Yamaha is showcasing a more hardcore off-road version of the Yamaha Tenere 700 midweight adventure bike at EICMA 2021.
Yamaha Tenere 700 Raid Prototype is a more hardcore off-road version of the Tenere 700
Yamaha has unveiled a more radical, off-road-focused prototype concept based on the mid-weight adventure bike, the Yamaha Tenere 700. Although not available for sale in India, the Yamaha Tenere 700 has been a fairly successful bike for Yamaha in the European and North American markets. The Tenere 700 is said to offer the perfect combination of an engaging engine, a light and agile package, as well as a competitive price. Inspired by Yamaha riders like Alessandro Botturi and Pol Tarres’ escapades with the Tenere 700, and calling on top Yamaha riders for advice, Yamaha built a more extreme and off-road-focused concept, designed for go on a rally-raid hunt!
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According to Yamaha, the Tenere 700 Raid prototype was built with heavy use of GYTR (Genuine Yamaha Technology Racing) performance parts. The most significant changes are in the suspension, with the front and rear units being replaced by units from Kayaba. With more tuning possibilities, the new units also offer an additional 60mm of suspension travel, with travel on the Tenere 700 Raid prototype of 270mm at the front and 260mm at the rear. The front fork and shock absorber are also mounted on custom yokes and linkages.
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The exhaust is a full titanium Akrapovic racing exhaust and the engine receives a high performance airbox and filter. An oversized radiator, two cooling fans, a new water pump cover, a new oil cooler and a heavy-duty Rekluse clutch, with a two-piece clutch cover and a new clutch lever, are also added. The brakes were changed with a single high specification 300mm front disc with racing brake pads, as well as an upgraded front brake master cylinder. There’s also a new front brake lever and oversized 267mm diameter rear disc, along with a new caliper mounting bracket. Steel braided front and rear brake hoses are also added.
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The gearing has been lowered with a 48-tooth rear sprocket, while the rear rim is now thinner to accommodate 140/80 tires designed for rallying. The bike also comes with dual front and rear fuel tanks, carbon fiber skid plate, rally seat, Scotts steering damper and full rally style navigation gear from RNS . According to Yamaha, the bike “will soon be racing for the next horizon”, so it could well be presented primarily as a competition machine, making its debut in some international rallies in 2022.