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YAMAHA MT-09 TRACER (2015-2018) Review

Published: 19 December 2014

A seriously good bike at a seriously great price

A side view of the Tracer

A seriously good bike at a seriously great price

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

This is a seriously good bike at a seriously great price. We already knew the MT-09 platform had shades of greatness.

With that stonking triple’s fuelling ironed out it’s status is confirmed: it’s both immensely versatile and thrillingly invigorating. The chassis, now the fork settings have been tweaked, is without criticism.

The Tracer now adds to that with decent range and comfort, excellent all-round ability and impressive spec and sheen – without hurting that value at all.

It’s great fun, characterful, useful and a bike for all reasons. It was because of this that it became a leading contender for 2015 Bike of the Year.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

Criticism of the stock MT-09’s slightly soft forks has been addressed by increasing both the front and rear preload and damping rates on the new Tracer. As a result, the chassis just gets on with it.

The ride is stable and plush enough; the steering sharper and lighter than most and even when pushing pretty hard through the snaking switchbacks and swervery in the mountains above Marbella, the suspension and brakes were never found wanting.

It will wheelie until the cows come home

In other words, if you wanna behave like a pillock, the Tracer will wheelie until the cows come home – it retains all the fun and zest of the base MT-09. If you wanna take your partner and a week’s worth of gear to St Tropez – AND have fun through the twisties on the way down – it’ll do that with ease too.

And, come to think of it, if you want to just have a damn good, fun, truly all round motorcycle, the Tracer’s probably got virtually everyone beat. 

Engine 5 out of 5

The compact and impressive ‘C3’ triple is essentially identical to that of the base Yamaha MT-09 introduced earlier this year but with slightly revised and updated mapping to the different mode settings.

As before, three modes are selectable: ‘Std’ (which has been softened off slightly compared to the MT-09 for this sport-touring application), a sportier ‘A’ mode (also improved, after original complaints, for the 2015 MT-09s) and a 95bhp ‘B’ or rain mode.

You can change riding modes on the move

You can switch between all on the move with the throttle is closed.‘Std’ is fine, 90 per cent of the time: a class-leading 115 horses and, better still, an utterly linear, meaty, addictive drive from 3000rpm all the way up to around 10 or 11.

From 5000rpm the exhaust note changes, churning into that distinctive three cylinder wail that addicts and excites. If it rains, knock it into 95bhp ‘B’. And if you really want to thrash and scrape, ‘A’ mode adds a little sharpness to the response and meat to the midrange, enough to to have you snapping at the heels of all but the fastest super nakeds. Boy, I love triples.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

This is an affordably-priced machine – but it certainly doesn’t appear ‘cheap’. The fairing is cleverly comprised of lots of different ‘modules’ (rather than flat panels) and incorporates a variety of different, finishes.

Screen is manually adjustable through 30mm via two tightening knobs inside the fairing (although it can’t be done on the move) plus there are adventure bike-style hand guards. It’s a well-specced, well-finished machine.

Insurance, running costs & value 5 out of 5

The MT-09 Tracer will cost, if you hadn’t already heard, when first available in UK dealers not much over £8K.

To put that in some kind of context, that’s over two grand less than Honda’s similarly-targetted new VFR800X Crossrunner, over £1500 less than Kawasaki's updated Versys 1000 and 1850 squids under Suzuki’s fairly prosaic V-Strom 1000. And the new Yamaha is probably faster, more fun and more versatile than all of ‘em, too.

Insurance group: 14 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

A new, stylish fairing and adjustable screen gives the MT weather protection to match most up to 1000cc and a wholly new, adjustable saddle and rear sub frame to match, transforms it into a genuine two-up machine.

