After years of pre-productiion prototypes, teaser videos and fleeting appearances around the world, Yamaha finally revealed the production version of the Yamaha T7 Tenere at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan this week.
The launch was accompanied by a slightly bizarre cinematic quality video showing a test rider belting around a remote desert following clues in a battered notebook – check it out …
The new Tenere features a twin cyclinder, 689cc four-stroke engine, termed the CP2 that is also used in the MT07, which promises large amounts of torque thanks to the crossplane technolgy that Yamaha developed for their top end race and sports bikes. Power wise, the T7 is quoted at 54kw at 9,000 rpm, so that’s around 72bhp with torque at 68nm at 6,500 rpm
The motor sits in an all-new double cradle tubular steel frame, with predictably long travel suspension – 43mm USD forks with 210mm of travel up front and a fully adjustable monoshock unit at the rear that gives a similar 200mm of travel . Wheel base is kept short at 1590 mm, but ground clearance is an impressive 240mm, while the overall weight is kept to 205kg wet which is particularly low for this class of bikes.
To offer the most options on off-road tyres, the Tenere uses the 21″/ 18″ combination with aluminium spoked wheels, and comes with Pirelli Scorpion Rally tyres as standard. Yamaha have also managed to keep the ergos of the bike firmly in the off-road mode, with a slim profile from front to back, and a flat seat that allows riders to both stand and move around freely while on the dirt – a significant change from the outgoing Tenere and most adventure bikes. Seat height is 880mm
Braking is handled by twin 282 mm discs up front and a single 245 mm rotor at the rear, with selectable ABS
Yamaha have also resisted the temptation to go too large on the fuel tank, keeping it to a respectable but not too top-heavy 16 litres which should further help the machine’s off-piste abilities, but still deliver around 350 km of travel before running dry. The dashboard has been kept small and relatively simple too, while the headlights get the full adventure treatment with four powerful LED lamps to cut through the night rather than just illuminate the front mudguard!
The new Tenere does manage to maintain the familar Praying Mantis style face that has become a hallmark of the model for many years.
Yamaha have also gone the extra mile by fitting handguards as standard, and, if the pictures are to be believed – a metal sumpguard rather than the often used grey plastic. It’s a great looking package, even if it’s taken years to actually come out ..
Aside from the iconic Yamaha blue, there are two other colur options – the sombre charcoal version or the competion red and white for those who remember when Yamahas were that colour.
With the production models only just released, precise details as to the price and availability of the bikes in the showrooms is still to be confirmed, but with rumours of July being mooted on some websites, then owning a Tenere T7 may still be a fair time off.
All images from Yamaha Motorcycles.