11.5 : 1
Maximum power:54 kW @ 9,000 rpm
Maximum torque:68.0 Nm @ 6,500 rpm
Lubrication:Wet sump
Clutch type:Wet, Multiple Disc
Ignition system:TCI
Starter system:Electric
Transmission system:Constant Mesh, 6-speed
Final transmission:Chain
Fuel consumption:4.3 L/100 km
CO2 emission:100 g/km
Fuel system:Electronic Fuel Injection
Frame:double cradle, Steel tube backbone
Caster angle:27º
Trail:105 mm
Front suspension:Upside-down telescopic fork
Rear suspension:Link suspension, Swingarm
Front travel:230 mm
Rear travel:220 mm
Front brake:Hydraulic dual disc, Ø 282 mm
Rear brake:Hydraulic single disc, Ø 245 mm
Front tire:90/90 – 21 M/C 54V
Rear tire:150/70 R 18 M/C 70V M+S
Overall length:2,370 mm
Overall width:905 mm
Overall height:1,490 mm
Seat height:890 mm
Wheelbase:1,595 mm
Ground clearance:255 mm
Wet weight:219 kg
Fuel tank capacity:23.0 L
Oil tank capacity:3.0 L

Author: ADV Pulse Staff

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June 1, 2023 3:53 pm

I want the 48mm forks that were on the prototype.

Comeon Yamaha, give us the big forks

June 1, 2023 3:54 pm

Yamaha hates the USA. Message Received.

June 7, 2023 3:04 pm
Reply to  Bob

We laugh at the tubeless fools crying

June 1, 2023 6:05 pm

Still no tubeless tires? Sigh.

July 1, 2023 5:16 pm

Is this the new 2 cylinder parallel twin engine


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