All-new Tracer 9 GT revealed

  • By Stuart Simmons Yarrawonga
Five years after the launch of the original model, Yamaha has created an all-new version of the ultimate multi-role motorcycle.

Lighter, more powerful and supremely versatile – and now equipped with the most sophisticated technology ever seen on a Yamaha Sport Touring motorcycle – the all-new Tracer 9 GT remains true to the Sporting heart, touring soul philosophy that has made Tracer the number one bike in its class. Offering increased levels of thrilling performance combined with enhanced touring capabilities and a higher overall specification, Tracer GT provides ultimate sports versatility.

New 890cc CP3 engine: More thrilling, more capable, more versatile
Powering the all-new Tracer 9 GT is a completely redesigned 890cc CP3 crossplane technology engine that is lighter, more powerful and more advanced than the original powerplant that forever changed the image of the Sports Touring class. Our CP3 architecture lays the foundations for a completely new engine.

Fully EU5-compliant, the sophisticated new inline 3-cylinder engine features an increased capacity of 890cc thanks to a 3mm enlargement in the bore diameter, and this significant cc boost contributes towards a 7% increase in torque output. This much higher torque output of 9.5kg-m / 93 Nm is produced at 7000rpm – 1500rpm lower down the rev range then previously – for outstanding acceleration and rapid overtaking.

As well as this marked increase in linear torque, the power output of the larger capacity 890cc engine is increased to 119PS at 10,000rpm – 4hp more than previously – making this one of the most thrilling, capable and versatile motorcycles in its class.

Quicker, stronger and more advanced, the new Tracer engine is a worthy successor to the original, and despite its increase in capacity, it actually weighs 1700g less than the outgoing design, which contributes towards the new bike’s enhanced handling agility and versatility.

KYB electronically-controlled suspension: Ultimate comfort with precise feel
Yamaha and KYB have jointly developed the Tracer 9 GT’s electronically-controlled semi-active suspension system that provides the ultimate in riding comfort combined with a precise feel from the road. Officially known as the KYB Actimatic Damper System (KADS), this highly advanced suspension generates a much wider range of damping force than conventional suspension, and is able to respond instantly to varying riding conditions in order to achieve optimum handling performance.

This use of this semi-active suspension system has been made possible by the bike’s new IMU which works together with the ECU as well as the Hydraulic Unit (HU) and Suspension Control Unit (SCU) to calculate the optimum suspension settings for any given riding situation: fast or slow, wet or dry, smooth or bumpy, solo or two-up.

The advantage of the solenoid system is that it is able to make extremely fast adjustments to damping settings, and it can handle both minor and major changes. By constantly analysing and computing the 6-axis data, the IMU can signal the ECU to adjust damping settings in order to maintain chassis stability at all speeds, and by doing so the KADS supplements the rider’s skills to ensure a more rewarding and enjoyable Sport Touring experience.

KADS can be used in two modes: A-1 is the sporting mode that is designed to deliver taut and responsive suspension action for fast riding on dry roads – and can also accommodate wet conditions. The system can be switched to A-2 mode that is designed to give a more supple and comfortable ride on rougher or uneven surfaces, making it the ideal choice on longer and more relaxed journeys.

New CF die-cast Deltabox chassis: Sportier handling, increased stability
Lighter, more compact and better handling, Tracer 9 GT’s all-new CF die-cast Deltabox chassis has been designed to give ultimate sports versatility with excellent comfort, making this the kind of bike that is ready to switch character to suit the rider’s mood.

Another important improvement for 2021 is the repositioning of the new 890cc CP3 engine, which is now mounted in a more upright angle of 52.3º, compared to 47.5º on the previous model. These changes improve the overall balance of the lightweight CF die-cast chassis to give a higher degree of surface feedback from the front end, as well as a greater feeling of front end traction in corners.

