2023 Yamaha Tenere 700 First Look

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

Minor updates announced for Europe

Yamaha Motor Europe announced updates to the Ténéré 700, giving the middleweight ADV bike a TFT display, smartphone connectivity, a new ABS mode and other small updates. As of this writing, the 2023 Ténéré 700 has not been announced for the U.S., though we expect to receive official news soon. The Ténéré 700 Rally Edition variant offered in Europe (pictured below with the Heritage White livery) also received the same updates, but we don’t expect that it will be offered on these shores.

The most noticeable visual change for the 2023 Ténéré 700 is the new five-inch TFT display. The new color dashboard replaces the previous model’s LCD display, but it retains the rally-influenced vertical orientation instead of going horizontal like on most other motorcycles.

The new display offers two modes, “Explorer” and “Street”. In Explorer mode, the display shows a linear digital tachometer to help riders maintain an optimal torque output for off-road riding. In Street mode, the display shows analog-style circular dials.

The Ténéré 700 is equipped with what Yamaha calls a Communication Control Unit (CCU) that allows the motorcycle to connect with smartphones via Bluetooth with Yamaha’s MyRide app. Once connected, the TFT screen can display incoming calls and messages, while the phone can show the bike’s data such as route tracking, distance covered, acceleration, top speed, elevation changes, and more. The app can also notify riders of any technical problems detected, and even email dealers to schedule service.

While the 2022 model only let riders choose to turn on or off ABS, the 2023 model offers three ABS modes: both wheels on, both wheels off, or ABS only to the front wheel.

Other changes include a more durable front brake lever design, a new USB charging socket, and LED turn signals. The 2023 Ténéré 700 also comes pre-wired for a quickshifter, though you would still need to purchase one separately from Yamaha’s accessory catalog.

Beyond these updates, the 2023 model is similar to the 2022 version. The 2023 Ténéré 700 will be available in Icon Blue and Tech Kamo. The 2023 Ténéré 700 Rally Edition will come in Heritage White, and includes an Akrapovič exhaust, a radiator protector, a strong skid plate, off-road hand grips, grip pads, and a taller seat designed for easier transitions between standing and sitting positions.

2023 Yamaha Ténéré 700 Specifications (European Markets)

Engine Type4-stroke, 2-cylinder, Liquid-cooled, DOHC, EURO5
Bore x Stroke80.0 x 68.6 mm
Compression Ratio11.5 : 1
Horsepower72.4 hp at 8,750 rpm (claimed)
Torque49.4 lb-ft. at 6,500 rpm (claimed)
Lubrication SystemWet sump
ClutchWet, Multiple Disc
TransmissionConstant Mesh, 6-speed
Final TransmissionChain
Fuel Consumption54.7 mpg (claimed)
Fuel systemElectronic Fuel Injection
FrameDouble cradle, Steel tube backbone
Caster angle27°
Trail4.1 inches
Front SuspensionUpside-down telescopic fork; 8.3 inches of travel
Rear SuspensionLink suspension, swingarm; 7.9 inches of travel
Front BrakeHydraulic dual disc, Ø 282 mm
Rear BrakeHydraulic single disc, Ø 245mm
Front Tire90/90 – 21 M/C 54V
Rear Tire150/70 R 18 M/C 70V
Length93.3 inches
Width35.6 inches
Height57.3 inches
Seat Height34.4 inches
Wheelbase1.595 mm
Ground Clearance9.4 inches
Wet Weight449.7 pounds (claimed)
Fuel tank capacity4.2 gallons
Oil tank capacity0.7 gallons

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Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the Motorcycle.com team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • Wade Motorsports #411 Wade Motorsports #411 on Jan 25, 2023

    odd...most 2023 models i've seen (USA) in showrooms do NOT have the new TFT

    • Denchung Denchung on Jan 25, 2023

      Hmmm... Looks like North America isn't getting the upgraded model that Europe received. There's no TFT, no front-wheel-only ABS, or USB charger. That is disappointing.

  • Jam77820820 Jam77820820 on Jul 03, 2023

    I've moved on from Yamaha, they ignore the US market. This is from someone who owned an XT600 in the late '80s.

    They don't provide the well optioned (World Raid, Extreme, Rally) bike to the US, and being over 6' and 230 lbs, the base T7 suspension is a joke.

    Even if I COULD find a T7 at a local dealer in Texas, I'm not putting over $4k in aftermarket suspension, speed shifter, proper foot peg...........to make it a proper ADV bike.

    I purchased a DesertX in May.

    Ignore your US customers, they'll go away. 👍