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Yamaha Announces Redesigned Tracer 9 and Tracer 9 GT (with video)

With the recent thorough redesign of the MT-09, it should be no surprise that Yamaha has also redesigned the corresponding Tracer models. This sporty tourer has moved on considerably from the original FJ-09 we first tested back in 2015. The new Tracer 9 and Tracer 9 GT get the same, larger 890cc triple engine, as well as adjustable suspension, TFT instruments and a host of electronic aids working with a 6-axis IMU.

Here is the full press release from Yamaha, together with photos (the Tracer GT features standard saddlebags) and a video. Note that this information was received from Yamaha Europe. Yamaha U.S. indicates the Tracer 9 GT will be on sale in this market next April priced at $14,899.

Roads of Life

“Roads of Life” is the core concept behind Yamaha’s Sport Touring segment, the goal to gather all type of riders who are all looking for the same goal. New roads to explore. New memories to create. Few other forms of personal transport can match the sense of total freedom experienced on every motorcycle journey. And no other vehicle comes close to matching the thrill and excitement of two wheels.

Each Yamaha Sport Touring is designed to provide an instant and accessible escape from the day-to-day world by giving everyone the chance to clear their mind and appreciate the wonders of the natural environment. Now, more than ever, we all need to be able to get outside at a moment’s notice and create a new world where we can take charge of our destiny and live life to the fullest.

The Roads of Life are waiting to be explored, lifelong memories are ready to be created, and new friends are sure to be made along the way. With a choice of models with two wheels and three wheels, Yamaha’s dynamic Sport Touring segment has the power to change the way we live our lives by making faraway places more accessible to everyone. 

Original Tracer 900: The perfect balance of sport and touring

In 2015 the first Yamaha Tracer 900 arrived in Europe and changed the way that many riders perceived the Sport Touring class. Offering the thrilling performance of a sport bike together with an impressive long-distance touring capability – as well as being ideally suited to urban commuting – the original Tracer 900 proved to be a major success by attracting many new customers of all ages and from different backgrounds.

Followed by a second generation EU4 model in 2018, the Tracer 900 has established itself as the number one bike in the Sport Touring class, selling three times as many units as its nearest rival in 2019. This outstandingly adaptable motorcycle is now regarded by many as the definitive Sport Touring, and is one of the most important models in Yamaha’s line-up.

All-new TRACER 9: Ultimate Sports Versatility

Five years after the launch of the original model, Yamaha has created all-new versions of the ultimate multi-role motorcycles that are designed to reaffirm the model’s position as Europe’s favourite Sport Touring and attract a new generation of riders to the category.

Lighter, more powerful and supremely versatile – and now equipped with the most sophisticated technology ever seen on a Yamaha Sport Touring – the all-new TRACER 9 and TRACER 9 GT remain true to the ‘Sporting heart, touring soul’ philosophy that has made them the number one bike in its class. Offering increased levels of thrilling performance combined with enhanced touring capabilities and a higher overall specification, these new motorcycles offer ultimate sports versatility. 

New EU5 890cc CP3 engine: More thrilling, more capable, more versatile

Powering the all-new TRACER 9 is a completely redesigned 890cc CP3 crossplane technology engine that is lighter, more powerful and more advanced than the original powerplant that forever changed the image of the Sports Touring class. Our CP3 architecture lays the foundations for a completely new engine.

Fully EU5-compliant, the sophisticated new inline 3-cylinder engine features an increased capacity of 890cc thanks to a 3mm enlargement in the bore diameter, and this significant cc boost contributes towards a 7% increase in torque output. A key feature of the new larger capacity engine is that this much higher torque output of 9.5kg-m / 93 Nm is produced at 7000rpm – 1500rpm lower down the rev range then previously – for outstanding acceleration and rapid overtaking. As well as this marked increase in linear torque, the power output of the larger capacity 890cc engine is increased to 119PS at 10,000rpm – 4hp more than previously – making this one of the most thrilling, capable and versatile motorcycles in its class.

Famed for its linear torque, outstanding reliability and amazing versatility than enables riders to get maximum riding enjoyment in every situation – from twisty mountain roads through to fast, open highways and busy urban streets – the original CP3 engine has become one of the most successful designs in Yamaha’s 65 year history. Quicker, stronger and more advanced, the new TRACER 9 engine is a worthy successor to the original, and despite its increase in capacity, it actually weighs 1,700g less than the outgoing design, which contributes towards the new bike’s enhanced handling agility and versatility.

New CF die-cast Deltabox chassis: Sportier handling, increased stability

Lighter, more compact and better handling, the TRACER 9’s all-new CF die-cast Deltabox chassis has been designed to give ultimate sports versatility with excellent comfort, making this the kind of bike that is ready to switch character to suit the rider’s mood.

Another important improvement for 2021 is the repositioning of the new 890cc CP3 engine, which is now mounted in a more upright angle of 52.3º, compared to 47.5º on the previous model. These changes improve the overall balance of the lightweight CF die-cast chassis to give a higher degree of surface feedback from the front end, as well as a greater feeling of front end traction in corners. 

Longer high-rigidity swingarm: Increased stability, sporty agility

To match the new frame’s increased rigidity and more compact design, the TRACER 9 is equipped with a completely redesigned lightweight aluminium swingarm that pivots inside the frame’s outer structure in contrast to the previous model’s external pivot points. Although externally similar in appearance to the design used on the 2021 MT-09, the TRACER 9 swingarm is actually 60mm longer, giving a 1,500mm wheelbase – the same as the previous Tracer 900. 

