While there’s no arguing that Yamaha’s Ténéré 700 is undoubtedly the Japanese firm’s most off-road-capable production model, not everyone is a fan of the modern Dakar-style appearance with its flat-faced navigation tower and front fairing, and MX-style tail. And one shop in Paris is giving riders that yearn for contemporary performance capabilities in an old-school-looking package the best of both worlds with an all-new retro-inspired bolt-on kit for the mighty T7.
Produced by Parisian company Crispy Club, this new kit is made in France’s capital and is completely plug-and-play, taking only a few hours to install, not requiring any fabrication or permanent modifications, and being fully reversible at any point. Taking inspiration from Yamaha’s 1980s era Ténéré, IT, and XT models — along with a dose of Dakar flavor for good measure — the kit is comprised of a set of radiator-shrouding tank-scoops, a vintage-style headlight cowl with an integrated LED light, an off-set instrumentation relocation bracket, and new high-mount fenders front and aft. Not only is the kit ready to install right out of the box, but Crispy Club also professionally hand-paints the bodywork, cloaking the vintage-looking yet thoroughly modern adventure bike in colors modeled after the Gauloises-logoed royal and baby blue liveries that adorned the Tuning Fork Company’s Dakar-dominating rally raid bikes of the ‘80s and ‘90s — machines that won seven races in eight years from 1991 through 1998. Also available in a cheaper, unpainted version, this kit radically transforms the appearance of the Ténéré without altering its frame, suspension, geometry, or performance whatsoever.
Available for preorder now with shipping scheduled to commence in February of 2022, Crispy Club’s Heritage 1VJ Kit for the Yamaha Ténéré 700 is priced at approximately $4,400, though the Parisian outfit also sells another painted version for $3,275, as well as an unpainted version for roughly $2,700. And while the company has yet to cite any specific numbers, we do know the kit will be produced as a “small series.”