A bigger tank and uprated equipment, including a new, posher dash and a centre stand, gives the Tracer the kind of long distance ability and class any credible sports-tourer demands.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2015
Year discontinued 2018
Original price £8,149
Used price £5,000 to £9,000
Warranty term (when new) Two years unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £88
Annual service cost £170
Performance
Max power 115 bhp
Max torque 64.5 ft-lb
Top speed 145 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Tank range 166 miles
Specification
Engine size 847cc
Engine type 12v transverse triple, 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium diamond
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Seat height 845mm
Bike weight 190kg
Front suspension 41mm USD forks adjustable for preload and rebound damping
Rear suspension Single rear shock adjustable for preload and rebound damping
Front brake 2 x 298mm discs with four-piston monobloc radial calipers.
Rear brake 245mm single disc with single-piston caliper.
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2015: Model introduced

Other versions

MT-09: Basic roadster version launched in 2014
MT-09 Street Rally: Supermoto bodykitted version launched late 2014
MT-09 Sport Tracker: Flatracker bodykitted version launched late 2014

Owners' Reviews

20 owners have reviewed their YAMAHA MT-09 TRACER (2015-2018) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your YAMAHA MT-09 TRACER (2015-2018)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.1 out of 5
Engine 4.8 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.6 out of 5
Equipment 4.2 out of 5
5 out of 5

Still can't think of a better bike

07 August 2018 by Alexander043

The Tracer 900 does it all, with style: Take it for an easy stroll around town, or head across the continent to hunt for twisting roads. The engine is pure fun, with plenty of power from low to high, and the triple engine's sound is plain addictive (more so with the Akrapovic exhaust). The only thing you cannot expect from this bike is that it is a market leader in every section.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
(Very) wide handlebars, a twitchy but tameable throttle, neutral yet active sitting position. It takes a while to get fully acquainted and at ease on the Tracer, but once you do, it's all confidence. I've taken it to the track and to twisty roads, where the engine really sings, it's then that you feel it's an adaptation from the MT09. The seat is quite hard, which counters the "sinking in" feeling, but after 2-3 hours, you'll want to take a break for sure.
Engine
5 out of 5
I'm most definitely not alone in saying this is probably one of the funnest engines on the market. The triple cylinder handles it all, with loads of torque and a huge range, and 115bhp, you won't mind making a detour now and then.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
After 17.000km, I have yet to come across any sort of downfall. I must admit I'm quite a maintenance nut, so I leave little room for error.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Nothing particular to report. Yamaha isn't too expensive, so expect no surprises.
Equipment
3 out of 5
The standard Dunlop tires are so-so, I'd recommend getting a set which suits your style from the get-go. I went with the Akrapovic exhaust which Yamaha offers, and I'm still grinning a lot when above 7000 rpm or when downshifting.
3 out of 5

I was hoping for more

14 June 2018 by Pyetookh

I expected a bit more. I bought early 2015 bike in a stupid silver colour with blue wheels, blue forks and violet(!) rear shock spring. Someone in Japan was probably on drugs to think this is attractive or pretty. I stripped the bike down and resprayed it. This actually revealed how cheap feeling certain parts of the machine are, but it mainly relates to bodywork. Mechanicals and electrics are solid and cleverly designed. After the first two longer trips in the UK I wondered why it was 'Bike of the year 2015' - suspension is soft, slow constant speed is not smooth, seat is too hard, screen doesn't work very well, handlebars are too wide, fuel gauge has no logic, original tyres are rubbish. In summer all your controls and every bodywork gap is full of insects - half fairing doesn't protect any of that and isn't easy to clean (not sleek). On the other hand its engine is fantastic, riding position is great, resprayed bike looks good and you can push hard or go touring or both.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
Brakes are very good. No doubt. But suspension is a bit to soft. It has awful whine sound in 6th gear around 55mph where you use it the most. Maintaining speed around 25-30mph is not smooth and it somehow judders. On the other hand it is very light, flickable, stable fully loaded two up as well as solo. Because I ride my motorcycle two up TC steps in very often. Especially two up Traction Control is very brutal as it cuts engine off under smooth but hard acceleration and in combination with soft suspension it unsettles the bike and pillion bashes into me from behind.
Engine
5 out of 5
Engine is pretty much perfect!
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Bodywork is a bit flimsy but rest of the bike is well put together. There are gaps between fairing and headlight which are filling with insects and dust.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
It is seriously very good on petrol. Bike was designed to do a lot of things without being too expensive and it works.
Equipment
3 out of 5
Again I'm asking why! Why the hell someone decided that there will be only one bar in fuel gauge for the first half of a tank??!! Until you reach half a tank you don't know if you are still full or 3/4 or close to 1/2 tank. This is especially annoying when you ride with friends and you all want to start with full tank. This is also annoying when you wish to avoid fuelling on motorway and plan your stops. That bloody gauge shows average and current fuel consumption but doesn't show how many miles remain to empty tank - very useful feature on touring bikes with fuel range of only 170 miles. You can turn your traction control off but when you stop for petrol or a fag it comes back on again. Screen and half fairing doesn't provide much protection. Handlebars are very wide and have extra 2" on each side past your grips - makes it very difficult to filter through traffic. LED headlights are great, central stand is very handy.
Buying experience

