2022 Ténéré 700 and Ténéré 700 Rally Edition

POSTED: 22/11/2021

The motorcycle that changed the world
Ténéré legend continues

Few other bikes can trace their lineage right back to the start of the adventure movement. When Thierry Sabine organised the very first Paris-Dakar rally in 1979 the bike to ride was the Yamaha XT500. This tough single cylinder machine won the world’s toughest event in 1979 and 1980 – and its runaway success inspired Yamaha’s engineers and designers to develop the first ever Ténéré in 1983.
With its big fuel tank, tough chassis with long travel suspension, and a rugged high-torque engine, the original XT600 Ténéré is one of the most significant models in Yamaha’s history.

Its importance in the development of the adventure scene cannot be understated. Because not only did it make Rally Raid events accessible to every rider who wanted to live their dream and take on the ultimate 2-wheel challenge – the first Ténéré was also the first Yamaha that made round the world exploration accessible to anyone with the desire to seek out new challenges.

During its 40 year history the Ténéré has constantly evolved, going from a single cylinder engine to a 2-cylinder layout with the 750cc Super Ténéré in 1989, and then the 1200cc Super Ténéré launched in 2010.

Ténéré 700 – Living life without limits

In 2019 Yamaha once again completely refreshed the concept with the launch of the Ténéré 700, one of the most eagerly awaited motorcycles of the decade. Driven by the company’s hugely successful 689cc CP2 high-torque engine fitted into a rugged new backbone chassis equipped with premium suspension – and featuring lightweight bodywork with an aggressive rally style quad LED headlight unit – the Ténéré 700 offered customers an alternative vision of how an Adventure bike should be built.

By creating a lighter, medium capacity machine with a real off road ability – and pitched at an affordable price – the Ténéré 700 was an immediate success all over Europe, with around 20,000 units sold each year.

This best-selling adventure model continues into 2022 with a range of new colours. The Icon Blue version is a dynamic new colour-way inspired by the factory’s race bikes, and features blue body panels and blue wheel rims. Midnight Black projects an understated and moody look, and features an all-black body with black wheel rims.

Ténéré 700 / Ténéré 700 Rally Edition: Key Features

  • 689cc 2-cylinder CP2 EU5 4-stroke liquid-cooled DOHC engine
  • 270° crank with uneven firing sequence
  • Strong linear torque, peak output 68 Nm @ 6,500 rpm
  • Steel backbone frame with double cradle
  • 43 mm KYB inverted forks, adjustable, 210 mm travel
  • Link-type rear suspension, adjustable, 200 mm travel
  • Quad LED headlights, LED taillight
  • Position adjustable (5 mm) front mudguard
  • 282 mm dual wave front discs, Brembo calipers, ABS
  • 245 mm rear wave disc, Brembo caliper, ASBS
  • High tensile steel tubular backbone/double cradle frame
  • Gravity cast aluminium swingarm
  • 36-spoke lightweight aluminium wheels
  • Tapered aluminium handlebars
  • Pirelli Scorpion Rally tyres, 90/90-21 front, 150/70-18 rear
  • A selection of seat height lowering parts are available as genuine accessories.

Ténéré 700 Rally Edition – Ride the Legend

Equipped with a range of Genuine Yamaha components including an Akrapovic slip-on muffler, heavy duty skid plate, LED flashers, chain guard, radiator protector and knee grip pads, the Ténéré 700 Rally Edition comes with exclusivity as standard.

For 2022 this model will be available in a new Heritage White colour featuring white bodywork with Yamaha’s famous red speed block graphics, as well as a red/black seat and gold coloured wheel rims.

Ténéré 700 Rally Edition: Exclusive Features

  • Dedicated Rally seat, dual material, Yamaha logo, 895 mm height
  • Akrapovic slip-on muffler, carbon heat shield 
  • Black handlebars
  • Off-road hand grips, better controllability in muddy or dusty conditions
  • Heavy duty skid plate, 4 mm thick aluminium with toolbox mounting points
  • LED flashers, 9 LEDs per unit
  • Knee grip pads, rubber textured design for added grip during stand-up riding
  • Chain guard, laser-cut aluminium
  • Radiator protector, aluminium mesh cover helps prevents damage from debris
  • Heritage White colours and graphics with red speed block
  • Red/black seat
  • Gold coloured wheel rims
  • A selection of seat height lowering parts are available as genuine accessories.

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