The Yamaha Ténéré 700 is the sole middleweight ADV offering from the manufacturer, and has gained a fair share of popularity since its launch last year overseas. Recently, a more extreme edition for the European market has been released by the Japanese maker named the Ténéré 700 Rally Version.
Yeah, they do. The Ténéré 700 Rally Edition features a bright blue and yellow color scheme which pays tribute to the colors of the 1983 Yamaha XT600 Ténéré. The XT600, with Jean-Claude Olivier and Serge Bacou at the handlebars, raced the Paris-Dakar in 1983 and 1984.
The Rally Edition features a rally seat which increases the seat height by 20 mm from the already 875 mm tall regular model. In addition, there are also grip pads on the tank, hand grips off-road, a bash plate of 4 mm thick aluminum, and a radiator and chain guard.
The parallel-twin 689cc appears similar with peak production estimates of 73.4hp at 9,000rpm and 68Nm at 6,500rpm. The Rally Edition also comes factory fitted with a street-legal Akrapovic slip-on exhaust. Always unchanged are components such as the completely customizable 43 mm USD fork and KYB monoshock, braking and Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR.
Sadly the Ténéré Rally Edition will only go on sale later this July in Europe for us. Though pricing has yet to be revealed, it is anticipated to cost considerably more than the base Ténéré 700 price tag of GBP 9,147 (Rs 8.58 lakh).