New bike’s a pain in the bum

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Comment -

Back in April I pur­chased a new Yamaha Tracer 900. Prior to this I had a test ride and while im­pressed with the han­dling, brakes and en­gine, I thought it was un­com­fort­able and so opted for the com­fort seat at £222. This did not solve the prob­lem and I soon re­alised it was the rear shock that was the cause. This was con­firmed when I vis­ited an of­fi­cial dealer who said the prob­lem was due to “a cheap rear sus­pen­sion unit and cus­tomers were re­plac­ing it with a Nitron shock.” I was not pre­pared to spend £500 do­ing this so wrote to Yamaha in Au­gust to com­plain. Since then all I have had from them was a tele­phone call say­ing the bike is fit for pur­pose and they would write to me to con­firm. Nearly three months later noth­ing. Will I buy an­other Yamaha? What do you think? Ray Brass­ing­ton, email

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