STAY IN THE MOOD
THROUGH RIDER’S STORIES
This was the year of 4 decades Yamaha Ténéré. We celebrated this milestone with the first edition of the Ténéré Travel Trophy! More than 100 Ténéré riders showed up at the start to experience an unforgettable motorcycle adventure.
Relive the Ténéré Travel Trophy 2023 on this page through rider’s stories, the 26 minutes long full movie and beautiful captures from our photographers.
“is it not too hard?”
Although I have ridden my motorcycle to the craziest and most beautiful corners of the world for years, I have never participated in an organised trip before, let alone a rally! But when I saw the invitation for the Ténéré Travel Trophy, I was immediately so excited that I signed up the same day, together with my friend Wim, because we didn’t want to miss this event for anything! It looked spectacular and adventurous, we wanted to experience this. The cliché is true: the older the crazier!
I didn’t quite know what to expect. The closer we got to the date of departure, the more excited I felt! “Isn’t this too hard?” “Can I handle the pace?” “What is the difficulty of off-roading?” These were all questions on my mind. But I was determined, I was going for it! Minimal luggage: no problem! I’ve been doing that for years. Stickers on your fairing for the real rally feeling, haha! And constantly checking the app to see who, and also whether more women, had already signed up. That ended up being four in total!
Actually, I could still talk about it for hours. And the questions that concerned me earlier turned out to be complete nonsense. From start to finish, I enjoyed the fantastically beautiful routes but above all the other participants. What a super nice group of people together.
If you ask me what did you remember most, I would have to say EVERYTHING! Every day was perfectly organised, the food in the morning and in the evening, coffee stops along the way, help if needed, an instructor if you needed one and amazingly beautiful routes! We lacked nothing. But I also really enjoyed the participants, what nice, spontaneous, sociable people they all were. No cocky behaviour, just be yourself, down to earth and ”how are you today?” guys!
Crossing the finish line gave me a kind of euphoric feeling, like I had achieved a lot. It was also a release from a week of adventure, up early, lots of kilometres, insane routes, new encounters. In a word: WONDERFUL! Never thought I would enjoy it so much with a group, but hey! This was no ordinary group either, these were Ténéré riders. Do i need to say more? It really was a pity it was over. Do I seriously have to wait a year for the next edition!?