Longer high-rigidity swingarm: Increased stability, sporty agility
To match the new frame’s increased rigidity and more compact design, Tracer 9 GT is equipped with a completely redesigned lightweight aluminium swingarm that pivots inside the frame’s outer structure in contrast to the previous model’s external pivot points. Although externally similar in appearance to the design used on the 2021 MT-09, the Tracer 9 GT swingarm is actually 60mm longer, giving a 1500mm wheelbase – the same as the previous Tracer 900.

Full 3-bag luggage capability: Increased flexibility and versatility
To optimise its versatility and touring capabilities the new model is designed to accommodate a total of three hard luggage cases, enabling Tracer 9 GT to run with any combination of sidecases and a top case. A ‘Floating Stay’ system is used for the side cases to enhance high speed stability and isolate luggage movement on the bike, and a one-piece wraparound grab bar facilitates the fitment of a top case. With its lower weight and increased strength, the all-new chassis can handle a total payload of riders and luggage of 193kg – a 7% increase in load carrying capacity.

Class-leading electronic rider aids: 6-axis IMU for ultimate controllability
Originally developed for the R1 and never previously available in the Yamaha Sport Touring category, Yamaha’s 6-axis IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) constantly measures Tracer 9 GT’s acceleration in the forward-backward; up-down and left-right directions – as well as the angular velocity in the machine’s pitch, roll and yaw directions.

Since its introduction on the R1 in 2015, this 6-axis IMU has been further developed, and the unit featured on the new Tracer 9 GT is now 50% smaller and 40% lighter. This high-tech IMU device constantly sends data to the ECU which computes all the data in real time, and effectively governs the new Tracer’s Traction Control System (TCS) as well as its Slide Control System (SCS), front wheel LIFt control system (LIF) and Brake Control system (BC).

Traction Control System (TCS)
If any potential loss of rear tyre traction is sensed during acceleration, data from the IMU informs the ECU to activate the lean-sensitive TCS and momentarily restrict drive force until rear wheel slip is eliminated. This intelligent system intervenes at three increasing levels as lean angle increases, giving the Tracer 9 GT rider added confidence when accelerating on wet or slippery road surfaces.

Slide Control System (SCS)
When data from the IMU predicts a sideways rear tyre slide the ECU adjusts power levels correspondingly until full stability is assured. The SCS can be set at any one of three intervention levels and can be turned off when required.

Front wheel LIFt control system (LIF)
LIF enables the rider to maintain a high degree of chassis control during aggressive acceleration by adjusting the rate of front wheel lift when it is sensed by the IMU. As with the SCS, the LIF system has three selectable intervention levels, and can also be turned off by the rider.

Three TCS/SCS/LIF mode settings
To keep the whole system easy to understand and simple to operate there are three mode settings available for the Tracer 9 GT rider. In Mode 1 the TCS, SCS and LIF are all pre-set to level 1, this being the lowest intervention level that is designed to accommodate sporty and aggressive riding. When Mode 2 is selected the TCS, SCS and LIF are all pre-set at level 2, which is moderate intervention that suits a wide variety of different conditions. Finally, Mode 3 is the manual setting option that enables the rider to select any combination from the 3 TCS settings, 3 SCS settings and off, and 3 LIF settings and off, giving a potential 48 different combinations.

Brake Control system (BC)
The Tracer 9 GT is also equipped with a 2-Mode Brake Control (BC) system that provides added chassis stability during emergency braking situations. Data from the IMU is constantly analysed, and when excessive lever pressure is applied to the front or rear brake by the rider, the pressure is automatically modulated by the BC system.

The rider can select either of two modes: BC1 is the standard ABS-active mode which prevents wheel lock-up during emergency braking in an upright, straight-line situation. When set to BC2, the system offers an even higher level of intervention by controlling brake pressure when the IMU senses that the chassis is likely to become unsettled in situations such as sudden mid-corner braking.

