Yamaha USA’s quest to copy model names from the rest of the world continues as the FZ-09 sport-tourer is being replaced with the “Tracer 900”. You may remember that the same thing happened earlier this year with naked FZ-07, which became the MT-07.
The Tracer gets some decent updates, better-looking bodywork, and a new up-spec “GT” model. On paper, this sounds like a winner. I’m headed to southeast Washington to see if what’s on paper translates to the real world. Is there anything you specifically want to know? Let me know in the comments!
Let’s start with a video that does not make me want to buy the bike at all. Maybe the Tracer will give me a six-pack?
The change from FJ-09 to Tracer is an evolution rather than a revolution with a 2.36″ longer swingarm, 4″ narrower handlebar, revised styling, and a few updates to improve rider and passenger comfort including a larger windscreen, wider seat, and lower passenger footpegs. But it’s the GT that I’m really excited about.
For $2,300 extra (I know, that’s significant) you’ll get 22 liter hard side bags, the quick shifter from the MT-09 (upshift only), cruise control, a full-color TFT dashboard, upgraded fully-adjustable KYB front forks (the base model has non-adjustable units), and heated grips. $2,300 isn’t cheap, but that’s a lot of great hardware for the money.
Photos from Yamaha.