Yamaha told INFO MOTO that it has no plans to bring the Tenere 700 Rally Edition to Australia.
“Yamaha Motor Australia has no current plans to add the Rally Edition to its Tenere line-up,” the company said in a statement.
“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.”
Yamaha also confirmed that the Rally Edition sports the same specifications as the standard Tenere 700, and so a larger fuel tank and enhanced suspension is off the table.
24/06/20: Yamaha’s European wing has given its first glimpse at the uprated Tenere 700 Rally Edition, showing a Dakar-inspired colour scheme and a higher level of standard equipment.
While exact specifications have yet to be confirmed, the Tenere 700 Rally Edition is seen with a beefier aluminium bash plate and chain guard, gold wire-spoked wheels and a unique Akropovic exhaust.
The Rally Edition may also sport a larger fuel tank and modified suspension, however, we’ll have to wait for the full reveal to confirm these details.
It’s unclear how much extra the Rally Edition will cost if it is brought to Australia, although it will likely be around the $20,000 mark. For perspective, the current Tenere 700 is priced from $17,149 rideaway.
As we’ve reported, the Tenere 700 uses a Yamaha’s CP2 689cc parallel-twin engine, tuned to produce 72hp (53kW) and 68Nm. This donk is also used 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, you get a black-and-white LCD instrument panel, LED lights and plastic handguards, and Yamaha offers a fairly large list of optional extras.
INFO MOTO has contacted Yamaha Motor Australia to see if the Tenere 700 Rally Edition will be brought Down Under.
More to come.
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