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.