It looks like Yamaha is getting ready to bring an updated Tiny Ténéré to market (photos here), giving ADV riders a new middleweight option in the Yamaha lineup. This is because spy photos from Europe show what looks like a adventure-tourer, powered by the 689cc FZ-07 parallel-twin engine.
If we do see a Yamaha XT700ZE enter the market, it would be a welcomed compliment to the 1200cc Yamaha Super Ténéré, and help the Japanese brand compete in the increasingly competitive ADV market, especially against brands that already have a ~800cc adventure model available.
While the past decade or so has seen the rise of 1,000cc+ machines in the ADV category, 2016 is marking a point in time where OEMs finally listen to the call from adventure riders for smaller machines.
Other rumors also suggest that Honda is working on a middleweight ADV bike, to compliment the Honda Africa Twin, which could bring back the Dominator name to off-road riding.
Thanks to the versatility in Yamaha’s FZ/MT line, we are seeing a variety of bikes emerging from the Iwata brand, all of which use the same power plant, but in very different model segments.
This FZ-07 powered machines looks a little too raw to be a 2017 model, but we would expect it to drop in time for the 2018 model year, perhaps in mid-2017. Stay tuned.
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