Yamaha D-Mode: Four running modes for every situation
Yamaha D-Mode offers the Tracer 9 GT rider a total of four running modes to suit the widest variety of Sport Touring riding situations – one more than the previous model. Mode 1 gives a sharper and more aggressive engine response, Mode 2 is the all-round setting for a variety of situations, Mode 3 delivers a gentler character that’s ideal for relaxed riding, and the new Mode 4 is perfect for wet weather riding.

Cruise Control: Making longer journeys more enjoyable
The Tracer 9 GT is now equipped as standard with a Cruise Control that’s similar to the system used on the previous GT model, making longer journeys even more relaxing and enjoyable.

The Cruise Control can be activated when riding at a speed of 50 km/h or more and using 4th gear or higher, and once a speed is selected it can be adjusted up and down in 2 km/h increments by a single push of the switch or by continuously holding it down. The system can be immediately deactivated by using the brakes, clutch or rolling the grip forward on a closed throttle.

Up-and-down Quick Shift System (QSS): Smoother and faster gear changing
For clutchless up and down shifting the Tracer 9 GT is equipped with a new Quick Shift System (QSS). A sensor on the shift rod detects movement in the gearshift pedal, and the ECU cuts drive torque to the transmission to enable smooth and fast gearchanges, both up and down the transmission.

New fuelling system: Increased 350km+ range with stronger performance
Another important change for 2021 is the Tracer 9 GT’s all-new fuel delivery system that features fuel injectors mounted to the throttle valve side – whereas they were previously mounted directly to the cylinder head. Together with the use of new lightweight engine internals, the new fuelling design increases combustion efficiency and helps to achieve a notable 9% increase in fuel economy, giving this Sport Touring an extended range of 350 km+ from its 18-litre fuel tank, without adding additional weight by running a bigger fuel tank.

APSG ride-by-wire throttle: Improved feel and reliability
The Tracer 9 GT ‘s Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) benefits from highly sophisticated R1M developed technology in the form of a new Accelerator Position Sensor Grip (APSG) – a ride-by-wire throttle system that contributes toward the bike’s reduced overall weight and gives improved feel and reliability.

New higher-efficiency intake and exhaust: reduced weight, increased thrills!
Each motorcycle’s specification sheet can tell a lot about the way it’s going to perform, but numbers alone won’t give the whole story. The CP3 engine is famous for its intoxicating blend of linear torque and wonderful exhaust note, and Yamaha’s designers have devoted a lot of effort into making the whole Tracer 9 GT riding experience even more thrilling and exciting at all speeds.

The Tracer 9 GT is equipped with a new 1.5 chamber-type exhaust with twin tail pipes. Together with redesigned stainless steel header pipes, the complete exhaust weighs 1400g less than previously, contributing significantly towards mass centralisation for even more agile handling.

Refined transmission with uprated A&S clutch: Better feel, smoother shifting
The Tracer 9 GT is equipped with slightly higher 1 and 2 gear ratios that match the new engine’s higher torque output at lower rpm, and for smoother gear changes the shift fork has been redesigned. Modifications have also been made to the A&S clutch, including the use of new material for the friction plates and a revised cam angle to give a lighter lever pull and gentler chassis behaviour during downshifts, resulting in a smoother, easier and more satisfying ride.

Model-specific engine mounts: Increased stability when fully loaded
While the overall design of the Tracer 9 GT frame uses the new MT-09 as its base, Yamaha’s engineers have developed a range of model-specific components that make an important contribution towards achieving excellent straight line stability and cornering agility when fully loaded.

Model-specific engine mounts for the Tracer have been developed through Kanno Hyoka – that is to say evaluating motorcycle performance based on test rider perceptions and feedback. Featuring a thicker construction that is unique to the the new Tracer, the left and right side engine mounting brackets as well as the top mount ensure that the engine’s role as a stressed member helps to create an excellent balance of rigidity for optimum handling performance – even when carrying a passenger and three hard cases.