Test drive from West London Yamaha was not so great because I could only follow their apprentice on less powerful motorcycle around town for 30 minutes and had to wait for seller's attention for 25 minutes. They were short of staff.

3 out of 5

Tracer Deception

02 June 2018 by GoTilUBlow

Looks good, performs terribly. Tries to be a jack of all trades, master of none. Read all the reviews and did the test ride. The short swingarm flattered and deceived. Poor sports bike, awful tourer. Awful screen.

Ride Quality & Brakes
1 out of 5
Appalling suspension, too hard on bumps, too wallowy, verging on dangerous on fast sweepers. Brakes ok.
Engine
3 out of 5
Pretends to be fast, but isn't once you get past the light front end. A 675 would be quicker and better in most situations.
Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
Some furry nuts after a short time, chrome decals would catch on a cloth and try to rip off on the fairing, cheap and tacky.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Cheap on fuel.
Equipment
2 out of 5
Besides the USB port, there is none.
Buying experience

Bill Smith's was eager to sell, but not keen to take it back on a trade three months later for an explorer. I took it to France and then was sick of it by then. Ended up going elsewhere, won't be back to Bill.

3 out of 5

Lies, damn lies and Tracers

31 May 2018 by GoTilU Blow

I could not recommend this bike to anyone unless they want a budget commuter. As an all rounder in succeeding at only one thing, being poor at everything. I thought it would be a sporty bike and a capable tourer, it was far from either. The rubbish, verging on dangerous suspension and the awful tank range saw to that. The fuelling was absolutely horrendous. I had an '05 R1 and '14 explorer before.

Ride Quality & Brakes
2 out of 5
Appalling suspension, brakes ok. Large fast sweepers.... very big wobbles. Not a bike for a back box for sure. Suspension was the worst I've experienced on a bike, either solid and jarring over bumps or squishy and unstable over fast stuff. My 2002 TDM was better.
Engine
4 out of 5
Pretends to be quick, but isn't really.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Rusty bolts after first spin, but in general not bad. The shiny metallic decals on the fairing were very cheap and would snag on polishing cloths if you weren't careful, pulling away from the plastic. Very cheap and nasty.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Only made the first service before I couldn't take anymore. Got 51 mpg average but the small tank and very silly fuel indicator meant you had to refill every 90 miles or so. There is plenty of room for a bigger tank and they didn't even address it on the GT model, pity.
Equipment
3 out of 5
You have to buy everything. Very basic bike as standard. OE tyres are not good. Wind protection was terrible and overtaking lorries required more care than it should.
Buying experience

B.S. in Chester had no interest in taking the bike back as a trade so I went further afield. Quick enough to take your money, but not too quick to help you out when you find out the bike is not what you wanted. Needless to say, won't be back there again either. After a trip to France and refuelling at every stop: I got home and traded it for a '17 explorer. Bye for now yamaha, call me when you find your mojo again.

5 out of 5

Fun and versatile

26 March 2018 by Bob

Can you have a more fun, versatile machine for less?

