10 things every motorcycle enthusiast should know about the 2022 Yamaha Tenere 700

The Yamaha Tenere 700 is one of the most economical mid-weight adventure touring motorcycles. Since the motorcycle entered the US market in 2019, it has also been one of the best-selling motorcycles in the segment. This can be attributed to the solid reliability, excellent powertrain and impressive on-road and off-road driving experience it offers.

With the arrival of the 2022 Yamaha Tenere 700, now available for sale at a starting MSRP of $ 10,299, Yamaha has retained all of the qualities of the outgoing 2021 model, without any major changes being implemented. The sleek and refined parallel twin engine helps the bike tackle any terrain with ease, and the decent suspension and chassis further complement it. Competing with the tastes of the KTM Duke 790 Adventure and the BMW F800 GS, here are 10 things every enthusiast should know about the Tenere 700.

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ten Parallel-twin motor is perfect for an adventure tourer


2022 Yamaha Ténéré 700
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The 2022 Yamaha Tenere 700 gets the same 689cc Liquid-Cooled DOHC Parallel Twin Engine like the Yamaha MT-07 and the Yamaha R7. This means the bike produces 63.7 hp and 44 lb-ft of torque, which is about the same as the others in the Yamaha team. This engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and refueling is done using electronic fuel injection with 48mm throttle bodies.


2022 Yamaha XSR700 engine close-up view
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The power output is impressive and the engine propels the Tenere 700 forward with just a slight twist of the throttle. The engine is quite punchy at low to mid-range, making it a great proposition for highway journeys as well as off-road. Driving around town is easy, and that can be paired with precise refueling. The on-off transitions are also perfect.


9 Neat and well-arranged gears make it capable anywhere


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It has a typical 6-speed manual gearbox that you typically see in most Yamaha motorcycles, and there is nothing wrong with the precision and shifting feel of this gearbox. All the gears snap into place with precision and there are none of those false neutral issues you might find in the KTM Duke 790 Adventure.


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Another positive aspect of this gearbox is the neatly arranged gears. The initial gears (first and second) are neither too high nor too short, which makes it very easy to drive in dangerous off-road sections as well as in cities. With the fifth and sixth gears high, the Tenere 700 is also able to go on highways with very low engine hardness and vibration, as the engine is at a reasonably low RPM.

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8 Energy efficiency is a defined USP


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Since the CP2 engine is quite synonymous with excellent fuel efficiency, especially in the MT-07 and R7, the same philosophy is also applied to the Tenere 700. The 2022 Yamaha Tenere 700 is capable of yielding close to 50 mpg of combined gas mileage, which is quite respectable for the adventure travel segment.


Person riding a Yamaha Tenere 700 parked in the desert
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With a sizable 4.2 gallon fuel tank capacity, the 2022 Tenere 700 also has the capacity to deliver 212 miles of tank range. You can also get better gas mileage and tank range if you increase the throttle and upshift faster. The bike could reach highway speeds at very low revs in sixth gear, which would further increase mileage.


seven Impressive driving manners on the road


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While the 2022 Yamaha Tenere 700 doesn’t look like a motorcycle comfortable enough for the roads, that isn’t quite true. With a soft suspension setup for the front and rear, which is tuned to the softer side, the Tenere 700 could easily achieve the status of the segment’s most comfortable middleweight tourer at low speed around town.


Blue Yamaha Tenere 700, side view
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With an adequate seat height of 34.4 “coupled with excellent ride ergonomics and legroom on offer, the on-road riding experience was felt to be far superior to its rivals. However, the configuration of the the soft suspension makes the driving experience slightly mediocre on the speed highway, as the bike feels a bit unstable.

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6 Offroad is where it shines


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The torquey engine and reasonably short, well-matched first and second gears help bring out the best in the Tenere 700 in off-roading. As a result, he could easily get out of dangerous conditions like slush and sand. The flexible suspension system is another advantage of the Tenere 700, which is very useful off-road.


The new Yamaha Tenere 700
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The front comes with a Kayaba USD 43mm fork and the rear features a Kayaba monoshock with spring preload and rebound adjustment. Due to the smooth setup the bike turns quite smoothly and the impressive low-end torque helps it get out of any tough off-road situations. Direction changes are also quite easy which can be attributed to the double cradle steel tube chassis and low wet weight of 452 lbs.


5 Build quality is acceptable for the price


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While the build quality of the Yamaha Tenere 700 2022 isn’t going to blow anyone up anyway, it’s far better than most of the brand’s older models, which were sold for a similar price. The handlebars, mirrors, switchgear and other contact points are well assembled and would easily withstand abuse to the motorcycle.


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Even the paint quality of the Tenere 700 is similar to that of many European offerings in the segment. It also turned out to be slightly better than the Duke 790 Adventure. However, one area where Yamaha could have done better is that of exposed screws. There is also a lot of exposed wiring, similar to the MT-07.


4 Reliability is probably the best in the segment


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Even though the older Yamaha Tenere ES had quite a few major engine, gearbox, and electrical related issues and recalls, the Yamaha Tenere 700 was a fairly bulletproof motorcycle. Most of the owners also didn’t have any major complaints with the bike, as can be seen on the Tenere Forum 700.


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With regular oil, changes, filter changes and valve clearance checks, the 2022 Yamaha Tenere 700 has the ability to travel 100,000 miles without major issues. However, some owners have reported that the rubber coating around the wire harness has a tendency to crack, especially at high temperatures. It could also lead to electric gremlins. Apart from that, rattling and squealing has also been reported on the body panels.

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3 The digital display leaves a lot to be desired


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The multifunction LCD display comes standard with the 2022 Yamaha Tenere 700, and it displays all the relevant information a rider would need. The trip, odometer, tachometer, speed, fuel gauge and other information are displayed. It’s also readable in brighter days, and is encased in a plastic case that feels pretty sturdy.


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However, compared to rivals like the KTM Duke 790 Adventure, Kawasaki Versys 650 and BMW F800 GS, the Tenere 700s instrument cluster looks quite outdated. There is no Bluetooth connectivity like the competition. As a result, no browsing, phone calls, messages, etc. cannot be displayed. It is also not a TFT screen.


2 Not the most feature-rich motorcycle


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The 2022 Yamaha Tenere 700 lacks many driver aids and other important features, many of which could be found in other similarly priced motorcycles in the mid-weight adventure touring segment. With the lack of cruise control, traction control and heated grips, it manages to slow down the driving experience.


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The digital instrument cluster leaves a lot to be desired. It lacks all the features offered by Bluetooth technology. The display also gives the impression of being taken from the 90s. Along with that, no driving mode is offered either. However, the LED headlights and taillights and the KYB USD forks up front are decent additions.


1 Stand out from rivals


2021 Yamaha Ténéré 700
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The design of the 2022 Yamaha Tenere 700 has been carried over from the 2021 model, and that’s not a bad thing. This is one of the coolest motorcycles in the segment, which is mainly due to the striking LED headlight, massive ground clearance and blacked-out elements.


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The front part looks a bit odd and that adds to the character. The two-tone schemes (Team Yamaha Blue and Raven) are also exceptional. The side fairings with stickers, the petal disc up front and the massive side exhaust make it very beautiful to look at. The rear of the Tenere 700 looks like a real Dakar rally motorcycle due to the shortened tail, orange indicators and 150 section Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tires.


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