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Review Of The Yamaha Ténéré 700 - Now In Singapore At Hong Leong Yamaha!


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The Yamaha Ténéré 700 is distribution by Yamaha's Singapore authorised distributor:

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Hong Leong Corporation - Yamaha Motor Singapore
Address: 178 Paya Lebar Rd, Singapore 409030
Phone: 6749 0588

OTR Price at time of editorial - S$29,000 including COE, excluding insurance

The Ténéré 700 is a great midsize adventure motorcycle that comes in at a price of S$29,000 including COE, has finally arrived in Singapore. It undercuts the competition, but will its price advantage be enough to overtake the competition, more notably the KTM 790 Adventure?

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Overview

The Yamaha Ténéré 700 is 2021′s highly anticipated midsize adventure motorcycle. It was first introduced to the European market for 2020 and now makes its Singapore debut as a 2021 model. Yamaha takes the revered MT-07 engine, the 689cc CP2 parallel twin, and broadens torque for dirt focus via revised EFI mapping, a Ténéré-specific airbox, and new muffler. The middleweight ADV is designed to appeal to everyone with its overall accessibility, affordability, and on- and off-road versatility.

Pricing and Variants

The Ténéré 700 is priced at an MSRP of S$29,000. It is available in three colorways: Intensity White, Matte Black, and Ceramic Ice.

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Powertrain: Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The Ténéré 700 is powered by the great and plucky 689cc CP2 parallel twin which was pulled from the MT-07 but tuned for off-road. It recorded 63.78 peak hp at 8,870 rpm and 44.09 pound-feet of torque at 6,640 rpm on our in-house dyno. Smooth throttle response and snappy power delivery make for a hoot of a ride on road or off.

Handling

Sprinting through the dirt roads or Malaysia or Thailand, the Ténéré 700 is surprising in its combination of nimbleness and stability. The motorcycle has uncanny road feel and traction with a flickability more befitting of a naked sportbike than an ADV. Overall, the bike is supremely stable in most regards, just finding the right angle of attack on the front tire while managing the rear track is not the set-it-and-forget-it operation that modern ADV riders have become accustomed to.

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Brakes

Slowing 466-pound ADV bike are Brembo four-piston calipers clamping dual 282mm front rotors matched to a Brembo master cylinder and a single-piston caliper at the rear.

Ergonomics: Comfort and Utility

The Yamaha new ADV bike proved to be plenty comfortable. Only after a few hours would you feel any discomfort from the stock seat (as with most bikes), while a taller Rally Seat offered via Yamaha’s accessory catalog reportedly offers more comfort. A measured 34.6-inch seat height places it on the taller side, but is exceptionally narrow between the legs which would allow for most people to be able to comfortably reach the ground. Handlebar bend is spot-on for seated or standing riding positions as well. We'd well recommend for you to head down to Hong Leong's showroom to get a feel for yourself and give the friendly sales-personnel over there a shout that you're from SBF - Discount maybe? :)

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Electronics

ABS comes standard on this ADV and compact LEDs illuminate the way. Other electronics like ride modes and traction control are not available. Information is displayed on a vertically oriented LCD gauge.

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

The Ténéré 700 includes a one-year limited factory warranty by Hong Leong.

Quality

Overall, the quality of this model is sleek and Dakar-inspired to serve the versatile rider. Although it may lack some of the up-spec electronics that seasoned ADV riders are familiar with, it presents an affordable no-frills package that is still suitable for the masses.

Technical Specifications

  • 689cc 4-stroke CP2 engine, with high torque.
  • Lightweight double cradle tubular steel frame.
  • Slim, compact and ergonomic body and seat.
  • Aggressive, rally-bred face, with 4-LED headlights.
  • Adjustable, long-travel, 43mm upside-down forks.
  • Remotely adjustable rear suspension.
  • Rally-style cockpit, with tapered handlebars.
  • 21-inch/18-inch spoke wheels, with adventure tyres
  • Slim, long-range fuel tank, with 16-litre capacity
  • Compact, rally-style, multi-function instruments.
  • Switchable ABS, for on-the-fly adjustment.
  • Screen and handguards give good rider protection

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