Yamaha Tracer 700 gets aggressive makeover

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Yamaha have unveiled the 2020 version of their do-it-all middleweight, the Yamaha Tracer 700. As well as a number of styling tweaks, the bike will feature the firm’s first Euro5 version of the CP2 parallel-twin engine also used in the MT-07 and Ténéré 700.

As with the recently updated MT-125 and MT-03 models, the front end of the bike has been restyled with aggressive twin headlights that are so sporty, they give an R1-esque feel.

Sleek wind-deflecting handguards incorporate the front indicators, meaning the bodywork is smooth and uninterrupted and overall the Tracer looks seriously cool and modern. And Yamaha say that this new fairing and a redesigned adjustable screen offer better weather protection than before. It can be raised by 60mm.

Yamaha Tracer 700 headlights

The handlebar is now 34mm wider with an ‘accessory bridge’ built in for clamping your satnav to and the seat has been modified to make it more comfortable over distance for both the rider and a passenger.

Despite becoming Euro5-compliant, the 700 retains its spritely 196kg claimed kerb weight so it should be just as nimble as its predecessor especially with the addition of new adjustable front forks.

There’s no TFT dash in sight, Yamaha opting to swap the old LCD unit for a new negative-display version. The new bike is expected to hit dealers in February 2020, so keep an eye on MCN for our full 2020 Yamaha Tracer 700 review when we've ridden it.

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Ben Clarke

By Ben Clarke

Staff Writer, hick for life, two cylinders max