The sport bikes and cruisers segments seems to be getting saturated and the trend of motorcycle brands producing adventurers and tourers is increasing, especially the ones with mid-range power. And with it’s eternal rivals already making headway in this segment, Yamaha wasn’t going to be far behind. The Suzuki V-Strom and Kawasaki Versys are receiving rave reviews from everyone and Honda established it’s touring dominance with the legendary Goldwing. But Yamaha have now released a brand new sports tourer – the Tracer 700, to try and capture some of the market share from its compatriots.
The new Yamaha Tracer 700 is sports tourer based on the MT-07 and is a relatively simple, affordable machine which is also suitable for younger, less experienced riders. Driven by a 689cc parallel-twin producing 75bhp and 68Nm of torque, the Tracer 700 is decently powerful and according to Yamaha, its engine’s 270-degree crank delivers an uneven firing interval, which translates into strong acceleration and improved levels of traction.
Though it’s based on the MT-07’s chassis, the Tracer 700’s frame has been tweaked for sport-touring duties and has been optimised for two-up riding with luggage. The bike also gets a longer swing-arm, revised suspension settings (with 130mm travel front and rear) and dual 282mm front discs with 4-piston callipers for maximum braking power. ABS is standard.
The Tracer 700’s 17-litre fuel tank should give it a decently long range (Yamaha have not quoted any fuel economy figures) even though its wet weight of 196kg seems to be a bit on the higher side. About 160-170 kilos would have made the Tracer a bit peppier. The bike though looks brilliant with the signature Yamaha split headlights. The windshield is adjustable and the stepped dual seat looks good enough for comfortable long-distance riding. Yamaha are offering a range of useful accessories for the Tracer 700, including hard and soft luggage carriers and a higher windscreen. With the available colours including red, black and blue, the bike will be in Yamaha showrooms by July this year. This bike looks to be ideal for those who are new to motorcycle touring. Since both Kawasaki and Suzuki launched their touring bikes in India, Yamaha too can be expected to enter the market as their sales in India are reducing.
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