For 2022, Yamaha’s popular Tenere 700 adventure bike will be available in three new colours, Icon Blue, Midnight Black and Heritage White.
Although pricing has yet to be officially locked in, the lightly updated Tenere 700 will likely remain available from around $17,799 rideaway, as is the current 2021 model.
Motivating the ‘XTZ690’ Tenere 700 is Yamaha’s CP2 689cc parallel-twin engine, in this case tuned to produce 72hp (53kW) and 68Nm. This motor is also found in the MT-07 naked bike, however, the Tenere 700 features a unique airbox, fuel injection system and exhaust, among other changes.
Tipping the scales at 204 kilograms (wet), the Tenere 700 rides on a tubular steel frame, with fully adjustable long-travel suspension and off-road-focused Pirelli Scorpion tyres on 21- and 18-inch spoked wheels.
Other than that, the bike features a black-and-white LCD instrument panel, LED lights and plastic handguards, and Yamaha offers a fairly large list of optional extras.
As INFO MOTO reported last year, Yamaha’s local wing will not offer the European-spec Tenere 700 Rally Edition that is distinguished by a Dakar-inspired colour scheme and a higher level of standard equipment.
“Yamaha Motor Australia has no current plans to add the Rally Edition to its Tenere line-up,” the company told INFO MOTO in June, 2020.
“Feedback from our many Tenere 700 customers reveals rider preferences and the type of riding they undertake are as diverse as the Australian landscape they are exploring.
“The extensive range of Yamaha Genuine Parts and Accessories available make it possible for customers to design and build their own Rally Edition Tenere 700 to create a truly personalised middleweight adventure machine ready to tackle Aussie conditions.”
The Yamaha Tenere 700 has been hugely popular in Australia since it first launched almost two years ago, thanks in part to its competitive pricetag and capable off-road chassis, however, it will soon come under fire from all-new models like the Aprilia Tuareg 660 and Husqvarana Norden 901 as the middleweight adventure bike category continues to thrive.
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