This year, two middleweight adventure bikes are due to hit the market – the 2019 KTM Adventure 790 and the 2019 Yamaha XTZ700 Tenere. While no pricing for the 790 Adventure has been announced save rumours it will come into the US market at around USD 12,499 (RM50,820), riders in UK can purchase the Tenere 700 at 8,699 pounds sterling (RM46,747) with a further 300 pounds sterling discount (RM1,612) for online bookings made from 27 March.

Derived from the Yamaha T7 Concept shown in 2016 and followed by the Yamaha Tenere 700 World Raid Edition prototype, the Tenere 700 uses Yamaha’s Crossplane 2 liquid-cooled parallel-twin displacing 689 cc and produces 72.4 hp at 9,000 rpm and 68 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. Fuelling is by EFI and a six-speed gearbox and chain final drive gets power to the rear wheel.

Yamaha claims the Tenere 700 is designed to be capable for control and capability off-road, with 43 mm diameter upside-down forks with 210 mm of travel and 200 mm travel monoshock at the back. The off-road bias can be seen in the tyre sizes – 90/90-21 rubber in front and 150/70-18 at the back – but is touted to be able to handle long distance road rides as well.

Weight for the Tenere 700 is said to be 205 kg, with the engine carried in a double-cradle tubular steel frame. Range from the 16-litre fuel tank is good for 350 km, says Yamaha, and the Tenere 700 stands 880 mm tall in the seat.

A four-element LED headlight, protected by a clear windshield, lights the way ahead while a LCD display shows all the necessary information a rider needs. Braking is done with twin 282 mm diameter discs in front and a single 245 mm disc on the rear wheel with switchable ABS.