YAMAHA TRACER 900 (2018 - on) Review
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
The updated-for-2018 Yamaha 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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
The new-for-2018 Tracer 900 has the same motor as the Yamaha MT-09, which is no bad thing at all. Packed full of grunt, the 847cc triple engine 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. The engine type is a 3-cyclinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC with four valves. The maximum power is 84.6 kW (115PS) @ 10,000 rpm and the maximum torque is 87.5 Nm (8.9 kg-m) @ 8,500 rpm. The starter system is electric with a constant mesh, 6-speed transmission system.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
The Yamaha Tracer 900 may be built down to a budget, but that hasn’t shown 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 motorbike is used in winter and not cared for with anti-corrosion spray.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
The Yamaha Tracer 900 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!
The Yamaha 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 Yamaha Tracer 900GT version, which comes loaded with goodies.
|Engine type||Liquid-cooled, 12v, inline triple|
|Fuel capacity||18 litres|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||51 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||-|
|Used price||£6,500 - £9,400|
How much to insure?
|Warranty term||two years|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||113 bhp|
|Max torque||64.6 ft-lb|
|Top speed||135 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||200 miles|
Model history & versions
In 2015, Yamaha launched the Tracer 900. From 2015 to around early 2018 an impressive 30,000 Tracer 900 models have been sold (that's just in three years). At the time, that meant it was Yamaha's best selling sports tourer, equating for 50% of their sales in that segment against the Yamaha Tracer 700 and Yamaha FJR1300.
Other versions of this motorbike include the Yamaha Tracer 900GT, which costs £10,792 and has a TFT dash, colour-matched panniers, heated grips, cruise control and upgraded suspension.
Owners' reviews for the YAMAHA TRACER 900 (2018 - on)
1 owner has reviewed their YAMAHA TRACER 900 (2018 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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With the additional improvements this model is bar far a better bike than the previous generation. As far as preload only on the back. If MCN would've opened their eyes they would have noticed there's rebound on the rear shock aswell........ The suspension is perfectly fine unless you are going for it then you notice it needs better damping in the front/rear but I've kept up with most with out issues. My only two real gripes are firstly the mirrors. They need to stick out more and the nut to tighten the stock is an odd size and none of my sockets will fit. Second gripe is the stock windscreen is a joke. It make takes all the road noise and funnels as right to your ears. I've solved this my buying a puig sport racing screen. I'd certainly recommend a tracer for sure and in would happily buy one again