While discussing the growing Yamaha motorcycle range with riders at the recently held Yamaha MT day, Yamaha Motor National Manager, Alan Petrie candidly took to answering any and all questions relating to the brand. One of the most anticipated models to be awaiting an official launch date is the new Tenere 700 model, an adventure bike based loosely on the MT 07. When asked about the long-awaited model, Petrie didn't mince his words.
"Ahh the mystical T7, Petrie told the assembled crowd of riders. "We've taken a lot of questions on when we're going to bring that bike out. I'll tell you what happened about the T7. When the T7 first came out as a concept, it was originally a soft roader and our friends across the Tasman kicked up a stink and said 'this is not right', but the Europeans went out and made a mock-up and released it on social media and all of a sudden the factory was caught out and thought 'we've got to do something about this' and that's what they've done. So the new T7 when we receive it next year - we believe - will be the business. It's a proper dual sport motorcycle and we can't wait for it to be honest with you. The T7 will be a game changer."It is expected that Yamaha will officially announce the Tenere 700 as a production model at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan in early November, but this is the first we've heard from a Yamaha employee that the wait for the long-awaited replacement for the Tenere 660 is finally nearly at an end.