Yamaha Tracer 9 GT+ (2023 - on) Review


  • Class-leading spec making GT+ a new ‘premium class’ sports tourer
  • World first Radar Linked Unified Braking System
  • Adaptive Cruise Control

At a glance

Power: 117 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.3 in / 820 mm)
Weight: Medium (492 lbs / 223 kg)


New £14,910
Used £11,000 - £14,500

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The 2023 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT+ is the most advanced sports tourer Yamaha has ever built. Not only that, it’s also the first motorcycle to offer ‘Radar Linked Unified Braking’, an ingenious system that slows the bike should it detect a vehicle ahead braking unexpectedly.

Yamaha hasn’t simply added a few more bells and whistles to the already impressive Tracer 9 GT. The ‘plus’ references a whole host of updates and new technology. More importantly it acknowledges that in this guise the Tracer 9 is a premium level offering able to match many full-dress tourers for tech and spec, with the added advantage of sports bike agility.

Yamaha has listened to current Tracer 9 GT owners, working through the bike’s weak points while adding a new layer of useful tech and function. In terms of updates, the GT+ does away with the previous model’s hard to read dual-pod instruments by gaining an all-new 7-inch TFT display. The switchgear’s been redesigned too, as has the screen. And the seat’s also been tweaked to improve comfort and control.

2023 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT+ front three quarter

The riding position’s now fully adjustable through seat height (from 820mm to 835mm), footrest position (two options) and handlebars that can be raised or lowered on adjustable mounts.

Diving further into the detail a third generation quickshifter comes as standard, as does adaptive cruise control, the aforementioned Radar Linked Unified Braking, colour-coded 30-litre panniers, and a choice of two GT+ specific colour options – grey/black/bronze or silver and blue to differentiate it from the standard Tracer 9 and 9 GT.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
5 out of 5 (5/5)

The relationship between this Tracer’s meaty motor and sublime chassis is one of motorcycling’s perfect partnerships. But then it should be given that this Yamaha wears Kayaba semi-active suspension that softens or stiffens its damping depending on the riding mode or function selected (the Adaptive Cruise Control automatically puts the suspension into ‘comfort’ setting, for example).

In ‘Sport’ the GT+ devours corners with the appetite of a pure sports bike – the only limitation to lean being the footpegs’ hero blobs.

Coupled with standard fitment Bridgestone Battlax BT32s sports tourer tyres, superb brakes that can be trailed with confidence to any corner’s apex, and an ABS system that goes about its business in such a stealth-like fashion you barely notice it’s there, the GT+ makes an outstanding companion for any twisty tarmac. The level of feedback from the tyres, brakes, suspension and steering is outstanding, as is the chassis’ overall balance.

2023 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT+ turning right


Next up: Reliability
5 out of 5 (5/5)

The heart of the GT+ is unchanged. It’s powered by the same magnificent 890cc CP3 triple as the other Tracer 9s. In terms of numbers this Euro5 compliant motor makes 117bhp, which is more than enough for any sports touring situation. More importantly, it delivers a torrent of torque, peaking at 68.5lb.ft@7000rpm, so there’s instant, robust drive right through the range.

Clicking up and down the 6-speed gearbox is even easier now thanks to the new quickshifter that, unlike previous incarnations, allows down-changes while accelerating and up-changes when decelerating. No need to shut the throttle or concern the clutch; just tap the lever and go.

That said, its two new parameters can feel clunky at times – especially down-shifting while on the gas when, for example, attempting quicker entry onto a dual carriageway.

2023 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT+ engine

Not that said scenario spoils enjoyment of the engine, however. It’s as rewarding to use as ever, especially with a ride-by-wire throttle delivering instant, crisp response at any revs. Peak power is at 10,000rpm, and it’ll spin on for a further 500rpm before bumping the redline, but there’s little need to work the unit that hard, so effective is its midrange grunt.

There are four modes – Sport, Street, Rain and Custom – which require only a prod of the mode button to select. Both Sport and Street deliver the full 117bhp; only the opening speed of the FI system’s butterflies differ. Rain pegs peak power back by 18% while Custom is programmable to your preference through the easy to navigate TFT menu.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The Tracer 9 and 9 GT have proven exceptionally reliable over the years and this is backed up by MCN owners' reviews.  Both pre-existing models are more than up to the job of long distance sports touring, so there’s little reason to doubt the GT+ will be any different.

The ‘Plus’ does of course come with additional electronics, but it’s also got a two-year warranty, so any issues will be easily fixed for the foreseeable at least. Build quality too is good – better than previous Tracers given the GT+’s premium status; Yamaha has gone above and beyond to the make this latest sports tourer feel special.

2023 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT+ ridden through a tunnel

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

At £14,910 the GT+ somewhere in the middle against its natural rivals – BMW’s F900XR (from £10,350), Kawasaki’s Versys 1000SE (from £16,319), and Triumph’s Tiger 900 GT (from £12,195). The Kawasaki boasts the highest spec of the trio, but the Tracer still edges ahead with its innovative radar technology and overall performance of both chassis and engine. For a premium machine with so much technology the GT+ is surprisingly good value for money.

2023 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT+ with mountainous background


5 out of 5 (5/5)

The Tracer 9 GT+ is dripping in trick tech and useful equipment. As standard you get cornering ABS, four riding modes, traction control, adaptive cruise control, radar linked unified brakes, full connectivity, compatibility with Yamaha’s myride app and Garmin’s Motorize app, corner lights, a fully adjustable riding position, colour-coded 30-litre panniers, a do-everything quickshifter, 7-in TFT dash, backlit switchgear, centre stand, easily adjustable screen – in all, the Tracer’s spec is massive.

2023 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT+ satnav


Engine size 890cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 12v, DOHC, inline triple
Frame type Aluminium Deltabox diamond
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Seat height 820mm
Bike weight 223kg
Front suspension 41mm, Kayaba semi-active forks, fully adjustable
Rear suspension Kayaba semi-active monoshock, fully adjustable
Front brake 2 x 298mm discs with 4-piston radial calipers
Rear brake 267mm single disc with 2-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x ZR17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x ZR17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 37.9 mpg
Annual road tax £111
Annual service cost -
New price £14,910
Used price £11,000 - £14,500
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two years

Top speed & performance

Max power 117 bhp
Max torque 68.5 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 225 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

  • 2015: Upright all-round ‘Tracer’ version of the naked MT-09 launched. Half faired, it has stiffer suspension, a larger fuel tank, Super Ténéré dash, more upright riding position, revised fuelling, traction control, a power socket and a centrestand.
  • 2016: Name changed from MT-09 Tracer to Tracer 900.
  • 2017: New lighter slipper clutch, longer swingarm for improved stability, plus adjustable traction control.
  • 2018: Higher-spec Tracer 900 GT introduced alongside, with colour-matched hard luggage, colour TFT dash, cruise control, quickshifter and heated grips.
  • 2021: Tracer 900 (and GT) replaced by new Tracer 9, with completely new look, increased engine capacity, more power, larger fuel tank, cruise control and fancier dash. Tracer 9 GT has semi-active suspension, all-singing traction control and ABS, heated grips and cornering lights.
  • 2023: Tracer 9 GT+ launched.

Other versions

Yamaha Tracer 9

Yamaha Tracer 9 GT

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