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Yamaha MT-09 Tracer

The three-cylinder adventure-styled Yamaha is one of the hottest properties on the 2015 fleet and I’m looking forward to seeing how much life it can inject into my 60-mile daily commute.

  • Long term update: Farewell faithful friend

    29 March 2016 by Andy Downes

    Long term update: Farewell faithful friend

    My time with the Yamaha MT-09 Tracer has come to an end and I’m already missing it. The term ‘all-rounder’ can often paint a picture of a bland bike that’s alright at most things but doesn’t...

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  • Long term update: That's screwed it up

    16 February 2016 by Andy Downes

    Long term update: That's screwed it up

    Perhaps I spoke too soon about being ready for the winter onslaught – things have not gone to plan recently. First of all the weather changed from the mild and wet pre-Christmas climate to a much...

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  • Long term update: Ready for anything

    21 January 2016 by Andy Downes

    Long term update: Ready for anything

    Half a winter’s worth of commuting on the MT-09 Tracer is providing some forensic analysis of the bike’s talents – and almost all of them are providing even greater proof of how good the Yamaha is. I...

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  • Long term update: Service reveals chain pain

    26 December 2015 by Andy Downes

    Long term update: Service reveals chain pain

    I was almost caught out by the rate with which the 6000-mile service approached, and only just managed to get the Tracer booked into a dealer in time for it to go on an MCN group test. Our road test...

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  • Long term update: Ready to face salt onslaught

    14 November 2015 by Andy Downes

    Long term update: Ready to face salt onslaught

    Britain is heading for salty roads and freezer-box conditions but that doesn’t mean it’s time to stash the Tracer in the garage – I just need to make sure the Yamaha is properly prepared. There are...

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  • Long term update: Starry-eyed over Tracer

    22 July 2015 by Andy Downes

    Long term update: Starry-eyed over Tracer

    It was 1.30am and still not completely dark, but the sky was clear enough to see a satellite tracking silently across the sky, followed a few moments later by a streak of light from a shooting star.

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  • Long term update: 250 miles of B-road heaven

    06 June 2015 by Andy Downes

    Long term update: 250 miles of B-road heaven

    Days off work during the week are so commonly greeted by sideways rain that I’ve stopped making a plan involving bikes. Instead I’ve started going with whatever the weather is doing when I wake up. A...

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