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Yamaha Announces European Pricing for Ténéré 700

Yes, the United States will be receiving Yamaha Ténéré 700 motorcycles for sale … but not until the later part of next year (as 2021 models). European customers, on the other hand, will start getting bikes in July of this year, at prices just announced. Converted to U.S. dollars, the introductory price is $10,575 for the initial orders, followed by deliveries at the standard price of $11,030. Of course, pricing in the U.S. market does not always correspond to pricing in Europe. Here is the press release from Yamaha Motor Europe:

Developed in the toughest environments by some of the world’s most experienced rally racers, the rugged, compact and nimble new Ténéré 700 is ready to open up a whole new world of excitement and opportunity for every rider with a passion for exploration. Equipped with the successful CP2 689cc parallel-twin engine and a completely new chassis, the Ténéré 700 is designed to deliver class-leading handling and agility in the dirt – combined with high speed long distance performance on the road – making it an extremely capable and versatile Adventure bike.

And now you can be the first to own the Ténéré 700!

Online Ordering System

In less than 30 days, on March 27th 2019 at 14:00 CET, Yamaha will launch an Online Ordering System for the most passionate fans who want to plan their summer riding adventure now! The first deliveries planned in July 2019 will be allocated to our online customers on a first-come first-served basis at a special price of €9,299* for the standard model. The price is exclusively for online orders and applies until the online system closes on July 31st 2019. 

The Online Ordering System will enable customers to confirm their order for a variety of Ténéré 700 options, which will be available in the full power specification and in a 35kW version. Both versions are available in three colors: Ceramic Ice, Competition White or Power Black.

Dealership delivery schedule

After supplying the initial batch of online orders, Yamaha will commence delivery of the Ténéré 700 to dealerships across Europe from September 2019 at the standard price of €9,699*.

Ténéré 700 Key features
• Rally-bred T7-inspired dual sport design with pure Ténéré DNA
• Light, compact, nimble
• Excellent balance of power with control
• Outstanding off road performance
• Year-round on road capabilities
• Go-anywhere long distance potential, 350km+ fuel range
• Powerful, smooth and economical high-torque engine
• Switchable ABS option for off road riding
• Effective screen and hand guards for excellent weather protection
• State of the art long-travel suspension
• Available in 3 colour variations

Genuine Accessories

To further optimise the versatility, capability and looks, Yamaha will release a wide range of Genuine Accessories for the Ténéré 700. To meet the requirements of the globetrotters, the line-up will include luggage options and several other items to enable riders to travel long and far in comfort and convenience. For the sporty thrill-seekers that love off road action, Yamaha will offer several rally-oriented items to further sharpen the bike’s performance and style.

*Please note that the prices quoted are for the Standard version only, and the price varies per country. Please contact your local press officer for specific information.

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  1. Jim says:

    Mine oh mine, mine, mine.

  2. PBrasseur says:

    Marketing at Yamaha remains a profound mystery 😉

    Meanwhile 2017 FZ10 can be found with a 3 grand discount, things didn’t sell, but don’t tell Yamaha it’s because the bike is too darn ugly.

  3. Grover says:

    Me thinks YAMAHA waited too long to bring this bike to the US. It’s looks to be a great bike, whether on or off-road. The price doesn’t shock me too much, which is quite unusual these days. I know I’m comparing apples to oranges, but for the price of a HONDA 450 dual-sport you can have a 700cc YAMAHA dual-sport that is a lot more usable on the highway with much greater ranage and still offer pretty good performance in the dirt. Too bad we have to wait another year…

    • Mr.Mike says:

      I’ve been looking for an eventual replacement for my DL650 that is as comfortable for long trips but has a little more off-road capability. Maybe this is my next bike.

  4. todder says:

    Really wanted this bike after getting teased years ago. Got tired waiting and went the Husky 501 route. Need to maximize my riding years before they run out.

  5. Fasterdamitt says:

    I have retired waiting for Yamaha and bought a pre-owned XR650L with adventure mods. Time will tell if the Yami is better…

    • richard says:

      hmm…think there will be a huge difference in performance and handling ..the Xr is a dinosaur

      • Anonymous says:

        And the era of dinosaurs lasted bazillions of years. 😉

        The Xr is a fine choice, one that is backed by years of development and aftermarket support. Same with a KLR or DR. But yeah, the honest truth is that you are right.

