The hotly anticipated Yamaha Ténéré 700 adventure bike will cost £8,699 in the UK, the Japanese manufacturer has revealed.
However, those wanting to be first to get their mitts on the long-awaited motorcycle can save £300 on the dealership price by ordering online.
This online ordering system will go live at at 1pm (GMT), on Wednesday 27 March, meaning in less than 30 days you could take the first step towards owning one of the most eagerly anticipated adventure bikes of the decade.
First deliveries of the Yamaha Ténéré 700 are due to arrive in dealerships during the summer and will be initially allocated to online customers on a first-come first-serve basis. Yamaha will commence deliveries of the Ténéré 700 at the normal retail price from September.
Ride the Ténéré 700 first
The public launch of the Ténéré 700 in the UK will take place at the Adventure Bike Rider Festival (12-14 July). It will be the first opportunity riders in the UK will have to test ride the bike, before it even hits dealerships.
The Adventure Bike Rider Festival is sponsored by Bridgestone, and it is supported by official partners REV’IT!, TomTom Rider, Brittany Ferries and Bennetts. It will be a celebration of adventure bikes and riders at the magnificent Ragley Hall Estate, a grade A venue in Warwickshire.
It’s been more than two years since Yamaha first teased us with the T7 concept at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy.
At the time, Yamaha said: “Many existing mid-size adventure models are perceived as being too road oriented and too sophisticated, and are unsuited to real off-road riding.
“The adventure world needs a new kind of motorcycle that can offer the genuine long-distance versatility and pure durability of the original Ténéré, combined with contemporary design plus cutting edge engine and chassis technology.”
While the long gestation period may have led KTM to beat Yamaha to the punch with the launch of the KTM 790 Adventure R, there is still plenty of excitement surrounding the launch of Ténéré 700.
Bigger isn’t always better
Adventure bikes seem to be getting bigger and crammed with more and more sophisticated technology each year. With this in mind, we are eager to see if Yamaha can produce a true do-it-all machine. One that is light and nimble off road, while offering the versatility to cover long distances in comfort on the asphalt.
The initial signs are looking good. The Ténéré 700 comes equipped with a 689cc parallel twin engine packaged in a newly designed tubular steel-frame chassis. It also features long travel suspension.
Yamaha says this will lead to ‘class-leading handling and agility in the dirt’. It’s 240mm of ground clearance should add to the bike’s off-road credentials
It’s 16 litre fuel tank is claimed to provide around 217 miles between fill-ups, which is plenty for adventure riding in most parts of the world. The Ténéré 700 will come with 21-inch front and 18-inch rear spoked wheels, equipped with Pirelli Scorpion Rally tyres.