In a celebration befitting Malaysia Day 2023, Hong Leong Yamaha Motor (HLYM) unveiled its Yamaha GEN BLU Carnival at Stadium Likas, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, marking a historic first for this annual extravaganza as it made its debut in East Malaysia.

  • the 2023 Yamaha Tenere 700 made special appearance at the Yamaha Gen Blu Carnival. 
  • the Yamaha Gen Blu Carnival was held for the first time at Kota Kinabalu. 

The focal point of this year’s carnival was an exclusive preview of the highly anticipated Yamaha Tenere 700 adventure motorcycle. Scheduled for an official launch at the end of this year, this new addition to the Yamaha lineup marks HLYM’s first foray into the realm of on-and-off-road adventure biking.

The heart of the Tenere 700 is a liquid-cooled 689cc CP2 engine, featuring a 270° crankshaft, all nestled within a lightweight frame. Offering versatility on the road and beyond, the bike also boasts switchable ABS functionality, allowing riders to adapt to various terrains with ease. A user-friendly five-inch TFT color meter with two graphic themes enhances the rider’s experience. The Tenere 700 has been a source of great anticipation among Yamaha enthusiasts since its successful European launch.


Yamaha enthusiasts and the broader biking community can now mark their calendars as the Tenere 700 are now available for booking at a recommended selling price of RM69,988 (excluding registration fees and insurance coverage).

Beyond the bike, the GEN BLU Carnival is HLYM’s way of expressing gratitude towards its valued customers and industry partners. The event underscores HLYM’s commitment to enriching the lives of its customers, a mission deeply rooted in its 1C5S philosophy (Customer-first, Sales, Service, Spare parts, Society, and Safety), which places customer-centricity and an elevated user experience at its core.

Throughout the day, the carnival offered visitors a chance to explore HLYM’s diverse lifestyle offerings, complete with entertaining activities, exclusive promotions, and the chance to win attractive prizes.

The grand opening of this year’s GEN BLU Carnival was graced by the presence of Hong Leong Industries Group Managing Director, Professor Dato’ Dr. Jim Khor Mun Wei, alongside HLYM Director, Mr. Taketoshi Takabayashi; HLYM General Manager of 3S and Marketing, Mr. Hoo Wan Tim, and HLYM General Manager of YGP Spare Parts, Mr. Goh Wei Ping.

In a show of dedication, 60 intrepid riders embarked on a remarkable 1,200-kilometer, three-day, two-night journey from Kuching, Sarawak, to reach the event in Kota Kinabalu, passing through Brunei along the way.

Joining them were esteemed members of the media, Dewi Yamaha ambassador Ahirine Ahirudin, Yamaha authorized dealers, and loyal Yamaha customers. The celebration also paid tribute to Sabah’s rich culture and heritage with a captivating Kadazan cultural performance during the launch event.

Yamaha has updated its popular middleweight adventure motorcycle, the Tenere 700and Tenere 700 Rally Edition for 2023.

  • The 2023 Tenere 700 and Tenere 700 Rally Edition features a new dash and electronic package.
  • The Tenere 700 is powered by Yamaha’s high-torque CP2 engine. 

The Tenere 700 has continued to be a hit among adventure riders since its introduction in 2019, with the bike’s success contributed by its off-road capability as well as excellent value for money compared to the rest of its competitors.

What’s new?

Riders will appreciate the new instrumentation that comes in the form of a 5-inch TFT colour display replacing the outdated LCD digital dash. 

The new dash also features smartphone connectivity that can be connected to a smartphone which feeds incoming calls, emails and text messages. 

The new display also allows riders to link it to the Yamaha My Ride app.

Other notable updates include pre-wiring for a quickshifiter, USB port, redesigned brake lever and LED turn signal.

Electronically, the 2023 Tenere 700 gets new and improved three switchable ABS modes; ON, OFF and REAR OFF. 

Other features available on the 2023 Tenere 700 and 700 Rally Edition include:

  • lightweight double-cradle tubular steel frame
  • adjustable 43mm upside-down forks
  • remotely adjustable rear suspension
  • 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheel
  • 16L fuel tank
  • handguards

Powering the 2023 Yamaha Tenere 700 and Tenere 700 Rally Edition is the high torque 690cc 4-stroke, CP2 Euro5-compliant engine that puts out 72.3hp @ 8,750rpm and 67Nm @ 6,500rpm. Power is delivered to the rear wheel via a 6-speed manual transmission with a final chain drive. 

Meanwhile, the Rally Edition is fitted with a dedicated rally seat, radiator protector and Akrapovic slip-on muffler as standard.  

