The Ténéré story: where it all began


The Ténéré can trace its roots back to the launch of XT500 enduro-adventure bike in 1976. With its strong torque and compact chassis,this versatile single cylinder 4-stroke became an instant success. In many countries throughout Europe the XT500 was Yamaha's best-selling model during the late 1970s- with over 60,000 sold in France alone during its 14 year production run. Its go-anywhere ability, rugged design and outstanding reliability opened up a new world of adventure to many motorcycle riders - and these same qualities made it the ideal choice for competitors in the first Paris-Dakar Rally that was won by Frenchman Cyril Neveu on a Yamaha XT500. Quickly establishing a reputation as the toughest desert rally bike, the XT500 became the default model for adventure seeking riders and rally racers alike, and today it is considered to be one of the most significant and iconic motorcycles of the late 20th century, with active owners clubs throughout the world. By the end of the 1970s the XT had achieved legendary status amongst Europe's riders, and in 1983 Yamaha introduced the XT600Z that became the company's first Adventure bike to carry the Ténéré name - a Tuareg word meaning 'desert' or'wilderness'. At this time the Ténéré line-up was constantly evolving and growing, and the end of the 1980s saw the introduction of the 2-cylinder XTZ750 Super Ténéré, followed in the early 1990s by the single cylinder XTZ660 Ténéré. During this period the Yamaha Adventure range went on to win many more Dakar Rally events - with Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel claiming 6 victories on his XTZ750-based factory Yamaha in the 1990s. Today's Yamaha Adventure range features the sophisticated XT1200Z and XT1200ZE Super Ténéré models that were introduced in 2010, as well as the exclusive high specification XT1200ZE Raid Edition.


Ténéré 700 World Raid:

Tested to the extreme The first sign that Yamaha was developing a new Adventure bike came with the launch of the T7 concept in 2016. Displayed at motorcycle shows all over the world, it created immense interest and gave riders a taste of what was to come - and in 2017 Yamaha introduced the Ténéré 700 World Raid prototype that was one step closer to the final production specification. Since 2017 the Ténéré 700 World Raid prototype has undergone an intensive world tour in various key locations all over the globe, and during this development phase the bike has been subjected to the most extreme testing in hostile terrain and severe climatic conditions. Piloted by a team of professional riders including multi Dakar winner Stéphane Peterhansel and Official Yamalube Yamaha Rally Team riders such as Adrien van Beveren and Rodney Faggoter, the World Raid prototype has been pushed to its limits across the globe, from Australia's unforgiving outback through to the brutal South American deserts. At the same time as putting thousands of hours on the development bikes, the Ténéré 700 World Raid programme has also showcased the design to many hundreds of local riders who have been invited to give Yamaha their valuable input and help shape the final production model.

All-new Ténéré 700:

The lightweight go-anywhere Adventure bike With a spirit of adventure embedded within its DNA, every Yamaha Adventure bike is rugged, tough and reliable. Each Ténéré model in the Adventure segment will open up the possibilities of endless travel, and enable its rider to discover a feeling of utter freedom. The only limit is within rider's imagination. TheNext Horizon is Yours. Yamaha's in-depth off road expertise and outstanding track record are beyond doubt. Now the time has come to re-establish Yamaha as a leading force in the Adventure segment with the introduction of the all-new Ténéré 700 - a lightweight no compromise Adventure model with one of the highest specifications in its class, and one of the most exciting and significant new Adventure models to be launched for many years. Equipped with the successful CP2 698cc parallel-twin engine and a completely new chassis, the Ténéré 700 is designed to deliver class-leading handling and agility in the dirt - combined with high speed long distance performance on the road - making it an extremely capable and versatile Adventure bike.

Ténéré 700 model overview
• Rally-bred T7-inspired dual sport design with pure Ténéré DNA
• Light, compact, nimble
• Outstanding off road performance
• Year-round on road capabilities
• Go-anywhere long distance potential, 350km+ fuel range
• Powerful,smooth and economical high-torque engine
• Switchable ABS option for offroad riding
• Effective screen and hand guards for excellent weather protection
• State of the art long-travel suspension
• Available in 3 colour variations

689cc, 4-stroke, CP2 engine with Adventure settings Yamaha has revolutionised the motorcycle world with the development of the crossplane philosophy engines that power a range of the company's best-selling models and the new Ténéré 700 is equipped with the highly respected 689cc parallel-twin engine. The key characteristic of this compact CP2 engine is its strong and linear torque output that gives instant throttle response together with outstanding acceleration - attributes that make it a capable and versatile performer on and off the road. Producing maximum torque at 6,500rpm, this engine offers the ideal balance of performance and controllability - and with its excellent fuel economy, it contributes towards the Ténéré 700's ability to cover long distances between fuel stops. To cater for the unique requirements of Adventure riders, the final transmission is optimised, and together with a range of model-specific fuel injection settings, these features contribute towards the bike's outstanding versatility and remarkable performance in different riding environments.


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