We suspect this adventure bike will be the production version of the T7 Concept that was shown at EICMA in Milan last November.
However, it may not be called the T7.
Whatever it’s called, it will be a welcome addition to the range, replacing the single-cylinder XT600 Tenere.
It will be powered by the MT-07’s liquid-cooled 270-degree Crossplane, 649cc parallel-twin engine.
The MT-07 comes in full-powered and learner-approved versions in Australia, so it is hoped the same will be on offer for the adventure model.
The full-powered version has output of 73.7hp at 9000rpm and 68Nm of torque at 6500rpm.
We suspect the adventure model may have a detuned engine for more low-down torque, also with lower gearing.
Some of the features of the concept model, such as the rally-style dashboard with map reader will obviously be replaced by conventional instruments and the four LED headlights may be replaced with something more conventional.
The carbon fibre bits and pieces, Akrapovic exhaust and KYB suspension of the concept model also may not make it into production.
It is bound to have spoked wheels and knobby tyres, but possibly not as aggressive as the area on the concept and the bash plate will probably be smaller and maybe an alloy or even a hard plastic.