By now, you’ve read Mike’s first impressions of the new Yamaha Tenere 700. You’ve seen FortNine’s quick run-down of the bike’s design. But what is the machine really capable of?

Pol Tarres is here to give us a good idea of what the bike can do, in capable hands.

If you haven’t heard of Tarres before, he’s a hard enduro and trials rider, from Spain. He’s definitely not as well-known in North America as guys like Johnny Walker or Graham Jarvis, but he’s still had great finishes at events like the Erzbergrodeo. In other words, he’s got talent at a level that most offroaders only dream of. He won the World Junior Trials Championship in 2010, and has been combining a white collar life with his riding ever since. Some people might remember him from this video from 2019, shot with a filmmaking team called The Who.

Now, Tarres and The Who are back in action, this time aboard the Yamaha Tenere 700. Turns out, this machine really can do great things off-road, even without a fancy-pants electronics suite. Although, if you want to do extreme hoonery, things like traction control can get in the way, truthfully.

Supposedly, Tarres’ Tenere received minimal modification for this video—a set of Mitas knobbies and extra fork oil, and that’s it.

All in all, it’s a great promo reel for the T7, showing it really can do hard, gnarly stuff, just as advertised. It’s also a great promo reel for Pol Tarres, as you can bet he’ll have thousands of new fans as this video spreads around the world, showing what he can do.

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