EICMA 2021: Yamaha Tenere 700 Rally Edition debuts

EICMA 2021: Yamaha Tenere 700 Rally Edition debuts

Yamaha enters this year’s edition of the EICMA expo with the Tenere 700 Rally Edition. As its name suggests, this uses the Tenere 700 as its base for the addition of specific accessories to make the middleweight adventure bike that much more suited to the rigours of off-road riding.

Kitted with one eye on the nameplate’s heritage, the Tenere 700 Rally Edition gets the red and white “speedblock” graphics that have been inspired by the livery of the original Tenere competition bike that was entered into the Dakar Rally in the Eighties.

Here, the Rally Edition comes kitted ex-factory with a one-piece rally-style seat that brings a 20 mm-taller seat height, now at 895 mm, a slip-on Akrapovic exhaust muffler, a 4 mm-thick aluminium engine guard plate, aluminium radiator guard, aluminium chain guard, a more compact set of LED indicators, rubber knee grips on bodywork ahead of the seat, as well as grippier off-road handlebar grips.

The base Tenere 700 running gear remains untouched for this Rally Edition specification, which means that it carries over the Ten-Seven’s 689 cc parallel-twin cylinder DOHC engine that is rated for 72.4 hp at 9,000 rpm and 68 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm, paired to a six-speed gearbox with chain final drive.

Similarly, the relatively basic equipment fit-out of the Tenere 700 carries over, which does without ride modes or traction control, though two-channel ABS is standard along with fully adjustable front and rear suspension, dual 282 mm disc brakes with Brembo calipers, a 21-inch front and 18-inch rear spoked wheel set, as well as a 16-litre fuel tank.

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Mick Chan

Open roads and closed circuits hold great allure for Mick Chan. Driving heaven to him is exercising a playful chassis on twisty paths; prizes ergonomics and involvement over gadgetry. Spent three years at a motoring newspaper and short stint with a magazine prior to joining this website.


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