The newest bikes from the Japanese factory are lighter, more powerful and dripping with the latest technology.

All-new Tracer 9 and Tracer 9 GT from Yamaha

After five years of Tracer 900, Yamaha has transformed the popular sport tourer into what it calls an all-new Tracer 9, complete with a GT version, too.

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The redesigned 890cc, CP3 crossplane inline 3-cylinder engine pumps out 117bhp at 10,000rpm (4bhp more than before) and 93Nm of torque (increase of 7%).

The new engine is Euro 5-friendly and lighter than the previous one. In fact, the overall weight has gone down by 2kg.

There’s a new die-cast Deltabox frame, and a more rigid, longer swingarm, both helping with weight loss and handling. The new bike also has the capacity to take panniers and top box at the same time, so you can carry more.

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The Tracer 9 gets a new brain too. A 6-axis IMU constantly sends data to the ECU, which uses the data to control Traction Control System (TCS), Slide Control System (SCS), front wheel LIFt control system (LIF) and Brake Control system (BC). Cruise control now comes as standard equipment. The most obvious change is the new twin TFT dash that splits the view into two. There are four ride modes, and new Bridgestone Battlax T32 Sport Touring tyres.

Fuelling system, ride-by-wire throttle, intake and exhaust have all been updated for the Tracer 9 with a longer range now available from the 18-litre tank.

The seat is now 15mm lower, and the seat, screen and handlebar positions are all adjustable.

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The GT version adds to the standar bike’s spec hard panniers, semi-active electronic suspension, up and down quickshifter, LED cornering lights and dedicated colours.

Prices have not been announced yet, but availability will be from March 2021.

Ross Mowbray

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