Yamaha Tracer 900GT

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by hankgs, Nov 8, 2017.

  1. dch

    dch Rock Chalk

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    Recently added Yamaha comfort seat and touring windscreen. Rode around NW Ar Sat. Strongly recommend both items.

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  2. MapMaster

    MapMaster Human Compass

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    How tall are you and what's your inseam?
    Curious because that seat still looks like it's got a significant forward tilt, which I find very objectionable.
    The stock foam sucks too, but I can tolerate it now that I'm no longer crushing my nuts by having the seat sitting in the low position at the back, but shimmed up to high+ in the front.)

    I'm 6'1" / 34" inseam and the stock windscreen sucked for me, so I got a Puig.
    Rode a friend's GT with the touring screen and it was better than stock but gave me more buffeting than the Puig.
  3. dch

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    5'11'' with a 32" inseam here. I added some spacers in front on the seat as well. Its not a 500 mile per day setup but 200/300 per day is very doable, which is fine with me.
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  4. RoyQ

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    2020 GT with 1 mile on it. Picked it up late yesterday. Have not rode it yet. Dealer PDI put the 1 mile on it.

    Seems I’ve went full on Yamaha lately.
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    Man those big ugly orange blinkers gotta go. T7 had those ugly things but you see Cyclops LEDs on it now. I’m going to try same thing on the GT.
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  5. Stomp347

    Stomp347 I'll do anything fun Supporter

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    What mirrors are running on the T7?
  6. Tarmac Kid

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    Hell yes! Nice #BluCru garage you have!

    Looks like these, if they are knock offs of the CRG. I have the same mirrors.
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  7. RoyQ

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    Rottweiler Arrow CRGs attached to Barkbuster VPS hand guards. Awesome combo!
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  8. RoyQ

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    lol there is a Honda GROM in there as well.
  9. spuh

    spuh Long timer Supporter

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    Two new toys!? I envy you. Both of these are on my list for next bike. Please keep us up to date as you form opinions from real world use.
  10. RoyQ

    RoyQ Long timer

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    I’ve had the T7 since June. Awesome bike off road and pretty good on road just not fit me as a touring bike. That’s why I git rid of my Africa Twin and Suzuki naked 1000 and went with the Tracer GT. Two bikes into one. Wasn’t into using the big Africa Twin off road snd it wasn’t that good touring.
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  11. spuh

    spuh Long timer Supporter

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    Ah, so your garage was even more busy before. I'm looking for a light touring bike that I can use for easy dirt, largely to get somewhere (as opposed to seeking out more challenging dirt routes). Think a Tracer could fit the bill. My must haves are ABS and cruise (which on the T7 would come from MC Cruise.) Do I suffer (a little) on the highway drones to get switchable ABS and real dirt ability or should I slow right down off pavement in order to get highway comfort? I hope you'll keep us posted as you get familiar with these two.
  12. whisperquiet

    whisperquiet Motorcyclist Supporter

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    It better be real smooth, easy dirt as the Tracer 900 has minimal ground clearance. The Tracer is known for cracked, broken oil pans. My 2019 Tracer 900 GT has an updated pan compared to the original 2015 FJ 09, but it still hangs way down there close to the ground.

    https://www.tracer900.net/topic/7060-another-cracked-oil-pan/page/2/
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  13. spuh

    spuh Long timer Supporter

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    That's exactly the kind of intel I love to find before buying. Sounds like the damages mentioned came from speedbumps and kerbs; maybe the Tracer should stay on smooth pavement after all.
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  14. RoyQ

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    T7 will do highway all day long at 75-80 mph. Only issue is you cannot run aggressive off road tires and do that because they'll wear out quick. You could run a 90/10 tire and be fine though. But once off road the T7 is going to be begging for more spirited ride and the 90/10s won't cut it. Wind protection on the T7 is not sport tourer protection. The seat on the T7 is not that comfy either stock or with the optional Rally seat. Tracer could do light gravel but the headeers are exposed and you only have 5" or less ground clearance and that is to the sumo which is exposed. I plan to only do gravel on mine if I have to in short of just turning around and re routing.
  15. Tarmac Kid

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    I'll my 2 cents regarding the Tracer and dirt again.

  16. KeithU

    KeithU Been here awhile

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    The Tracer is probably a better off-pavement bike than a VFR800. Not by much, though.
  17. falcofred

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    Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.
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  18. RoyQ

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    I won't be taking mine off road unless it is a brief gravel road excursion instead of turning around.
  19. spuh

    spuh Long timer Supporter

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    Well you guys have talked me out of the Tracer as a soft roader. Thanks; this is exactly why I came here.
    My search continues for the (almost) perfect Japanese sport tourer capable of a little dirt exploring.
  20. paulcb

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    Sounds like you want a Tenere.
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