Yamaha names it the T7 and although they were calling it a concept, it got a lot of Tenere Traqics oraying that it would go into production – and it will, but not until 2018. The company appears to have stopped production of the Yamaha XT660Z in Europe and is sitting on stock to meet demand until the Yamaha T7 arrives.
There has been no indication on price or when the Yamaha T7 will be available in Thailand. Assuming production goes ahead in 2018, after this year’s motorcycle show season, we would hope to see the motorcycle later next year. That will depend on the spec for Southeast Asia likely to want the MT-07 vertical-twin engine.
If you were hiding under a rock during EICMA, the Tenere looks like it’ll receive its own frame, KYB forks and monoshock, off-road ready 21/18-inch wheels, aluminum fuel tank and four LED headlight cluster. Don’t bet on the concept motorcycle carbon-fiber fairing and bashplate making it into production.
We can expect the motorcycle to retain styling elements from the WR450F Rally bikes at Dakar.