GALLERY: 2023 Yamaha Tenere 700 and Tenere 700 Rally Edition

Hong Leong Yamaha Motor (HLYM) recently launched the 2022 Yamaha TMax Tech Max maxi-scooter for the local market with a recommended selling price of RM74,998.

  • The Yamaha Tenere 700 could finally be introduced to the Malaysian market.
  • There is a considerable demand for middleweight adventure motorcycles in the country.

During the launch, HLYM also revealed their plans to introduce more big-capacity motorcycles in 2023. 

While the exact models are not disclosed, an unnamed source told that HLYM realized that there is a surge in demand for an off-road capable motorcycle in the country. 

That said, it could be a strong indicator that the Yamaha Tenere 700 could finally make its way to Malaysia soon. 

Powering the Tenere 700 is Yamaha’s CP2 689cc parallel-twin engine, capable of producing 74hp and 67Nm. 

Earlier this year, Yamaha updated the Tenere 700 range with a World Raid variant, carrying a massive upgrade, including a 23L twin-tank that can take the bike up to 470km of range. 

Although there is no official confirmation regarding the Malaysian launch just yet, but reports suggest that it is highly likely that the Tenere 700 will soon find its way to our shores. 

We expect that the Tenere 700 could price around the RM50k mark as the motorcycle is currently on sale in the Philippines and Thailand at RM51,900 and RM58,300, respectively. 

The middleweight adventure bike was again the talk of the town as five of the overall top 20 finishers at the recently concluded Rimba Raid 2022 were riding onboard the Tenere 700. 

Yamaha didakwa bakal perkenalkan Tenere dengan enjin yang lebih besar bagi sertai Tenere 700 sedia ada.

Menurut laporan, Yamaha ketika ini sedang giat membangunkan Tenere yang lebih besar yang didakwa mengguna pakai enjin CP3 890cc.

Ini sekaligus menyaksikan portfolio Tenere akan terus berkembang dengan model 900 sertai Tenere 700 dan Tenere Raid 700 sedia ada.

Walaupun Yamaha pernah memperkenalkan pelbagai varian enjin bagi Tenere – termasuk 600cc hingga 1200cc – namun difahamkan pengeluar motosikal Jepun itu menerima banyak gesaan agar varian baharu dengan enjin tiga silinder 890cc dari MT-09 diperkenalkan.

Majalah permotoran Perancis, Moto-Station mendakwa Yamaha sedang membangunakn Tenere 900 tersebut dengan sesi ujian telah pun berada di peringkat akhir.

Dikuasakan enjin sama yang menggerakan MT-09, Tracer 9, dan XSR900, Tenere 900 ini pastinya akan mengisi kekosongan yang ditinggalkan Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere yang telah diberhentikan pengeluaran.

Menariknya, Tenere 900 akan datang itu pastinya akan menghadirkan saingan terhadap Triumph Tiger 900, Ducati DesertX dan MV Agusta Lucky Explorer 9.5.

After months of leaks, patents and prototype photos, Yamaha has officially ready to take on the world with the new 2022 Tenere 700 World Raid.

First seen as a Tenere 700 Raid Prototype at EICMA last year, the Japanese later showcased the production-ready version back in January in the form of design leaks.

However, the finished version looks so much more spectacular, given it looks like something that just came off the recently concluded Dakar Rally.

While the World Raid shares the same front headlamp and a rear tail unit like the base Tenere 700, the new variants gained a bigger and more muscular fuel tank thanks to a twin-tank setup.

The twin-tank hangs on either side of the frame and engine, fed by side-by-side filler caps and fits the look of a Dakar Rally inspired machine.

Moreover, the twin-tank can carry 23liters of fuel, that’s 7liters more than the standard Tenere 700 and can take the bike up to 480 km of range.

Despite the twin-tank setup creating a more extensive front end, it also helps to fit in the motocross-style saddle, allowing riders to shift accordingly while riding off-road.

The new seat sits 890mm off the ground (12mm higher than the stock Tenere 700) to provide better clearance.

Other significant updates include:

  • new 5-inch TFT full-colour display (portrait orientation)
  •  USB socket
  • three-mode ABS
  • 43mm KYB fork with 228mm travel (adjustable preload, compression and rebound)
  • rear aluminium piggyback shock (adjustable preload, compression and rebound)
  • taller front screen
  • new detachable side-deflectors
  • under-engine aluminium bash plate

Despite the bigger and taller setup, the Tenere 700 World Raid runs on the same 689cc parallel-twin CP2 engine.

According to Yamaha, the new Tenere 700 World Raid will reach a worldwide dealership in May.


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