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
The suspension isn't the best but the thing cost me £7k virtually new, so what do you expect. Perfectly acceptable and absolutely fine.
Engine
5 out of 5
Now this is the gem of the bike. Work the CP3 engine hard and enjoy. Consider getting the map flashed to smooth out the low revs and release the real quality of that tripple that the Eurocrats have hidden behind emissions stupidity. Go to Simon at S-Tec in Newbury. Quality service
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Screen won't stay locked but other than that, all is well after 2 years and 5k miles.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
Has everything you need from toasty hand warmers (which work really well) through to a great dash with all the info you could want
Buying experience

Good from main Yam dealer

5 out of 5

Ready, Set, Go! The FJ09 is Eager to get you there!

19 July 2017 by Bsmols

This bike wants to run free and fast all the time... the triple literally chirps at you when you don't. It's comfortable upright seated position allows you to cruise for long periods of time. It looks great and has all the amenities you expect on a much more expensive bike. I used to think of it as a "poor man's BMW", but it deserves a lot more credit than that. This triple will never let you feel bored...

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
It rides great. It's not great at anything specifically, but it's really really good at just about everything. It's light and nimble for curvy roads. It's comfortable for long hauls (could use a more padded seat). It's torquey in every RPM range for quick passing on the highway or off the line. There is some room for improvement in the brakes if you're an aggressive rider.
Engine
5 out of 5
Can I rate it 10 out of 5? This engine is insane in every range. I'd probably kill myself if I had any more power. Why buy bikes with huge heavy engines when you can get so much performance in this small triple package?
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
So far so good.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
The bike as a whole is a great value for the performance and features. I think most of us that bought it were intrigued by the price tag as we looked at other comparable bikes that had been on the market longer with great reputations like the Versys, and V-Strom.
Equipment
5 out of 5
I love the standard 12v outlet for charging phones etc... Obviously ABS is great to have. I like the Yamaha bags that clip right on to the bike and the bottom mounts for them blend right into the passenger pegs, so you can ditch the bags and the bike still looks clean; no wire frame brackets hanging off the sides. The bags are basic in design, and hold almost as much as small carry-on suitcase. I just wish the bags were color-matched or had some kind of design on the sides other than plain matte black.
Buying experience

I bought from a dealer. I wanted the red, and they had just sold the floor model I had been eyeballing for 3 months. They found another one out of state and shipped it in and assembled it for me in a few days.

5 out of 5

The best allrounder

03 September 2016 by Olee

My best bike ever, 40 years of biking

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
-
Engine
4 out of 5
-
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
The chain ought to be "530" to match the engies pover. My chain broke during a long and fast ride on autobahn
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
-
Equipment
4 out of 5
Centerstand and gripheat is perfect, but the original panniers are not sufficient enough for long range travel.
Buying experience

The panniers and rack vas offered for half price.

5 out of 5

22 August 2016 by Rossii46

Brilliant engine, very responsive with great torque all the way through the rev range. Let down by stock suspension, front fork springs too soft and rear shock too stiff with not enough adjustment. Had mine fitted with the basic Ohlins kit consisting of fork springs and oil and rear shock, kit cost £500 and £100 to fit. I've never ridden with aftermarket suspension so I didn't really know what to expect, the transformation is incredible. It is ultra stable at high speed now where it wasn't before and stability under braking has massively improved and the cornering is incredible, i can get this thing around corners with more confidence than my GSXR gives me.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Brakes really are very good indeed, change the front fork springs to stop the bike diving under braking and they feel twice as powerful. Stock screen actually works well for me but I changed to a Puig short screen and this is perfect for summer use. Wear ear plugs and use whatever screen you want, can't understand why people don't wear them and then complain about the wind noise caused by the screen!
Engine
5 out of 5
Torque, economy and overall performance is perfect, 'A' mode is a lot of fun on the move but around town 'standard' is the mode to use.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Build quality is very good overall.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
You can easily get over 200 miles out of a tank of petrol before it hits the reserve, I average 62 miles to the gallon and I don't hang about, you don't need to race through the rev range because of the amount of torque available from very low down.
Equipment
5 out of 5
It's all good, fit Yamaha heated grips for the winter they are the best I've used and all controllable through the instrumentation.
Buying experience

Crescent Yamaha, simply brilliant service.