        But he is too and he gets to ride now! 🙂

        • Jeremy says:

          “backed by years of development”

          Well let’s be real… The years of development took place during and ended in the 1980s.

          That said, it is still a pretty effective tool for its mission which is why I presume it is still around.

    • My2cents says:

      I go with a reliable dinosaur every time. The DR 650 has a reputation for long life and low cost of ownership. Parts are plentiful and the aftermarket is ripe. Yamaha has some hokey program of order first sight unseen, this has been used before and actually hurts sales.

      • mickey says:

        Might not be modern, might not be high tech, might take a little more effort, but a hammer is still the most reliable way to drive a nail.

        • Anonymous says:

          That’s why I always keep a hammer in the toolbox.

          But only as a backup, when all else fails. Because it sucks.

      • Matt says:

        Agreed! I have 27.5k miles on mine. Farkled out. Heading back to the mountains of western NC, east TN. for some twisty road riding in early May. It’s no trailer queen.My other ride the XR650R is a beast. Sumo’d out like the DR. Not much dirt round these parts as the Forestry service has shut all but 1 of the trails down over the years, and most dirt roads. Like Nazis. And I live in Southern Mississippi on the Gulf of Mexico.

      • Provologna says:

        IMO the primary purpose for pre-order is this: without pre-order the OEM makes either too many or too few bikes. Pre-order allows the OEM to make only exactly the # required for confirmed buyers.

        Non-pre order is more likely to result in either no stock to sell to willing buyers, or highly discounted NOS, neither of which are good.

        This is a specialty model. The narrower the niche the better is pre-order, at least for the OEM. It’s not unrealistic to believe that ultimately, everything that benefits the OEM is overall good for consumers too.

  6. Kermit says:

    I’ll be glad when the Monkey comes in😜

  7. motorhead says:

    Does this 700 parallel-twin vibrate more or less than a big single?

    • mickey says:

      Way less in my experience, but for some reason it seems to vibrate quite a bit compared to modern counter-balanced twins like the Triumph Bonneville, or NC or CB 500X Honda.

      • motorhead says:

        Thanks, Mickey. Then the CB 500X will be a bit more old-guy-friendly. I’ll check them both out.

        • mickey says:

          The 700 Tenere will be infinitely more dirt worthy as compared to a stock CB500x but if you do nothing harder than a fire road or 2 track, it won’t make much difference.

  8. Mick says:

    I was kind of hoping that the recent twins would eventually lead to a bike that would have people forgetting what a KLR is.

    One would kind of hope that thirty five years of advancement could make a shining beacon of a KLR replacement.

    But first it would have to weigh no more than the already porky KLR.

  9. RyYYZ says:

    So, do we know what the actual curb weight of this puppy is?
    Pricing, components and features seem reasonable.

    • ApriliaRST says:

      > actual curb weight of this puppy is?

      Less than a KLR.

      • John says:

        False. It’s about 20lbs more than a KLR. And it will no doubt get crushed by the new KTM.

        • ApriliaRST says:

          You may be right. I’m seeing 453 pounds for an actual T7 Euro example; I’m not sure what an actual KLR weighs even though I own one. The T7 still beats the KLR *in my book* because I want better higher speed capability and for longer periods in my next bike. 20 pounds isn’t a deal breaker for me. Too many times the KLR is an obstacle to traffic because 60-65 is it’s comfortable cruising speed.

          • Mick says:

            I always thought that a KLR was 400 pounds.

            Whatever, this thing weighs as much as my 2004 Multistada 1000.

          • Jeremy says:

            The KLR is 435 lbs wet I think. But that is with a 6 gallons of fuel. Don’t know how much this Yamaha carries.

    • sbashir says:

      Wet weight is 452 lbs.

      • Provologna says:

        My old riding friend Wade Boyd converted his early Yamaha R1 into a “DT-01” championship amateur open class oval dirt bike. His bike is obviously stripped, and must weigh less than 452#.

        In one of Wade’s videos, one of his crew members tours the pits and converses with the other teams, who moan of “Wade’s cheating on his liter bike.” Wade’s friend replied, “Switch bikes and see what happens…”

        Anyone used to a 50-some hp 230# single thinking they’re gonna do hot laps on a 400# bike with 140hp is begging for a rude and painful experience. Wade was racing before solid food, he’s ridden that R1 forever, and he can still barely control it in the dirt. Watching him wheelie the full length of the straights (after the tires and suspension warm up) is great fun.

