The Yamaha Tenere 700 adventure bike series is updated for 2023, with new electronics but few changes to the hard parts.
Both the standard-model Tenere 700 and the up-spec Tenere 700 Rally will retain the same 689cc parallel twin engine and the same chassis. So what’s new? The list starts with a new five-inch TFT dash, which comes with a Street mode (set up with twin speedo/tach gauges that most riders are used to) and Explorer mode, which is more focused on information that’s useful for off-road riding, including an emphasis on engine speed, to help riders stay in their engine’s powerband.
This TFT screen also allows more connectivity to the rider’s mobile device via Bluetooth. Actually, this function is enabled by a new Communication Control Unit (CCU), which connects to the phone through Yamaha’s MyRide app, and the TFT screen is used to interface with the system while riding (answering calls, etc.). The MyRide app also collects all sorts of ride data, and can notify the rider of motorcycle maintenance information, even forwarding that information to a dealership if the rider wishes.
Yamaha also includes pre-wiring for a quickshifter. The quickshifter itself costs you extra; it’s available through Yamaha’s official accessory program.
Previous Tenere 700s came with simple on/off ABS options; now, Yamaha offers a third mode, which leaves ABS engaged on the front wheel, but disengages it at the rear wheel. This is similar to the off-road ABS mode available on many other current-gen ADV bikes.
LED signal lights now come standard, and there’s a new USB charging socket. The front brake lever is re-designed to be more robust, and the 2023 models come with new colour choices.
The new bikes haven’t showed up on Yamaha’s Canadian website yet, but we’re sure to see pricing listed there soon.