Those of you who were intrigued by the Yamaha T7 Concept shown at last year’s EICMA show will be happy to hear that- wait, what? Oh, sorry. Make that disappointed to hear that the 689cc Twin adventure rally bike is still not ready for production, instead appearing at this year’s EICMA show as a prototype.

Officially called the Ténéré 700 World Raid prototype, the bike Yamaha presented in Milan still needs some development before it’ll be put into production. To accomplish this, Yamaha will be taking the prototype around the world to test it on different terrain in the Americas, Australia, Africa, and Europe.

The prototype is powered by a 689cc engine derived from the MT-07 powerplant. The frame is brand new, and Yamaha says it is trying to maintain its off-road capability without making its seat height as tall as others of its ilk.

The Ténéré prototype comes equipped with a rally-stle Akrapovič exhaust, mounted at the same angle as Yamaha’s rally bikes, a 43mm upside-down fork, and a Dakar-inspired four-projector headlight assembly.

Let’s hope for an actual production bike at next year’s EICMA show.

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  • major tom

    Tubeless tire and a center stand and it’s, wait for it, a winner right out of the box to my front door.too!

  • Born to Ride

    Dammit Yamaha, you had one bike! One bike I wanted to buy! Well I guess that’s fine, I’ll buy a roadster this coming year and the T7 or Desert sled in 2019. Time to find a beat KLR in the meantime…

    • Born to Ride

      Hmmm, it just occurred to me that those coolant pipes are quite precariously perched. I tend to crash more on the right side too…

  • Campisi

    “We knew the KTM 790 Adventure would steal our lunch money, so we figured we’d wait for you all to spend a year or so struggling with their dealer ‘network’ before welcoming you into the fold.”

    • Sayyed Bashir

      Dealer network is fine as long as you are near a dealer. The only thing they can beat KTM on is the price.

      • Campisi

        More people live closer to a Yamaha dealer than a KTM dealer. This broader distribution generally constitutes the merit by which we judge a dealer network to be “good”. Dealer quality plays into this as well, but most KTM dealers still sneer at anything with a number plate.

        The cheaper Yamaha will likely have longer maintenance intervals, too.

        • Sayyed Bashir

          My KTM 1190 R valve checks are every 18,600 miles. If someone really wants a KTM, they will find a dealer. I pass my dealer twice a day going to work and back. 1/3rd of their bikes are street or dual sport.

          • Campisi

            I guess all things in life are good so long as you yourself are comfortable, guy.

          • Born to Ride

            I think the valve checks on the 700 yamaha are close to 40k or something stupid. Basically Yamaha is saying don’t bother wasting your time, the valves are fine. The little yammer hammer is probably much less picky about fuel, is a bunch lighter, and endlessly reliable. KTM doesn’t offer anything like a Tenere, YET. The 790 will surely eat it’s lunch provided you don’t care about the qualities listed above.

          • Sayyed Bashir

            KTM will never offer anything like a Super Tenere. Heavy and not good off-road. KTM is all about performance off-road and light weight. Fuel issue is easily solved with a dongle. I have one on my KTM just in case. The little “yammer hammer” is still a twinkle in its maker’s eyes. You should talk about it when it comes out, like whenever.

          • Born to Ride

            Who’s talking about the super tenere in a thread about the Tenere 700?

          • Sayyed Bashir

            Me. Because the so-called T7 Concept or now called Ténéré 700 World Raid prototype is not even available yet, for quite a while. All you have is guesswork. The only bike you can compare the KTM to is the Super Tenere which is big and heavy and not very dirt oriented.

          • Born to Ride

            Except that I would never buy a Super Tenere for those exact reasons? I would, however, buy a bike with an engine that is proven to be reliable and lightweight in its other stablemate, by a company with just as much offroad cred as your beloved Orange and Black.

          • Sayyed Bashir

            A company that needs to spend another year testing the “off-road cred” of this bike while they are losing business to their competitors?

          • Born to Ride

            I’d rather them break it and fix it so that I don’t have to. That’s the difference between Japanese engineering and American/European, they release it when it’s ready and not a moment before.

          • Sayyed Bashir

            But to keep teasing people with a different concept bike every year? Is that the Japanese way? Why not announce it when it is close to being ready and they actually decide to make it?

          • Born to Ride

            Yeah it’s pretty lame, I was expecting pricing and availability, not a prototype that hardly looks different than the concept bike.

          • Sayyed Bashir

            Thank you for agreeing. I would like to have more competition in this segment but something real, not vaporware. I feel sorry for all the people who have been putting off buying a bike waiting for them. I think they are not sure they can compete with KTM except on price. And that is the stated goal of KTM: Total world domination by performance in all motorcycle segments.

