The Japanese motorcycle maker, Yamaha, has officially pulled the vile off the new Tracer 700. The bike is a smaller instalment in the already existing MT-07 range. Being a derivation of the same three-cylinder 900cc MT-09 Tracer, it reflects a more comfortable upright position, revised fairing, newly designed headlights and over-all it’s a machine poised to munch miles without breaking a sweat. Also its reworked mechanicals have ensured that it comes out to be a better sports tourer motorcycle than its naked sibling the MT-07.
Both the branches of the Tracer family, the 700 and 900 can easily be classified from the front looks and differently designed fairing. Talking about the mechanicals, the Tracer 700 derives its power from the same twin-cylinder engine as seen on MT-07 churning out around 75 horses on the other hand the bike has been given a longer swing arm that has increased the wheelbase to 1450mm. Yamaha says this has been done in order to increase the stability when touring along with heavy luggage and pillion. Also the company has tuned the suspensions according to the touring needs and chassis geometry.
The bike weighs just 196kg kerb which should make the bike significantly supple and an easy handler. Sadly the bike won’t be available in India for a long time to come, on the other hand it has been priced at a good £6299 for the UK market. The Tracer 700 is available in colours including red, blue and black.
Yamaha says “Excitement has been engineered into the Tracer 700's DNA, as its compact and lightweight chassis features a tubular steel frame that has been developed from the highly acclaimed MT-07 platform. This minimalist design instantly established a strong reputation for its agile handling and responsive character, and the Tracer 700's newly developed chassis features a range of exclusive refinements that are designed to enhance its versatility and comfort while retaining a strong sporting heritage.
“For a more stable riding character at higher cruising speeds - especially when riding 2-up with luggage – the Tracer 700 is equipped with a 50mm longer swingarm to give a wheelbase of 1450mm. To suit its long distance role, the 130mm travel front and rear suspension systems feature revised settings for smooth and responsive characteristics in a variety of conditions. Dual 282mm front discs with four-pot calipers and a
245mm rear disc deliver powerful and responsive braking performance, and ABS is equipped as standard.
“These chassis refinements - combined with a class-leading wet weight of 196 kg - ensure that the Tracer 700 is ready to excite in every corner, and yet can be transformed into a serious long distance tourer with the addition of a range of Genuine Yamaha accessories.”