We might not be lucky enough to witness the Yamaha Tenere 700 tearing up our trails but that doesn’t change the fact that the Tenere is one of the most accomplished motorcycles in the modern world. Even though the standard Tenere 700 is deemed capable enough to take even the most gnarly trails under its stride, Yamaha decided that it needs to up the game even more. Enter the 2022 Yamaha Tenere 700 World Raid. We have already seen the patents and the prototype but now, it is time to shed some light on the actual madness.
While the Tenere 700 World Raid mostly borrows its bodywork from the standard variant, it does look like a slightly beefed-up version of the regular Tenere. That is courtesy of a new 23-litre dual-tank set-up that should offer close to 500 km range. As compared to the vanilla recipe, the World Raid can hold 7 litres more fuel. You might be a little sceptical that this new tank might hamper Tenere’s dynamics but Yamaha has assured that the new fuel tank still maintains almost the same centre of gravity as the standard bike.
To match the shape of the new two-piece fuel tank, Yamaha has also tinkered around with the seat which now gets a flatter profile. The Tenere 700 World Raid commands a towering seat height of 890mm. Since this offering is even more focused and purpose-built, it also gets updated suspension setup. It is now bestowed with a new 43mm KYB fork that offers increased suspension travel by 20mm. Stating the obvious, the package comes with a full range of adjustment for preload, compression, and rebound. To keep those nasty death wobbles in check, an Öhlins steering damper is also added, with 18 possible settings.
The Tenere 700 World Raid also gains a 5-inch colour TFT console, with smartphone connectivity. Since it is vertically stacked, it gels well with the rally-tower inspired front end. Three screen layouts can be selected; Explorer, Street, and Raid, with each featuring different graphics and instrument readouts.
Other minor yet noteworthy additions include large footrests, a larger windscreen, a new airbox, an improved radiator grille and a more rigid engine guard.
That brings us to the heart of the matter, the 689 cc, parallel-twin CP2 engine. It continues to dish out 72.4 bhp of power at 9,000 rpm and 68 Nm of peak torque at 6,500 rpm.
The ADV motorcycle segment in India is catching up faster than a Californian wildfire. If Yamaha India decides to play along by bringing the Tenere 700 to our shores, it will go down as a whole new chapter in the Indian motorcycling scenario as a whole!