Popular Post close range Posted May 28, 2020 Popular Post Share Posted May 28, 2020 To me the T7 is best described as a near perfect crossover of Dual Sport and Adventure riding. Maintain highway speeds for extended duration in comfort - check Putt-putt or haul ass on any Forest service (gravel) road - check Carve curvy secondary roads -check Blast down 2-track, jeep, atv trails faster than most safely should -check Commute daily - check There are plenty of fantastic DS/ADV bikes available, most lean more towards the road, or towards the dirt, or towards affordability, or performance. The perfect blend is very subjective. The T7 hits a sweet spot for me, and it sounds like it does the same for most who get the pleasure to ride one. Considering the fantastic CP2 engine has already been proven as ultra reliable in the MT07 since 2014 (1st valve check @42,000kms), and the purchase price is so competitive, the Tenere 700 is going to sell very well for years. It's not a perfect bike, but it going to be the best bike available for a lot of riders. The torque characteristic and overall power delivery of the T7 match extremely well with what most of us want out of an on/off road motorcycle. In fact I'd say its the best type of power delivery for overall ADV riding of any motorcycle I've owned. That list includes : KTM 790 Adventure S, Africa Twin CRF1000L, KTM 690 Enduro, Triumph Tiger 800XC, BMW 1150gsa, KLR650, DR650, Husky 701 Enduro, DRZ400, KTM 500exc. The chassis is marvellous, the ergo's standing are best in class. So far I've only one complaint: the T7 needs suspension work if your going to ride off-road aggressively. I'm at 88kg ready to ride with tools/spares on board. Got the sag set, played with clickers a bunch, definitely saw some improvement. However, I keep riding the bike harder and harder off road, and today I started bottoming out both fork and shock at regular intervals due to washboard and potholes. I'm gonna try an aftermarket shock (TFX) and Andreani fork cartridges. For many riders the stock suspension will probably be acceptable, maybe with a few tweaks like proper springs and preload. If your heavier or want to get the last 15-30% of performance from the T7, might want to budget for serious suspension upgrades. Overall I rate the T7 as a 9/10 bike. Yamaha will sell many. A rally version with narrower wheels and better suspension would be a great option. CR 13 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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