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YAMAHA TRACER 900GT (2018-on) Review

Published: 25 April 2018

Yamaha’s new Tracer 900GT brings even more value to this bargain sports tourer

YAMAHA TRACER 900GT  (2018-on)

Yamaha’s new Tracer 900GT brings even more value to this bargain sports tourer

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

While heated grips are nice and a TFT dash is visually pleasing when compared to the stock bike’s LCD display, it is the suspension that really sets the GT aside as it addresses the standard Tracer 900’s main fault. The extra composure and improved ride quality it delivers gives the GT the impression of being a more refined product, a sensation further enhanced by its improved specification. If you own a Tracer 900, and love it, the GT is a significant leap forward in terms of ride, quality and specification and is worth upgrading to.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The upgraded KYB suspension supports the bike better, removing the majority of the soggy sensation you get on the stock model with enough adjustment left to fine-tune any remaining wobble out. You notice the difference the most through low speed bends where the standard bike’s forks dive under brakes before bouncing back up when you release the stoppers, causing the rear to squat and the bike to run wide, a sensation that is far less evident on the GT. The new seat is lovely and comfortable and the updated riding position relaxed, but the stock screen is still crap…

Engine 4 out of 5

The Tracer 900GT 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 and the GT version even adds a quickshifter, which is nice and slick in its operation. The engine is the MT range’s main selling point and it still delivers in this sports tourer.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The Tracer 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 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 GT version continues this theme. You get a stack of extras for very little more than the stock bike and aside from lacking cornering ABS/TC, there isn’t much missing in its spec sheet. Well, aside from a screen that works!

Equipment 4 out of 5

For £1400 more than the stock Tracer 900, the GT gains fully adjustable forks, a shock with a remote preload adjuster, colour-matched panniers, a full colour dash, heated grips, cruise control and a quickshifter. And that’s on top of the two-stage traction control, ABS and three power modes that the stock bike comes with as well as its new for 2018 adjustable screen, inbuilt pannier mounts and centre stand. That’s not bad at all for £10,792.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2018
Year discontinued -
New price £10,792
Used price £8,500 to £10,800
Warranty term two-years
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £88
Annual service cost £120
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 227kg
Front suspension 41mm, KYB forks fully-adjustable
Rear suspension Single KYB rear shock, adjustable rebound and a remote pre-load adjuster
Front brake 2 x 298mm discs with four-piston radial caliper. ABS
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: Yamaha launch the Tracer 900

Other versions

The standard Tracer 900 costs £9392 and has an LCD dash, no panniers (the mounts are integrated into the bike) and lacks heated grips and cruise control. It also has less adjustability on its more budget suspension.

Owners' Reviews

5 owners have reviewed their YAMAHA TRACER 900GT (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.

Review your YAMAHA TRACER 900GT (2018-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 3.8 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4.2 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3.6 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.6 out of 5
Equipment 4.2 out of 5
5 out of 5

Perfect all rounder

14 September 2018 by Si tate

The only thing I hate about my GT is the side stand, when trying to put it down I always get caught up on the foot peg which is quite annoying.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Brakes are good but I feel need to be a bit more powerful & suspension set up from factory is spot on for me. Quite a lot of vibration through foot pegs when in high revs I:e above 7000rpm. I did buy the comfort seats which are firm but supportive & as for pillion my wife says it’s more comfortable the the gsx1400 it’s replaced. We managed 300 miles in one day with no real aches & pains.
Engine
5 out of 5
Love it, plenty of get up & go when you need it & that’s just in standard mode, mode A is a bit too snatchy for my liking & when giving it a fist full it just wants to wheelie everywhere. Mode B is good in the rain.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
So far so good as I’ve only done 1500 miles.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Yamaha claims mid 50’s to the gallon but I’ve been getting mid 60’s but not really given it the beans yet but saying that I’ve not been hanging about.
Equipment
5 out of 5
Never had cruise control & now I would never be without it, such a great thing to have on motorway journeys. Quick shifter is brilliant & is a lot smoother if you change in higher revs. TFT screen is good but could be a little bigger. Bought the top box for helmets as they won’t fit in the panniers but the wife like to have a top box on anyway so was a good purchase.
Buying experience

List price was £10,649 but with all the extras ended up being £11,200. Got it on Yamaha’s 8.5% PCP deal.

