TRACER 700 REVEALED
Big-selling MT- 07 family gets a new member as Yamaha unleash budget sports-tourer
This is the all-new Tracer 700, which Yamaha hope will offer an extra dose of practicality to the already hugely popular MT-07 range. The new Tracer is a near-perfect carbon copy of the existing three-cylinder 900cc MT-09 Tracer (now renamed Tracer 900), following the same path of adding a more upright riding position, top fairing and revised mechanicals to create a bike with greater distance ability than the naked MT-07.
The family resemblance between the 700cc and 900cc bikes is clear to see, although they can be distinguished by the differences around the front lights and fairing – and by counting the number of exhaust headers.
One change that will come as a relief to taller riders is the extra 40mm of seat height built into the Tracer 700 over the MT-07, which was a bit cramped for anyone over 5ft 10in. That sits the Tracer at 845mm – compared to the MT’S 805mm – while a lowering kit is almost certainly going to be part of the optional equipment list.
The UK price has already been set at a very competitive £6299, with bikes expected to be in dealers by mid-july. That positions the 700 £2000 cheaper than the Tracer 900 which features the 115bhp, three-cylinder, 847cc motor from the MT-09, and around £1000 more than the naked MT-07. While the price is marginally higher than the Kawasaki’s ER6F, the MT-07 engine is a lot more characterful and the bike has a much more modern feel than the dated Kawasaki.
The 689cc, 75bhp twin-cylinder MT-07 engine with its 270 degree firing order remains unchanged but the Tracer boasts a 50mm longer swingarm to give a wheelbase of 1450mm. This will enhance stability when touring with a pillion and luggage. There are also changes to the suspension to match the altered chassis geometry, while there is also a larger 17-litre fuel tank compared to the 14-litre tank on the naked MT-07. It’s all in the name of adding long-distance capability.
Like the Tracer 900 the 700cc version gets a manually-adjustable windscreen which, thanks to a pair of easily adjusted roller wheels, simply moves to the desired height. The handguards also have built-in indicators as a neat design touch. One of the most important factors for this middleweight sportstourer is the kerb weight, which is a relatively lithe 196kg. As with all new bikes over 125cc, ABS is now standard as part of Euro4 regulations.
Yamaha are offering three colour options of red, blue and black and there will be a large list of official accessories including panniers, a topbox, tankbag and taller screens.
The new Tracer 700 joins an everexpanding range of bikes in MT range, which has delivered combined sales of over 70,000 units since the MT-09 roadster arrived in 2013 – and there seems to be now slowing down in the pace of new models arriving.
Only last week MCN’S spy photographer caught a new Ténéré 700 derivative using the same engine but in a much more off-road orientated chassis with proper spoked wheels for rough terrain. With the four-cylinder 160bhp Yamaha MT-10 being launched in just a few week’s time there will soon be a range from 125cc through to 999cc.
The UK price has already been set at £6299, with bikes expected in July
On sale by mid-july the Tracer 700 is a lot of motorcycle for £6299 Sitting comfortably A stepped twin seat unit offers a more comfortable perch for both rider and pillion (the MT-07’S pillion seat is tiny). The seat unit is also mounted on a new reinforced subframe, built to take extra stresses of regularly carrying luggage and a pillion.
Bright ideas The full LED headlights from the Tracer 900 have been swapped for conventional headlights, although LEDS are still used for sidelights. Going the distance The MT-07 has a 14-litre tank which is good for 160 miles between fill-ups if ridden gently. But to give the sport-touring Tracer 700 more range, Yamaha have added three litres more capacity. Great lengths While Yamaha have tried to retain as many parts as possible in order to keep development costs down, the search for increased stability and comfort while loaded up has meant a 50mm longer swingarm which is now made from aluminium rather than steel. Tracer’s new clothes The family resemblance to the Tracer 900 is clear to see but there are enough differences in the fairing and headlamp design to separate the Tracer 700 from the existing 900. The most obvious visual clue is the number of header pipes!