When it comes to stock motorcycles, the two items that owners are most likely to change – especially those who like to pile on the miles – are the windscreen and the seat. Folks typically want windscreens that offer more protection and seats that offer more comfort. The Yamaha Ténéré 700 is no exception.
We recently published our review of the Yamaha T7, an off-road-focused adventure bike with a long, narrow dirtbike-style seat. The stock seat has two parts: a long rider portion that slopes down from the tank to a low point and then up toward the separate passenger seat. The rider and passenger seats form a uniform surface, but it’s sloped rather than flat and is narrow and firm.
The rider portion height is 34.4 inches. Yamaha makes an accessory low seat ($129.99) that reduces seat height by 0.8 inch, but the lower height is achieved by eliminating much of what is already minimal padding. Yamaha’s accessory rally seat ($219.99) is 1.6 inches taller than stock, and it has a flatter surface and thicker padding. However, both of Yamaha’s accessory seats are just as narrow as the stock seat.
Seeking more comfort, we turned to Seat Concepts, a company based in Idaho that makes replacement seats for adventure and dual-sport bikes. I’ve had a Seat Concepts saddle on my KTM 690 Enduro R for the past five years, and thanks to its extra width under my bum and more supportive foam, I can do 300-mile days without ever thinking about the seat.
For the Yamaha Ténéré 700, Seat Concepts offers 12 different saddles, including Comfort, Comfort Sport Touring, Rally, and Rally Hard Adventure models, most in Standard, Low, and Tall heights with prices ranging from $264.99 to $389.99. Like the saddle on my KTM, the Comfort models are narrow in front where the rider stands over the seat during stops but wider in the back where they sit during normal seated riding.
We opted for the Tall Comfort One-Piece model ($369.99), which is 11 inches wide (1 inch wider than stock) and 35.7 inches tall (1.25 inches taller than stock). There are three cover options, all with faux carbon-fiber sides: Sand Paper Grip Top (our choice), Semi-Grip Top, or Diamante Vinyl Top.
After using the key release to unlock and remove the stock seat, the Seat Concepts saddle clicked perfectly into place, and it has a high-quality look and feel. Even with the grippy top, moving fore and aft is easy to do when wearing riding gear or jeans. The wider seating area spreads the rider’s weight over a larger area, providing a much more comfortable place to sit, yet it isn’t so wide that it interferes with moving back and forth during stand-up riding. The foam is firm yet supportive and holds up well even after long hours in the saddle.
The Seat Concepts saddle is a great addition to the Yamaha Ténéré 700 and will serve as a comfortable perch during our long-term test.