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.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2018
Year discontinued -
New price £10,792
Used price £10,700 to £10,800
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 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.

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