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Yamaha T7 TENERE Thread

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by VTbeemer, Apr 7, 2017.

  1. scridercoach

    scridercoach Old crusty bast**d

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    Managed to sneak in a relatively short ride today. Haven't been able to ride, as I've been helping my wife recover from some shoulder/bicep surgery. Got to remind myself how much I love this time of year in the area I live in and also rekindled some appreciation for it as well.
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  2. c-m

    c-m Long timer

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    I think it would basically be a 90s Dakar/Rally Raid bike then. Which has me thinking how it would compare to the xtz850 (Yamaha's 90s Dakar entry) which was 180kg dry. The XTZ850 did have 300mm of suspension travel though, so that would need to be amended on the T700

    It is interesting seeing all the videos of people tackling single track. The riders and bike seem to do exceptionally well considering the weight and bulk, despite Yamaha intending it to be an Adventure bike, which in my mind the off road portion covers terrain more similar to that which you'd expect to find in a rally raid, pretty much like the Dakar. Vast open spaces, sand rocks, gravel and average speeds of 90-130kh. That's the type of riding I prefer, and would want to set the bike up for. In fact not too dissimilar from touring South America, especially up on the Altiplano.
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  3. tonyubsdell

    tonyubsdell Ténéré Supporter

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    c-m, i hear what you are saying.
    i happen to share your liking and attitude concerning touring: vast open spaces, sand, rocks, "the far away horizon is the limit".
    that's why i set up my current T7 the way it is.
    winter is nearing and another T7 is in my stable to await the framework of a 450 wrf to suit those 300 mm travel.
    will keep you posted.
    cheers,
    wolf
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  4. mcmann

    mcmann Adventure Rider Junkie Supporter

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    Not sure “stable” is the most accurate term for your bike collection:ricky
    It is second only to Barber:clap
    I would like to see a video . . . hard to picture:-)
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  5. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly Supporter

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    I saw my first T7 in the wild yesterday (I'm still waiting on mine).

    Parked at a hotel in town. I stopped to look at it as the owner was coming out to leave and we had a nice chat. He offered me a ride, which I've been trying to get, but I couldn't reasonably accept that while I was working. Dammit.

    Jim from Walnut Creek. Bought it at Berkeley Honda. Black with blue wheels. Was on his way back home after completing the Idaho BDR on it. Bike was totally stock and he was super pleased with 3k on it so far.

    I don't think he's on ADV but I figured some guys might know him... seems to be a few guys from the bay area and a few who bought from Berkeley Honda. Anyway, he was a good ambassador for the machine. I was impressed with it in person and it's made me more excited / impatient for mine!
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  6. c-m

    c-m Long timer

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    Yeah, lets have a 45-60min long video tour. :)

    I saw a video recently of guy collecting the street versions of Dakar bikes from the 80s and 90s. I'm pretty sure tonyubsdell would be more interesting with more exotic material. Something to do maybe the next time there is a lockdown? ;)
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  7. Offcamber

    Offcamber Long timer Supporter

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    Yes the waiting game....I wonder if anymore will be delivered this year :(
  8. Kshaw

    Kshaw Been here awhile

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    My dealer said he’s getting 3 in late October and he phones the North American Yamaha rep weekly and so far it’s a go. I literally already bought parts and I’m dedicated to wait regardless of time. Besides some stuff I want is back ordered like the outback mototek stuff.

    Literally going from the dealer to my suspension guy to install the rally raid shock and fork upgrades.
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  9. Offcamber

    Offcamber Long timer Supporter

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    Kinda same here....waiting to hear from the dealer about an October delivery....I also have a pile of parts ready to go.....

    Update: Just got off the phone with the dealer. He got one in that was spoken for and is still on track for getting a blue one by the end of the month....fingers crossed.
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  10. captain jc

    captain jc Earthrider Supporter

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    Berkeley Honda recieved (11) T7's from the first pre-order batch, they have (5) more coming late October all with deposits on them. I was lucky enough to nab the last one. Looks like it will be a 12 month riding season this year.:lol3:lol3
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    BLZ2DWL Roustabout Supporter

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    I just put a deposit down with a small dealer who says he ordered 9 in May and "can see that one will be fulfilled in the 2nd half of October. A black one." Hopefully that's real.
  12. mcmann

    mcmann Adventure Rider Junkie Supporter

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    May orders should have been pre-sold PDP orders. Dealer stocking orders took place in July:

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  13. BLZ2DWL

    BLZ2DWL Roustabout Supporter

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    Maybe he misremembered. Maybe it will never arrive. Only time will tell. Fingers' crossed.
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  14. duggram

    duggram Sunrise Bahia de LA Supporter

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    Anyone want a pair of lowering links? The buyer of my bike didn't want them. $60 and they're yours.
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  15. ktmcrush

    ktmcrush Been here awhile

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  16. Benduro

    Benduro These are my dress clothes Supporter

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    Have you used them yet?
  17. tonyubsdell

    tonyubsdell Ténéré Supporter

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    Not much of an interesting story. (Although i could invent one...)
    As a kid i liked „20.000 leagues under the sea“ and other novels by jules verne.
    i admire and respect all people who risked their lives contributing to the development of (deep and scuba) diving as the deep blue drives a big fascination onto me.
    This is a russian type of diving suit i „organized“ through an ex russian soldier who left berlin shortly after the wall collapsed with gorbatschow‘s help in late 1989.
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    stay you guys safe, cheers
    Wolf
  18. Snowbird

    Snowbird Cereal Killer

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    Not yet. So far, I've attached anything I've had to carry with bungee cords.
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  19. Snowbird

    Snowbird Cereal Killer

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    I wish I'd seen this a few days ago. I paid full price for a pair and now I'm not sure I will install them. Good idea to have them on hand for the far in the future day I want to sell the bike.
  20. Belgradian

    Belgradian Been here awhile

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    That's a great exhaust setup on the tan Tenere, please tell me more. Thanks!
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