Yamaha Tracer 900 GT – The Tracer GT Has The Best Of Both Worlds
The Yamaha Tracer 900 GT was derived from the companies MT 09. So before we begin, its important to note that the when we rode the MT 09, we were blown away by how good we found it. Indeed it was so good that it knocked our, until then, favorite naked roadster, Triumphs Street Triple, right off its podium. Indeed, the Tracer was so eagerly anticipated that we weren’t able to get our hands on one for a local road test until it had been on the market for a year. So was it worth the wait and does it live up to the hype?
While those of us who are a little younger may think that the triple is a new departure for Yamaha, my elders and betters inform me that they were building bikes with three cylinders way back in the seventies. Not only were they at it, but so were all the Japanese manufacturers. Mention of the Kawasaki H1 Triple of the late sixties and early seventies can cause older riders to blanche at the memories. In spite of everyone living in black and white, having no Internet and smoking up to sixty cigarettes a day, motorcycles were regarded as dangerous and built accordingly.
So Yamaha aren’t new to the engine configuration. The new triple is refined rather than introduced to us for the first time. In the MT 09 they gave us a sweet performing street bike with sports bike capabilities. With the Yamaha Tracer GT 900 they’ve given us the same and applied the “Tall Tourer” treatment to it. From the riders perspective it is a very simple machine. Meanwhile, there is a whole load of wonderful going on under its skin. Weight is saved everywhere with a set of LED headlights up the front and a clever set of advanced electronic controls.
Yamaha Tracer 900 GT – Reassuring
These clever electrics include a traction control system as well as an anti lock braking system. Both make for a more reassuring ride in the wet and wonderful riding environment that is January in Dublin. There are also three riding modes for the fuel system. The standard one works well, the A setting is for embarrassing R1 riders and B, well B might be best used when searching for a petrol station as the panic builds.
The chassis and gull arm swinger are straight from the MT 09 and save loads of weight thanks to their lightweight and compact construction. The motor is also the same 850cc block. Meanwhile the clocks are an all-digital affair where the information is displayed clearly. The bike, no matter how fast it’s ridden, is still a tourer. As such it comes as standard with an indispensable main stand and luggage mounting points. A number of extras are added to the GT version. Included is a set of fully adjustable forks and a rear shock with a remote preload adjuster. On the practical front there are colour-matched panniers, a full colour dash, heated grips, cruise control and even a quickshifter.