Apart from the conventional stuff, Yamaha seems to be working on some wacky stuff as well, scalping different models from the same platform. With strong chances of the MT-07 Tracer getting launched towards the end of 2016 or early 2017, the company seems to be developing another bike on similar lines. Enter the MT-07 Ténéré. A test unit of the bike was spotted for the first time in Italy by the folks at MCN.
This adventure oriented bike can be expected to carry forward the same 689 cc parallel twin mill which, in the mothership, churns out 73.8 bhp of maximum power at 9,000 rpm and 68 Nm of peak torque at 6,500 rpm. While the output is expected to be the same, the engine will be Euro 4 compliant to accommodate the change in emission norms from January 1, 2017.
The test unit misses body parts at the rear end. It gets a new swing arm, front forks, and a new sub frame. The bike also seems to be getting Brembo callipers upfront as well as rear discs. The front discs lose the petal layout and appear to be slightly smaller than the MT-07’s units.
The upright front fairing and an off-road oriented mud guard with spoked wheels suggest that the bike will be a go getter off the tarmac as well. The thinner front wheel will also best its abilities to guide its way through slush.
Targeting the likes of the Triumph’s Tiger 800 range and BMW Motorrad’s F 700GS, the Yamaha MT-07 Ténéré can be a very good challenger, with its price expected to be the USP. Though, the original report pegs the launch date two years from now, we believe this is a 2017 unveil and launch candidate.
Now, since the African Twin is coming, can we please have this in India too Yamaha?