Throughout much of Europe,
motorcycling is experiencing something of a renaissance in the key
marketplaces. More people are coming back to appreciate that powered two
wheelers offer an affordable, accessible and exciting way to discover another
world and live another life. And an increasing number of riders are looking to
expand their horizons by choosing a Sport Tourer as their next motorcycle.
Yamaha has recently released
many exciting and innovative motorcycles to the market, and will continue to
push ahead with its extensive new model development programme. In summer 2016 the
company will be introducing a sporty and versatile new model which will mark a
significant step forward in the approach to the Sport Touring segment.
The exciting and addictive new
Yamaha Tracer 700 has been developed from the highly successful MT-07 platform,
and is poised to attract a new generation of riders by strengthening and
reinvigorating the current Sport Tourer line up. Offering an impressive
specification combined with an affordable price - and featuring a bold and
individual style - the Tracer 700 has the potential to transform the image of
the Sport Tourer class.
Positioned to become the
definitive middleweight Sport Tourer, the Tracer 700 is a natural step-up
model, and is ready to expand the segment and reinforce the huge success of the
The launch of this sporty new
model also offers Yamaha the opportunity to rationalise and expand the
company's Sport Tourer segment, which will embrace the new Tracer 700 and also
the Tracer 900, as well as the recently revised FJR1300 flagship models.
With its sports-oriented
heritage - combined with serious long distance abilities and dynamic good looks
- the new Tracer 700 opens up an exciting new era in the middleweight Sport
One of the key features that
differentiates the Tracer 700 from other models in the mid-class Sport Tourer
category is its ability to deliver a sporty, emotional and intuitive riding
experience. The new Tracer 700 is equipped with the 4-valve twin cylinder 689cc
engine that won numerous awards in its debut year with the MT-07. This
torque-rich 'crossplane philosophy' engine is playing a major part in
re-establishing Yamaha as Europe's leading brand, and the new-generation 689cc
design has been widely acclaimed as one of the most enjoyable and rewarding
powerplants in the category.
One of the key attributes of
this emotional twin cylinder engine is its 270-degree crank that delivers an
uneven firing interval, and this characteristic contributes towards a strong
feeling of acceleration - as well as offering high levels of traction. The deep
and powerful linear torque output gives the new Tracer 700 the ability to
deliver an exciting and rewarding riding experience that conventional twin cylinder
engines simply cannot match, giving this new Sport Tourer the ability to
deliver an enjoyable and emotional ride on every journey.
As well as producing a unique
and responsive engine character that makes the Tracer 700 a true Sport Tourer,
the 689cc twin cylinder design also makes class-leading levels of power and
torque. Developing 73.77bhp @ 9,000 rpm, together with 68.0 Nm @ 6,500 rpm, the
new Tracer 700 offers strong sports performance for exciting cornering on
winding country roads. Then, when it's time to pack up and go, this versatile
bike is built to make light work of long distance touring.
For a more stable riding
character at higher cruising speeds - especially when riding 2-up with luggage
- the Tracer 700 is equipped with a 50mm longer swingarm to give a wheelbase of
1450mm. To suit its long distance role, the 130mm travel front and rear
suspension systems feature revised settings for smooth and responsive
characteristics in a variety of conditions. Dual 282mm front discs with 4-pot
calipers and a 245mm rear disc deliver powerful and responsive braking
performance, and ABS is equipped as standard.
These chassis refinements -
combined with a class-leading wet weight of 196 kg - ensure that the Tracer 700
is ready to excite in every corner, and yet can be transformed into a serious
long distance tourer with the addition of a range of Genuine Yamaha
The fuel-efficient 689cc twin
cylinder engine is fed by a large capacity 17-litre fuel tank that gives the
Tracer 700 a long range between fuel stops. To help deflect wind from the
rider's upper body, the Tracer 700 is fitted with a manually adjustable
windscreen as well as knuckle guards with integral flashers. Dual Tracer
900-style headlights emphasise the model's modern and aggressive look - and for
added rider and passenger comfort there's a new one-piece stepped dual seat and
passenger grab bar.