YAMAHA TRACER 900 (2018-on) Review

Published: 30 April 2018

Yamaha’s sports tourer gains more refinement for 2018 while retaining its bargain price tag

YAMAHA TRACER 900  (2018-on)

Yamaha’s sports tourer gains more refinement for 2018 while retaining its bargain price tag

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The updated Tracer 900 is much of the same and isn’t a significant enhancement when compared to the outgoing model, but that’s no bad thing as over 30,000 riders have bought the Tracer 900 and loved it! It’s a bit more comfortable, a bit better looking and a bit better equipped, but it is still set fairly soft on its suspension and the OE screen is still crap – although now it can easily be adjusted in its height, not that it makes any significant difference to its performance…

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

On twisty roads the Tracer’s forks and shock are set too softly and don’t really support the bike enough, allowing it to wallow and pitch when you up the pace. This softness, combined with the 60mm longer swingarm, can make the bike run wide out of bends. There is some adjustability (preload and rebound on the forks, preload on the shock) but is there is enough to dial it out completely? I’m not certain. There again, if you own a current Tracer and are happy with its suspension, it may not bother you and the new model is certainly more comfortable than the outgoing one thanks to the altered seat and riding position. And pillions are better catered for, which will be a draw for some owners.

Engine 4 out of 5

The Tracer 900 has the same motor as the MT-09, which is no bad thing at all. Packed full of grunt, the 847cc triple has a good throttle response as well as a bit of spirit should you wish to open it up and let it rev. You get a slipper clutch as standard as well as three power modes. The engine has always been the MT range’s main selling point and it still delivers in this updated sports tourer.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The Tracer may be built down to a budget, but that hasn’t show itself up in build quality and owners report the old model is well finished and reliable. There should be no gremlins to worry about aside from a few corroded fasteners if the bike is used in winter and not cared for with anti-corrosion spray.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

The Tracer has always represented great value for money and the 2018 update continues this theme. The new model gains a 50mm one-hand adjustable screen, inbuilt pannier mounts, a more padded seat for both the pillion and rider and a revised riding position with narrower bars. The pillions pegs are lowered and the grab rails made bigger. And all this for just £350 more on its price tag when compared to the older generation!

Equipment 4 out of 5

The Tracer 900 may be labelled a ‘budget’ sports tourer, but you still get two-stage traction control, ABS and three power modes as standard as well as its new for 2018 adjustable screen and inbuilt pannier mounts. The rider’s seat has two heights (850mm and 865mm), a centre stand is standard equipment and the 18-litre tank is good for 200 miles between fill-ups. The only issue is that for £1400 more you can have the GT version, which comes loaded with goodies…

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2018
Year discontinued -
New price £9,392
Used price £9,000 to £9,400
Warranty term two-years
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £88
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 113.4 bhp
Max torque 64.6 ft-lb
Top speed 135 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 51 mpg
Tank range 200 miles
Specification
Engine size 847cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 12v, inline triple
Frame type Diamond
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Seat height 850mm
Bike weight 214kg
Front suspension 41mm, KYB forks, adjustable preload and rebound damping
Rear suspension Single KYB rear shock, adjustable preload
Front brake Liquid-cooled, 12v, inline triple
Rear brake 2 x 298mm discs with four-piston radial caliper. ABS
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2015: Yamaha launch the Tracer 900

Other versions

The Tracer 900GT costs £10,792 and has a TFT dash, colour-matched panniers, heated grips, cruise control and upgraded suspension.

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