Yamaha’s Upcoming Long-Range Tenere 700 Rally Spied, Flexes Massive Fuel Tank

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Despite the fact that Yamaha’s Tenere 700 underwent a bumpy debut, the Japanese adventure machine eventually managed to find its rightful place on this segment. Sure enough, this accomplishment led to the expansion of Yamaha’s beloved Tenere family.
Back in June, the manufacturer’s latest addition to this fearsome lineup was unleashed, namely the XT600Z-inspired 700 Rally Edition – a majestic entity that pays tribute to one of Yamaha’s most iconic Dakar rigs. It is brought to life by a liquid-cooled DOHC parallel-twin powerplant, which boasts a healthy compression ratio of 11.5:1. This untamed monstrosity packs four valves per cylinder and a solid displacement of 689cc.

At 9,000 rpm, the engine is fully capable of generating up to 72 hp, along with 50 pound-feet (68 Nm) of twisting force at around 6,500 rpm. This power is channeled to a chain final drive via a six-speed constant mesh gearbox. Other notable highlights include a robust skid plate, an Akrapovic slip-on muffler and, of course, that gorgeous color scheme, reminiscent of Yamaha’s legendary Dakar livery. Needless to say, the Tenere 700 Rally is one hell of a beast!

Now, you might already be familiar with the firm’s plan to develop a long-range variant of their glorious adventure bike. Well, it just so happens that a prototype was recently spied, and its production-ready aesthetic fuels our hype for a nearing official reveal.

The very first thing you’ll notice is that colossal gas tank. I mean, all the camo might be concealing its appearance, but you can’t exactly mask its sheer size. Honestly, we could even venture as far as guessing this unit will be able to host at least 5.3 gallons (20 liters) of gasoline. For comparison’s sake, Tenere 700 Rally’s fuel capacity is rated at 4.2 gallons (16 liters).

Furthermore, we spot a fresh radiator module peeking out behind a pair of new forks, as well as a revised skid plate design. In the same area, you will find a tweaked exhaust manifold that may indicate Yamaha’s strive for Euro 5 certification. Last but not least, the prototype features a larger windshield, aimed to increase the rider’s comfort on an extended journey.

As soon as we get a hold of more information on this bad boy, we’ll be sure to let you know. Stay tuned!
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A bit of an artist himself, Silvian sees two- and four-wheeled machines as a form of art, especially restomods and custom rides. Oh, and if you come across a cafe racer article on our website, it’s most likely his doing.
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