Just a few months ago in the month of August, one of Yamaha Italy’s top executives, Fabrizio Corsi, gave praise to the attention that small-displacement adventure motorcycles have been receiving from the public. That includes the BMW G 310 GS and the KTM 390 Adventure. During the same gathering, Corsi was asked of the possibility of creating a similar model from Team Blue, he simply said, “If the Yamaha customer base wants a similar model, we are ready to heed the call.”
Since then, people have started speculating about Yamaha working on an entry-level adventure bike in the form of the Ténéré 300. Young Machine, a Japanese publication known to have their own insider information about the ‘Big 4’ Japanese motorcycle brands, has released more information about the speculated Ténéré 300 being true. This has in turn has fueled the fire of the rumor mill leading to more questions than answers about the much-awaited motorcycle.
After all, Team Blue already has a very capable 300 cc engine platform already being used in the YZF R3 sportbike, and MT-03 naked.
Thus, should Team Blue indeed heed the call of its customers, we can expect the light adventure tourer to have the same liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-valve parallel-twin mill, albeit tuned for less peak power, in exchange for more torque suitable for light off-road capability. We can expect its power figures to be somewhere within 35 hp and 30 Nm of torque and mated to a 6-speed gearbox. It could also utilize Yamaha’s variable valve actuation technology to ensure enough torque in its power delivery no matter the rev range.
Of course, up to this point, Yamaha has not given any official confirmation if a new smaller-displacement adventure touring bike is actually in the works. It may come in the form of a Ténéré 300 or maybe even a Tracer 300. In any case, for as long as the rumor mill keeps churning, we’ll be sure to keep our own eyes peeled and ears open until Yamaha finally makes the official announcement.