The all new Yamaha Tenere 700 World Raid is nearing its final stages before they at long last put it into production, but is it all too late?
For those that have followed the progress of the Japanese manufacture, Yamaha’s all new rally inspired motorcycle, may be as frustrated as the rest of us. Endless teasers, YouTube videos, leaked images of T7 concept bikes and elaborate launches but still one thing is missing from the dealership showrooms.
Yamaha are either doing a fantastic job at keeping our palms sweating in anticipation or they simply don’t have a hold on how to market what could become a revelation. Most of those who waited for the proposed launch in 2017, then in 2018, only now to hear it may be as late as August 2019 for the first bikes to roll out of the dealerships, have given up and bought something else. After all, how long can one realistically wait for an empty promise.
So let’s look at what all the fuss and hype is about. The bike itself looks tremendous from the images we’ve seen and I may agree it could well be worth waiting it out, if you’ve got your heart set on a 700 rally infused beast of a two wheeled machine. It is speculated that Yamaha want to get it right, and with the amount of time they’ve spent testing the T7 Concept bike, which, would become the Ténéré 700 World Raid, we’re really hoping it will be superb, rather than “okay”.
The T7 is powered by the same 689 cc, two-cylinder Crossplane power plant as the Yamaha MT-07 -tuned for tractable and easy-to-use power. Much like the original Yamaha XT600, and the first Tenere XT660, the new Tenere 700 is claimed to be more much more capable off-road capable than your typical adventure tourer. The new Tenere 700 still follows the tall, slim silhouette of the T7 Concept, but with a lower seat height to help make the Tenere 700 more accessible to a wider range of riders. A new Acrapovic exhaust provides a deep rich tone and adds to the aggressive styling
Click the link to watch the launch video, some screen shots of the bike from the video are shown below.
The steel chassis has been reworked and improved in key areas in order to achieve optimized on road and off road handling, and features capable upside down front forks and a monoshock rear that are designed to perform well in all conditions.
The Ténéré 700 World Raid features the same rugged-looking rally bike silhouette as the T7, with a number of fine tunings
The fuel tank has been developed to give a useful range between refills, while at the same time, offering excellent ergonomics and contributing towards the machine’s low weight.
Carbon fiber is used for the side panels, front fender and the one-piece rear tail, and the cowl is equipped with a Dakar Rally machine inspired 4-projector headlight assembly. The cockpit area is designed to enable the rider to locate additional equipment such as navigation devices, and this exciting adventure bike features the T7-inspired color scheme, with Racing Blue and carbon fiber bodywork.
The bike has been taken on a number of gruelling challenges around the world, in locations such as Africa, Australia, Europe and America, ridden by Yamaha’s own rdidng team during its testing stages, which has generated a lot of interest.
So, will the Yamaha Tenere 700 World Raid be a success. We can only find out hopefully when it finally appears in showrooms from later on in 2019, so sadly, fans and followers still have some waiting to do.