The mid-weight adventure motorcycling segment has strengthened over the past few years. And the European OEMs typically get all the press with the KTM 790 Adventure and BMW F 850 GS.
Yamaha set out to change that in 2019 when it launched the Ténéré 700. After some delays, the 700 finally arrived stateside this year as a 2021 model.
We got some serious seat time aboard the 689cc parallel twin with its crossplane crankshaft, and enjoyed the bike’s true dual-sport manner, along with it’s $9,999 MSRP.
The wait was well worth it. Now we’re hoping that Yamaha brings its latest release – the 2020 Ténéré 700 Rally Edition – to the states.
With its blue and yellow livery, the Rally Edition, unveiled Wednesday for the European market, pays homage to XT600Z race bikes piloted by Jean-Claude Olivier (JCO) and Serge Bacou during the ’83 and ’84 editions of the Dakar rally.
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