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Deus Italia Creates Custom Yamaha Ténéré 700 In Memory Of Dakar Rally

If there’s one vibe that invokes nostalgia, it’s the big hair, retro dance moves, and hardcore enduro raids of the 1980s.

Back then, electronics were simpler, face-to-face communication had nothing to do with screens, and rallies took up a bigger chunk of the Bucket List. 

As renowned Dakar Rally rider Patsy Quick mentioned to AdventureBikeRider, “Once upon a time, people would literally remortgage their house just to do Dakar. Whereas now it’s a little bit more ‘tick that off the list,’ of things to do in life.”

a side profile of the custom Yamaha Ténéré 700, created by Deus Italia

It is this reminiscence, this sense of je ne sais quoi, that Deus Ex Machina‘s Italian branch (Deus Italia) has injected into their latest custom build – a custom Yamaha Ténéré 700, complete with a liberal sprinkle of iconic desert sand to complete the makeup. 

a view of the front of the custom Yamaha Ténéré 700, created by Deus Italia, with a rider trying out the grip of the tyres

To create a rally bike, a report from RideApart states that Deus Italia had to make sure that the machine wasn’t just to look at; as such, a protective radiator guard, chain guide, bash plate, and handguards were added to the stripped frame, alongside Andreani suspension with 30mm travel and Öhlins rear shock. 

A view of the unique fibreglass fairings and exhaust on the custom Yamaha Ténéré 700, created by Deus Italia

Complete the bundle with a custom SC-Project exhaust, Metzeler Karoo Extreme tyres, a paper roadbook holder, and two trip masters, and the bike was finally ready to undergo the bodywork facelift.

A close-up of the custom SC project exhaust on the custom Yamaha Ténéré 700, created by Deus Italia

This was perhaps the most intriguing part of the build. Deus Italia worked with 3D software courtesy of Camal Studio to create a full fiberglass body kit – fairing, tank cover, seat, rear mudguard, and side panels all included in the caboodle.

a view of the tank and saddle of the custom Yamaha Ténéré 700, created by Deus Italia

Valentino Rossi at the VR46 Riders Academy, taking a selfie with the team and the participants

Should there be enough interest in this bike to make more, production will simply require the click of a button to repeat the process.

a view of a racer tearing up the dirt on the all-new custom custom Yamaha Ténéré 700, created by Deus Italia

The custom Yamaha Ténéré 700 was premiered at the Swank Rally in France, where Le Touquet beach race four-time winner Jean-Claude Moussé rode those pretty Metzeler Karoos into the ground by all reports. 

For more information on all things rally bikes, check out MBW’s news archives.

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Bespoke Rallies Hosts 4,000 Mile Homage to Original “Dakar Rally”

Three weeks, 20 motorcycles, and a whole lot of landmass to cover.

Bespoke Rallies is offering the experience of a lifetime with their 2022 Dakar Enduro Rally, set to begin February 28, 2022.

The words ‘Dakar Rally’ come with a huge following…and not a little risk. Not to be confused with the original  (a blistering 6,200-mile endurance rally founded in 1977, with a bike category installed in 1979), Bespoke’s rally is more of a tour-style experience open to the masses. 

It will also be the first rally to maintain as much of the original Dakar route possible, given that 2008 saw the original rally route canceled due to security threats from Mauritania

Dakar Rally Motorcycle Map for 2022

Voted as the world’s most iconic enduro event, the Dakar Rally, or “The Dakar,” had many routes pre-2008 – the most famous being the 9,500 miles run in 1986 from Paris, France, to Dakar, Senegal. Today, Bespoke Rallies plans a very similar route, with a starting point in the hills of Britain and a finish line in Dakar. 

It’s enough to get any moto head to nerd out – and who wouldn’t with giants like the Yamaha Tenere & Honda Africa Twin owing their birth to this monument of moto and auto history.

CYRIL NEVEU, winner of the 1979 first Motorbike Dakar Rally, on a Yamaha

At present, the official Dakar Rally is held almost exclusively in Saudi Arabia, with no less risk to the competitors – and their wallets.

Call to challenge exhaust noise fines sign noise cameras

Bespoke has commented that the Dakar Enduro Rally will be more laid-back than its predecessor.

