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Motorcycles 2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT—Is It Enough?

14:16  26 november  2020
14:16  26 november  2020 Source:   motorcyclistonline.com

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Five years after the introduction of the Tracer 900 sports tourer, Yamaha is bringing two brand new versions of the popular motorcycle, the Tracer 9 and

Yamaha has revealed the 2021 Tracer 9 range for the international markets. The sports touring motorcycles are now powered by a Euro5-compliant engine. Yamaha claims that the updated, 890cc, CP3 crossplane technology engine is lighter, powerful and advanced than the original powerplant.

It’s out with the old and in with the new at Yamaha in 2021, at least in the sport-touring category, with the Tracer 9 GT taking the place of the Tracer 900 GT. The news got me to thinking about the 900 GT and made me wonder if Yamaha has enough of a bike on its hands to warrant the $14,899 price tag.

a person riding a motorcycle down a dirt road: The new Yamaha Tracer 9 GT promises a lot of functionality, but will customers take the bait for $14,899? © Provided by Motorcyclist The new Yamaha Tracer 9 GT promises a lot of functionality, but will customers take the bait for $14,899? a man riding a motorcycle on the side of a road: Engine, suspension, and electronic advancements give the Tracer 9 GT a leg up over the outgoing Tracer 900. © Provided by Motorcyclist Engine, suspension, and electronic advancements give the Tracer 9 GT a leg up over the outgoing Tracer 900.

To start, the 9 GT will have more pep than the 900, with the updated 890 crossplane triple. That’s well short of the liter-size engine proposed as a suitable mill for competitive advantage in the segment, however. It’s somewhere between mid- and full-size and though it’s a blast of an engine, it’s still short, in terms of output, of a Ninja 1000 ABS with saddlebags.

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You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. We get into the details of the all-new 2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT .

Yamaha is adding a little more muscle and considerably more brains (in the form of more advanced electronic rider aids and electronically controlled suspension) to its Tracer GT and giving it a new name for 2021 . Here's the Tracer 9 GT .

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a close up of a motorcycle: Standard cornering lights are a nice touch. © Provided by Motorcyclist Standard cornering lights are a nice touch.

On the other hand, the 9 GT is 28 pounds lighter than the Ninja 1000 and built with a rider triangle much more appealing to those with plans for long hours in the saddle. Perhaps a little less oomph won’t be a deal breaker.

Yamaha also put a lot of work into refining power delivery and creating a more comfortable and nimble chassis. Hopes will be high for the electronically controlled KYB suspension on the 9 GT, which would go a long way to improving the overall feel of the bike when compared to the old 900.

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Plus, there are huge steps forward with the electronics, such as the new six-axis IMU, ride-by-wire, lean-angle-sensitive traction control, slide control wheelie control, improved ABS, and cornering LED lights. Some of these, especially the cornering lights, aren’t yet standard even on liter-size bikes from other manufacturers.

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TRACER 9 GT . Sport Touring never felt this good. With an exclusive specification that includes electronic semi-active suspension that constantly adjusts front and rear damping force to give you the smoothest and most secure ride – whatever the load or speed – the TRACER 9 GT is engineered to

A few years ago, Yamaha made a bold move by introducing a cross-plane crankshaft three-cylinder engine. The MT-09 was the first bike to adopt this powerplant in 2013, then the Tracer 900 followed suit two years later. 46 photos.

For context, here are some bikes you could get that are less than the Tracer 9 GT. A base Africa Twin starts at $14,399. The Ninja 1000SX (without bags) starts at $12,599. A V-Strom 1050 starts at $13,299. A BMW F 900 XR starts at $11,695 and an F 850 GS Adventure starts at $14,545. It’s true these bikes don’t all serve the same purpose, but this is the ballpark that the Tracer 9 GT will be playing in.

a motorcycle parked on the side of a road: The BMW F 900 XR is definitely a competitor in the segment, and starts more than $3,000 less than the Tracer. © Provided by Motorcyclist The BMW F 900 XR is definitely a competitor in the segment, and starts more than $3,000 less than the Tracer.

And in fairness to the 9 GT, I think it’s going to do OK. The bike in that list that may be closest in output and spirit is a bag-equipped F 900 XR. Dynamic ESA is an upgrade on the BMW, bags are an upgrade, cornering lights are an upgrade, etc. You’ll have a few thousand to spare between the base-model F 900 XR and the 9 GT, which can help get those extras covered. The F 900 XR also has a commendable suspension package and decent brakes. Two areas we’re keen to assess on the new 9 GT.

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The Tracer still feels plenty intense in its midrange and has no problem lugging down to 2500 rpm in sixth gear either. It was a quick-handling bike in 2015, and nothing’s changed except Yamaha extended the swingarm by 60mm (to 59.1 inches) to provide more room 2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT First Look.

For the Tracer 900 GT, Yamaha took the revised Tracer 900 sport touring platform (formerly FJ-09) and created a premium version for riders who want high specification as standard. Equipped with hard luggage, fully adjustable suspension and heated grips, the Tracer 900 GT is ready to take you

a person riding a motorcycle down a dirt road: The new Yamaha Tracer 9 GT promises a lot of functionality, but will customers take the bait for $14,899? © Yamaha The new Yamaha Tracer 9 GT promises a lot of functionality, but will customers take the bait for $14,899?

In spite of all that, I’m excited about the new Tracer. I just wonder if it will prove its value to consumers who fork over the cash.

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