  10. David Owen says:

    Here in sunny Portugal (21°C) the price, including 23 percent tax, is 9,700 euros.

  11. gpokluda says:

    This looks to be a great value and excellent motorcycle, but if the logic from the Indian dresser comments is applied, you could buy 6 used KLR650s or 9 DR350s or 20 TW200s or …

  12. Michael says:

    I’ve had way too many bikes than I’d like to admit, one was a 15′ FZ-07, I’ve always said that that powerplant is among the best out there for real world performance, truly a do it all engine, should be a winner for Yammie, just wish it would hit the US shores much sooner, I have a short attention span and am afraid I’ll be onto something else by then.

    • mickey says:

      Funny I test rode FZ-07’s at Yamaha Demo rides a couple years in a row. The vibrations put me off the first year so I thought I’d try it again. Nope, the vibrations put me off the second year as well. Doubt I’d like this bike either.

      If I were buying a little bike, it would probably be an CB500X, or an NC 750X.

      • Stuki Moi says:

        I much prefer the Suzuki 650 VTwin to the Yamaha parallel as well. The Ptwin in the AT is nice. Much more properly tuned for a class of engines which gets rough and coarse at higher rpms. Ditto the NC, although both that one, and the CB is in a very different power class.

        • John says:

          Funny how they always keep telling us that a well balanced twin is “boring” when it can simply be something smooth enough to let you enjoy the ride.

          • mickey says:

            I was amazed when I bought my 2003 790 Triumph Bonneville P Twin and it was smoother than my V65 V Four Honda

        • Dave says:

          Yamaha’s and the Honda AT (I believe KTM’s too) are unique among current P-twins in that they’re cranks are “clocked” so the pistons travel and fire @ 270* in the same fashion as a 90* v-twin. I’ve read that in a p-twin that creates a rocking vibration that doesn’t exist to the same degree in a v-twin. Never ridden one so I don’t know how it feels.

          • Jeremy says:

            Nearly all parallel twins currently produced use 270 degree cranks now, so it isn’t so unique these days. I think Kawasaki may be the only mfg that doesn’t use a 270. The 650 and 400 are 180s if I am not mistaken, and the W800 is a 360.

            Even Triumph likes to brag about the “classic” sound of their bikes (all 270 degree engines) in their marketing literature ignoring the fact the iconic British twin exhaust note is undeniably 360 degrees.

          • Dave says:

            “Unique” was probably the wrong word, by which I meant, across the history of P-twins, 270* is unique. More accurate is that it’s relatively new to build an engine this way, though you’re right, lots of makes have changed to this crank format in the past several years.

          • Anonymous says:

            I believe one of the first parallel twins in recent history to use the 270 degree crank was the Yamaha TDM850 MkII first seen in 1995. The newest could be the Royal Enfield 650.

      • Mr.Mike says:

        I must be numb because I put about 25k miles on a KLR and never noticed the vibration

  13. Neal says:

    A lot of things confuse me about the world, but one of them is why there is so much interest and excitement about the dirt-worthiness of big streetbikes. I’ve been riding for 15 years all over the southeast US, and I’ve never had any idea of why I might need or want to take a bike off of the road or, if i did, where I would go do that. I just don’t see the appeal of bikes like this or the Africa Twin.

    • austin zzr 1200 says:

      Its a dirt thing. Its either in your blood or not. Personally, I love both dirt and street riding, two entirely different sensations, learning curves, skillsets. Adv bikes try to give you both.

    • ApriliaRST says:

      > I’ve been riding for 15 years all over the southeast US, and I’ve never had any idea of why I might need or want to take a bike off of the road…

      Not all roads are paved, and not all unpaved roads resemble much more than a two track without vegetation.

    • Tommy D says:

      Try riding in the Northeast. Long travel suspension is welcome on the frost heaved roads that are all patched and breaking apart. I think these are the comfort bikes for people that don’t like Cruisers. Off road I only use a two stroke purpose built orange Kool-Aid.

      • Bigdog says:

        Same with Southwest. Roads are often trashed, I we can traverse entire states on dirt roads and easy trails. Bring it on! I love my KTM 1190, but really too big for any hard dirt work when if I am traveling alone.

