Yamaha just released pricing for the 2021 Ténéré 700, their long-awaited middleweight ADV offering. It's priced pretty aggressively at $9,999.
Over the past few years, we’ve covered this motorcycle again and again as the wait dragged on. There was the World Raid prototype, then the announcement of a 2021 release, and hints at pricing from Europe, where the bike was released a year ahead of the North American market. Amazingly, the U.S. price is even better than the $10,450 I guessed back in February. I think Yamaha wants to sell some bikes.
Along with the pricing announcement, we’ve got a couple new details to consider. First is availability. The 2021 Ténéré 700 will be hitting dealerships in summer of 2020, along with a full line of accessories that will probably include ADV staples like skid plates and panniers. Expect a strong aftermarket, because other markets already have the bike.
Yamaha also announced two additional color schemes, Matte Black and Intensity White, that will join the Ceramic Ice paint we expected. I like the rally style of the red/white (Intensity White), and Yamaha’s matte black offerings seem really popular, so no surprise to see it available for the little Ténéré.
In case it’s been a few years since you looked at the specs, the Ténéré 700 is based on the MT-07 and shares its 689 cc parallel twin engine. As usual, I’ve had to turn to Europe for some numbers on that mill: 72.4 horsepower at 9,000 rpm and 50.2 foot-pounds of torque at 6,500 rpm, they say over there. Yamaha reports a range of 215 miles from the 4.2-gallon tank.
The 43 mm fork is inverted, fully adjustable, and offers 8.3 inches of travel . Out back, the rear shock offers 7.9 inches of travel, adjustable preload, and rebound damping. You get two 282 mm front discs, a 245 mm rear, selectable ABS for both, and 21/18-inch wheels. Seat height is 34.6 inches, ground clearance is 9.5 inches, and while Yamaha’s U.S. site doesn’t give the weight, the identical European version weighs 450 pounds.
What do you think? Will it be worth the wait? Or will KTM clean up with the 790 Adventure?