Full 3-bag luggage capability: Increased flexibility and versatility

To optimize its versatility and touring capabilities the new model is designed to accommodate a total of three hard luggage cases, enabling the TRACER 9 to run with any combination of sidecases and a top case. ‘Floating Stay’ system is used for the side cases to enhance high speed stability and isolate luggage movement on the bike, and a one-piece wraparound grab bar facilitates the fitment of a top case. With its lower weight and increased strength, the all-new chassis can handle a total payload of riders and luggage of 193kg – a 7% increase in load carrying capacity.

Class-leading electronic rider aids: 6-axis IMU for ultimate controllability

Originally developed for the R1 and never previously available in the Yamaha Sport Touring category, Yamaha’s 6-axis IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) constantly measures the TRACER 9’s acceleration in the forward-backward; up-down and left-right directions – as well as the angular velocity in the machine’s pitch, roll and yaw directions.

Since its introduction on the R1 in 2015, this 6-axis IMU has been further developed, and the unit featured on the new TRACER 9 is now 50% smaller and 40% lighter. This high-tech IMU device constantly sends data to the ECU which computes all the data in real time, and effectively governs the new TRACER’s Traction Control System (TCS) as well as its Slide Control System (SCS), front wheel LIFt control system (LIF) and Brake Control system (BC). 

Traction Control System (TCS)

If any potential loss of rear tyre traction is sensed during acceleration, data from the IMU informs the ECU to activate the lean-sensitive TCS and momentarily restrict drive force until rear wheel slip is eliminated. This intelligent system intervenes at three increasing levels as lean angle increases, giving the TRACER 9 rider added confidence when accelerating on wet or slippery road surfaces. 

Slide Control System (SCS)

When data from the IMU predicts a sideways rear tyre slide the ECU adjusts power levels correspondingly until full stability is assured. The SCS can be set at any one of three intervention levels, and can be turned off when required. 

Front wheel LIFt control system (LIF)

LIF enables the rider to maintain a high degree of chassis control during aggressive acceleration by adjusting the rate of front wheel lift when it is sensed by the IMU. As with the SCS, the LIF system has three selectable intervention levels, and can also be turned off by the rider. 

Three TCS/SCS/LIF mode settings

To keep the whole system easy to understand and simple to operate there are three mode settings available for the TRACER 9 rider. In Mode 1 the TCS, SCS and LIF are all pre-set to level 1, this being the lowest intervention level that is designed to accommodate sporty and aggressive riding. When Mode 2 is selected the TCS, SCS and LIF are all pre-set at level 2, which is moderate intervention that suits a wide variety of different conditions. Finally, Mode 3 is the manual setting option that enables the rider to select any combination from the 3 TCS settings, 3 SCS settings and off, and 3 LIF settings and off, giving a potential 48 different combinations. 

Brake Control system (BC)

The TRACER 9 is also equipped with a 2-Mode Brake Control (BC) system that provides added chassis stability during emergency braking situations. Data from the IMU is constantly analysed, and when excessive lever pressure is applied to the front or rear brake by the rider, the pressure is automatically modulated by the BC system.

The rider can select either of two modes: BC1 is the standard ABS-active mode which prevents wheel lock-up during emergency braking in an upright, straight-line situation. When set to BC2, the system offers an even higher level of intervention by controlling brake pressure when the IMU senses that the chassis is likely to become unsettled in situations such as sudden mid-corner braking. 

Yamaha D-Mode: Four running modes for every situation

Yamaha D-Mode offers the TRACER 9 rider a total of four running modes to suit the widest variety of Sport Touring riding situations – one more than the previous model. Mode 1 gives a sharper and more aggressive engine response, Mode 2 is the all-round setting for a variety of situations, Mode 3 delivers a gentler character that’s ideal for relaxed riding, and the new Mode 4 is perfect for wet weather riding.

Cruise Control: Making longer journeys more enjoyable

The TRACER 9 is now equipped as standard with a Cruise Control that’s similar to the system used on the previous GT model, making longer journeys even more relaxing and enjoyable.

The Cruise Control can be activated when riding at a speed of 50 km/h or more and using 4th gear or higher, and once a speed is selected it can be adjusted up and down in 2 km/h increments by a single push of the switch or by continuously holding it down. The system can be immediately deactivated by using the brakes, clutch or rolling the grip forward on a closed throttle.

New fuelling system: Increased 350km+ range with stronger performance

Another important change for 2021 is the TRACER 9’s all new fuel delivery system that features fuel injectors mounted to the throttle valve side – whereas they were previously mounted directly to the cylinder head. Together with the use of new lightweight engine internals, the new fuelling design increases combustion efficiency and helps to achieve a notable 9% increase in fuel economy, giving this Sport Touring an extended range of 350 km+ from its 18-litre fuel tank, without adding additional weight by bigger fuel tank.

APSG ride-by-wire throttle: Improved feel and reliability

The TRACER 9’s Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) benefits from highly sophisticated R1M developed technology in the form of a new Accelerator Position Sensor Grip (APSG) – a ride-by-wire throttle system that contributes toward the bike’s reduced overall weight and gives improved feel and reliability. 

New higher-efficiency intake and exhaust: reduced weight, increased thrills!

Each motorcycle’s specification sheet can tell a lot about the way it’s going to perform, but numbers alone won’t give the whole story. The CP3 engine is famous for its intoxicating blend of linear torque and wonderful exhaust note, and Yamaha’s designers have devoted a lot of effort into making the whole TRACER 9 riding experience even more thrilling and exciting at all speeds.

The TRACER 9 is equipped with a new 1.5 chamber-type exhaust with twin tail pipes. Together with redesigned stainless steel header pipes, the complete exhaust weighs 1,400g less than previously, contributing significantly towards mass centralization for even more agile handling. 

