Yamaha aims for long-distance adventure with the Ténéré World Raid

Cover Yamaha Ténéré World Raid Breaks

When Yamaha launched the Ténéré 700, or T7, it bucked the current trend of electronic sophistication in adventure bikes by being remarkably back to basics, Yamaha obviously hoping to attract a certain type of hardcore rider for whom electronics wasn’t a big sale indicate.

A few years later, Yamaha launched a new version of the Ténéré, called World Raid. Mechanically exactly the same as the Ténéré 700, it has a few significant changes, the main one being to turn it into a long-range adventure midweight.

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The suspension has been completely reworked, with an extra 20mm of travel and full tuning of the inverted forks and stacked rear shock.

This main change is a fuel capacity that has increased to 23 liters, compared to 16 liters. The new tank comes in the form of two KTM saddlebag fuel tanks, mounted on either side of the engine. Yamaha says weight distribution and center of gravity have not been affected, but a range of up to 300 miles is now available.

Another big change concerns the suspension. New 43mm KYB inverted forks are mounted up front, adjustable for preload, rebound and compression damping. At the rear, a revised linkage acts on a new fully adjustable stacked damper giving a more progressive feel to the rear. The ride height has been increased by 20mm, resulting in a seat height of 890mm.

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best dash

The dash has been upgraded to a 5-inch color TFT, with phone connectivity, although you can’t use navigation through the dash: this still has to be done on the phone itself.

An Ölins steering damper was fitted and, despite the previous lack of electronic sophistication, Yamaha upgraded the electronics for the World Raid. A new 5-inch color TFT instrument panel with full smartphone connectivity. There’s three-mode ABS – on, rear wheel off and completely off – allowing the rider to choose depending on the terrain and surface.

Elsewhere, changes have been made to make World Raid more comfortable; a larger windshield, a more comfortable seat, wind deflectors, larger footpegs and, for protection, an improved grille and better engine case protection. The airbox has been improved to protect against dust ingestion.

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Twin fuel tanks

The bike now features dual pannier fuel tanks, increasing capacity from 16 liters to 23 liters, providing a range of almost 300 miles without disturbing weight distribution and center of gravity.

Is it enough to beat the BMW F850GSA? A fully spec’d 850 isn’t much more, has a lot more bells and whistles and 20 more horsepower in the engine. But where the World Raid could score is in its more robust and straightforward nature.

Let the battle begin.

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