Over 330km in scorching hot temperatures, half of it off road. And yet, Onze Man still had the strength to communicate his findings about the Yamaha Ténéré 700 World Raid immediately after the test.
MotorNews: Put us out of our misery: is the World Raid a cosmetic upgrade or really a different bike from the Ténéré 700?
German Uncles: There is effectively a big difference between the two versions. The basis is of course the same, but the elaboration of the concept of the T7 has clearly evolved. Everyone was already impressed by the Ténéré 700, but with the bigger tank, better suspension, better electronics, everything is even more right now. We didn’t immediately think so, but the standard model now suddenly seems to be open to improvement.
MotorNews: That’s punishment. But also good news of course.
uncles: Yamaha Europe has taken on a large part of the development of this engine. And this is one of the manufacturers where that really stands out: that they get input from the market, process comments from their customers, listen to social media comments… And so they started working on the points that have already been pointed out. There is now more range, a better suspension, better electronics, a different appearance,… this is completely different from the standard and even the rally and it is at an even higher level.
MotorNews: So the Good News Show?
uncles: Yes, very good engine. With the remark that that CP2 engine deserves all the praise it already received. You can feel that this concept is approaching its limit. The motorcycle weighs 16 kg more and has a larger frontal area. At higher speeds you feel that the CP2 block has to work harder. Optionally add a passenger and luggage to that and you will logically come close to what is feasible. But achievable is of course still ok, isn’t it!
MotorNews: I saw a picture of you with the engineer, Katsumitsu Wasamatsu. What else did she have to say?
uncles: Very little, because he doesn’t speak English very well and my Japanese is nothing like it. But I understand that we should not expect an adventure based on the CP3 three-cylinder. “The market is already so saturated in that class that we are not going to step into it,” he said. Or maybe he just asked for directions to the hotel. Again, my Japanese is not that good…
MotorNews: Anyway: domo arigato for this conversation German San!
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