Refined transmission with uprated A&S clutch: Better feel, smoother shifting

The TRACER 9 is equipped with slightly higher 1st and 2nd gear ratios that match the new engine’s higher torque output at lower rpm, and for smoother gearchanges the shift fork has been redesigned. Modifications have also been made to the A&S clutch, including the use of new material for the friction plates and a revised cam angle to give a lighter lever pull and gentler chassis behaviour during downshifts, resulting in a smoother, easier and more satisfying ride. 

Model-specific engine mounts: Increased stability when fully loaded

While the overall design of the TRACER 9 frame uses the new MT-09 as its base, Yamaha’s engineers have developed a range of model-specific components that make an important contribution towards achieving excellent straight line stability and cornering agility when fully loaded.

Model-specific engine mounts for the TRACER 9 have been developed through Kanno Hyoka – that is to say evaluating motorcycle performance based on test rider perceptions and feedback. Featuring a thicker construction that is unique to the TRACER 9, the left and right side engine mounting brackets as well as the top mount ensure that the engine’s role as a stressed member helps to create an excellent balance of rigidity for optimum handling performance – even when carrying a passenger and three hard cases. 

Next generation design: Agile, compact and minimalist body style

Featuring completely redesigned bodywork, the all-new TRACER 9 seeks to build on the outstanding success of Europe’s best-selling Sport Touring by offering an even more sporty, dynamic and versatile package.

Very careful consideration was given to the layout and shape of the 3 bag luggage system, and the overall look of the side cases and top case is designed to complement the bike’s sporty and dynamic  character.

A key feature of the new TRACER 9 is the ‘arrow’ silhouette formed by the windscreen, front fairing and fuel tank cover that gives a dynamic and purposeful new look, and the compact new mono-focus LED twin-eye headlights – together with LED lighting throughout and twin TFT meters – reinforce the bike’s technologically advanced look and underline the TRACER 9’s high overall specification. 

Full LED lighting throughout: Excellent visibility with dynamic new style

New mono-focus twin-eye LED ‘hidden’ headlights are recessed in the aerodynamic front fairing to give this next-generation Sport Touring a bold and distinctive new look that underlines its truly dynamic and sporty character. One LED headlight unit projects the low beam while the other unit projects the high beam, and they are designed to give excellent forward illumination with an even spread of light that is softer at the edges, making them easier on the rider’s eyes. The dynamic new face also features dual LED position lights that reinforce the imposing presence of the TRACER 9.

The all-new LED rear light design is quintessentially TRACER, and features specially cut inner lenses that give a smoother tail and brake light with a three-dimensional effect to underline the bike’s ultra-modern style – and the full LED lighting is completed with compact and lightweight LED flashers.

Twin 3.5-inch full colour TFT meters: Clear and comprehensive information

The all-new twin 3.5-inch multi-function TFT meters display extremely clear data and feature an intuitive rider interface that separates the critical running information from the functional operational information.

Key running information is featured on the left screen, including a multi-coloured bar-type tachometer whose colour changes as rpm rises, as well as a digital speedometer, fuel gauge, gear position and TCS mode indicator. The left screen can be switched to the TCS mode and setting display, enabling the rider to select the desired intervention mode for the electronic rider aids. Meanwhile the right screen is split into four separate sections, each one displaying a range of information such as odometer, tripmeters 1 & 2, temperature and more. 

Ultra-light Yamaha SpinForged wheels: Increased agility and lighter handling

The 10-spoke SpinForged wheels and large-diameter axles fitted to the new TRACER 9 are 700g lighter than previously, and this major reduction in unsprung weight makes a positive contribution towards the bike’s agile handling, lightweight steering and responsive suspension characteristics. 

Optimized suspension settings: Smooth, stable and comfortable

Offering full adjustability so that they can be quickly set up to match the prevailing riding conditions and load carried, the TRACER 9’s new high-specification 41mm front forks are 30mm shorter than the previous design in order to match the lower head pipe on the CF die-cast frame.  

Featuring an adjustable rear shock, the rear suspension system features a new linkage that has been redesigned for greater space efficiency and also to match the revised frame and swingarm design. 

Commanding riding position: Adjustable to different riders and riding situations

The TRACER 9’s roomy and commanding riding position ensures the highest levels of comfort, and the ergonomics can be easily adjusted to suit different physiques and riding styles. The newly developed rider’s seat is mounted 15mm lower than the previous model, and features a simple tool-less two-position height adjuster. Further changes to the ergonomics can be made by adjusting the footrests by 15mm up or down, and the handlebar position can also be moved forwards by 9mm and upwards by 4mm by reversing the direction of the handlebar clamps, giving a total of 8 different riding positions.

Larger fully-adjustable windscreen: Increased comfort, reduced fatigue

For increased wind protection and reduced fatigue caused by buffeting on longer rides, the TRACER 9 is equipped with a large screen that can be adjusted by a total of 50mm through 10 increments of 5mm. Compact and lightweight handlebar brush guards also help to protect from the wind and weather.

 R1 type radial front brake master cylinder: More power with linear control

The TRACER 9 is constructed to an extremely high standard specification, and the all-new 2021 model is the first ever Yamaha Sport Touring to be equipped with a front brake featuring a R1-type radial master cylinder. Manufactured by Nissin, this high-tech supersport-class braking system features a piston that moves parallel to the brake lever travel, giving a more linear brake feel, giving the rider a higher degree of controllability.

 New Battlax T32 tyres: Excellent wet and dry performance

Yamaha and Bridgestone have jointly developed the new Battlax T32 Sport Touring tyres specifically for the TRACER 9. The development goals were to create a new tyre that could offer excellent wet and dry performance together with excellent durability and strong straight-line performance, qualities that match the versatile character of this new Sport Touring. The combination of a 120/70ZR17 front and 180/55ZR17 rear provide good feedback with a precise feel, enabling the TRACER 9 rider to experience ultimate sports versatility, whatever the weather.


