Head over to any gas station on SLEX or NLEX on a Sunday morning, and you’re bound to come across groups of big bike riders hanging out, refuelling their bikes, and getting ready to take off on their weekend ride. Chances are a good number of these riders are onboard adventure bikes. After all, the ADV has gained a lot of popularity in the Philppine market over the past couple of years.
A few favorites in the adventure touring include the likes of the Kawasaki Versys 650, Suzuki V-Strom 650, as well as bikes from newer players like the Benelli TRK 502 and CFMoto 650 MT. Of course, hotshots like the KTM 790 Adventure make strong cases for themselves, while the BMW R 1250 GS gets tons of attention, as well. That being said, the local middleweight adventure bike segment is about to get even better, as Yamaha is finally rolling out the Ténéré 700 in the Philippine market. The newest addition to Yamaha's lineup of adventure bikes has received amazing reviews all over the world thanks to a number of key features.
For starters, at the heart of the Yamaha Ténéré 700 is Yamaha’s CP2 689cc, crossplane, parallel twin engine. This punchy mill is derived from the Yamaha MT-07, one of the company's best-selling big bikes, and is rated for around 71 hp. Furthermore, Kayaba suspension components provide a solid ride, both on and off-road. Upfront are adjustable inverted forks that come with 8.3 inches of suspension travel. On the rear, is an adjustable mono-shock that boasts 7.9 inches of travel. The Yamaha Ténéré 700 also comes equipped with 21-inch front and 18-inch rear tires. That being said, this bike is considerably more off-road oriented as opposed to other bikes in the segment.
Brakes consist of dual front 282mm disc brakes, and a single 245mm rear disc brake equipped with dual channel ABS. Additionally, ABS can be switched off specifically for tackling off-road terrain. Global reviews have proven the Yamaha Ténéré 700 as a very capable adventurer both on and off-road. Weighing in at 451 lbs, the Ténéré is pretty lightweight when compared to its rivals. Yamaha has pegged the price for the Ténéré 700 at PHP 619,000. We can expect this highly anticipated model to land on Philippine shores by the end of the month.