. The vertically mounted LCD instrument cluster allows the rider to scan information at a glance without looking down. The dash is not TFT, though meters all of the essentials, including trip information and current and average fuel consumption. Just as cool is the accessory bar above the LCD panel designed to mount a smartphone, GPS, or a rally roadbook. A standard 12v socket is conveniently located to power it all—you will need an adapter if your component uses USB
The 689cc Crossplane twin (CP2) is an absolute treat. On paper, 72 horsepower at 9000 rpm and 50 ft/lbs of torque at 6500 rpm are not necessarily mind-blowing. However, in the saddle, the CP2 engine is a bona fide smile-maker. With plenty of wheel-lofting power in first through third gears, plus a robust linear pull with outstanding over-rev, the CP2 engine is a standout feature of the 2020 Yamaha Ténéré 700
The CP2 engine of the Yamaha MT-07 and the Ténéré 700 are identical. The Yamaha Ténéré engineers created different fuel injection mappings, aspiration, exhaust, cooling systems, and final drive ratio to optimize torque and throttle response for off-road use. Mechanically, the engine and transmission are interchangeable.
Yamaha claims the CP2 engine to be the most reliable motorcycle engine on the market. These are big words, and Yamaha doesn’t just point to its own statistics. Instead, Yamaha claims third-party published data in Germany puts the CP2 powerplant of the Yamaha MT-07 at the top of the reliability list.
The Ténéré 700 integrates rubber anti-vibration inserts into the footpegs, but you won’t need them. The CP2 engine is free-revving and virtually vibration free, lessening road and trail fatigue and increasing rider comfort. Of course, you can always reinsert the rubber dampers if you like a squishier ride. No tools are necessary for removal or installation.
The syncopated thump of the 270-degree cross-plane crankshaft is complete auditory bliss. Not only does the 270-/450-degree firing order reduce inertial torque for a smooth and tractable power delivery, but the low rpm growl is formidable. It grows to a howling scream as the revs near the limit — a fitting soundtrack to any adventure or personal
The 2020 Yamaha Ténéré 700’s six-speed gearbox shifts nicely and has no noticeable gaps. This is critical for a motorcycle designed to chug over nasty terrain in first gear and then later expected to pass traffic on the open highway. Credit certainly goes to the pulling power of the CP2 engine, as it persists regardless of what gear it’s in. I could easily use second gear for a low-speed dirt switchback, and sixth gear was the perfect high-speed overdrive.
. Handling is quick, and it is easy to flick the 2020 Yamaha Ténéré 700 side-to-side on twisty tarmac, yet it remains stable at speed. 21-inch front wheels are celebrated for their off-road capabilities, but are notorious for having a slow turn-in feel while railing the tarmac. That is not the case with the Ténéré 700. The short length of the CP2 engine, thanks to a vertically stacked gearbox, reduces the overall wheelbase and centralizes mass, allowing for quick and precise handling. As a result, the motorcycle responds to peg-pressure inputs from the rider’s feet, with performance increasing as the fuel load decreases.
Fully adjustable KYB suspension is featured on the 2020 Yamaha Ténéré 700. The 43mm open-cartridge fork accommodates over eight inches of travel. The fork includes bleeder valves on the endcaps to relieve pressure built up from use and changes in altitude. The shock is also fully adjustable, providing nearly eight inches of travel, and has a handy knob for quick spring-preload adjustments. A flat-blade screwdriver is all that is needed to adjust compression and rebound damping.
The suspension feel is best characterized as Adventure firm and Rally soft. The suspension soaks up trail chop and road undulations comfortably, and the overall action is consistent and balanced front-to-rear. It is ideal for your typical adventure ride
The Ténéré 700 has switchable ABS, a first for a production Yamaha. The rider can switch ABS off or on, but only while stopped with the engine running. Turning off the engine with the key or kill switch reengages the ABS the next time the motor is started. An easy workaround to avoid all of the button pressing on the trail is to purposefully stall the bike when you want to stop for a bit, keeping the ABS defeated
50” (127 CM) WIDTH / 90.6” (230.1 CM) WHEELBASE
CLASS-LEADING 5.3 US GAL (20.2 L)
RUGGEDLY CAPABLE - INCREDIBLY SMOOTH
- 27” 6-Ply Tires*
- Up to 13” of Ground Clearance & Full-Body Skid Plate
- Massive Front Bumper with Accessory Integration
- Crew Specific-Tuned Shocks & Springs
- Polaris Pulse™ Electrical System
OFF-ROAD CLIMATE CONTROL
- New Front-to-Rear Pass-Through Storage
- Additional 5" of Clearance for Entering & Exiting the Vehicle
- Rear Flip-Up Under-Seat Storage
- 25% Thicker, More Refined Seats
MORE RUGGED. MORE REFINED. MORE RANGER.™
BEST-IN-CLASS BY ANY MEASURE
BUILT TO HAUL
STRONGER. TOUGHER. MORE DURABLE.
Embrace the DarknessYamaha’s dynamic MT-03 represents the new wave in motorcycle design. A sporty and versatile character comes together with an upright riding position and compact dimensions to make this naked lightweight an ideal choice for new, returning and upgrading riders. Powered by a lively 321cc parallel twin cylinder engine and equipped with an easy handling chassis, this motorcycle makes you look forward to every ride on any road. MT-03 from Yamaha. Come and embrace the Darkness.
- Long swingarm and Monocross suspension
- LED position light and LED tail light
- Compact and lightweight chassis
- Multi function display with analogue tachometer
- Naked body with distinctive MT styling
- Moderate 780mm seat height for good ground access
- ABS-equipped 298mm front disc & 220mm rear disc
- 10-spoke alloy wheels with 140-section rear tyre
- Liquid-cooled twin cylinder engine
- Dynamic mass-forward body design