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2022 YAMAHA TENERE 700 WORLD RAID

NEWS – 2022 YAMAHA TENERE 700 WORLD RAID IS HERE!

After revealing a prototype at EICMA, Yamaha has come back super-quick with the real thing. The World Raid is coming in May - and it looks sweet!

Gotta say, we didn’t expect this. But boy we’re happy to see this new model so soon after seeing the prototype at EICMA. What is it? It’s the Ténéré 700 on steroids, kind of.

More accurately it’s this: It’s the Ténéré as we knew it only with new 23 litre dual side-mounted fuel tanks plus upgraded suspension front and rear with additional wheel travel plus an Öhlins steering damper. A new 5” colour TFT instrument panel controls the switchable ABS which now includes an additional off-road setting where rear wheel ABS can be turned off while the front ABS remains on. New footrests, additional wind deflectors and a 3-piece sump guard finish the package. Yeah, that’s about it.

2022 YAMAHA TENERE 700 WORLD RAID
It's an adventure bike – stands to reason we should have desert shots (after all it's named the Ténéré). Jumps? Check.
2022 YAMAHA TENERE 700 WORLD RAID
Skids? Check.

The World Rally is now the third variant in the Ténéré 700 range, after the standard model and the Rally Edition – and this clearly is the long-distance version, albeit with a suspension upgrade to boot. To put it (very) crudely, it is the GSA to the GS that is the Ténéré 700. Here are the highlights:

23-litre fuel tank

Or rather fuel tanks, as Yamaha has elected to go the route of dual side-mounted fuel tanks, positioned lower than the existing 16-litre tank, locating the fuel pump lower as well. Yamaha says this means the bike’s centre gravity is almost the same as with the standard bike, while the vehicle mass is centralised. The top of the new tanks is lower than the 16-litre tank, reducing the height difference between the tank and seat making for increased rider mobility on the bike.

Flat seat

A flat seat is good news. Not such good news is it’s higher, up from 875 to 890mm. However, the profile is flatter for a more off-road dirt bike ergo’.

TFT screen

Yamaha has succumbed to fashion (or advances in technology if you like) and replaced the LCD screen with a 5” full colour TFT unit for the World Raid, and it comes with connectivity. Screen layout options include ‘street’, ‘explorer’ and uniquely ‘raid’ which incorporates road book features such as countdown trip meters (we’ll have to investigate that one…).

3-mode ABS

Yes, the ABS has been upgraded from the ‘on or off’ of the standard model to a now three option offering. Fully on for (legal) road riding, mode 2 which is front wheel on rear wheel off, and mode 3 which is fully off.

Upgraded suspension

We’re still talking the Kayabas, but the 43mm forks now offer 230mm of travel (an increase of 20mm) plus preload, compression and rebound damping adjustment, plus Kashima coating on the outer fork tubes (which is an expensive top-shelf job). Meanwhile the shock has been upgraded, too, with a new linkage and a piggyback type shock offering 220mm of wheel travel (again up 20mm) and again is fully adjustable. Plus there’s a rubber bump stop in case of bottoming.

Öhlins steering damper

Apparently mounted close to the top triple clamp. With 18 settings.

New air box

With the new tanks it was inevitable that there’d be a new air box. Yamaha say it’s been designed specifically to handle extreme off road.

Taller windscreen

Yep, the new windscreen is 15mm taller, plus there are removable side (wind) deflectors. And the indicators are now LED. Notably, Yamaha say the front fairing panels are made of a tough fibreglass composite material designed ‘to handle rugged off-road riding’.

Bigger Footrests

No dimensions, but they’re bigger say Yamaha.

New Engine guard

It’s a three-piece aluminium unit and now (on account of the taller suspension) the ground clearance is 10mm better at 250mm.

New Radiator grill

Now featuring vertical louvres!

Availability & Price

May 2022

£11,600 including VAT and OTR

Colours

Icon Blue

Midnight Black

2022 YAMAHA TENERE 700 WORLD RAID
Fun at the fuel station. Note steering damper. Tank bag might be an issue...
2022 YAMAHA TENERE 700 WORLD RAID
Motor remains unchanged
2022 YAMAHA TENERE 700 WORLD RAID
A good looking bike, for sure
2022 YAMAHA TENERE 700 WORLD RAID
Yes, it's wider

In Summary

Ténéré 700 World Raid Key Features

 

23 litre capacity dual side-mounted fuel tanks

Flat Rally inspired two-piece seat

5” colour TFT meter with mobile notification connectivity

USB type A

3-mode switchable ABS

High specification 43 mm KYB front forks, 230 mm travel

Öhlins adjustable steering damper Aluminium piggyback rear shock, 220 mm wheel travel

High windscreen, easy to remove side deflectors and LED flashers

Fully new cockpit area and new front cowling

New larger rider footrests with easy-to-remove rubber inserts

3-piece aluminium engine guard

New aluminium die-cast engine support

New radiator grille

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