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.
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.