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New ‘Rally’ Version of the Yamaha Tenere 700 In The Works?

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Published on 02.12.2020

Yamaha Tenere 700 Rally

While the US is still waiting for the Tenere 700 to arrive, it looks like Yamaha is already planning to introduce a new version of the popular bike. According to the British publication Bennetts, the Japanese manufacturer has received type approval in Europe for a Rally version of the twin-cylinder machine filed under the internal name XTZ690D-B. 

Rumors that the Yamaha Tenere 700 would get a more dirt-oriented version have been making the rounds since November. In an interview with Motociclismo the bike’s project leader, Takushiro Shiraishi, revealed that Yamaha would consider such an option based on interest from customers. Now, approved filings suggest a distinct ‘Rally’ model could be added as soon as this year.

However, it is not clear what would differentiate the Tenere 700 Rally from the standard bike. The limited list of specifications cited in the documents filed by Yamaha show the new bike has the same power (72 hp), wet weight (205 kg), wheelbase (1595 mm) and h (1455 mm) as the model already available. This seems to indicate the bike’s suspension travel and tank capacity are most likely unchanged.

Yamaha Tenere 700 Rally
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Based on the information included in the documents, it is speculated that the ‘Rally’ version may be a limited-edition bike with a new color-scheme or rally-theme, rather than a significantly modified model. Currently, the Tenere 700 can already be customized with a choice of Yamaha accessory packs such as an off-road-oriented ‘Rally Pack’ and a touring ‘Explorer Pack.’ So what could be offered in this new ‘Rally’ version that would justify the need for Yamaha to file for a Tenere 700 with a new model number?

We’ll be keeping our eye out for any new details. Fans have been clamoring for a more hard-edged off-road bike, similar to the original T7 Concept. Hopefully, Yamaha grows the Tenere 700 family with a sibling that includes more than just eye-catching paint. 

Let us know what you would like the new Rally bike to feature in the comments below!

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