New FeaturesRider Benefit
New larger-capacity 890cc engineIncreased cc gives major increase in power and torque throughout the rev range or thrilling acceleration. Lower weight for easier handling. EU5 compliant
All-new die-cast aluminium Deltabox chassisLighter and stronger CF die-cast construction for more agile cornering. Increased wheelbase ensures straight-line stability at higher speeds and when fully loaded
Full 3-bag luggage capabilityFully equipped to accommodate hard side cases and a top case for ultimate versatility. Total load capacity including rider/passenger increased by 7% to 193kg
6-axis IMU plus lean-sensitive rider aidsCutting-edge technology that gives the highest degree of controllability in varying weather and surface conditions. 3 modes to suit every riding style
Next generation design and stylingCompact and modern design with excellent wind and weather protection. Perfect blend of sport style with touring functionality
Full LED lightingHidden and separate low/high LED headlights with dual LED position lights to see and be seen. Full LED flasher and tail/brake for ultra-modern TRACER signature style
Full-colour 3.5-inch TFT instrumentsIntuitive design with clearly displayed information enables the rider to quickly check with minimum distraction
Lightweight SpinForged wheelsUltra-light new wheels – reduced unsprung weight for more agile handling and responsive suspension
Adjustable suspensionHigh specification fully-adjustable 41mm USD front forks and adjustable rear shock enable optimum chassis set-up to suit varying riding styles and loads
Customizable ergonomicsNew 2-position rider seat offers 15mm tool-less height adjustability. Rider footrests up/down adjustable by 15mm, and handlebar clamp can be reversed to give alternative position to suit different physiques and preferences
Radial front master cylinderR1 type radial front master cylinder  delivers linear stopping power with the highest degree of controllability

Technical highlights

  • New 890cc inline 3-cylinder 4-valve DOHC liquid-cooled EU5 engine
  • Lower weight and increased power at all rpm
  • 7% increase in maximum torque at lower rpm
  • 4PS increase in maximum power
  • Lighter and stronger CF die-cast aluminium Deltabox chassis
  • Overall 2kg weight reduction for increased agility
  • New lightweight aluminium swingarm
  • Next-generation styling, perfect blend of sport style and touring functions
  • Full LED lighting with hidden headlights and TRACER signature tail light
  • Refined A&S clutch
  • Light and compact new 6-axis IMU – first time on a Yamaha Sport Touring
  • Lean-sensitive rider aids: TCS, SCS and LIFt with three intervention modes
  • ABS and Brake Control system (BC)
  • D-MODE switchable engine running modes
  • New ultra-light SpinForged 17-inch 10-spoke wheels
  • Fully-adjustable KYB® 41mm USD forks with optimized settings
  • Adjustable KYB® rear shock with revised settings and new linkage
  • Twin full colour 3.5-inch TFT instruments with remote handlebar switch
  • Radial front master cylinder, 298mm dual front discs

 TRACER 9 Colours, availability and price

The new TRACER 9 will be available in two new colours. Redline is a bold bright red finish that complements the bike’s sporty character, while Tech Kamo features a green-grey tint that creates a powerful and mature look that reflects the bike’s long-distance travel capabilities.

Deliveries to European Yamaha dealers will commence from March 2021. Prices vary per region, so please contact the national Yamaha distributor for full information.

All-new TRACER 9 GT: Ultimate specification as standard

The new TRACER 9 GT is the highest specification model in Yamaha’s 2021 Sport Touring line, and features a range of advanced technology and additional equipment that provide an even more luxurious ride for those customers who require the ultimate Sport Touring package as standard. 

Hard side cases: Added functionality with style

The TRACER 9 GT is supplied with completely new hard cases fitted as standard equipment, meaning that the bike is ready for the Roads of Life from day one. Each case is able to carry a full-face helmet, and is attached to the bike’s durable steel subframe via a fully floating carrier system that absorbs any wind or surface-induced chatter to give a natural riding feeling. Coloured sidepanels match the bike’s finish for a fully integrated look. 

KYB electronically-controlled suspension: Ultimate comfort with precise feel

Yamaha and KYB have jointly developed the TRACER 9 GT’s electronically-controlled semi-active suspension system that provides the ultimate in riding comfort combined with a precise feel from the road. Officially known as the KYB Actimatic Damper System (KADS), this highly advanced suspension generates a much wider range of damping force than conventional suspension, and is able to respond instantly to varying riding conditions in order to achieve optimum handling performance.

This use of this semi-active suspension system has been made possible by the bike’s new IMU which works together with the ECU as well as the Hydraulic Unit (HU) and Suspension Control Unit (SCU) to calculate the optimum suspension settings for any given riding situation: fast or slow, wet or dry, smooth or bumpy, solo or two-up.

The advantage of the solenoid system is that it is able to make extremely fast adjustments to damping settings, and it can handle both minor and major changes. By constantly analysing and computing the 6-axis data, the IMU can signal the ECU to adjust damping settings in order to maintain chassis stability at all speeds, and by doing so the KADS supplements the rider’s skills to ensure a more rewarding and enjoyable Sport Touring experience.

KADS can be used in two modes: A-1 is the sporting mode that is designed to deliver taut and responsive suspension action for fast riding on dry roads – and can also accommodate wet conditions. The system can be switched to A-2 mode that is designed to give a more supple and comfortable ride on rougher or uneven surfaces, making it the ideal choice on longer and more relaxed journeys. 

Up-and-down Quick Shift System (QSS): Smoother and faster gear changing

For clutchless up and down shifting the TRACER 9 GT is equipped with a new Quick Shift System (QSS). A sensor on the shift rod detects movement in the gearshift pedal, and the ECU cuts drive torque to the transmission to enable smooth and fast gearchanges, both up and down the transmission. 

