Anyone hoping Yamaha were planning a more touring-focussed Tracer version of the nutty-looking MT-10 naked bike will be disappointed to hear there are no plans for a specific new model.
Not only have Yamaha UK said ‘no’ to the rumours of a Tracer version being imminent they have pointed to the accessory touring pack now available on the MT-10 as an alternative to those hoping for a bit of added practicality from the MT-10.
The Yamaha MT-10 takes the crossplane 999cc four-cylinder engine from the YZF-R1 superbike, retunes it for 158bhp and 81ft lbs of torque, whips off the fairing and adds an aggressive front end to create a motorcycle that has been one of the biggest stars of the new 2016 models. The assumption made by many was the Tracer version was just around the corner but Yamaha UK has officially confirmed that’s not the case.
The smaller-capacity, three-cylinder MT-09 Tracer has been a massive success for Yamaha this year and has sold in big numbers around the world thanks to the combination of the practical nature of the bike, sparky performance from the 847cc and the reasonable cost of £8349.
Yamaha UK’s Jeff Turner told MCN: “We know 1000cc bikes like the MT-10 often need to fulfil a bigger role than the smaller capacity naked bikes and we knew there was going to be a certain demand for something like the MT-09 Tracer but with the bigger engine. For this reason the accessory touring pack is available which adds luggage and a taller, Tracer-like windscreen for more rider protection. Cruise control is also standard on the MT-10 to add to that long distance capability.
“The MT-10 already has a pretty decent amount of wind protect on from the wide side pods and the twin front lights so there just wouldn’t be enough differences to warrant a separate model in an MT-10 Tracer. It’s just not going to happen.”