“Bespoke Rallies’ Dakar Enduro Rally takes its inspiration from this iconic endurance event, but at an altogether more manageable pace…we will be running in the wheel tracks of the original event wherever possible, using some of the finest roads of the classic route while avoiding the dune bashing of the more extreme sections.”

Dust down and gear up for the ride of the year, gents.

And bring some deodorant – you’re going to need it.

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Yamaha announces Ténéré 700 pricing

Yamaha has announced very competitive pricing for its much-anticipated Ténéré 700 adventure motorcycle arriving in Australia in December.

And we were right in our pricing tip earlier today that it would cost about $16,500 ride-away.

The price is actually $15,500 plus on-road costs which should bring it up to our tipped ride-away price.

Our pricing tip was based on the recently announced UK price of £8699 which is 27% less than the UK price of the KTM 790 Adventure at £11,999.

In Australia, the KTM 790 Adventure and Adventure R will arrive in June 2019 at $21,195 ride away and an extra $1500 for the R model at $22,695.

KTM 790 Adventure tip
KTM 790 Adventure and R

Pricing tip spot-on!

Similarly, Yamaha pricing is about 22% less than the KTM. The previous model XTZ660 Ténéré cost $13,999.

Prices of other mid-sized adventure models include:

  • BMW F 850 GS from $17,990 (+ORC);
  • Ducati Multistrada 950 from $18,790 (+ORC);
  • Kawasaki Versys 650 from $10,499 (+ORC);
  • Kawasaki Versys 1000 from $15,999 (+ORC);
  • Suzuki V-Strom 650 from $10,290 (ride-away);
  • Suzuki V-Strom 1000 from $15,490 (ride-away);
  • Triumph Tiger 800 from $18,550.

Yamaha Motor Australia says the dual sport 689cc parallel twin will arrive in December in a choice of Ceramic Ice, Competition White and Power Black.

Don’t feel too bad about the late delivery of the Ténéré in Australia as it will not arrive in the US until the second half of 2020.

Yamaha Ténéré 700 2019 tip
Yamaha Ténéré 700

Yamaha Ténéré 700 tech specs 


Twin cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-valves



Bore x stroke

80mm x 68.6mm

Compression ratio


Maximum power

54.0kW @ 9000rpm

Maximum torque

68Nm @ 6500rpm

Lubrication system

Wet sump

Clutch type

Wet, multiple disc

Fuel management

Fuel injection

Ignition system


Starter system


Transmission system

Constant Mesh, 6-speed

Final transmission



Double cradle steel tube chassis

Front suspension system

Upside down telescopic fork

Front travel


Rear suspension system

Swingarm (link suspension)

Rear travel


Front brake

Hydraulic dual disc, Ø 282mm

Rear brake

Hydraulic single disc, Ø 245mm

Brake system

Switchable ABS

Front tyre

90/90 R21 M/C 54V M+S – Spoke wheels with Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR

Rear tyre

150/70 R18 M/C 70V M+S – Spoke wheels with Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR

Overall length


Overall width


Overall height


Seat height


Wheel base




Fuel tank capacity

16 litres


Two years, unlimited kms


Ceramic Ice, Competition White, Power Black


December 2019



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KTM Australia announces 790 prices

KTM Australia has announced the pricing for all their 2019 adventure models, including the new 790 Adventure and Adventure R, arriving in June 2019.

The 790 models start at $21,195 ride away and an extra $1500 for the R model at $22,695.

That compares with the BMW F 850 GS which starts at $17,990 (plus on-road costs) and goes up to $22,305 for the Rallye X model. 

The KTMs arrive several months before its major new mid-mid-sized competitor, the Yamaha Ténéré 700.

790 AdventureKTM 790 Adventure

The much anticipated 790 Adventure is powered by KTM’s new-generation LC8c 799cc in-line twin-engine with 70kW of power (95hp) and weighing in at only 189kg.

KTM claims 400km of range from the 20-litre tank. And it should all be smooth riding with two balancer shafts and long service intervals of 15,000km.KTM 790 Adventure

Suspension is, of course, WP, with 43mm forks, 200mm of travel, 233mm clearance and an 850mm seat height, compared with the Ténéré 700 at 880mm.