LED cornering lights: Increased visibility with decreased rider fatigue

The TRACER 9 GT is equipped with a highly sophisticated intelligent cornering light system that is programmed to light up the road ahead when the IMU senses that the machine is leaning at more than 7º and its speed is at least 5 km/h.

A key feature of this LED cornering light design is that the IMU’s high speed calculations and processing power enable the system to increase the brightness of the cornering lights as the banking angle increases, giving the rider a clear field of vision when riding at night. The TRACER 9 GT is only the second Yamaha to feature cornering lights after the FJR1300AE, and unlike the FJR’s system which consisted of three LED lights on each side of the fairing, the TRACER 9 GT’s design consists of a single LED situated above each of the two position lights.

Grip warmers: All-season riding comfort

Wind chill can make the rider’s hands cold and uncomfortable even on a cool summer’s day, and the TRACER 9 GT’s grip warmers can be precisely adjusted through a range of 10 settings using a scroll wheel to achieve the optimum temperature. Specially shaped grips feature thinner rubber that enables efficient transmission of the heat to keep hands warm whatever the weather. 

Dedicated colours and graphics: Premium look and feel

As well as being available in the same colours as the standard model, the premium TRACER 9 GT is also offered in an exclusive Yamaha Icon Performance finish that has been inspired by the Yamaha R1M – the bike that pioneered much of the advanced electronic technology found on this high-end Sport Touring. 


Deliveries to European Yamaha dealers will commence from March 2021. Prices vary per region, so please contact the national Yamaha distributor for full information. 


New FeaturesRider Benefit
Hard side casesAdded versatility for every journey, capable of accommodating a full face helmet. Fully floating carrier system ensures a smooth ride when fully loaded
KYB electronically-controlled suspensionSemi-active KADS suspension system delivers ultimate chassis performance for sports agility and touring comfort
Up and down QSSSmoother and faster clutchless gear changing, up and down the transmission
LED cornering lightsPowerful seamless illumination for increased visibility and reduced fatigue at night
Dedicated colours and graphicsPremium looks and increased pride of ownership


  1. matt says:

    And of course the United States only gets the GT model. SMH. There is nothing more frustrating then watching the rest of world get all the great motorcycle choices and we get such a pathetic limited bare bones choice of bikes. No wonder Motorcycling in the U.S. is dying. While the GT is nice it has priced itself right out of the market.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Not a big fan of farkler type bikes, but these two are pretty nice looking. They are creeping up in price tho aren’t they?

  3. DR007 says:

    Can we bring up the elephant in the room? Can Yamaha start renaming their bikes by CC like other motorcycle companies do? Their branding and marketing department are either massively stupid or they aren’t concerned with their image in America.

  4. bmbktmracer says:

    A face made for radio.

  5. RyYYZ says:

    Speaking of the styling, it looks to me like they’ve managed to clean up the hose/pipe/wire mess that they had going on with the previous version.

  6. RyYYZ says:

    Well, call me crazy, but I think it at least looks better than the previous version, and from some angles looks a lot like the previous generation Multistrada.

    Seems like Yamaha has listened to the criticisms of the past model and addressed them in this one. Nice that the base model now gets cruise control.

    One thing I notice, looking at the pictures, is that they may have addressed the lack of room between the rider’s pegs and the passenger pegs/hangers.

  7. Grover says:


  8. Anonymous says:

    OTD with bags about 17k 🤯

    • edk800f1 says:

      The GT includes the bags, for $14.9k.
      That’s still a couple grand more than the previous, but adding the active dnynamic suspension was probably most of that.
      I got a 2019 900GT this past summer, and love it. Traded a 2015 Caponord TP for it, no regrets there. I’ll probably still keep mine for several years, but I do admit that this new model interests me.

    • Anonymous says:

      If you live in California –
      Purchase price: $14,900
      Calif. Taxes (LA): @ 9.5%: $1,415
      Calif. registration: $275
      Freight: $300
      Setup: $250

      Total: $17,140

      Seems like a lot for a 900cc touring machine. But to each his own.

      • mickey says:

        So how much is a typical 1200cc Touring bike in California…say a BMW R1200RT or an FJR 1300ES? or the Kawasaki 1000cc Ninja SX?

      • edk800f1 says:

        Those charges apply to any purchase, and are partially state dependent. Nobody compares bike prices that way, it’s misleading. You use MSRP, or typical selling price, before those extras.

  9. tbone34 says:

    As guy that superslabs for several hours in a row sometimes, I appreciate the additional wind protection from the bigger and uglier windscreen.

  10. dt-175 says:

    i’m seeing vincent black prince from the front…

  11. Bill R. says:

    I have the 2019 Tracer 900GT. Lots of good miles, quite versatile, very happy with the bike. Negotiating a very good price was pretty easy. The few minor shortcomings seem to be addressed here along with upgrades like lean sensitive IMU, semi-active suspension, smoother throttle, expanded quick shifter and what looks to be a bit more room for boot heels. My current hard bags and top case work great, but that has been upgraded as well. I like the looks of mine, would like to see the new one in person to make a judgement on that. I have ridden pretty much everything, and I can say that the bike is a complete blast to ride, reliable and comfortable. The new one looks to be well worth the money.

  12. cep says:

    Hmmm…highest specification model in Yamaha’s sport touring line-up? Slap in the face of the FJR1300. Wonder if this is the beginning of the end of the FJR. I think its already been pulled from the Euro line-up.

    • RyYYZ says:

      Euro 5 issues, maybe? Could be they’re not selling enough of them to justify the cost of re-engineering to meet the new emissions standards.

  13. Ed says:

    Wow. you guys are such whiners! Geezus! Do you know that a top line 450 dirt bike is $11k? Get a grip!

