Yamaha is once again teasing the idea of an up-spec’d Tenere 700 adventure bike, with the reveal of the new Raid prototype.

The video opens with these words: “These vehicles are factory prototypes, developed exclusively for rally racing.” Uh, what race series? Yamaha’s press release says these bikes were assembled with expert input from professional hoons Alessandro Botturi and Pol Tarrés, and that’s what we get in the video, a whole bunch of hoonery in the desert.

Yamaha says these bikes were upgraded with parts from the company’s GYTR catalog. See the list below:


  • Full titanium Akrapovič race exhaust
  • High performance airbox and filter
  • 48 teeth final drive sprocket
  • Oversize radiator
  • Dual cooling fans
  • New water pump cover
  • New oil cooler
  • Rekluse heavy duty clutch
  • Two-piece clutch cover
  • New clutch lever


  • 48 mm long travel front forks – 270 mm
  • CNC triple clamps
  • New long travel rear shock – 260 mm
  • New rear suspension linkage


  • High specification single front disc – 300 mm
  • Racing brake pads
  • Upgraded front brake master cylinder
  • New front brake lever
  • Oversize 267 mm diameter rear disc
  • New caliper mounting bracket
  • Steel braided front and rear brake hoses

Note that none of those engine updates should change the emissions profile, at least not enough to run afoul of regulatory agencies, which keeps costs lower and makes the bike easier to bring to market. Same for the other bits: The new brakes and suspension parts are all very useful if you’re racing offroad, but it’s just Yamaha slapping new hard parts onto an existing platform without changing the bike’s core identity. That helps keep costs down.

Where will this be raced?

This bike’s existence raises the question: Will it actually be raced, and if so, where would that be?

Currently, the Dakar Rally is the world’s premier rally raid event, and serious teams all run 450 four-stroke singles, mostly because that’s what the rulebook favors. At this point, bigger multi-cylinder bikes are out.

However, rules are made to change, so maybe we’ll see the new crop of parallel twin ADVs at Dakar in the future. Or, maybe we’ll just start to see them pop up at other races, because Dakar certainly doesn’t hold a monopoly on rally raid.

Photos: Yamaha

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