The engine sits in a CroMo steel frame with an open-lattice swingarm.

Finally, a manufacturer has provided an easy-to-adjust handlebar. It can be set in six different positions with a 30mm adjustment range making it comfortable no matter what size the rider and whether standing or sitting.

Instruments are in a 5-inch TFT display with a wide range of configurable information. The display varies according to light and the rev counter blinks to indicate when to shift.

KTM 790 Adventure

Electronic rider aids include traction control, cornering ABS, and an off-road mode with a smooth throttle response.

Other tasty features are LED lighting, steering damper and hefty 320mm twin discs with four-piston radially mounted callipers.

Factory accessories include an up/down quickshifter, heated grips and cruise control, as well as the usual protection parts and luggage.

KTM 790 Adventure R
790 Adventure R

The R model adds longer-travel 240mm suspension, Karoo 3 dirt tyres, 48mm WP XPLOR forks, upgraded shock and different bodywork.

690 Enduro R

KTM 790 Adventure 690 ENDURO R
690 Enduro R

The 690 Enduro R which returns in 2019 with several updates will cost $17,595 ride away.

It was previously available at $14,695 plus on-road costs.

One of the best for long-range touring is the addition of two balancer shafts to smooth out the LC4 single.

It also now gets the super-duper fully-adjustable WP XPLOR suspension.

There are two changeable rider modes (off-road and street), cornering ABS and traction control.

Styling is now sharper and slimmer, with a redesigned seat.

KTM Australia has also confirmed ride-away pricing for the rest of their 2019 adventure range: 1090 Adventure R $24,295, 1290 Super Adventure Super Adventure S $28,395 and 1290 Super Adventure R  $29,195.

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Epic ride to the coldest place on earth

Despite a broken wiring loom, Lithuanian motorcycle adventurer Karolis Mieliauskas has successfully competed an epic ride to the coldest place on earth on a Yamaha Tenere.

We published an article in late January about his plans and many readers thought he was crazy to ride 1000km across Siberia in temperatures down to -60C.

Some even suggested the oil in his suspension would freeze!Lithuanian motorcycle adventurer Karolis Mieliauskas competes an epic ride to the coldest place on earth on a Yamaha Tenere

However, Karolis emailed us to say he had completed the aptly named The Coldest Ride from Yakutsk to Oymyakon, one of the coldest habitable places on earth.

Mind you, it wasn’t -60C, but a relatively balmy -56C!

The Coldest Ride started on February 04, and was scheduled to finish on February 10.

However, Karolis reached his destination two days ahead of schedule, and celebrated with a dip in a frozen river, despite temperatures of -45C.Lithuanian motorcycle adventurer Karolis Mieliauskas competes an epic ride to the coldest place on earth on a Yamaha Tenere

The endeavour was filmed and will be featured on the BBC Travel Show later in 2019.

Mind gamesLithuanian motorcycle adventurer Karolis Mieliauskas competes an epic ride to the coldest place on earth on a Yamaha Tenere

Karolis says his journey on a single-cylinder Yamaha Tenere across the Road of Bones was a research exercise into what he calls “active meditation”.

Basically, it’s a way of forcing the mind to meditate by subjecting the body to harsh conditions; in this case, the cold.

Most riders have ridden in harsh conditions such as cold, heat, high winds or driving rain.

For some it’s an absolute pain.

But for others it is an enlightening experience. Some even refer to an out-of-body experience when the mind takes control of the pain and discomfort, divorcing the rider from their body.

Author Robert M Pirsig explored the theory in his famous 1974 book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

Epic rideLithuanian motorcycle adventurer Karolis Mieliauskas competes an epic ride to the coldest place on earth on a Yamaha Tenere

This is not his first or most epic ride in the cold.

In July 2016, he rode 11,000km from Vilnius to Vladivostok in 12 days and in March 2017 he rode 785km across the ice of Lake Baikal, the deepest lake in the world, with our support, camping gear or a satphone.

Karolis Mieliauskas will be riding 1000km across Siberia in temperatures down to -60C to research active meditation. epic
Lake Baikal

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