Initially I had hoped for a bike closer to the 660 Tenere as well. I liked that bike. It was built like a tank and had a lot of nice features. But the reality was that it didn't perform all that well. The engine was lumpy and underpowered, the suspension wasn't very good and it didn't handle all that well neither on nor off the road. The main selling points were reliability and range.I was not enthused by seeing pictures, and got to see it in person today. After seeing it I'm even less excited with it. I wish they just would have kept the Tenere 660 styling basically and just worked in the larger engine.
With only 210/200 mm of suspension travel and a curb weight at +200 kg I don't see the T7 as a dual sport, but rather as a traveling maschine that is surprisingly capable off road - so capable that some use it as a dual sport...I'm almost thinking the T700 is being marketed as a dual sport more than a traveling machine. Other than the sat, did you swing a leg over it? How does the build quality look?
The T7 isn't an impressive bike when you look at it - riding it is a different matter.I'll be 60 this year too. I didn't sit on it. Really didn't notice much else except the styling which was not for me. Despite all the time everyone has been waiting for this motorcycle, it really was not drawing much of a crowd. The Africa twin was drawing a good bit of attention.