Yamaha Ups The Stakes: The New Tracer 700

May 23, 2016
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The very first official look-see at the new Tracer 700 from Yamaha is out, and this bike looks to set the streets ablaze.

Building upon the popularity of the famed MT-07 range, this 700cc follow-up to the 900cc MT-09 Tracer keeps up traditions while offering up some tweaks that are sure to please. The new addition maintains the upright riding positioning and top fairing of its predecessor but has been fitted with adjusted mechanics, mainly geared towards enhancing the bike’s distance riding capabilities.

Aesthetically, the family blood has held strong, with the line remaining more or less identical, save for fairing and front light detailing by which they become distinguishable from one another.

Yamah tracer 700

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Touring-ready Sportsbike

While the 75 boiler horsepower (BHP) twin-cylinder has been retained, the 700 Tracer’s swingarm has been extended by 50mm, giving it an increased wheelbase of 1450mm. According to Yamaha, as well as common sense, this tweak greatly enhances ride stability especially when luggage or pillion riders are added to the equation.

Based upon the lightweight and compact MT-07 platform, which earned many fans due to the responsiveness and handling agility of its tubular frame, the Tracer 700’s chassis has been imbued with a range of exclusive design refinements. In addition to the increased wheelbase, its 130mm travel rear and front suspensions have been reset to provide greater response characteristics while the 245mm rear disc and dual front 282mm discs with four-pot caliper features have been geared for superlative braking performance. ABS is, of course, equipped as standard.

The standout feature of the Tracer 700, though, is its significantly reduced wet-weight of a middling 196kg, guaranteed to get the blood pumping with excitement as riders take those sharp turns with confident ease.

Tracer Digital dial

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Technical Specifications

Engine: 689cc DOHC 4-valve twin cylinder

Power: 55.0 kW @9,000 rpm

Torque: 68.0 Nm @ 6,500 rpm

Seat height: 845mm

Front Brakes: Dual 282mm discs with 4-pot calipers

Suspension: 130mm front and rear stroke

Wheelbase: 1450mm

Fuel Capacity: 17 Liters

Wet-weight: 196kg

Instrumentation: Full LED digital display panel

Expected release :

Manufacturer-Recommended Retail Pricing in the UK market has been set at a seemingly reasonable 6299GBP and is expected to hit the streets somewhere about mid-July. Yamaha intends to release it with red, blue, and black color options. We can’t wait.

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