If you happen to break your stock Tenere 700 headlight, replacing it could set you back over $450. A cheap form of insurance is to install one of the various headlight guards made specifically for the Tenere 700. On our Tenere 700 Project Bike, we've installed the Puig Headlight Guard, and really like it.
Installation is very simple, since it mounts to existing stock headlight bolts. Once installed, it completely covers the most vulnerable area of the headlight. The clear plastic is thick enough to protect the headlight, but still allows the headlight beam to shine through at it's maximum brightness. I think it will do a great job of protecting the headlight from potential damage, and possibly save us $450.
Handguards are one of the most popular modifications for the Yamaha Tenere 700. The bike comes stock with flimsy plastic "deflectors" that are not real handguards and offer very little protection. Proper protective handguards will protect your hands and the bikes controls from tree branches and other trail hazards, plus they can help prevent damage if you crash or drop your bike. Another side benefit is that they offer a bit of wind protection in cooler weather.
We recently installed a set of Zeta's new Adventure Armor handguards for the Tenere 700 on our Tenere 700 Project Bike, and here are our thoughts...
The Tenere 700's stock handlebars have threaded ends to accommodate the stock hand protectors, so if you want to install proper handguards, you will need them to have threaded inserts to fit the handlebars. Zeta Racing has their solution with the new Adventure Armor Handguard designed specifically for the Tenere 700. These utilize a special U-clamp handlebar mounting kit to attach the handguards to the in-board part of the handlebars, and also threaded inserts to fit into the ends of the stock handlebars.
You can optionally add Zeta's XC or XC PRO plastic protectors, which screw to the front of the handguard (for the Tenere 700, the slightly larger XC PRO protectors seem to be more popular). Integrated LED flashers/turn signals are also available that mount to the XC/XC PRO protectors. Additionally, if you want the LED's to work both as running lights and turn signals, running light adapters can be added.
Installation is very easy since these handguards are designed specifically for this bike and the stock threaded handlebars.
** NOTE: If you have installed aftermarket handlebars with hollow ends on your Tenere 700, you can use Zeta's insert kit for Armor Handguards to mount the Tenere 700 handguards to your hollow end handlebars.
Click video above for a comparison guide and review of footpegs available for the Yamaha Tenere 700.
Footpegs are an often over-looked upgrade, and many adventure style bikes come from the factory with footpegs designed for street riding as opposed to off-road riding. In this video we review the DRC Ultra Wide footpegs and the Zeta Aluminum footpegs for use on the Yamaha Tenere 700. Both of these are a nice upgrade to the stock footpegs, which I'm not a big fan of because of their rubber inserts. Those are designed to reduce vibration, but at the same time they limit traction, especially in wet and muddy conditions. Both the DRC and Zeta footpegs offer a larger overall size peg to stand on, but also have 3 rows of teeth/cleats that help with traction. You'll find that these footpegs are more comfortable, especially when standing, and they offer much better grip and control. Both pegs include DRC footpeg springs to make them a direct bolt-on for the Tenere 700.
The Giant Loop Fandango tank bag is probably the best tank bag on the market for the Tenere 700. It fits the T7's gas tank perfectly, and mounts forward on the tank, over the gas cap, which helps keep it out of the way while riding. When you need to re-fuel, you just unzip the bag from the base harness, and flip the bag over to the side to access the gas cap. Very trick.
Other features include an inner waterproof liner dry pod (6 liters), concealed document pocket, electronics pass-through integrated throughout each compartment, full length interior lining with Veltex hook-and-loop accepting fabric (compatible with many camera bag dividers), movable divider with elastic tire pressure gauge holder and organizer slots, and water resistant YKK zippers. On the outside you get an exterior mesh pocket, easy-access clear vinyl map pocket on top, D-ring harness mounts for new optional Pannier Pockets, Mil-spec materials and hardware and Rubber electronics port.
This is a large tank bag with a total volume of 8 liters. It measures approximately 8″ tall (rear), 5″ tall (front), 8″ wide and fits adventure bikes like the Tenere very well. If you want something slightly smaller, check out the Giant Loop Diablo Pro Tank Bag, which has most of the same features in a smaller 4 liter size.
Installing the bag on the Tenere 700 is very simple. First you mount the tank bag harness to the bike. The front strap goes up and around the front of the frame, and then the side straps wrap around just under the gas tank. Once the harness is secure, the tank bag itself simply zips to the harness. If ever need/want to remove the tank bag, you just unzip it, leaving the harness on the bike.
Re-Fueling Your Bike:
This is one of the best features of this tank bag. When you need to re-fuel, all you do is unzip the bag from the base harness about halfway, and then flip the bag over to the side to access the gas cap. Once done refueling, flip the bag back over, and zip it back to the harness.
In late October we finally got our Yamaha Tenere 700, after having one on order for several months. We picked it up late October, and as of December we've put about 300 miles on it. To read our initial thoughts on the bike, and some ideas for parts and accessories, see the link below...