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This long awaited, mid-weight adventure bike has finally made its way to the states! Yamaha seems to have answered the call of many riders for a lighter weight, lower tech, reliable adventure bike. The 2021 Yamaha Tenere 700 is taking the ADV world by storm, so we were excited to have the opportunity to try it out. We are setting ours up for adventure touring and off-road exploration, so we will be taking a look primarily at the luggage, lighting, and protection.2021 Yamaha Tenere 700

[The 2021 Yamaha Tenere 700 changes the game for the mid-weight ADV class]


The very first thing we’ve added to our Tenere 700 is protection. When choosing protection pieces for your bike, you want to consider the most likely things to get damaged or broken if it falls over. Critical components of the motorcycle include the engine, radiators, and the brake/clutch levers. If you were to damage any of these components, there is a possibility you may not make it off the trail or to the nearest town. As adventure riders, we know that great routes often take us far away from any help, so being prepared is important!

We installed a set of Barkbuster Jet handguards to protect the hands and levers. We also added a set of the SW-Motech upper and lower crash bars to protect the engine, radiator, and fairings. Finally, we upgraded to the SW-Motech skid plate to give more rugged protection to the lower engine and exhaust headers.


2021 Yamaha Tenere 700

[SW-Motech skid plate is large enough to protect the lower engine as well as the exhaust headers. Plenty of ventilation holes means your engine stays cool despite the large size of the plate.]


2021 Yamaha Tenere 700 SW-Motech upper and lower crash bars

[SW-Motech upper and lower crash bars are a necessary protection part for any serious ADV rider.]




2021 Yamaha Tenere 700 DENALI Electronics

[The stock headlight on the T7 is one of the best on the market, and looks great too. DENALI LED’s add to the versatility of this great machine]

The stock headlights on the Tenere 700 are actually pretty good, but here at Twisted we believe the first step to being seen out on the road is by adding auxiliary lighting. We installed a set of DENALI D7’s to the upper crash bars using the DENALI crash bar mounts. The D7’s here are wired to be single intensity, and the on/off switch is mounted to the handlebars. These lights are BRIGHT so we recommend also using the DataDim Dual Intensity Controller so you can dim the lights for oncoming traffic at night.

Yamaha T7 Barkbusters

[The DENALI T3 Switchback Signal Pods are a new product being released this fall. The prototype version worked perfectly on the handguards!]

Attached to the Barkbuster Jet handguards are the brand new DENALI T3 Switchback Front Signal Pods. When tied into the turn signal circuit, the T3’s will not only function as white running lights, but also amber turn signals. T3 Switchback Rear Signal Pods function similarly on the rear of the bike and provide rear running, brake, and turn signal lights.


Yamaha T7 DENALI LED's

[The T7 is up for adventure day or night!]


For luggage, we wanted an option that was as tough as the bike, so we went with the DrySpec H35 side cases. These military spec side cases are crush proof and completely waterproof. The cases are side loading, but we added the top load liners which make it really easy to get your things in and out without spilling them all over the ground. You can also add the external Molle panels which give you more space to strap small organizer bags or extra fuel bottles to the outside. The cases are mounted using an A frame adapter onto the SW-Motech side carriers. We also added the SW-Motech ADV top rack along with the soft luggage adapter so we could strap the DrySpec D38 dry bag on for extra storage. With this set up you will be able to carry everything for your next adventure!

2021 Yamaha Tenere 700 DrySpec H35 Side Cases

[DrySpec H35 side cases are the toughest hard case on the market, made for the gnarliest of adventure riders.]


2021 Yamaha Tenere 700


It’s an exciting time for adventure riders, with so many bikes on the market to choose from, and the 2021 Yamaha Tenere 700 is definitely a top contender now that it’s actually hitting showroom floors. Visit to shop today!

Set your T7 up like we did with these parts:


DataDim Dual Intensity Controller

DENALI T3 Switchback Signal Pods 

DENALI crash bar mounts

DrySpec H35 side cases

SW-Motech side carriers

DrySpec A frame adapter

DrySpec top load liners

SW-Motech ADV top rack

SW-Motech soft luggage adapter (not critical for mounting the D38)

DrySpec D38

SW-Motech skid plate

SW-Motech upper crash bars

SW-Motech lower crash bars

Barkbuster Jet handguards

2 thoughts on “2021 Yamaha Tenere 700 Project Bike Overview

  1. Can you provide a rough budget for the mods referenced?

    1. The parts outlined in this blog post amount to roughly $3500 if you install every component.

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