It’s all about the engine. Since Yamaha introduced the 847cc triple with a Crossplane Concept Crankshaft back in 2014, it’s wowed riders with its responsiveness and power.
It was put into the FJ-09 the next year. That’s become the Tracer in Yammy’s new lingo and it’s now joined by a touring sibling, the Tracer 900 GT. For 2019 the new Tracers, both standard and GT, get a longer swingarm (an added 2.4″ or 6 cms) making for better straight-line stability and smoothness out of corners. The Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) is also standard on both models, as are narrower bars and footpegs, ABS, traction control and a centerstand.
The GT gets a quickshifter for clutchless upshifts, as well as standard cruise control, heated grips, 22-liter saddlebags, an adjustable bigger screen, and a color TFT display.
Exclusive to the GT is an upgraded suspension that delivers a smoother ride than its brother, consisting of adjustable forks and a linked shock that can be remotely adjusted for preload and rebound.
A wet GT weighs in at around 503 lbs (228 kgs), which makes it relatively light for a distance tourer. The legroom and rider geometry have been getting good reviews, as does the seat height, which can be set to 33.5″ or 34.1″ (80.5 cms to 86.6 cms.)
Engine buzz through the bars is pretty well controlled, only really showing up on aggressive acceleration, with a smoother ride at constant throttle settings.
Overall, the 2019 Yamaha Tracer 900 GT is a performance-oriented sport-tourer with quick and easy handling, reasonable weight and, of course, that engine.
Prices start at $12,999 in the United States.