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Yamaha Tracer 700

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The an­swer is the new Tracer 700, and its rea­son for be­ing is to ex­tend the ba­sic 07’s ap­peal be­yond that of merely com­mut­ing. Out there, be­yond the cities, lies a whole world of mo­tor­cy­cling en­joy­ment, but while us griz­zled vet­er­ans may be well fa­mil­iar with the joys of mo­tor­cy­cle tour­ing, it’s per­haps not top of mind for the younger brigade. The Tracer 700 is set to change all that, and the good news is, this mo­tor­cy­cle ac­tu­ally suits all age groups, LAMS or not. It’s light, has plenty of power (in line with the LAMS re­stric­tions), han­dles ex­tremely

well, and comes with vir­tu­ally ev­ery­thing you’ll need out on the open road; man­u­ally-ad­justable wind­shield, hand guards (with built-in turn in­di­ca­tors), even semi-soft pan­niers. I re­cently rode a new Tracer 700 from Sydney to the Hunter Val­ley via the Putty Road, in the pour­ing rain, and thor­oughly en­joyed it. You could ride this bike from Sydney to Ade­laide with noth­ing more than a slightly numb bum. The pan­niers are made from a flex­i­ble plas­tic ma­te­rial with a zip­per fas­ten­ing, and while not huge, hold a fair amount of gear. The pas­sen­ger seat is ad­e­quate with­out be­ing plush, and there’s a handy grab rail for her/him on the back. This en­gine, which in 694cc form also pow­ers the MT-07HO and the retro styled XSR700, is a 4 valve par­al­lel twin with a 270º crank, giv­ing an un­even fir­ing or­der and plenty of torque. The Tracer 700 ver­sion, which is sold only in LAMS form in Aus­tralia, puts out 54ps (thanks to in­take re­stric­tions) while the big­ger ver­sions claim 74. The Tracer has a 50mm longer swing­ing arm than the MT-07, giv­ing less twitchy han­dling, and at just 196kg fully fu­elled and oiled, is the light­est in its class. To cope with dodgy roads en­coun­tered in tour­ing, both front and rear ends sport 130mm of travel, and with twin 285mm ABS brakes, stop­ping power is su­perb. The stan­dard Tracer 700 can be tricked up with a range of over 40 gen­uine Yamaha ac­ces­sories that in­clude fog lamps, en­gine pro­tec­tors, heated grips, a taller screen, a heated seat and many more. Although pri­mar­ily de­signed for the young, the young-at-heart will find the Tracer 700 is an im­mensely prac­ti­cal and thor­oughly ca­pa­ble mo­tor­cy­cle.

LEFT Stop­pers are per­fectly matched to the Tracer’s per­for­mance.

ABOVE ‘Soft’ pan­niers have a zip­per fas­ten­ing. BE­LOW Par­al­lel twin en­gine is a stressed unit in the tubu­lar/pressed frame.

One of the test fleet tricked up with gen­uine Yamaha ac­ces­sories to cre­ate a real du­alpur­pose tourer.

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