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Photo by George Guille, It's going to be a long 300km... Bolivian Amazon

I haven't been everywhere...
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It's going to be a long 300km...
Bolivian Amazon



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All this talk got me thirsty, so I went down to the Yamaha dealer yesterday afternoon to sit on one.

...they don't even have a floor model, too much demand.
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Bought one; collected it a few days ago. Early days, but it is a very impressive bike. Zero regrets; only wish I'd got one sooner.
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I had a quick ride on a mates T7 and I'm sold
Put my KLR up for sale and it went to a new owner late last week

Will place an order for a T7 early next year. Looks like a 6-8 week wait here in Australia
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I sat up on one last year and immediately found the position just about perfect for me. A friend test rode one and raved about it, in fact his first comment was that it was just the bike that I needed.

Having done a lot of research last week I done a deal to trade mc NC750x in against a new T7.

I'm now patiently counting the days.
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Used Yamaha T700

I might be interesed in buying a second hand 2020 or 2021 T7 (Yamaha T700) model in northeast, or Minneapolis radius, in the USA.
It can also be a model used by dealers or test bike!

My son will finish his studies the next summer, so I'd love to join him and after that, spend a sort of sabbatical for around 4-5 months. So I'm open to hear offers to find an unit that can fit what I'm planning, and let me ride 6 or 7K miles (or even more).

Thanks in advance!
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So I picked up the Tenere 700 3 weeks ago and have put almost 1800 km on it already.
The bike is everything I had hoped for, the nearest I have to a complaint is the seat height. But then that is something that I just have to aclimatise to.
Comfortable (firm seat), powerful, well balanced, great brakes and suspension. It handles beautifully on the road, very light to turn. For the little bit of light off roading I have done it handled it very well.

It feels very much like my old XRV750, except lighter and with better fuel consumption.
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T7 Awesome

I have had one now since 2019. Done about 6500 miles most of which has been done off road. Had some great adventure trips of a few days. The bike has never missed a beat and is a very capable bike both on and off road but mostly I am using it as a big trail bike for the UK until the world reopens.

For off road you will need better tyres for sure.

The suspension is adequate but will need stiffer springs for luggage and if you are over about 80kg.

Plenty of wonderful aftermarket products for this bike if you like to tinker with it.

I honestly think its the bike most of the other manufacturers are kicking themselves for not making. Kicks the F800/850's arse in every respect.
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I considered the T7 and the 790 side by side when looking for a bike to take to Magadan and back. What swung it was the 790 came on sale earlier. I don't regret my choice, as the KTM is a superbly capable machine and I've done some tweaks to make it better for overlanding, but by the time I'm back next year it'll have 40,000 miles on the clock and I reckon it's time to let someone else enjoy it, who maybe won't be taking it so far from home and workshop support as I would. And then I'll probably buy a T7 after all. From owners reports it's still a very capable machine, but it's a bit taller, carries the weight a bit higher, and is a bit of a softer ride. Which is kinda where I'm heading myself, so I think it'll be a good fit.
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I am picking up a used T7, 4000 miles on it, up in Pennsyvania this weekend. I have not ridden one or even been on one yet, so this is a bit of an experiment for me. I am coming from an AJP PR7 (Portuguese 610 Rally dual-sport bike) that is 100 lbs lighter, with the same power, and an R1200GS, so this kind of slots in-between. Time will tell if I like it. I am a bit worried about the weight compared to my AJP.
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Hi all, new HUBB'r here, my penny's worth is that I tried the T7, wasn't real keen as it appeared to just be an improvement on the XT660, sold my XT660X and bought a 2 yr old Super Tenere. No chain problems, and that same bullet-proof reliability.
Yes it's heavy, but low down weight and the weight is not noticeable at all on the road.
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Since I wrote my last post I've ridden a T7 at the Yamaha Off-Road Experience., and liked it. That wasn't a balls-deep dive into mud but rather a spirited trundle round some nice forest tracks. I have to say the Tenere handled it really well and the engine is an absolute joy. Less technology benefits these bikes IMO. What I didn't like, and may influence my future choice to buy one, is the high CG. You don't feel it when you're riding, but picking one up on your own after it's gone down on slippery mud is a right b*stard.
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The CoG is one of the most important factors for me, not for picking it up but for riding off road.
I tried the T7 on road and thought it excellent but yet to try off road - perhaps I will look at the Yamaha experience.
Perhaps it is because I’m tall - a high peg puts me way up in the air and must transfer a lot of weight up there.
I had a WR250R for green laning, which was great due to it’s lightness but I honestly found my GS better on easy tracks due to the low CoG.
I’ve tried big KTMs and F800gs on big bike trails and preferred my GS. I’m not sure that there is any trail I would ride on a T7 that I wouldn’t on my GS ie dry big bike trails.

IMO CoG is not discussed enough when I look at bike reviews so thanks for bringing it up.
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What I didn't like... is the high CG. You don't feel it when you're riding, but picking one up on your own after it's gone down on slippery mud is a right b*stard.
So shades of the XT660Z. I liked the high CG when riding the 660 as the instability made it quicker to respond, though when I dropped the bike (before I had pannier rails fitted) there was nowhere to lift it. I was riding solo in an unfrequented side gorge off the Cirque de Jaffar in Morocco however after a couple of hours a group of French silver-haired walkers came along and helped me get the bike upright again.
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You should watch the romaniacs 2021.....guy uses a T7 , first person to enter an adventure bike . Yes he is an extremely skillful rider to say the least but it shows what the bike is capable of with some mods done .
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You should watch the romaniacs 2021.....guy uses a T7 , first person to enter an adventure bike . Yes he is an extremely skillful rider to say the least but it shows what the bike is capable of with some mods done .
As always, it’s all about the rider - wish I was a Romaniacs level rider
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