30 riders embarked on two loop rides totalling 750kms over the 14/15 October weekend. The trails were epic and ideally suited to the 689cc twins with conditions dry and dusty.
Special guest, TV personality and Yamaha owner Grant Denyer made the short trip from Bathurst to attend with his good mate and Aldi marketing guru Adrian Christie. The pair are long-time Yamaha fans and ADV riders who crossed the Simpson Desert last year on a pair of WR250Rs.
This event was the first one in the series that featured the new Ténéré 700 World Raid and the feedback on the new model was super positive. The revised suspension and weight balance from the new 23-litre tank came in for special praise as the World Raid negotiated the many gravel roads without breaking sweat.
Day one mixed up technical trails with wide open sweeping farm roads, followed by a trip down the iconic Bridle Track from Hill End to Bathurst. “What a great day, we all had a ripping story or two to tell… but tomorrow will be even better,” advised RideADV organiser Greg Yager.
Day two took the 700 twin owners through Molong before heading up through the Mount Canobolas pine forest to tackle some tricky 4WD tracks and enjoy spectacular views. Once again, riders experienced no major mechanical issues over the weekend.
This event follows the first Rally of 2023 which took place in and around the SA Flinders Ranges and the second event that covered the Darling Downs area of QLD. The next Rally will be in the VIC High Country on 4/5 November. There are still a few spots left for this - so if you have a Ténéré 700, sign up now here: https://www.rideadv.com.au/event/vic-2-day-yamaha-tenere-700-rally-merrijig-vic4th-5th-nov-2023/