Paying tribute to Yamaha’s ’80s Dakar racers, the Japanese factory has just revealed a new tricked out Rally Edition of its Ténéré 700. And it’s about as cool as it gets.

Yamaha’s Ténéré 700 has won the hearts and minds of off-road loving adventure motorcyclists the world over since its launch last year. And now it’s gone one step further, releasing a special Rally Edition model which pays homage to the factories iconic ‘80s Dakar Rally racers.


Assembled in France alongside the standard Ténéré 700, the most obvious difference is its blue and yellow Dakar Rally-inspired livery – but there’s a range of other difference to help the Rally Edition stand out from the crowrd.

Yamaha reveals DAKAR-inspired Ténéré 700 Rally
Oh man. Just look at the thing. It’s glorious.

It gets a new heavier duty bash plate, a tool box mounting point, a more serious black aluminium radiator protector as well as a laser-cut aluminium chain guard. There’s also a taller Rally Seat which sits at 895mm (20mm higher than the standard model) – to help make it easier to move from sitting down to standing when you’re getting stuck into some serious off-road riding.

That’s not all; there’s a new Akrapovič slip-on muffler, more compact LED indicators, a set of rubber pads which offer improved knee and thigh grip under hard acceleration and a set of off-road specific handlebar grips.

Here’s the Ténéré 700 Rally Edition alongside its inspiration; Yamaha’s iconic XT600Z Dakar Rally racer from the ’80s.


• ’80s-inspired factory Dakar Rally race livery

• Rally Seat, tank grip pads and off road grips


• Lightweight Akrapovič slip-on muffler

• Extra protection from the heavy-duty skid plate, radiator guard and chain guard

• Durable LED flashers front and rear and 4 x LED headlights

• 689cc, 4-stroke, CP2 engine tuned for linear torque

• Lightweight double cradle tubular steel frame

• Adjustable long-travel front and rear suspension

• Tough and lightweight 21 inch/18 inch spoked wheels with adventure tyres

• Switchable ABS

Expected to be available across Yamaha’s dealers next month, it’s around £1500 more expensive than the standard Ténéré 700 – costing £10,447 on the road. For more information on the Ténéré 700, click HERE.

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