3 out of 5

Great product overall let down by appalling suspension and Yamaha customer services.

20 May 2016 by Steve C

This is a fantastic bike which is let down by appalling suspension. Yamaha refuse to acknowledge this and their customer services are dreadful. One very disappointed owner who will not buy Yamaha again on the strength of that alone.

Ride Quality & Brakes
1 out of 5
Suspension appalling and not fit for purpose. Bike should not be sold with such poor suspension. it doesn't matter where you set the limited adjustment, the bike crashes and jars over bumps. Brakes are adequate. Seat is uncomfortable after 20 miles on a run.
Engine
5 out of 5
Excellent engine with power everywhere and excellent economy.
Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
Overall construction seems good for the price bar the suspension which is dreadful. Optional heated grips look good on paper but useless in practice as whilst you can barely feel the heat in the left grip, the right ends up almost too hot to touch.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Good on fuel.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Comprehensive dash with fuel computer which offers integration of optional heated grips etc. Power mode switch is brilliant. Standard tyres not great. Did I mention suspension...?
Buying experience

Dealer was excellent overall. Yamaha appalling.

4 out of 5

Great value all round bike.

19 May 2016 by Frammell

Comfortable all-rounder. Poor throttle map. My right wrist hurts - due to constant heavy grip of throttle.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Great seat, very comfortable. Stock windscreen too small.
Engine
5 out of 5
Great sound, eager engine.
Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
Had to call out RAC due to flat battery a month after purchase.
Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
Figure due to astronomical first service cost.
Equipment
5 out of 5
Fully specced LCD display. It comes with a main stand!
Buying experience

Great price from Fowlers in Bristol, knowledgable staff, high priced first service.

5 out of 5

Another Yamaha success

15 May 2016 by Potterrover

Best feature the size to power ratio. The screen is useless, I upgraded to a Givi and far better wind protection.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Downsized from a Triumph Tiger 1050. The Tracer puts out the same power in a smaller bike and I find it easier to manage. My wife also says that it comfier as a pillion.
Engine
5 out of 5
Absolutely ace
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
One or two fastners are rusting
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Looked at a Tiger 800, but this is cheaper, and got better trade in, the difference was about £1100. Economical to run.
Equipment
5 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Love it!

22 March 2016 by Brian

Superb bike, really love it, brilliant engine, great comfort and value for money. Has the worst standard screen imaginable though, awful buffeting, easily sorted with an aftermarket screen. I am on my third aftermarket, the only one that really works is the Puig touring screen with the wind deflector thingy at the top.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
For a bike at this price, its excellent, I have done 450 miles in a day, stopping only for food and fuel, really comfortable, relaxed riding position, Does about 180 miles on a tank if ridden normally, a bit less if you're acting the maggot. Handles really well, no bother if you want to go scratching and will wheelie all day if you want. Its a bit flighty at speed, but I quite like that now that Im used to it.
Engine
5 out of 5
The engine is the best thing about the bike, bags of torque and great fun.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
7000 miles done so far, including 3,000 in the Alps, it still looks and rides like new.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Excellent all rounder

19 March 2016 by Bree

Fantastic bike with an equally fantastic price, so far have done two European trips and i cannot fault this bike. I cannot really find any faults that are not so petty that i would not bother to mention them.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Again I cannot fault either the ride quality, or brakes I do ride the bike with spirit on occasions, plus in comfort mode when touring and this bike has never failed to keep me smiling.
Engine
4 out of 5
Great engine, but I am greedy when it comes to power, and I would always like some more. But I really cannot fault this beauty it really is not lacking in the real world.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
I still cannot see how they can build such a high quality bike at this price. So far no signs of any corrosion, but I do not store the bike outside.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

excellent all rounder

11 November 2015 by AJ

This bikes rates up there with the best I have ever owned, just completed a boys road trip to the south of France ant the Pyrenees over 2700 miles bike was excellent comfortable great fuel consumption but most of all Excellent fun with oodles of power on tap and really great through the twists and turns. Extremely recommended (in fact one mate chopped in his Triumph Tiger when we got back)

