2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT

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

  1. greasyjonny

    greasyjonny Adventurer

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    the newest MCN review has the range estimated at about 220 miles between fill ups based on their real world mpgs.
  2. Lee R

    Lee R Man in a Box

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    but is that to bone dry? I can see that being true as it would be about 44mpg which seems right. But who does that. Real world you have to fill before your out and leaving a bit in there for fuel pump cooling. My Tiger 1050 would real world run dry at about 217 miles but I was always filling it at about 180-190.

    Versys would go about 286 miles to dry with how I ride it. 319 on my high end mpg days. But I always fill it about 220-250.

    if it’s getting 48mpg average riding mixed fast cruising and getting that on 4.5 gallons I’ll buy one.
  3. Rockbyter

    Rockbyter Been here awhile

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    I have one on order, sold the KTM SAS just over 2 years ago so needed something a bit smaller with losing NCD. Should be here this month in Icon Blue. I must admit the Tech Camo looked nicer in real life then on screen. Never really used the 160 bhp of the KTM and found it scary even at times so at 66yrs I think I need something less balls out now. Will let people know how it goes.
  4. Lee R

    Lee R Man in a Box

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    It’s tough to use 160 horsepower realistically on the street. Maybe passing 5 cars uphill. Or at 12000 feet passing. And it comes with bigger more expensive chains and using more tires. Honestly I think this Tracer is spot on for power but I’m content at about 90-100hp on a bike of it’s weight. The Versys 650 is adequate but I could fully use a bit more, it’s fun to wring it’s neck and use the full engine though. I couldn’t really fully use the Tiger 1050. So something between the V650 and that bike would be just right. I think the Tracer GT hits the same mark hp wise with less torque than the Tiger, maybe slightly less HP. I had a race tune and replaced exhaust/air intake so it was making similar to Sprint GT figures vs stock Tiger.

    The Versys 650 is quite literally half a Tiger 1050 in power. I like to call it Budget Multistrada.
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  5. hellsbuddha

    hellsbuddha Been here awhile

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    Bully for you, I hope I am still riding at 66!
  6. VeryBumpy

    VeryBumpy Been here awhile

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    I was at Road America this past weekend. Yamaha had demo rides going on but guess what, not a single Tracer 9 to be seen.
  7. bmac

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    The demo fleet does not have them yet but will in the next 2 or 3 weeks. Some retail deliveries are occurring so there are a few in the States.
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  8. CRFan1

    CRFan1 Been here awhile

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    I was there as well and saw a Tracer 900 GT but it was the 2020 model......lol. I test rode an Indian FTR1200 for fun. Great motor, didn't like much else of the bike :)
  9. STBNE

    STBNE Southern Comfort

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    I was dissappointed at the Yamaha Demo day we had here... I did ride the 2020 Tracer 900GT and the 2020 XSR900...I was hoping to ride the new Tracer 9GT and they didnt have one...Kinda lame...I actually enjoyed the XSR900 more so it wasn't a waste of time..It was fun..
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  10. whisperquiet

    whisperquiet Motorcyclist Supporter

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    I am 66 yoa…..Not Old as I ride more now than when younger. I just want to ride lighter motorcycles as I age and have pretty much decided not to buy any bike that weighs over 600 lbs ready to ride. My Super Tenere is on the edge.

    BTW, I saw a new T9 GT yesterday in WV at the MSTA STAR rally….did not get to talk to the owner, but looks good to me. The red color is good.
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  11. STBNE

    STBNE Southern Comfort

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    I'm 68 and I STill ride my Honda ST1100...I want to go lighter but i will STill keep the ST...
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  12. bmac

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    I rode the new MT-09SP and can confirm it is a significant move forward from the previous generation. I won't be on the Tracer until the end of July but this platform is a great place to start. The fueling was a heck of a lot better. The quick shifter was excellent and the new engine won't disappoint. It sounds great and is a bit smoother as well. The chassis is a lot better! I could own one.

    My buddy that has 670 miles on his Tracer and his last tank was 52 mpg US. He tends to ride a bit on the aggressive side. He picked it up last Saturday and loves the bike. He is pretty picky.
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  13. jdm197

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    its on the demo truck now. they just got it. the split screen really doesn't bother me.
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  14. The.Cheese

    The.Cheese Been here awhile

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    I went to a Yamaha demo day and rode the new 2021 Tracer yesterday. My random thoughts are below. Keep in mind I have no real experience on anything but my beloved ST1100. I haven't really rode anything thing but my ST for the last ten years. I rode all day yesterday, so I could ride my ST n the Tracer back-to-back.

    Bike only had 340 miles on it. Yamaha guys said they just got it. Ride route was much shorter than I'd like, 10 miles. Had low speed limits and was in mostly built up areas. Saw two cops on the group ride, so I never really got on it as much as I liked to. Route had a high number of round a bouts. Could not ride it as I would have liked.

    The brakes were awesome. Absolutely amazing. Instant on without being grabby. Really highlighted how much brakes have improved in 22 years.

    Wind protection was nice. Doesn't look like it will keep the wind off you much. But it felt fine. Windshield was in the low position and wind went above my helmet with no turbulence. Still had some airflow around it.

