Touratech Works Footrest Review [Yamaha Ténéré 700 Project Bike]
I’m up. It’s legal to stand on public roads and freeways (freeways too, but it takes too much muscle at 65 mph) in California and Oregon, and that’s where I drove the Ultimate motorcycle Yamaha TÃ©nÃ©rÃ© 700 project bike. I wore my Klim GTX adventure boots every 2000 miles of on-road and off-road fun. I always found myself squeezing / rubbing the inside of both boots against the motor to feel secure. I knew I needed a wider footrest for my riding style and comfort from my first few hours on the bike, and that’s where Touratech Works footrests come in.
Touratech is a 25-year-old company that manufactures most of the products it sells exclusively equipping adventure motorcycles and their riders. Touratech knows the off-road adventure and its products are built to last. Works Footpegs ($ 200 / pair) are stainless steel with an open design to prevent the buildup of mud and debris. The fitment is specific to the Yamaha TÃ©nÃ©rÃ© 700, although Touratech offers Works footrests for many ADV motorcycles, including models from BMW, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM and Triumph.
The instructions are illustrated and very well done. Installation is simple and only requires a pair of needle nose pliers to unfold a cotter pin.
In my case, one of the aluminum bushings that came in my installation kit needed a bit of wire brush boring to make the clevis pin slide smoothly. I happened to have the correct size bore brush, although the corrective action could have been accomplished with a bit of sandpaper. I was surprised that the ring needed some attention, as all of the other products I have purchased from Touratech have always been precision manufactured.
The second stake was installed in less than two minutes. Replacing the Touratech Works footrest is one of the easiest and fastest upgrades I’ve done on the Ultimate motorcycle Yamaha TÃ©nÃ©rÃ© 700 project bike.
I took a few photos from the ground, looking at the bottom of my boots and the stakes. You can clearly see that the wider Touratech Works footrest pulls me away from the engine, while the stock footrest has my boot against the engine.
After several hundred kilometers of standing since the installation, I no longer think about my starting position. They are now properly placed and feel safe. The extra size of the Touratech Works footrests is a small customization that had a big positive impact on my ride ergonomics and overall comfort.