Ténéré 700 World Raid Prototype Appears at Annual Rally
Ténéré fans across Australia were surprised to see the Ténéré 700 World Raid Prototype machine at their annual rally event.
The machine appeared with Yamaha Factory Racing Dakar Rally rider Rodney Faggotter on board at the Tragics (Ténéré owners) Welcome Dinner in Hervey Bay, Queensland (QLD) on 4 March.
75 riders of all model Ténérés from the original 1983 XT600Z right up to the latest XTZ1200 Super Ténéré were gathered for a group photograph when Faggotter appeared on the prototype machine.
The bike was being filmed in Australia as part of the Ténéré 700 World Raid movie that is taking place with key riders such as Stephan Peterhansel and Adrien van Beveren and in special locations across the globe including Argentina, USA and Europe.
The reaction was universally positive, with many Tragics asking YMA staff to accept their deposits despite the bike being a prototype. Faggotter was also super impressed with the 689cc parallel twin, praising its handling, suspension and engine in the varied Australian conditions.
Faggotter rode with the Ténéré Tragic Rally from Hervey Bay to Kingaroy, QLD on Day one of the event. The rally ended in Dubbo, NSW on Friday 9 March.
Sean Goldhawk, Yamaha Motor Australia (YMA)