Yamaha has officially confirmed production of the long-awaited 700 Ténéré adventure motorcycle. But before you grab that box of cash squirreled away under your box spring and sprint in the direction of your local Yamaha dealership—it will not arrive in US dealerships until the second half of 2020. Production for the US models will take place in Japan, while the European models will be manufactured in France. Yamaha cites differing government regulatory standards for the split production and 2020 release. So the wait continues, but in the meantime we can take a look at the official details.

Yamaha’s most-beloved 689cc CP2 parallel twin powers a entirely new chassis that is designed to deliver class-leading handling in the dirt and on the street—a tall order considering the BMW F850GS and forthcoming KTM 790 Adventure. From the looks of the action images that have been shared of the T7 Concept that preceded the 700 Ténéré, it’s going to be a fight.

Yamaha 700 Ténéré
The Yamaha 700 Ténéré will be available in the second half of 2020.Courtesy of Yamaha

Strong and linear torque from the CP2 engine with instant throttle response has been promised by Yamaha. If the MT-07 and XSR-700's power delivery is any indication, the 700 Ténéré should more than satisfy these claims. Yamaha has not provided power figures for the 700 Ténéré, but on the Cycle World dyno the 2018 XSR-700 produced 68.5 hp at 8,900 rpm and 47.1 pound-feet of torque at 6,500 rpm. More than enough for a great time on and off road. Transmission ratios are tailored for versatility in a variety of conditions.

A new, double cradle tubular steel frame features a 1,590mm (62.6-inch) wheelbase suspended by a 43mm inverted coil-spring fork and remote preload-adjustable shock, providing 210mm (8.3 inches) and 200mm (7.9 inches) of wheel travel respectively. The fork is fully adjustable for compression and rebound, while at the rear only rebound damping can be adjusted. A 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheel shod with Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tires further reinforce the 700 Ténéré will be a serious contender for the off-road adventure crown.

Long-travel suspension
Long-travel suspension and slim bodywork hint at the 700 Ténéré’s off-road potential.Courtesy of Yamaha

A rally-styled fairing and windscreen tie the 700 Ténéré to Yamaha 450cc rally racers with a Dakar-racing character. Set behind the windscreen/front nacelle are four LED headlights stacked in a two-by-two configuration, just like on the rally racebikes and the T7 Concept. Facing the rider is a compact multifunction LCD display that features two tripmeters, gear position, fuel level, fuel range, and instant fuel consumption.

A departure from the current Super Ténéré’s ABS, the braking on the 700 Ténéré is switchable to allow the rider to take full control of braking to lock the rear wheel while in the dirt. Twin 285mm wave-style front rotors provide stopping power along with a 245mm rear rotor.

A slim and long tank holding 4.2 gallons of fuel flows into a flat seat that allows the rider to move around easily. Yamaha claims a 217-mile range from the tank. Doing the simplest of math shows a fuel efficiency of 51.7 mpg. Obviously this in on the street without running balls to the wall. Weight figures with a full tank are also still a mystery.

The 700 Ténéré will be available in one color—Ceramic Ice. The long tease of the adventure bike Yamaha fans are begging for continues, but at least now the reality of a production model is confirmed. Kudos to Yamaha for sticking very close to the T7 Concept that had the ADV world talking the instant it was unleashed. Instead of taking all that hard-earned cash down to the local dealer, just take enough for your deposit. Then hurry up and wait.