By Evans Brasfield Editor Score: 88.0%
2021 Yamaha Ténéré 700
Editor Score: 88.0%
We can hardly believe it. The long…no, interminably long wait is over. The 2021 Yamaha Ténéré 700 is finally on American soil. No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. The motorcycle that fans of middleweight adventure touring motorcycles have been waiting for since 2016 is here. In case you doubt the sincerity of our excitement, we’ve written about the Ténéré 700 no less than 8 times here on MO. Back in May 2019, Ryan penned a thorough piece on his experiences riding the European model. Because of that, we’re not going to reinvent the wheel here. So, for the deep dive into the specifications and what it is that makes up the Ténéré, go to that story. Instead, the focus here will be on riding impressions and information not available at the time of the previous first ride.
To illustrate how important this motorcycle is to Yamaha, the media department gathered select publications for our online press briefing, which was followed by a small, socially-distanced introductory ride a few days later. Clearly, Yamaha doesn’t want a global pandemic to delay getting the word out on its newest adventure tourer.
If I had to pick a theme for the briefing, it would have to be an emphasis on off-road capability, with the T7 being referred to several times as the “The lightweight, go anywhere adventure motorcycle.” In order to achieve this stated goal, the Ténéré needs both street polish to get the rider to and from the remote roads/trails that constitute “go anywhere.” Once there, it needs to be capable of handling whatever the off-road environment …read more