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…
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.
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.
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!
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.