Italian bike builder Gian Paolo Mucci has built a menacing looking Tenere 700 for desert racing.
Known as the T7 Rally, the custom adventure bike has been built for Team Kapriony, specifically for racing in the African desert.
In the past, Team Kapriony has found success with KTM adventure bikes, but is now moving over to the Tenere 700 platform.
The T7 Rally uses custom aluminium petrol tanks, positioned low to redistribute weight, and upping fuel capacity to 35 litres.
With the new tank setup, the riding position is adjusted so the rider can sit further forward.
The suspension system includes a WP fork with 300mm of travel, and Mupo shock at the rear with a hydro-pneumatic Air Tender system.
A tough aluminium skid-plate is also new, while a speccy steering plate is used for fast removal of the fork.
It’s unclear if any modifications have been made to the stock 689cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin, although the SC Project exhaust should unleash a few ponies.
With all the updates, the bike builder managed to shed around 20 kilograms of weight.
In Australia, the Yamaha Tenere 700 is priced from $17,149 rideaway, and produces 72hp (53kW) and 68Nm from standard.
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, you get a black-and-white LCD instrument panel, LED lights and plastic handguards, and Yamaha offers a fairly large list of optional extras.
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