After a long hiatus, Yamaha returns to the middleweight adventure-tourer market with the 2019 Yamaha Tenere XTZ700, first shown as the Yamaha T7 Concept a couple of years ago. This was followed by the Yamaha Tenere 700 World Raid Prototype which went on a world tour.

The Tenere 700 carries Yamaha Crossplane 2 liquid-cooled parallel-twin displacing 689 cc and producing 72.4 hp at 9,000 rpm and 68 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. Fed by EFI, the Tenere gets power to the ground via a six-speed gearbox and chain final drive.

As befits an adventure tourer designed for use on less than ideal surfaces, the Tenere 700 uses an 43 mm diameter upside-down fork with 210 mm of travel in front and a monoshock at the back that gives 200 mm of travel. Braking is with twin 282 mm diameter discs in front and a single 245 mm disc on the rear wheel with switchable ABS.

Rolling on 21-inch and 18-inch rear spoked wheels, the Tenere is shod with 90/90 rubber in front and 150/70 at the back. Standing 880 mm tall at the seat, the Tenere 700 carries fuel in a 16-litre tank – said to be good for about 350 km range – with 240 mm of ground clearance.

A double-cradle tubular steel frame surrounds the Tenere 700’s engine and mounts the multi-link rear swingarm, with a claimed wet weight of about 205 kg. Lighting is with a four-element LED headlight, as shown on the World Raid Prototype while a monochrome LCD display shows all the necessary information.

In Malaysia, official distributor Hong Leong Yamaha Malaysia offers the Yamaha MT-09 Tracer for the light adventure-touring market at a retail price of RM53,681. Other options in the local market for the adventure-touring segment include the Triumph Tiger 800 XRX and XCX, priced at around RM75,000 as well as the new to the market BMW Motorrad F 850 GS with a rumoured price of around RM78,000.