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Honest I really cannot find anything that disappoints with this bike only time will tell if things change but up to now no problems. During the last trip we normally stopped to top up at around 200 miles just about right before a bit of numb bum
Engine
5 out of 5
I gave 5 out of 5 and I stick by that, Excellent engine with great power delivery.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
cannot believe than can make them for the Money great build quality really solid and feels you with confidence.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
Again cannot really find any faults in the equipment, I have the semi hard panniers really easy to put on and take off and I find them big enough but I do travel lightly but they really do suit me
5 out of 5

MT09 Tracer Abs

05 September 2015 by Steve

Best features for me are, digital dash, superb led lights, centre stand and the one and only thing I will be changing is the standard screen. I am a stocky chap and I think the touring type option would be better deflecting the wind off me.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
For me the Tracer is a really comfy bike, the riding position is good giving the rider a very good view of what's ahead and for me gives me great confidence to really ride this bike. The brakes are really impressive to. Can't wait to try this bike two up.
Engine
5 out of 5
Great engine with a great sound. The different modes available to the rider really do make a difference and with plenty of torque and power available there's no need to down shift you can just roll the throttle on and the Tracer just goes and goes.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
This Tracer of mine is only 5 months old and covered just 1500 miles, so obviously there are no signs of corrosion and as yet it hasn't broken down or let me down.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
With servicing intervals being every 6000 and the big engine valve service being at 24000 for me this is great as I would generally only cover 2000-2500 a year. So for me each year I will be taking it to the supplying dealer for an anual service until the due mileage services need to be done.
Equipment
5 out of 5
My favourite feature of the Tracer for me is the digital dash display. It's display carries so much information for the rider. It's very clear and easy to read with buttons at your fingertips to access other menus and I love the message it displays when you switch off " see you next time"
Buying experience

I purchased mine from a dealer, the price was a tad over the listed price but it has got a nearly £1000 Akrapovic exhaust fitted to it. Sounds awesome highly recommend this.

5 out of 5

Rhythm is a Tracer

27 August 2015 by Stuart Barker

Jack of all Trades

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Have comfort seats fitted and no problems so far
Engine
5 out of 5
Best of both worlds from a powerful triple
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Still too new to fault yet
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
every 6k service intervals shorter than opposition
Equipment
4 out of 5
I have full Akrapovic and Yamaha spot lights, Yamaha comfort seats, Gilles levers, a Shad rack and 50 litre back box.
Buying experience

Got this racing blue version from a Yamaha dealer with all the accessories already on it with only 250 miles on it, so not even run in or a month old at £8499 but traded in my old 2003 VFR and paid 6399 for basically a new bike.

5 out of 5

Tracer MT09

26 August 2015 by Duds

Fantastic bike !!!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Excellent
Engine
5 out of 5
Sound as a pound
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Very reliable.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Cheep as chips
Equipment
5 out of 5
Great
Buying experience

Good

5 out of 5

Loving my Tracer

19 June 2015 by Mark Adams

I commute on my MT-09 TRACER from near Guildford into the City of London, it has great weather resistance behind what is a fairly small screen and well thought out body work. It travels up the A3 very solidly even in a reasonable wind. Once into London the light weight, torquey and brilliant triple enable me to manoevre quickly and safely, shortening my journey time across London.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
No problems to report. Build quality seems great to me.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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Buying experience

