Yamaha Ténéré 700: Rally Edition

by MotoGusto Editor

To celebrate a nostalgic past, Yamaha have launched the Ténéré 700 in the iconic Dakar heritage colours, providing extra protection and a higher specification.

Since its launch, the Ténéré 700 combines characterful torque-rich engine performance with agile handling, remarkable all-round versatility and a high level of long-distance comfort.

The new Ténéré 700 Rally Edition celebrates the achievements of Yamaha’s Dakar heroes and their machines from a bygone era. As well as its special colours, this premium adventure bike also features a higher standard specification and is equipped with a range of lightweight components that offer increased protection and deliver a more dynamic rally riding experience.

Yamaha Ténéré 700: Rally EditionThe Ténéré 700 Rally Edition features a high specification as standard and is equipped with a number of components that offer increased levels of chassis protection in off-road riding situations.

Ténéré 700 Rally Edition features: Iconic heritage colours with historic Dakar factory race bike influence; Enhanced Rally feeling from Rally Seat, tank grip pads and off road grips; Lightweight Akrapovič slip-on muffler gives rich, deep and throaty sound; Extra protection from the heavy-duty skid plate, radiator guard and chain guar; Durable and modern LED flashers front and rear; Characterful 689cc, 4-stroke, CP2 engine delivering high levels of linear torque; Lightweight and durable double cradle tubular steel frame; Slim, compact and ergonomic body; Aggressive rally-bred face with 4 x LED headlights; Adjustable long-travel front and rear suspension; Tough and lightweight 21 inch / 18 inch spoked wheels with adventure tyres; and switchable ABS for on the fly adjustment. The Ténéré 700 Rally Edition will be available at Yamaha dealers from July 2020.

Nick Sanders, motorcycle adventurer

Yamaha is proud to be associated with Nick Sanders, one of today’s most prominent motorcycle adventurers who is currently on his eighth circumnavigation of the world. Having ridden over 1 million kilometres on many different brands, Nick knows exactly what he wants from an adventure bike and his choice of the Ténéré 700 for his latest round the world trip speaks for itself. “It’s a proud and happy coincidence to make a film that fits the launch of the new Ténéré 700 Rally connected with huge historical importance to Dakar legend Serge Bacou.”

Watch the Paris-Dakar movie from Nick Sanders on Youtube channel MAD TV.

“As a film-maker, I had a brief to try and understand why the name Ténéré was so important to Yamaha. This was especially interesting because I was to ride the very first production Ténéré 700 on its inaugural adventure from Yamaha’s MBK factory near Paris and roughly follow parts of the original Paris-Dakar route to Senegal. It’s a road test. It’s an adventure. It’s also a film that gives a little insight into why ‘heritage’ is so important to a brand like Yamaha.” 

As of June 2020, Nick is currently on the London-Sydney leg of this adventure, and his exploits can be followed at www.nicksanders.com/ 

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