Destination Yamaha Ténéré 700 Rally

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The first T7-only adventure heralded as a success despite challenging conditions
A bit of much appreciated sunlight on some slippery clay


The inaugural Destination Yamaha Ténéré 700 Rally has been hailed as a ‘huge success,’ by organisers. Held in Northern New South Wales, 32 T7s lined up for the event put together by RideADV which presented four days of just about everything you could imagine from easy-going and amazing landscapes to heavy rain and challenging sections that even brought the support vehicle to a standstill.

Four times Mr Motocross Stephen Gall (L) is a handy guy to have around when the going gets tough


REAL ADVENTURE

Luckily, special guests and Yamaha and Mr Motocross/Finke legend Stephen Gall and 1988 Finke winner Alan Roe were on hand to offer riding tips and advice because it was needed at times. “It was a real adventure,” explained RideADV head Greg Yager. “The fog was so thick that vision was down to less than 40 metres.

We all pitched in to cut up fallen trees and to push the support vehicle through a creek and up a bank. We arrived back in Coffs Harbour well after dark… in a thunderstorm. It was pretty epic … and the riders loved it. I had many saying that it was the best day ever and asking how the ride could possibly get better on day two.”


The weather did clear up and the ride continued on its loop from Wauchope and back. Despite the early conditions, there were no breakdowns and no serious injuries reported. “The camaraderie on this ride was top shelf,” said Yager.

“Everyone helped each other out when the going got tough. The group really stepped up to the challenging conditions and embraced what turned out to be one of the most memorable adventures we’ve run.”

Assistance is always there if the going gets slipperier than snot


2021 Destination Yamaha Ténéré 700 Rally by the numbers:

  • Longest travelled 2800kms – Mark Battersby
  • Special guests – Yamaha Legend Stephen Gall and 1988 Finke winner Alan Roe
  • Day 1 320kms. Wauchope, Pembroke, Kempsey, Collombatti, Taylors Arm, South Arm, Bellingen and finished at Aanuka Bay Resort Coffs Harbour
  • Day 2 335kms. Old Grafton road trail, Nana Glen, Nymboida, Dalmorton, Gibraltar Range, Deepwater, Rangers valley and Glen Innes showground.
  • Day 3 460kms. Kingsland, Elsmore, Inverell special test, Inverell, Delungra, Bingara, Lower Horton, Upper Horton, Barraba, Garthowen, Moore Creek and Tamworth
  • Day 4 383kms. Nundle, Nowendoc, Mt George, Bago and Wauchope
RideADV’s Greg Yager (L) and a happy customer with quality new rubber


RIDER FEEDBACK

Phillip Truebody
“I feel like I’ve re-fuelled the soul with premium. This isn’t my first rodeo and based on my experience over the four-day event, I’ll be back as often as my body lets me. Greg and his team know what it takes to etch a grin on your face.

Totally professional and organised, even when mother nature had other ideas. Always felt like we were in good hands as the culture he and his team enjoy, seemed to flow into the group of riders. The catalyst to a great adventure rally is the mates you meet and quality of bullshit and banter that gets hurled around. This was plentiful.”


Mark Leigh Battersby
“Epic four days – no words to describe the adventure. The whole RideADV Team was amazing.”


Lincoln Brien, sweep rider
“Awesome four days with RideADV and the crew supporting the Ténéré 700 Rally. Was an easy one to be a mechanical sweep for. Not one mechanical issue on the trail all ride. These 700 twins are next level in what they can do.”

To check in on Destination Yamaha for information on future rides – click here.