Paying tribute to Yamaha’s ’80s Dakar racers, the Japanese factory has just revealed a new tricked out Rally Edition of its Ténéré 700. And it’s about as cool as it gets
Assembled in France alongside the standard Ténéré 700, the most obvious difference is its blue and yellow Dakar Rally-inspired livery – but there’s a range of other difference to help the Rally Edition stand out from the crowd.
It gets a new heavier duty bash plate, a tool box mounting point, a more serious black aluminium radiator protector as well as a laser-cut aluminium chain guard. There’s also a taller Rally Seat which sits at 895mm (20mm higher than the standard model) – to help make it easier to move from sitting down to standing when you’re getting stuck into some serious off-road riding.
That’s not all; there’s a new Akrapovič slip-on muffler, more compact LED indicators, a set of rubber pads which offer improved knee and thigh grip under hard acceleration and a set of off-road specific handlebar grips.
Yamaha hasn’t launched the Ténéré 700 in India and we don’t expect the Japanese factory to bring it any soon. But we have our fingers crossed.