EICMA is well and truly underway this morning, and Yamaha is among the manufacturers who have unveiled new models for 2018. As well as an updated Super Ténéré and Ténéré 700 prototype, the company has introduced a new Tracer 900 alongside a sportier Tracer 900GT which looks set to be ideal mid-capacity, long distance touring machine
The Tracer 900 has proved to be a very popular bike for adventure motorcyclists who love to tear up the miles in comfort, and over 35,000 models have been sold since it was first launched in 2015. Therefore, the announcement of a new GT version of the bike is a very exciting prospect. The Tracer models will boast a new 847cc triple engine, which will pump out 113bhp at 10,000rpm.
The main changes to the 900 have been focused around rider feel, with subtle changes being made to the bike’s aesthetics. There is a new manually adjustable windscreen which offers greater weather protection, narrower bars that aim to take the rider’s arm away from the wind flow, and a new seat that can be adjusted to two height options. Pillions will also benefit from revised footrests and new grab rails which have been designed to improve overall pillion comfort.
The new Tracer 900GT sees a whole heap of improvements compared to the standard 900 model. The bike comes with Yamaha hard luggage as standard, which offer up to 22 litres of luggage capacity per pannier, and a full colour TFT dashboard which displays information such as gear indication, ambient temperature, current riding mode, and coolant temperature. The bike also benefits from an adjustable suspension, a quickshifter and cruise control.
The Tracer 900GT
Subtle changes have been made to the Tracer’s bodywork, the body panels and covers have been revised which give a slicker overall finish to the bike. The new models also feature a newly designed fuel tank and side wings.
The Tracer 900 will be available to purchase in dealerships from March 2018, with the Tracer 900GT version following in June 2018. Yamaha has also revealed the new XT1200ZE Super Ténéré Raid edition for 2018, and a new Ténéré 700 prototype.
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