2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Chillis, Nov 16, 2020.

  1. BlueRidgeKat

    BlueRidgeKat Daily Commuter

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    I thought it would grow on me, but no, just can't get into this split screen and the side bags turned down/up/sideways or whatever they did to them.
    Just prefer the 2019/2020 way better.

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  2. Dave.0

    Dave.0 on the spectrum

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    by all acounts this is a great bike, but that split screen thing is odd

    I don't see that styling gamble catching on
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  3. Josh69

    Josh69 Been here awhile

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    Will a helmet even fit in the side bags? They look like an odd shape and they look quite narrow.
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  4. mbabc

    mbabc Curmudgeon trainee

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    Went to my local Yama dealer to take a look around. They'd move boats and other Yamaha watercraft onto the bike sales department floor they were so short of bikes. Went to inquire about the 9 GT and they said they were slotted to get 1 and a deposit was already taken for it. Guy also said they had 4 deposits for the Tenere 700 but no expected shipments yet.

    I'd like to see 9GT up close. Tried a 900GT but seemed cramped for my 6'4". Hoping the new variant fits me better or can be made to do so.
  5. kaertner

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    Yes, the new bags take a full face helmet, the old ones don't.
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  6. NumberCruncher

    NumberCruncher Long timer

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    I think it is a step back from the 2019 and 2020 Tracer 900GT but maybe it has to do with eliminating the noise that “something” in the front of the bike generated?

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  7. NumberCruncher

    NumberCruncher Long timer

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    I’ve watched a few test rides and the dual screens look okay as far as the information displayed and the “robot staring back at you look” isn’t quite as obvious.

    No comments yet about any decrease in wind noise. That will be FAR more important to me than the TFT’s.

    NC
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  8. Suncoaster

    Suncoaster Long timer Supporter

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    I got rid of the noise on my 2016 with a small MRA screen and a beak...
    Surprisingly the beak makes the most difference.

    I'm sure the 2021 would benefit from a beak...
  9. kaertner

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    i really like the dual TFTs, I like new approaches to a lot of things on bikes. For example, I really like the Niken and loved it after a test ride! I hope the Niken gets the new engine, dual TFTs, new QS, electronic suspension etc then it will be top of my list at the end of this year.
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  10. Vrode

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    I don't mind the spilt gauges and think I could adapt quickly. The panniers seem too ugly, but maybe seeing them in-person would change my mind. Overall, I would not call the new styling a success, but I'm prepared to be swayed.
  11. NumberCruncher

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    Any pics of this setup?

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    Here you go, yesterday, 560km weekend ride.
    2016 model with cruise etc etc etc.
    tracer1.jpg
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  13. NumberCruncher

    NumberCruncher Long timer

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    Having grown up with dirt bikes I think all motorcycles should have those . .

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  14. Dao1

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    Local dealer put on a demo day along w/ yamaha corp this past Fri & sat. Got 20 mins seat time on this tracer 900

    Test ride consisted of a big pavement loop around the east side of our main interstate, with plenty of opps to wind out 2nd-4rd , one stretch merging onto interstate that's open enough to pull 80 mph. I found acceleration to be exciting , but not jaw dropping. It's smooth running, but it wasn't lexus smooth. I did feel some vibes at the grips when I'd WFO and hold throttle in a gear or two higher. What i came across impressed w/ is how light and flickable it is, and how good the brakes are. These two ++ made the test ride more engaging. Handling feels neutral, balanced front/back, and bike overall felt planted in/out of turns. Ergo wise, w/ seat in the low position, the wide portion of the seat is about 4" farther back from my butt, and im on my toes at stop lights, but the bar position and footpegs felt just fine. Im 5'-5", 155 lbs street clothes, 28" inseam, so i realize im skewed away from the aver. rider ergo for this bike.

    Overall, it's a very nice street bike. for me to buy it at that $14.8k msrp, I'd have to be more emotionally attached to it.
  15. NumberCruncher

    NumberCruncher Long timer

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    I am sure you meant Tracer 9 GT . . .

    Did you ever ride the previous bike? Did you notice a difference in wind noise?

    NC
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    DAD51 Been here awhile

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  17. Madscientist

    Madscientist Been here awhile

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    Thanks for posting. My take: he seemed rather ho-hum about the bike: didn't like the brakes, lacked high speed stability, not very nimble in the twisties, didn't like the lights, didn't like the seat, windscreen so-so, suspension ok, panniers ok, price ok. Personally, I would love to try one.
  18. RideandDrive

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    I’m kinda bummed. Another well known reviewer from Romania indicated the fueling is still glitchy on off.

    Looking forward to a few other opinions from the North America launch whenever that occurs.
  19. Clem Fandango

    Clem Fandango Been here awhile

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    Snatchy is the new normal.
  20. kaertner

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    I always ride with two fingers covering the brake lever. This also makes sensitive throttles much easier to manage. Some bikes with supposedly 'snatchy' throttles become 'unsnatchy' with this method of throttle control. Using all four fingers wrapped around the throttle is the problem in these cases.
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