    Shifting was a bit clumsy. At first. All my fault. I kept trying to use the clutch. Which was not what the bike wanted. After I stopped touching the clutch lever things were better. Still not as smooth as I'd like tho. I keep letting off the gas when shifting. A few miles into the ride I realized to just click it up and down. Don't use the clutch or let off the gas. After that, shifting was beautiful. When you want a new gear just tap the shifter up or down. Bike does a great job of handling the gear change. Quickshifter was awesome, after I let it do it's thing.

    Gear shifter was way too low. I had to make an effort to get my boot under it. Seemed like I would never reach it. It would have to have been out of adjustment.

    My full face helmet would not fit in the sidecases. Maybe if I had more time to puzzle it in...maybe. They look ugly as dog balls in pictures. That's because they are ugly as dog balls in real life too. I do not understand why they are shaped like that. They are kinda big, but because of the shape, nothing really useful would fit inside them. I'm hesitant in life to say things are useless, but these are damn near useless. I would HAVE to change them out. For anything. Even shoe boxes would be better. I wonder if the old style fits the mounts.

    The dual screen thing doesn't bother me as much as I thought it would. It is readable in direct sunlight. Could be brighter. Bigger issue tho, it is busy. Especially the left screen. Seems to me that spreading out the info between two screens would have helped. The gear position indicator was easy enough to see. The tach was hard to read quickly. I'd probably just put my Garmin XT in front of the right side.

    Power was good. But I was expecting more really. For a bike that had more power than my old ST and weighed much less, I thought it would be faster. Didn't really seem any quicker to accelerate, or that it had more ass. Perhaps the bike was still in break in mode? I never did give it full throttle either. Perhaps it had much more to give? I needed more time alone with it to figure that out.

    It did change direction easy. But it wasn't twitchy. It was smooth. Neutral. Did what you asked and nothing more. Suspension was nice. So nice that I don't think I would modify it right away. I have no idea what the suspension settings were. The roads were mostly new/smooth. So perhaps it will show it's limits on rough pavement. I could not give it a proper test, but think it will do fine.

    Speaking of settings. I have no idea what any of the settings were on the bike. I did not get a lot of time to play with it before the ride. And only had 10 mins after the ride. I think I saw "A-1" at one point.

    Throttle was smooth. No jerkyness. Nothing came on abrupt. Power was smooth and linear. Engine noise was mostly air intake "roar". I could hear the exhaust but it wasn't loud.

    Neutral riding position. Not a long reach to the bars. Things felt laid out nicely. Much easier to keep myself upright. Seat was hard. Will have to have a Russell Day Long. Pegs were a nice rearward position. Only layout complaint was the way too low gear selector. Rear brake pedal was fine. "Tank" seemed high up. I could rest my hands on top of it and it felt the seem height as my tankbag on the ST. I think once I put a tankbag on the Tracer it will be up to my nipples.

    Bike looks better in person than in pics. I love the red color. Needs more red. Really needed at the back of the bike. Like on the saddlebags. Maybe some color on the wheels?

    TL/DR: I like it. I liked it before I rode it and I like it more now. I can actually see myself buying it. But before that I need to rent it for the weekend. It may well replace my beloved ST1100!


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  15. bmac

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    You are right. The typical demo ride is too short to get a really good feel for the bike.

    You have to use the quick shifter properly for it to work and when you do it works great. Keep on the throttle during upshifts. Close the throttle on downshifts is generally the way Yamaha has them set up.

    I try to avoid judging a bikes acceleration at part throttle openings. Those can be manipulated and/or changed using the available ride modes. If I need more power I give it more throttle. If it doesn't have enough power at full throttle for you then you will have something to complain about. The new engine has gobs of usable power and should satisfy most folks.
  16. The.Cheese

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    Using the quick shifter required a short time of adjustment. Once I did as you say, it works perfectly! I blame my clunky shifts on me and my older way of thinking. Once I adjusted things were fine.

    I am withholding judgement on power output till after I rent the bike. After all I never went full throttle, it may very well have had lots more to give. My ST weighs ~200 pounds more and has about 14 hp less. I just thought it would have been noticeably faster. I don't think I can or should complain just yet.

    My short time with the Tracer really highlights how much I love my bike. It also highlights the ST's flaws too. Bikes have improved immensely in 22 years. On the way back home I could not help but be disappointed with the brakes on my ST. Same time I was happy to be back on my Russell seat.

    The Tracer is a great bike. I think it will sell well. A Tracer and an Xmax would make a great stable for me.
  17. Rockbyter

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  18. Motonirvana

    Motonirvana Can't make this shit up

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    Nice review from Mossy at 44 Teeth, my favorite English curmudgeon reviewer:

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  19. greasyjonny

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    i agree with it needing more red, and would have liked something on the wheels. But they did put the wrong color bags on the red bike. They’re supposed to be color matched. There are red bags, the black is for the icon performance color.
  20. bmwmc

    bmwmc Slow Rider

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    How cramped do they feel if any of you testers are tall? I tried a R1200RS. That was too small of a riding triangle for me. I'm on a GS now, but think I want something lighter and lower. 6'1", but apparently not the longest legs.