While we eagerly await the final production version of the Ténéré 700, Yamaha is taking its prototype on an international “World Raid” tour with professional racers and brand ambassadors putting the 689cc adventure bike to the test.
The first stage actually took place in March, with Yamaha Dakar racer Rodney Faggotter testing the Ténéré 700 on different terrain in his native Australia. Faggotter also surprised members of the Ténéré Tragics group during a rally event that featured various models including the original 1983 XT600Z Ténéré to the current XTZ1200 Super Ténéré.
Yamaha released a video showing highlights of Faggotter’s turn on the Ténéré, offering his impressions of the prototype from the perspective of a seasoned Dakar racer.
The World Raid tour continues with 13-time Dakar winner Stephane Peterhansel in the Moroccan desert, Yamaha factory racer Adrien van Beveren in Argentina. Explorer Nick Sanders, multiple French Enduro Champion David Frétigné, Touratech founder Herbert Schwarz, Spanish Enduro Champion Cristóbal Guerrero and Italian ISDE racer Alessandro Botturi will then take their turns riding the prototype across Europe.
At the same time, Yamaha will be performing its own regular testing of various near-production versions, with one such bike recently spotted on the streets of Milan, Italy. Of course, photos of a camo’ed up test bike stuck in traffic aren’t as cool as watching a professional Dakar racer pop a wheelie on the beach.
All this build-up, of course, will culminate with the official unveiling of the final production model this fall, likely at EICMA in November.