Yamaha has just announced the release of its new Ténéré 700 Rally Edition and it’s right in time for the 2020 adventure season. Yamaha’s latest middleweight offering has already been receiving some positive feedback and they’re capitalizing on this success story by making us want it even more. It takes all the great qualities and best bits of the already successful Ténéré 700, and cranks it up with a new livery, protection, and higher performance specifications than its stock form.
The new Ténéré 700 Rally Edition now features a new special blue and yellow livery harking back to the Dakar Rally races in the early 1980s when team blue reigned supreme. The new livery is inspired by the XT600Z from 1983 that was the winning race machine of the legendary French Yamaha rally racer Jean-Claude Olivier (JCO) and Serge Bacou. The motorcycle was so good that it brought them wins during the ‘83 and ‘84 Dakar Rally Championship races. The new livery features the same signature Yamaha ‘speedblock’ graphics that were prevalent in the brand’s racing machines back in the day.
It also features a host of adventure off-road parts and accessories designed to enhance the experience of the rider while at the same time offering protection from the especially unforgiving terrain of rally racing. A new 4mm thick aluminum bashplate has been installed underneath the motorcycle to protect the engine’s belly and lower frame rails. Besides that, it also comes with a black aluminum rad guard and a laser-cut aluminum chain protector.
The bike’s riding position has also been modified a little bit with a new one-piece seat that raises the rider’s seat height by 20mm or up to 895mm. Despite the height increase, it gives the rider a more natural body ergonomic that makes it easier for them to stand on the bike’s pegs while going through the relentless terrain. In addition, the best hardware that comes with the new Ténéré 700 Rally Edition is its new slip-on Akrapovič exhaust system that claims to give it a ‘rich, deep and throaty’ exhaust note.
The Ténéré 700 Rally Edition is powered by 689 cc, 4-stroke CP2 engine that is capable of churning out 72.4 hp at 9,000 RPM and 67.8 Nm of torque at 6,500 RPM. It is mated to a six-speed gearbox and also features modern full-LED headlights, adjustable long-travel front and rear suspension, and switchable ABS for quick and easy adjustment. It is set to officially arrive in showrooms starting in July 2020. Just as we reported last time about the Ténéré 700, we have yet to receive official word if Yamaha would be bringing its middleweight adventure motorcycle to the country, but we will be sure to keep our eyes peeled for and ears open should there be any more updates.