Globetrotter, adventurer and long-distance record-breaker Nick Sanders has been one of the fortunate few to get his hands on Yamaha’s new Ténéré 700 prototype.
Ahead of its world launch which is expected in a few weeks’ time the seasoned globetrotter gave MCN an insight into what we can expect.
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“I’ve been riding the prototype as part of Yamaha’s World Raid, which has seen the bike ridden all over the globe,” Sanders said. “I’ve ridden it around the mountain passes near my home in Wales and it’s great.
“Everyone has been asking me ‘is it genuinely a dual-purpose bike?’ and, yes, it is. Think of it a little like a smoother, more refined version of the XT660 single because of its 700cc parallel twin engine. A lot of bikes claim to be dual-purpose but they’re not really; they’re too heavy and hard to ride. But the 700 is very capable, easy to ride and nicely balanced.
“It’s a good road bike, too,” he continued. “It’s got plenty of power to get up to speed, it’s also stable and pretty economical. It’s not intimidating, either. I’m not a particularly tall guy but I handled it fine and the finished production bike will be lower still. Compared to most modern adventure bikes the Ténéré 700 is slimmer and lighter, which makes it more agile.
“I have got a few ideas about where I could take it, we just need to work out some luggage plans now but you know me; all I need is a bag and I’m on my way.”
Yamaha will unveil the finished bike at the huge EICMA motorcycle show in Milan early next month and you’ll be able to read all about it in MCN’s November 7 issue.