We’ve waited a long time for the arrival of the all new Yamaha Tenere 700, but in it’s first two day test in Spain it lived up to expectations.
Instead of following in the foot steps of the majority of manufacturers in the adventure bike class where engine size weight and electronics have continued to increase, the Tenere comes at things from a different angle with a dry weight of 187kg (205kg wet), 74bhp and no electronic aids apart from ABS which can be switched off for off-road use.
Powered by the MT-07 engine it has 74bhp and is a fun and engaging ride with an impressive spread of power that works well both on and off-road.
It may be a relatively simple bike, but it has clearly been well thought through, giving a package that is truly useable. It’s impressive engine, chassis and suspension negate the need for complicated electronics and rider aids. It is also very competitively priced.