  14. Frank West says:

    For a modern bike they have a very clunky first gear engagement, see they have updated the box and clutch. I like the looks, but a bit of a rip-off of the recently defunct American brand (can’t recall their name but v-4 or v6 engine). Greedy pricing so won’t be buying one. They don’t seem to wear particularly well, either, compared to the Diversions of the past which were nicely run in at 20k.

  15. Jim says:

    Wow, I like it. The GT has almost everything I’ve been looking for in one package. Well done Yamaha. Now add a heated seat option.

  16. So, Yamaha thinks it can price with Ducati. Good luck with that.

  17. fred says:

    I like it. Good press release, good video. For as long as the press release was, it left out quite a few specifics – pannier size, fuel tank size, est mgp, no info on top box/trunk – looks or size, etc.
    It was a bit difficult to tell which lights are which – headlights, running lights, cornering lights?
    With LED’s, running separate hi & lo beams may make sense, but it still is vaguely annoying to have only one of two headlights working at a time. There was a brief glimpse of both round “mouth” lights on simultaneously.
    I’m okay with the overall styling, mostly. The saddlebags look a bit small, especially for two-up. I’d need a test ride to decide on the windshield and the handlebars. Didn’t like the wide, flat, dirt-bike feeling handlebars on the last Tracer I demo-rode.
    The price seems a bit high, but what I’ve seen so far is interesting enough to want to take a closer look and probably take a test ride. If I were a bit more serious, I’d need to research the competition a bit closer.

    • mickey says:

      Fred I watched the vid several times even pausing it at times to understand the lights and I “think” I have them figured out. The right hand side drivers “spot” down low is actually the low beam. The other l/h side spot down low must be the high beam. The big mouth headlights as you call them (the ones with the led strips running all the time) came on individually when they cornered, right side on right curves, left side on left curves, so they must be the cornering lights.(see at 1:20-1:21 on the vid)

      strange set up if you ask me, but I think that is how they work.

      anyone else see that too? or something different?

      • Dan-0 says:

        Seconding Fred’s comment about “annoying to have only one of two headlights working at a time”. Headlights are as much about being seen as seeing at night. Motorcycle safety is the biggest concern I hear from non-riders. Both headlights need to be lit when using high or low beams. Always on turn signals would also help!

    • Dino says:

      I saw the range of 350km (217 miles) from the 18 liter tank (4.7gallons).
      Not bad..
      Lots of technology in an almost “normal” looking cycle..

    • John B says:

      Fred, yes it’s a long release though they do say 18 litre fuel tank same as previous with 9% better economy giving 350km range… now I’ll go looking for it’s weight..

  18. Dave says:

    After all of the outlandish designs we’ve seen come out in the past 10 years, I’m surprised that this one is drawing such a strong reaction. It looks pretty “normal” in the category to me.

  19. VLJ says:

    I rarely feel this way, much less post it on a forum, but this bike is simply too damn ugly to take seriously as an ownership possibility. I’m fine with function over form, but there is no function to most of what ails this thing’s horrific form.

    They need to ditch this entire design ethos and start over from scratch.

    Okay, they can keep the wheels. The wheels are fine. The seats, too. The dual seats are doable.

    • Stuki Moi says:


      What’s wrong with the looks of this one? I love the front half fairing.

      Slide control and wheelie control on a tourer seems a bit bonkers, but the MT series has always been a bit bonkers. This one checks enough seriously redeeming boxes, that it is the first of them I want to test ride.

      _Ligther_ wheels, instead of heavy spokies; a fairing/windscreen close enough to the rider to possibly do something other than create turbulence; and simultaneous three bag compatibility, shows they’ve got their priorities straight on this one.

      A sport bike engine mounted up there, on a bike with bars too backswept, not so much. But the whole thing is so light, that may not matter. And a tourer short enough to not be sticking worryingly far into the road, when backed in perpendicularly between two parked cars, has it’s own rewards.

      Newer did I think I would be excited about one of those “overhyped” MTs……

      • VLJ says:

        I’m not criticizing its functional abilities, although I have serious doubts that the taller windscreen won’t be another nightmare of noisy turbulence, unless it’s so tall that the rider looks straight through it, which I would never do. Also, this thing has way too many unnecessary techno gadgets that are included strictly for marketing purposes. All they do is add worthless complexity and cost.

        Otherwise, nope, I’m fine with it, at least functionally. My complaint has to with its styling. From any angle, front to back, there isn’t a single line, contour, or sizing choice over which they didn’t completely screw the pooch. The front end in particular has to be among the ugliest faces ever produced for a motorcycle. It’s nearly on the level of the 2003 Ducati Uglystrada, and that’s really saying something.

        • Stuki Moi says:

          The lights aren’t my idea of beautiful, but other than that, I love the tall, narrow half fairing. Slims the bike a lot, compared to most advish bikes.

          As for the screen, you’re probably right. The only ones which really work, are the ones with a lot more width down low. Like the old Aeroflow half fairings for the 11×0 GS. And the ZX-14, Connie and RT (The A-twin is unusually good as well, at least for something with that much steering angle). Otherwise, turbulent air comes up under the helmet from underneath. Which is where the worst turbulence tends to come from, not from above.

          But by moving the screen, and that beautiful (per me..) fairing in closer to the rider, Yamaha is at least giving themselves more of a fighting chance, despite the bike’s narrowness. At least they’re trying.

