2016

Long term update: Farewell faithful friend

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...

Long term update: Can a 'budget' bike keep winter at bay?

Long term update: Can a 'budget' bike keep winter at bay?

The Tracer is a big seller and is the kind of bike that will happily work through all seasons of riding but just how well does a bike costing just over £8000 really hold up against winter? Preparation...

Long term update: That's screwed it up

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...

Long term update: Ready for anything

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...