By Ryan Adams Editor Score: 88.75%
2021 Yamaha Tenere 700
Editor Score: 88.75%
When ol’ Brasstacks hit me on the mobile to assign the Yamaha Tenere 700 press launch to his favorite employee, a few things didn’t add up. The event was two weeks out, it was international, but he didn’t remember where, and most curious, the fact that there was a launch happening at all for the motorcycle we’ve been teased about for nearly three years. Oh, and it was April 1. Yeah right, EvB. Funny stuff. “You’ll get the email tomorrow,” he said. Well, twenty-four hours later, I had no email and dismissed his assignment as a cruel April Fool’s joke. Two days later the email came through. I would be heading to the south of Spain to test the 2021 Yamaha Tenere 700 in May. Evans had the dates mixed up and I’ve never been more stoked to be wrong.
The Tenere, as we know it today, has a long and storied history dating back to the 1982 Paris Motorcycle Show, where the XT600 Tenere was unveiled. Building on the rally racing success of the XT500, the XT600 Tenere was built to contend with the increasing speeds and sizes of motorcycles competing in the world’s rallies of the day. This development was championed by Jean-Claude Olivier, who at the time was not only competing in the Paris-Dakar himself, but also working for Yamaha’s French distributor, Sonauto, and would later become president of Yamaha Motor France. JCO, as he was known, saw the potential in the Tenere for Yamaha not only on the race course but also in the international market as motorcyclists around the world began to dream of exotic rallies and the …read more