  20. skortch says:

    My touring involves riding on- and off-road. However, I like this Tracer and if I were looking for a street touring/sport-touring bike this would be at or near the top of the list. The (lack of) weight is good and 225+ miles per tank is about the range I can tolerate without a stop. About the only thing I’d be looking for is a shorter screen; otherwise it ticks all the boxes (and more) that used to be covered by my VFRs. When you factor in the included hard bags, electronic suspension, and so on the price doesn’t seem horrible. I kinda like the styling even…

  21. Jonathan S. Justman says:

    This used to be sort of the affordable, working man’s light touring bike. I think Yamaha is now pricing this bike far above that level, and the cheaper standard version doesn’t look like it will be sold in the United States. The top-spec 9 GT can’t compete with established touring machines with larger capacity motors, but it’s price is almost there. Another three grand gets you a real touring bike, if that’s what you were looking for.

    • SausageCreature says:

      Kawi did the same thing with the Versys 1000. Oh well, if this goes the same way the V1K did, there will be plenty of remaindered bikes available at a discount.

  22. mickey says:

    well I think the bike has a lot of nice features on the GT.. cruise, quick shifter (I guess) adjustable suspension (I guess). Don’t mind the fairing. Like the Orange one. Bags look weird and weirdly mounted. But watching the vid, it looks like there is one little bitty spot light on when it’s running. Hardly noticeable to left turners and people getting ready to pull out in front of you. It didn’t even look like the headlight was on???? That’s can’t be right, but that’s what it looked like. Watch the vid and pay attention.

    Not on my radar for a next bike, but I can see how some of us aging boomers looking to pick up something lighter due to age/strength/medical maladies might find it attractive.

    personally I wish Yamaha would bring in the T-Max 560 GT.(in a couple of years I might be ready for one lol)

    My son had an FJ-09 fitted with factory bags and trunk and said it was an “OK” bike. he kept it a year/13,000 miles and traded it in on an MT-10.

  23. Harry says:

    Okay, this post may be a little too long, my apologies. This is a nice bike, But, being a very cheap old (early 70s) guy couldn’t justify the price. In most cases you get what you pay for but do you really need all this shit? In my 50’s took a month off (saved vacation time) and went touring the country (including Alaska) usually putting around 10,000 miles during the month. Last year, boarded a plane (live in Idaho) and flew to Effingham Illinois to pick up a 2018 Kawasaki Versus 650 for half the cost of the Tracer (left over model). Rode to Chicago then out to New Hamshire to visit my daughter (I90 sucks). On the way home went through Canada. Love Canada, great roads, kind people and they do not ticket for speeding. I like to cruise at around 80 (GPS certified). As soon as I crossed the border into Wisconsin, got a speeding ticket. Total distance traveled was around 4,500 miles. My last hurrah. As I stated earlier, you buy what you need, do you really need all these bells and whistles? The Versys got me around 55 mpg (remember 80 mph) with a 5.5 gallon tank. It’s only a horizontal twin, not the strongest mount on the road, got it up to 134 mph on a flat stretch. But it works.

    • todd says:

      I agree, Harry. Apparently, though, people in the US don’t buy motorcycles to ride but buy them for excitement or because of how it makes them look. A simple, inexpensive 40hp bike can tour the world and break every imaginable speed limit but the American ego cannot show up to a bike gathering on a cheap 40hp bike because they think it makes their penis look small. It’s the same for cars. I grew up when a new 3-series BMW made about 120hp, and that was considered sporty. Now, any new car that comes to market needs to be ginormous with at least 400hp and cost fifty grand. It’s getting to be that the only way to have something basic and simple is to buy something old and well cared for.

    • austin zzr 1200 says:

      I own the same bike but it is a ’16 leftover ($6k OTD). The thing will outlive all of us. I remember testing an FJ9 then getting back onto the Versys thinking.. do I really need anything else? The only time its lacking is on rare 2-up passing occasions. Otherwise, its a perfect light touring bike.

    • Jeremy says:

      Well, people buy what they want. Not what they need. That’s the difference between living and surviving.

      That said, your Versys has more of what I want than this Tracer. It’s a nice bike for those who value what it has to offer, but it’s a bit too much of everything for my liking. For whatever reason, the older I get, the more I yearn for something light and spartan.

      • TBone34 says:

        I’m not a big fan of framing any argument as living (having more money) and surviving (barely having enough money). The reality is that many would love a Versys + large donation to a food bank + a trip to Europe over owning overkill at the same price.

        The Versys is one heck of a bike. After I’m done with my Norge I likely will go with a lightly used Versys GT.

        • mickey says:

          Anyone contemplating buying a motorcycle is not just surviving. Motorcycles are luxury items…at least in this country. If they are buying a motorcycle before meeting their basic needs of food, clothing and shelter then they are a fool who will never amount to anything.

          Everyone seems to have enough money for the things they WANT.. cigarettes, beer, expensive meals and drinks out, the latest cell phones, big screen TV’s, subscriptions to all the movie channels, even if they have to stand in lines to get boxes of food, coats and backpacks for their kids. Priorities

          • todd says:

            I figure a car is a luxury item. I save LOT of money by not buying cars. There’s not much money left after trying to feed and house a family in California.

          • Jeremy says:

            “If they are buying a motorcycle before meeting their basic needs of food, clothing and shelter ”

            Sounds like me in my early 20’s. I turned out alright though. 🙂

  24. DucDynasty says:

    Japanese designers seem to feel an obligation to ignore clean lines and un-cluttered design. This is (in my humble opinion) is a step in the wrong direction. I don’t know many guys I ride with, who will claim they like this updated design.
    That front end is excessive.

  25. jcc says:

    $15K for a 900; don’t think so!!

    • Dave says:

      What does engine displacement have to do with a bike’s value?
      This line of thinking is why the best quality bikes are often overweight 2-wheeled trucks. Big, heavy bikes have their place and qualities but they’re not the best for lots of riders.

      • Mick says:

        That’s where I’m at. Give me a bike that makes 80 quality horsepower that justifies every pound it weighs more than a motocross bike, with comparable suspension quality, and I’ll pay north of $20,000 for it without batting an eye.

