Yamaha and Pol Tarres take the Tenere 700 to record hei…

YAMAHA’s Pol Tarres brought the Iwata brand the record for the highest altitude reached with a twin-cylinder motorcycle.

The Yamaha Tenere 700 was the motorcycle used by Tarres to achieve the record, which was set on the Mercedario mountain in Argentina.

Cerro Mercedario is one of the highest mountains in the South American Andes, so the challenge for Tarres was immediately significant.

Tarres reached an altitude of 6,157.5 meters, or 3,826.1 miles with the Yamaha Tenere 700, in a project which, according to Yamaha, came to fruition in just three months.

You can check out the documentary-style video that followed the record-breaking ascent below. It uses on-board imagery to really convey the impact of altitude not just on the bike, but on the rider as well.

“The main purpose of our expedition was to test the bike and rider in the toughest possible conditions, going all the way in alpine style,” Tarres said. “On March 12, I took off from base camp at 3,000 m altitude, rode 10 km and slept at intermediate camp at 4,500. On the 14th, I touched the highest point ever reached on a bicycle twin-cylinder, 6,157.5 meters.

Yamaha is now aiming higher with their Tenere 700, which they now say is “ready for 7,000”. What’s more, Yamaha says Tarres’ Argentinian achievement made him “year for more”.

Finally, Yamaha looks to the future, saying it will be “back in the mountains […] before Christmas”, presumably aimed at 7,000 meters.

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