At EICMA 2016, Yamaha unveiled the T7 concept; a prototype for a future adventure model we believe will slot beneath the Super Ténéré. Inspired by the XT600Z Ténéré, launched 33 years ago at the Paris Show, the T7 concept looks to draw on many of the attributes that helped Yamaha sell over 61,000 units of the XT600Z between 1984 and 1994 – mainly its simplicity and race-bred pedigree.

In the quest to build the next generation of adventure bikes, Yamaha's T7 looks to the past, and the Tuning Fork's Dakar winners.

In the quest to build the next generation of adventure bikes, Yamaha’s T7 looks to the past, and the Tuning Fork’s Dakar winners.

Yamaha commissioned a team composed of internal engineers, designers and product planners from the Official Rally Team in France, and the R&D team in Italy, as well as GK Design in the Netherlands, to come up with the next generation of adventure bike. Their mission was to “help steer the vision for the next generation of adventure riders,” says Yamaha.

Drawing inspiration from past Dakar-winning Yamahas, their design mates a hopped-up version of the 689cc parallel-Twin CP2 engine currently found in the FZ-07 (MT-07 in Europe) around an all-new chassis with high-specification KYB front suspension. Other bits include an aluminum fuel tank, 4-projector LED headlight, a carbon fairing and skid plate, and a custom made Akrapovič exhaust. The result looks like a cool mix between Yamaha’s own WR450F rally racer and an FZ-07.

Yamaha says to expect the production version of the T7 concept to be unveiled in 2018.

  • DickRuble

    Why make it look like a piece of crap instead of something like this

    which is available in EU, by the way.

    • Born to Ride

      It is unlikely that the production model will look like the concept. It’ll get all sorts of superfluous fenders, transformer eyes, and fake air intakes by the time they are ready to sell it. Also say goodbye to that MXer fork that probably kicks ass and see the curb weight inflate to well over 400 lbs. They have to take these measures to ensure that they don’t sell too many. Easier on the manufacturing side.

  • Old MOron

    Wow, I think that’s the best bike video I’ve ever seen – and heard.
    Yamaha really took a step here: desert beauty, desert hooliganism, spoken word artistry, perfect musical accompaniment. Really makes typical “badassery” videos seem juvenile. Bravo, Yamaha!

    • SteveSweetz

      Yamaha Europe has been doing “arty” ads for bit now. Check out this one for the Tracer 900 (aka FJ-09). Regardless of the “drama” there’s some really beautiful rolling footage.

  • Starmag

    The seat looks wedgie-inducing. Plan on frequent stops on your adventure. Only masochist passengers need apply.

  • TheMarvelous1310

    What’s the point of a clear windscreen if you’re just gonna put a bunch of gauges and screens in front of it? Might as well just make the whole thing body-colored!

  • interactive3

    I’m torn between this and the Honda Dakar CRF 450 Rally concept shown a few years ago. If it’s a 700cc then it’s got to have range and comfort. If it’s a 450 it can be a bit more spartan.

  • Gabriel Owens

    Can we please get a fj10 to compete with the s1000xr?

  • Patriot159

    Could this replace my DR650? Me thinks yes.

  • brunssd

    My next ride, provided I don’t have to mortgage the house to buy it.

  • Jens Vik

    I am really disappointed by what Yamaha has shown this year. Several models are disappearing in Europe because of euro4 standard, but Yamaha is not showing any reasons to run to the dealer for a test drive.

    With the current hot trends, I did expect a modern SR400 or a XSR300.

    • SteveSweetz

      They’ve come out with a ton of new models in the last 2 years, I think they can take a year of rest…yet they still came out with a new R6 when other manufacturers are ditching their 600cc supersports.

      Dressed up version of a starter bike doesn’t make sense. Doubt there’s really anyone out there who wants an XSR700 but won’t pull the trigger because it’s too big or too heavy.

      • Jens Vik

        There are reasons that most manufacturers are spitting out large numbers of new smaller models. Even BMW has two 300cc models now.

        The market for sub 400cc motorcycles is huge on a worldwide basis. In india alone, for example, the number of bikes sold per month is bigger than the annual sale in USA. 95% of these bikes are sub 400cc because of taxes. The same trend can be seen in most of asia.

        The same can be found many other places too. In my home country, Norway, tax is based on engine volume and power. This makes a MT-03 half(!) the price of a MT-07.

        So the market for smaller bikes is growing. The common biker is not an enthusiast anymore, but looking for a practical daily commuter.
        I think it would make great sense to introduce a XSR300, when Yamaha already has the engineering done with the MT-03. Just like they have done with XSR700/MT-07 and XSR900/MT-09.

        It is western europe and USA, where people have capacity to buy “more motor”, the rest of the world not so much.

        Also a SR400 with ABS and euro4 compliance would easily fit in my garage. Its cheap, good looking, a classic. With the retro trend these days, I was expecting something like that.

        Both SR400 and XJR1300 is out of the euro market as of january 1st.