Chapter One - The Plan - Tenere 700 Parts List, Graphics and More
August 5, 2020
Here it is. The concept rendering of my ultimate dream bike; a 2021 Yamaha Tenere 700 modified, customized and fully outfitted for dual-purpose domination. I want one bike that can do all. A true dual-spot setup that can shred the trails during the week and glide through the corners on the weekend. My main goal is to add protection, luggage, and lighting while still maintaining the surprisingly narrow profile and nimble feel of this mid-weight adventure bike.
Given the unusual circumstances related to COVID 19, I will be primarily building this Tenere 700 in my home garage with the occasional trip to the DENALI Design Lab. While the space is smaller and lighting isn't great I think the result will actually be better. With the bike at home, not a single late-night idea will go waste and my hope is that this build blog will allow me to get your input and ideas as I make my dream bike a reality.
Stay tuned as I continue to add updates to this build blog weekly.
Director of Product Development
August 10, 2020
Not usually a part of the build that I would mention, but this bike was hard as hell to get. After what felt like 5 years of hype the Yamaha Tenere 700 is finally available in the US. I owe a huge thank you to Yamaha Motors US who was able to secure me a bike based on our existing relationship developing and supplying OEM lighting accessories.
Enough backstory and on to the mods; and I didn't waste any time getting started. Before I even picked up the bike I had to get some knobbies on it. I did get a chance to ride a press bike with the factory Pirelli Scropian Rallies and they are a great tire, but for the riding that I'm planning to do I'll need a bit more bite.
Here it is on day one parked in the garage. The "before" photo. The only mod so far is the set of Mitas E-09 Dakar tires. The stock tire size for the Yamaha Tenere 700 is 90/90 21 in the front and 150/70 18 in the rear. The E-09 is an awesome tire! It has big enough blocks to give you serious traction off road, but I was really surprised with how well they handle on the pavement. I'm not about to write a tire review, but after coming off a set of TKC 80s on my last bike I can confidently say that the E-09s provide more grip off road with out sacrificing any on-road performance. They are quiet for a knobbie and feel well planted even at steeper lean angles. I would avoid cracking the throttle while leaned over on wet pavement, but aside from that they are the perfect tire choice for this build!
Up next, fabricating some parts!