I really like a bike that checks a lot of boxes. Something that can eat up corners, hold steady and straight for long stints on the freeway, has some storage and some curb appeal; a daily rider that could also tackle a continent. For me, the 2019 Yamaha Tracer 900 GT has just about every item on my must-have list. But there’s always room for improvement, and if I were to have one in my garage today, these are the five upgrades I’d make to sweeten the deal.
I need to note that all of these upgrades come directly from Yamaha, and we are in no way shape or form paid to hype this kit. I like the idea of tacking these items on to the total price of the bike and getting them installed before I ride off the first time. It’s what I’d do if I won the lottery and money was no concern.
Yamaha Comfort Saddle Rider & Passenger Set
Since the Tracer 900 GT is primarily for asphalt, there’s going to be a lot of time sat back in the seat. I would upgrade the stock unit immediately and get a more comfy perch for myself and the occasional passenger from Yamaha. I dig the look of the additional padding incorporated into seats and like how it seamlessly fits with the aesthetic of the rest of the bike.
Yamaha Touring Windshield
I’m six-feet tall, and the upright position of sport touring bikes like this often leave me just above the protection zone on stock windscreens. I would definitely want the additional three-and-a-half inches height and three inches width provided by the touring kit Yamaha offers. For around town riding, I might swap out for the stock shield simply for looks sake, but this windscreen would be a necessity for longer rides.
Yoshimura Tracer 900 Y-Series Full Exhaust System
I wouldn’t necessarily be looking to eek out extra performance with a new exhaust system, I simply love the sound of the crossplane Triple hooked to a quality pipe. Yoshimura is nice too because the sound is enhanced and performance improved, but not to a level that’s going to drive you or your neighbors crazy. The subdued, throaty growl of a Yosh pipe that’s CARB and EPA compliant is a touch to help stir the soul.
Tracer 900 Rear Rack/Top Case Mount and Top Case
The GT comes with saddlebags, but having a rear rack and top case mount is going to be necessary at some point when I finally get to take my new Tracer out for a long haul. This bundle would have me dialed with hard luggage all around, or I could lash a dry bag on the back if I wanted to leave the top case at home. I like having options.
Tracer 900 Side Tank Pads
I like to have a sure grip on the tank with my knees when I’m taking the corners, and a set of tank pads really makes a difference. Plus these are designed to integrate into the overall look of the bike perfectly, which is a plus.