Woking Yamaha, very good service

4 out of 5

25 May 2015 by Boab Dreeps

It looks great, It performs brilliantly and makes me smile a lot. The only negative I can find with this bike is the wind noise created from either stock screen option.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
You get what you pay for. I only got my licence 14 months ago, so I can only compare to what I've experienced in that time. Comapred to a K8 Bandit the brakes are magnificent and it's as light as a feather. The seat can start to feel a bit uncomfortable after a couple of hours. Suspension is ok. Love the upright ride position.
Engine
5 out of 5
I just love it. Torque all over the place. No need to carefully select gears like I did on my Bandit. It just goes like stink regardless of gear. Confidence inspiring for overtaking. Didn't think there was much difference in the throttle modes, but I do notice it being a bit snatchy in town or when filtering in A-mode. B-mode is a bit...laggy. But I suppose that's what it's meant to be like. Considering an Akrapovic exhaust to beef up the sound.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Had the bike for nearly 3 months and no issues. I had the throttle stick for a while, but that was down to a poorly-fitted set of heated grips. Not going to blame the bike for that.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
I obsessed over the MPG rate when I was running the bike in..."Woo-hoo 80mpg!" But as soon as I was safe to crack it open...who cares about mpg rates?!
Equipment
4 out of 5
The display is comprehensive. Nice knowing what gear you are in. 12v power output is great for attaching a satnav or charging my phone. I think the hand guards are a bit pointless, but I like how they look. Traction control has confidently kept the front end on the road a few times. Standard ABS has also kicked in now and again. To both of these: Thanks for keeping me safe and telling me I'm an idiot. Like I said...the stock screens are rubbish. I took the tall screen as an option and it was hopeless. Was really effective at creating turbulence even at low speed. The standard one does nothing, so I bought a powerbronze touring screen which is a big improvement
Buying experience

Took a couple of months for my panniers to arrive, but the guys at Alan Duffus in Kirkcaldy always treat me well. Good discount on an Akrapovic is most welcome.

5 out of 5

Yamaha - nailed it...

21 May 2015 by Notty

Love it - love it - Never thought I would depart from the in-line four but the triple is fun. Howling sound track and effortless 1st & 2nd gear wheelies. The electronics package is brilliant for me as I'm not a natural bikist I have to work at it and still learning my limits. Roomy, comfortable great seating position with outstanding slow, tight-space manoeuvring abilities. There's a poor camber mini roundabout in Aviemore that I've never been comfortable on - till now. Delighted with looks ( very objective). The LED headlights are very good. The fuelling is not an issue a little snatchy at low speed but you can quickly ride to accommodate it.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Quality parts - adjustable suspension but I'm far to scared to touch anything yet as I don't understand any of it - Would seek out professional help with that when I'm ready - Brakes are outstanding and it stops and doesn't give any concern - The ABS is a great safety net in the Highlands of Scotland with crazy four legged Ninja deer
Engine
5 out of 5
Love the triple - smooth with a little vibration at 6000rpm but nothing uncomfortable - blinding pick up - linear, predictable power delivery with a top end rush - cracking sound track - The stock exhaust is a bit conservative for my taste but its brand new so I'm a little reluctant to fit an alternative system yet but It's on the diary
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Only had it two months so reliability is unproven but NO problems yet - The build quality is excellent - Feels like solid quality parts NO rattily bits.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Unknown at this point but I'm getting 50-60 MPG - I'm still experimenting with all the settings and the engine - addicted to the triple howl
Equipment
4 out of 5
Great electronics package - Some say there's little difference between the power modes but I disagree I like the 'B' mode for wet weather I feel it helps - The clock set-up is just the dogs, excellent clear display with lots of information ( disappointed there's no fuel range information though) - The gear indicator is handy - The seating and luggage layout is practical and comfortable with adjustable riders seat at 6'3" I set it up to max first thing - The LED lighting is very good the headlights are SUPER bright and white clever stuff - The small fairing and hand guards are very clever indeed giving excellent protection I don't know how that works.
Buying experience

Yamaha dealer Aberdeen - No brainer at £8149 - The guys have always looked after me and made me feel valued

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