4 out of 5

Tracer is a good handling comfortable bike

15 August 2018 by Mike

Tracer is a good handling comfortable bike. I had a Honda VFR 1200 and also have a Triumph Street Triple R and the Tracer has proved to be almost as much fun as the Triumph, but more comfortable on poor surfaced roads. I have now done 900 miles on mine and still delighted with it. Engine is great and I haven't found it lacking in go, 62 mpg, so 200-mile plus range is easy. Screen is rubbish and has been changed. The seat could be better as could the control wheel for the screen but that's a minor point. If you need to travel at 120+mph then it's probably not the bike for you, but if you're looking for a comfortable good handling bike for British roads then give it a go

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
-
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
-
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
-
Equipment
4 out of 5
Cruise control and quick shifter have proved to be a great feature I thought I would never need.
1 out of 5

Tracer 900 GT

09 June 2018 by Danny Golding

Slow, badly made to a low budget. Uncomfortable dull and just plain boring.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
Brakes are ok but not up to a Triumph Tiger 1050. Ride is ok, a bit choppy and doesn’t inspire much confidence, the Tiger is a lot better.
Engine
1 out of 5
Dull, unresponsive, and grumbly. A dog compared to my '99 Fazer
Build Quality & Reliability
1 out of 5
Poor almost laughable design in places. The seat adjustment in particular is a complete joke. Plastics are cheap and poorly finished. Critical components seated behind the front wheel are right in the firing line and are impossible to clean.
Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
Good on fuel consuption. Explains why the bike has little power to offer.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Cruise control is a great feature. Full colour screen dashboard is a leg up on the rather basic tiger dashboard. Quick-shifter works although i can change quicker with a standard box.
5 out of 5

Travers 900 GT. The best bike in it's segment.

09 June 2018 by Jonas Manny

The bike is great! Very good comfort, the engine really delivers and passengers love their sitting position. I highly recommend this bike. You get so much for the money.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
I think it's the best for city driving because it's so easy to manoeuvre, it's also great for curvy roads and you can easily keep a high speed on the highway.
Engine
5 out of 5
The engine is amazing. You got power at any gear all the time.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
I think it's well built. I have had BMWs and this bike is almost as good. It's very close.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
Cruise control and heated grips.
Buying experience

From a dealer. I got a bit of money off.

4 out of 5

A GT nearly, a screen and a seat finish it I recommend a test drive 50+miles.

30 May 2018 by Old Jock

Better Suspension fixes the big fault I had with my 2015 model. On Smooth roads "standard" settings are a great improvement and very stable. Cruise control for average speed cameras is most welcome. The lack of standard large screen and comfort seat are a bit mean on a "GT". I still recommend trying one this is my second Tracer.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Still a good all-rounder. I bought it to commute and tour in the UK. The suspension is much improved over the 2015 model, no soft front causing wallowing and a bit of a weave some reported. The suspension settings in the manual (MTT850D) now make sense. NB The MCN settings for the 2015 model are a good commuter compromise on the old model. The new sculpted standard seat for me becomes a pain after 50 miles. I can't move around and find a comfortable position, its not flat like the old one.
Engine
5 out of 5
Best bit of the bike: It's flexible, never falters and it's not as thirsty as bigger models. Sounds nice too.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
It's better detailed than the 2015 model overall. Quality is as good as old one but it's new so time will tell. Some electrical connectors under the seat seem open backed so you can see the crimps, don't jet wash the gap bellow the main seat is my take.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Good on fuel on A & B roads. 69mpg
Equipment
3 out of 5
Cruise control is the best bit for me along with the new suspension. It should come with the larger screen (which I have now fitted) to reduce the noise, and the comfort seat, which is on order as after 50 miles, I was very uncomfortable. On the 2015 model, I could do 175 miles and get off no aches or pains. GT? Fitting a chain lubricator is tricky but using the pannier bracket and a 25mm wide aluminium strip it's possible to fit TUTORO one.
Buying experience

Easy, no issues, very good, Dealer traded in my 2015 model.

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