We saw this trailed at the bike shows before Christmas, of course – Yamaha had a prototype Rally Raid version of the Ténéré 700 on show at Milan. As is the way of these things, we now have the full production version ready to go… and doesn’t it look wild? On top of the base Ténéré spec, you get longer-travel suspension, a proper 23-litre saddle-type fuel tank with dual filler caps, Öhlins steering damper, and a new five-inch colour LCD dashboard.
The suspension is pretty impressive: it’s KYB kit, with a massive 230mm travel on the front fork and 220mm travel on the rear KYB monoshock – 20mm more than stock at both ends. The forks are reinforced and have lighter internals, while both the forks and the piggyback shock are fully adjustable.
The screen and fairing are larger and more protective, and the parallel twin motor also gets more protection thanks to a three-piece engine guard, new radiator grille and a die-cast aluminium engine support. And the ABS has three modes, including a fully-off setting for super-hardcore dirt action.
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The new World Raid costs £11,600 and will be in the shops around May this year. More info: www.yamaha-motor.euEnjoy more Fast Bikes reading in the monthly magazine. Click here to subscribe.