          • Born to Ride

            At the moment, KTM doesn’t offer anything like this bike, but I have no doubt that they will. A true 50-50 street to dirt ADV is what I want. Something under 450lbs that has good enough on-road manners to ride all day and won’t need to turn back when the going gets rough offroad. The Desert sled is perfect in that regard for me, but it is expensive and a touch heavier than I’d like, considering it only has a 3.5 gallon tank and no fairing or luggage. I think that I could probably save enough weight after spending some money to have it at 450 with the bags empty and tank full. But nobody makes a bigger tank for it yet and I would like to see a minimum of 5 gallons for true adventure riding.

          • Sayyed Bashir

            The new KTM 790 Adventure will be 430-440 lbs and will have a 6 gallon fuel tank.

          • Born to Ride

            Sounds somewhat reasonable. My guess would be 450 ready to ride if their roadster weight is any indication

          • Glenn Lutic

            I think you may be on to something. There’s got to be a reason this bike never came out for 2018. They could have sold a LOT of these bikes. But, somehow, they are refusing to sell a modern dual purpose bike in N. America. There’s no way this bike is being held due to a high seat!

      • Patriot159

        8 miles from my house is a Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Triumph, Ducati, KTM, MV Agusta dealership. Choices, choices! The Ténéré 700 World Raid is top on my list mostly due to what should be a much lower cost than the KTM. Come on 2019!

        • Sayyed Bashir

          Yes, everyone is waiting for it to come out instead of buying a good bike now and enjoying it, just because of an expected lower cost, and foregoing better performance. If Yamaha was that good off road, it would be winning the Dakar. Life is not just about money. It is about time. How much of it is left.

          • Born to Ride

            You’re absolutely right… I SHOULD buy the Desert Sled.

          • Sayyed Bashir

            Buy something.

          • Patriot159

            My modded DR650 is a good bike I have now. Who knows, when the Yammie finally does come out, I may not be as enthralled and just keep the DR. What is also on my mind right now is converting my 350 lb. 80 hp. SV650 race bike into an ADV. Fork swap to something with 8″ travel or so, longer rear shock and/or change dog bones and wire up some lighting to make it street legal. A better ‘Wee Strom’!

          • Sayyed Bashir

            Good idea. You must be a Suzuki fan. I always try to figure out how much I am going to use something before I buy it or spend money on it. I ride all three of my bikes, one of which is a Suzuki Bandit 1250S.

          • Patriot159

            Yea since I’ll be lucky to get 40 cents on the dollar for all the $$ I’ve dumped into the SV and I don’t race or do serious track days any more, converting it to something enjoyable to use every day makes the most sense. If I take my time and search for the right parts over the winter about $6-700 should do it. I saw a picture of a skeletonized jacked up Kaw 650 Versus somewhere and it was COOL.

          • Glenn Lutic

            80 h.p. 650? If you say so!

          • Patriot159

            Ummm, it’s got a built motor FYI, so yes Dyno’ed 80 hp @ rear wheel. I did not say it was stock.

      • DickRuble

        .. and reliability, and initial quality..

        • Sayyed Bashir

          My KTM has 26K miles with no reliability or initial quality problems. Why do you keep repeating the same thing over and over again?

          • Tanner

            because anecdotes are worthless.

            ktm has a well-earned reputation for poor reliability.

          • Sayyed Bashir

            And your statements are not worthless? Which world do you live in? Actual experience is the only thing that counts. KTM dirt bikes are high performance and need more maintenance which people neglect to do and then blame the bike. Hondas are boring but they last forever.

      • Glenn Lutic

        Ahh, there is NO bike to buy! AGAIN!!!

    • Cami

      I can’t imagine riding a 790cc thumper anywhere near the street for any length of time.

  • Jens Vik

    «Last year it was a concept, and this year its….a prototype!» you could hear the air going out of all the people watching.

    What a marketing disaster the live stream was.

    • Glenn Lutic

      What a joke this is! Why tease us? There’s no reason that KTM can make single cylinder bikes from 250 to 650 c.c. that are street legal, reliable and totally modern, but the “Big Four” cannot. Isn’t this how the British lost out in the Sixties & Seventies? I’m afraid the Japanese are becoming greedy and are losing their way.

  • Charles Boyd

    it makes those tigers and GSs look so bloated and fussy. the styling is so clean. big fan. now lemme buy it!

  • Joe Bar

    Dammit. I don’t care about the seat height!

    • Glenn Lutic

      Yah, that is another excuse! AS IF! They could’ve offered a low seat option, different travel option, different spring option, or as they will do, nothing!

  • Glenn Lutic

    Sorry Yamaha, but no product no sale! Looks like a European bike is in my future.
    I’m totally fed up with the lack of new motorcycles in the Dual Purpose Category. Even the 660 single would have been nice. But no, not for you! KTM, Beta, GasGas, Husaberg, Husqvarna all have bikes available that are wicked off road, are street legal and are for sale TODAY!!! After waiting and waiting, I will wait no more.

  • Matt Howerton

    I’m glad there’s no “beak” on it, and I’d look to install a high dirt bike style front fender if I was to purchase it when it ever comes out. Cool little bike.