        Unfortunately, that money will never see the light of day. The street bike market seems happy to pretend that the dirt bike market doesn’t exist as a comparison. Basically because for a lot of riders, it doesn’t. Even though the bikes often sit in the same showroom. Earth is a very strange planet.

        • todd says:

          Sounds like a 690 Duke with a cam and fairing. I bought mine new for $7500 and added 3-piece luggage for less than $400.

          • mickey says:

            I’m suprised with your love of low horsepower bikes that you bought something with nearly 80 hp todd, when as you say any 40 hp bike can be ridden cross country and break the speed limit anywhere. Why not a CB300R or Kaw 400 or something with a little less power?

          • todd says:

            I knew I would be called on that. I am 6’3, 185 lb. I looked at the Duke 390 and it was very cramped. I did not care for the size of the other small bikes either. The Versys 300 was better but not readily available. The 690 Duke is very spacious and comfortable (after I fixed the bar pull back with new bars). Though I didn’t get seat time on the Versys, the 690 suspension is some of the nicest I’ve ever felt, even compared to Ohlins equipped bikes that I’ve ridden. Yes, it’s got way more power than I need (or can use most of the time) but it’s a genuinely nice bike, one of the lightest street bikes available, the best single cylinder engine ever made, and the styling not nearly as bad as other KTMs. I also own 6 other bikes that are small and under-powered.

          • mickey says:

            todd said:

            “it’s got way more power than I need (or can use most of the time) but it’s a genuinely nice bike,”

            I think a lot of us could say that about our personal choices in motorcycles

          • todd says:

            Also, don’t underestimate the psychological value of “made in Austria” vs “made in India” or Indonesia.

          • mickey says:

            Or my personal favorite since 1965…made in Japan

    • Jeremy says:

      It’s a pretty powerful 900 (and relatively light bike) that comes with all the expected electronics plus semi-active suspension, hard cases, cornering headlights, and a quick shifter. That’s a pretty good spec for $15K.

    • Snake says:


      I use every ounce of power from my Valkyrie muscle-cruiser, and have actually considered / wondered if it’s worth trying to add more. Merging, getting away from aggressive drivers (boy, are there a lot of them around now!), and (sometimes I’ll admit) just for the sheer joy of cranking the throttle open and absolutely ripping out. I don’t believe in under-powered vehicles, cars included. I don’t need 600HP, but enough to get me out of the way of a clueless or just aggressive driver beyond only depending upon slowing down with the brakes.

      Acceleration is just as much a defense mechanism as slowing down.

      • todd says:

        Snake, will all due respect, of course you can. The Valkyrie produces about 100whp and is moving 750 pounds of bike plus rider for around 10 pounds per horsepower. The Duke’s ~72whp moves over 400 POUNDS LESS weight meaning the Duke is about 50% more powerful than the Valkyrie. Also, when you say you’re using “every ounce of power”, are you actually pinning the throttle WFO at 5,500 rpm? Full throttle and shifting up at 4krpm is nowhere close to full power.

  26. tomg says:

    It may look good in person but the front end styling is just too weird looking for me. I don’t care for the two “fog” lights inside the fairing and the front fairing comes down too far. Just doesn’t look right. Nice bike though otherwise.

  27. yellowhammer says:

    I am in the market for a light touring machine similar to this one. I just prefer blended aerodynamic styling, as others have stated.

  28. mechanicus says:

    The size and weight are spot-on for my current needs, but I just can’t warm up to that insectoid origami manga look.

  29. edpix says:

    Whew… That Yamaha “styling” dept is completely clueless, How could the designer of that fairing step back and say “perfect! my work here is done”. Once again another nice concept based on a functionally good bike is ruined by Yamaha “stlylists”

  30. Mick says:

    Not liking the too tall windscreen or the way too long press release. I still wonder if the new engine still whines. The one I rode around France and Germany about five years ago was a perfectly decent motorcycle ruined by engine whine. If this one only adds helmet turbulence to the mix, well, I don’t call that progress.

  31. Kemit T Frog says:

    Other than the (still) too small fuel tank and the possibility that the dual dinky screen instrumentation is, well…double down dinky and hard to read, I like the bike. Shaft or belt drive would be nice but so many weaklings here would complain about no gearig changes with belt or shaft and the “adding weight” just like a bigger tank would (hint: put less gas in it if you’re that weak 😉 ).

    Or take up weight training. Lawdy but Americans are a fluffy lot and yes, I am an American and I exercise several days a week because I don’t want to be any weaker than I already am! Speaking of gasoline capacity..

    What is it about a 5 or 6 gallon gas tank on a bke purported to be made for TOURING that makes wimps out of motorcyclists? It’s not like you’re remotely capable of carrying the bike, it is made to carry you. I’d wager that the majority of us here could stand to lose 15 or more pounds ourselves Sheeeeesh! LOL!

    This looks to be a nice touring rig. It is soon going to be winter when a motorcyclist’s (such as myself!) thoughts turn to what bike should I get as an investment in my happiness. Add the Tracer GT to my list of possibles right next to the Piaggio Mp3 500, the Kymco AK550 and whatever may comee the next few months will tell…

    Good choices there, todd! 🙂

    • Jeremy says:

      I too like a bike that can go a long time without refueling, regardless of whether or not it is a dedicated touring bike.

      I think the whole small fuel tank movement is just indicative of the fact that motorcycles are not designed for the USA anymore. Most buyers in the other big motorcycle markets don’t have big paved roads stretching for hundreds of miles into sparsely populated areas. You could tour Europe or East Asia with a two gallon tank and never run out of gas.

  32. todd says:

    Nice bike but I’d rather have the Tracer 7 or the Tenere 7…

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