Features 8 Mar 2018

Rewind: Yamaha’s T7 Concept

The bike that could ultimately lead to next-gen Tenere adventuring.

Having wowed onlookers at the EICMA show in Italy back toward the end of 2016, Yamaha Motor has since developed its T7 Concept into a prototype reality with the current Tenere 700 World Raid that debuted at the same event 12 months later.

Still extremely rare, albeit heavily styled and influenced upon the T7 Concept that was the talk of the town in Milan over a year sooner, the newest modern, lightweight adventure weapon arrived on Australian shores this week.

Factory Dakar racer Rod Faggotter was the man fortunate enough to be armed with the Tenere 700 World Raid in its global tour during the current Tenere Tragics Bay to Bush Run in Queensland and it’s safe to say that when the bike finally reaches the market in the future, it will be a hugely-popular model.

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Looking back at the T7 Concept though, it was unveiled to much fanfare and shared the type of DNA that established the Yamaha brand as a fixture in rally and adventure riding. Designed to tackle real off-road riding, while still being capable for the long-haul, it was both contemporary and cutting-edge in its appearance.

According to Yamaha, a committed team composed of its engineers, designers and product planners developed the T7 Concept. Each member of the team is driven by a desire to create something that would fit the needs of the adventure traveler and represent the Yamaha vision for the next generation of adventure bikes.

Created using the race-bred DNA that has made Yamaha one of the most successful names in the sector, the Yamaha T7 Concept was displayed as a fully-functioning prototype developed to achieve a perfect balance between road and off-road capability.

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The lightweight machine has been based on an all-new chassis that had been designed to complement a specially-developed version of Yamaha’s highly acclaimed 700cc CP2 engine, delivering strong torque and an easy power delivery for perfect traction in all conditions.

Equipped with an aluminium fuel tank, four-projector LED headlight, a carbon fairing and skid-plate, a custom-made Akrapovic exhaust, as well as high-specification KYB front suspension, the T7 was a vision of the ideal adventure machine and is playing a major role in the development of Yamaha’s next generation adventure models.

Now, with the Tenere 700 World Raid making its way around to an assortment of countries – beginning right here in Australia – we await the news on what comes next in this latest generation of adventure machinery from Yamaha.