Yamaha Expands Sport-Touring Range With Tracer 700

Yamaha has expanded its sport-touring range with the all-new Tracer 700. Based on the popular MT-07, the Tracer 700 fills a gap in the company’s current middleweight line-up.

The naked MT-07 has proven to be a very popular bike in both its LAMS and unrestricted forms, but the Tracer 700 will add an element of practicality the MT-07 can’t provide.

The new Tracer model is a smaller sibling to the existing three-cylinder 900cc MT-09 Tracer.

It has a more upright riding position, top fairing and slightly revised mechanical parts from the MT-07 that make it a better choice of machine to ride over greater distances.

There have been no changes made to the 56kW 690cc twin-cylinder engine, the wheels or brakes. Yamaha has tweaked the frame though, raising the seat height by 40mm and lengthening the swingarm by 50mm.

There are some changes to the suspension to match the altered frame, and Yamaha says the overall result is a bike with greater stability when touring with a pillion or luggage. The bike is also heavier, but it’s still a reasonable weight at 196kg.

The new Tracer 700 has a manually adjustable windscreen, hand guards and dual seat.

Yamaha has given the bike a 17-litre fuel tank, 3 litres more than the MT-07, to increase the range of the bike. The electronics have been kept very simple, with only the mandatory ABS fitted as standard equipment.

The bike is being released in the UK and the US in July, but Yamaha Australia is yet to announce whether it will be released here.

Given that we have the Tracer 900, it would be a reasonable guess that it will be.

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Steve McDowall

Steve is the team’s motorcycle writer and contributes to the podcast each week. He started his “on air” career as a guest on 4BC where he met Joel, and has been with Behind the Wheel now for over 6 years. Steve’s fascination for anything with wheels and an engine started as a child and even though he still loves his cars, he found his true passion was with motorcycles. He is also an accredited rider trainer, consultant and coach. Check out Steve’s website – motorcyclelife.com.au

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