      • Stuki Moi says:


        Once aging boomers, increasingly with stiff lower backs, decided that sitting bolt upright was a requirement for comfort, dirtbike levels of suspension travel became a must for our decaying infrastructure on any bike weighing less than an Electraglide.

    • Jabe says:

      I have traveled a lot in the SE and agree with you that this bike doesn’t really belong there. In fact, with the exception of a few mountain roads coming to mind, I have never wanted to take any kind of bike with me into that hell hole. Too much traffic, too much heat. But where I live and other places I have traveled to, this looks to be an excellent machine.

      • Neil says:

        Too much traffic. That’s why more of them need bikes and WAZE ride sharing or work from home. And how about cities stop building so much downtown that too many people are trying to get into one place. We should also be able to swap homes easier so if we both have new jobs on the other side of the city we just house swap.

      • Neal says:

        I won’t argue that Atlanta freeway traffic or most of Florida’s roads aren’t hell holes but some of my most enjoyable rides have been wandering around Atlanta inside the perimeter on weeknights. City riding is great when the drivers are all at settled in at home.

    • skortch says:

      If you come out West you would have your answer. Colorado. Utah. Idaho. New Mexico. And so on. Or you could do an image search for something like “motorcycle mountain dirt pass.”

      As for the bike, I was hugely interested for years, since the first spy shots. With the reveal at the last EICMA some of the details were middling (a bit too much weight, a bit too little suspension travel) but overall it looked pretty excellent and very close to the prototypes.

      However, the extra wait for the US market knocked it off my radar. Maybe I’ll revisit in a couple of years.

    • Dirck Edge says:

      To be ready for the Zombie Apocalypse.

      • skortch says:

        Yes, that too but even then I’d say this bike applies mostly to the Mountain West. I would think that east of the Mississippi a standard MT07 or CB650F/500F would be more than enough during the Zombie Apocalypse. Or a used KLR…

        • Stuki Moi says:

          The KLR is definitely better for TEOTWAKI.

          Problem is, all the zombies will be riding KLRs (they already are), so you won’t be able to outrun them…

  14. Pacer says:

    The 790R will own this class offroad. Wonder if Yamaha has a more street oriented version in mind? Would the MT07 be an acceptable platform for that purpose? I am a Yamaha fan, but feel this is a miss, timing being a big part of it.

  15. Wendy says:

    Tuning fork so late, wait another season folks. With many credible competitors, will it be worth it?

    • ApriliaRST says:

      > With many credible competitors

      Once again, which bikes are these credible competitors? And if they are out there now… why wait yet another season past 2020?

      • Wendy says:

        THe BMW F series,, the KTM, the Honda XR 650, the Suzuki WeeStrom.

        • ApriliaRST says:

          Of your three examples, The KTM(s) are on my radar, the Honda is not, nor is the Wee. I’m looking at the BMWs (thanks); the F750, being actually 850cc, is priced quite competitively; basically the same as the Yamaha. BMW’s site makes comparing its models difficult since it doesn’t highlight the identical information model to model. None of the bikes list weight. My requirements won’t make or break any manufacturer’s sales, but I’m getting anxious to buy something new, and don’t want to ride my new bike thinking I ought to have kept the KLR. 🙂

  16. Anonymous says:

    The KTM 790 Adventure is $12,499 and the KTM 790 Adventure R is $13,499.

  17. Scott A Harrelson says:

    Nice bike i still have a tt350 im 57 and would love to ride your bike and do some cross country rides with my wife and show it off

  18. Anonymous says:

    350+ km equals what…217+ miles? And those wheels look like they be tubed. Couple that with you be having to wait another year?! OooOOooOOooo…Sheeeeeit! How sweet do that be?

    I imagine some here will have gone full Duncan-Hines over this thing. Let’s see if they actually step up to the plate and buy it or will they continue on down the buffet line and choose something that’s actually available in America and better equipped for the real world for less (read: more affordable) moolah?


    • ApriliaRST says:

      > something that’s actually available in America and better equipped for the real world for less (read: more affordable) moolah?

      I know better than to ask, but will anyway. Which motorcycle do you refer to? I don’t see it.

    • austin zzr 1200 says:

      put it this way, if it rides passibly on-road, it will replace my Versys 650 in two years. Finally, a spiritual successor to the DL650

  19. Provologna says:

    Wow, looks like the Tuning Fork folks nailed this one. Sweet.

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