Twin TFTs and semi-active suspension for new Yamaha Tracer 9 and GT
Hot on the heels of a revised MT-09 comes the 2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 and 9 GT – a pair of sports tourers powered by the same new triple.
If you missed the MT-09 update, there’s a brand new CP3 engine. Capacity has been boosted to 890cc with all new innards, which has resulted in a modest power gain of 4bhp plus a saving of 1.7kg. Most importantly, peak torque comes in 1500rpm sooner, for stronger midrange drive – just the thing for a sports tourer.
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Also, just like the MT-09, the Tracer 9 gets a brand new chassis but in the Tracer, Yamaha have canted the engine more upright, which they say gives a better feel to the front-end. The swingarm is 60mm longer but the pivot point has moved, so the overall wheelbase remains the same at 1500mm. As the new chassis is both stronger and lighter than before, the overall payload of rider, passenger and luggage has gone up to 193kg, which is a 7% increase. That’s helpful as the Tracer is now designed for three piece luggage.
The electronics have had a boost with the new six-axis IMU from the MT-09, which brings lots of things that are probably superfluous for the average Tracer owner, including multi-stage slide control and wheelie control. There are some more useful changes, though, with cruise control as standard as well a more efficient fuel system that boosts the MPG by 9%, taking the claimed range to 217 miles on the 18-litre tank. All of the nifty electronics are controlled through the interesting new twin dash setup, which has two separate 3in TFT screens with all manner of info available.
If you’ve got a bit more money to spend, the GT version has got even fancier for 2021. All the usual bits you’d expect on the GT carry over, so that means heated grips, LED cornering lights, quickshifter and colour-matched panniers. This year the Tracer 9 GT will also arrive with a new semi-active suspension system jointly developed between Yamaha and Kayaba. The suspension takes its info from the IMU and ECU, constantly twiddling the damping settings across a greater range than can be accomplished on a traditional set-up. You can have some input though, with a sportier and a softer setting available.
There’s no prices yet but we’d expect them to be announced in early 2021, ahead of the bike arriving in dealers in March.
Yamaha Tracer 7 GT also announced
Yamaha have brought their Tracer 7 GT bang up to date for 2021. Based heavily on the Tracer 700 which had a major update for 2020, the GT version uses the same Euro5 crossplane crank engine (with 72bhp on tap) but adds a touch of touring class.
To help gobble up distance the GT comes with a comfort seat, a higher and wider screen and spacious, colour-matched 20-litre panniers.
The 2021 Tracer 7 GT gets the same aggressive styling as the Tracer 700. Bikes are expected to hit dealers in February next year and although no price has yet been confirmed, we’d expect it to cost about £8500. There are also two new colour schemes for the 2021 Tracer 7: bold red and a stylish grey.