Crispy Club goes retro with the T7 Heritage Kit…
Introduced in 2019, the Yamaha Ténéré 700 was a bit of throwback in the world of adventure bikes. In the ADV market, bikes have continued to grow ever larger, heavier, and more loaded with complex electronic aids. We’ve even heard them called “bloatocycles” and “flying pigs.”
“Most manufacturers have fully embraced the electronic aids arms race, with riding modes, IMU’s, ride-by-wire throttle, traction control, wheelie control, lean angle specific ABS, electronic suspension, color TFT dashes and more, which begs the question: how many rider aids do you need or are you willing to pay for?” —Rider
Yamaha took a different tack with the new middleweight Ténéré, harking back to the simpler days of the bike’s origins:
“The Ténéré comes at things from a different angle with a dry weight of 187kg (205kg wet), 72bhp and no electronic aids apart from ABS which can be switched off for off-road use.” —MCN
The Ténéré‘s 689cc parallel-twin is straight from the Yamaha MT-07, and the bike features KYB 43mm USD forks with 210mm of travel up front and a Sachs shock with 200mm travel in the rear.
“As someone who spends most of his time on lightweight dirt bikes without any electronic interventions, I felt immediately comfortable on the Ténéré 700 with its light clutch, smooth shifting and excellent fueling.” —Rider
But if there’s one thing we miss with today’s factory bikes, it’s a seeming lack of connection with the rich heritage and racing history of these brands. We’re suckers for bikes with retro style and modern performance, and we’re continually curious why the manufacturers don’t produce more models that engage with this deep nostalgia.
Well, our friends at France’s Crispy Club have developed a solution for the Ténéré 700, a plug-and-play kit that speaks straight to the storied history of the Ténéré:
“Enter the 80’s, from Yamaha. A crispy way to travel. Don’t be surprised by the look. This beast is loaded with everything you need to feel like you’re crossing a forest. A lighter and more manageable bike on rough roads. The aesthetics of the old, paired to today’s technology.”
As you can see, the kit echoes the style of the second-gen Yamaha XT600Z 1VJ, as introduced at the 1985 Paris Motorcycle Show. The kits are available raw or painted, and include the following:
- Front tank scoops
- Headlight plate with integrated light
- Speedometer offset
- High mudguard
- High fender kit
Crispy Club says the kits are completely plug-and-play, and we’ve also seen painted versions in a variety of other colorways: Competition White, Ceramic Ice, Rally Sky Blue, and Power Black, with some of these echoing the IT and XT models of years past.
You can learn more about the kits and pricing at the Crispy Club website: https://crispy-club.com/collections/custom