Next generation design: Agile, compact and minimalist body style
Featuring completely redesigned bodywork, the all-new Tracer 9 GT seeks to build on the outstanding success of Europe’s best-selling Sport Touring by offering an even more sporty, dynamic and versatile package.

Very careful consideration was given to the layout and shape of the three-bag luggage system, and the overall look of the side cases and top case is designed to complement the bike’s sporty and dynamic character.

A key feature of the new Tracer 9 GT is the arrow silhouette formed by the windscreen, front fairing and fuel tank cover that gives a dynamic and purposeful new look, and the compact new mono-focus LED twin-eye headlights – together with LED lighting throughout and twin TFT meters – reinforce the bike’s technologically advanced look and underline the Tracer’s high overall specification.

Full LED lighting throughout: Excellent visibility with dynamic new style
New mono-focus twin-eye LED ‘hidden’ headlights are recessed in the aerodynamic front fairing to give this next-generation Sport Touring a bold and distinctive new look that underlines its truly dynamic and sporty character. One LED headlight unit projects the low beam while the other unit projects the high beam, and they are designed to give excellent forward illumination with an even spread of light that is softer at the edges, making them easier on the rider’s eyes. The dynamic new face also features dual LED position lights that reinforce the imposing presence of the Tracer 9 GT.

The all-new LED rear light design is quintessentially Tracer, and features specially cut inner lenses that give a smoother tail and brake light with a three-dimensional effect to underline the bike’s ultra-modern style – and the full LED lighting is completed with compact and lightweight LED flashers.

LED cornering lights: Increased visibility with decreased rider fatigue
The Tracer 9 GT is equipped with a highly sophisticated intelligent cornering light system that is programmed to light up the road ahead when the IMU senses that the machine is leaning at more than 7º and its speed is at least 5 km/h.

A key feature of this LED cornering light design is that the IMU’s high speed calculations and processing power enable the system to increase the brightness of the cornering lights as the banking angle increases, giving the rider a clear field of vision when riding at night. The Tracer 9 GT is only the second Yamaha to feature cornering lights after the FJR1300AE, and unlike the FJR’s system which consisted of three LED lights on each side of the fairing, the Tracer 9 GT ‘s design consists of a single LED situated above each of the two position lights.

Twin 3.5-inch full colour TFT meters: Clear and comprehensive information
The all-new twin 3.5-inch multi-function TFT meters display extremely clear data and feature an intuitive rider interface that separates the critical running information from the functional operational information.

Key running information is featured on the left screen, including a multi-coloured bar-type tachometer whose colour changes as rpm rises, as well as a digital speedometer, fuel gauge, gear position and TCS mode indicator. The left screen can be switched to the TCS mode and setting display, enabling the rider to select the desired intervention mode for the electronic rider aids. Meanwhile the right screen is split into four separate sections, each one displaying a range of information such as odometer, tripmeters 1 & 2, temperature and more.

Ultra-light Yamaha SpinForged wheels: Increased agility and lighter handling
The 10-spoke SpinForged wheels and large-diameter axles fitted to the new Tracer 9 GT are 700g lighter than previously, and this major reduction in unsprung weight makes a positive contribution towards the bike’s agile handling, lightweight steering and responsive suspension characteristics.

Commanding riding position: Adjustable to different riders and riding situations
The Tracer 9 GT’s roomy and commanding riding position ensures the highest levels of comfort, and the ergonomics can be easily adjusted to suit different physiques and riding styles. The newly developed rider’s seat is mounted 15mm lower than the previous model and features a simple tool-less two-position height adjuster. Further changes to the ergonomics can be made by adjusting the footrests by 15mm up or down, and the handlebar position can also be moved forwards by 9mm and upwards by 4mm by reversing the direction of the handlebar clamps, giving a total of eight different riding positions.

Larger fully-adjustable windscreen: Increased comfort, reduced fatigue
For increased wind protection and reduced fatigue caused by buffeting on longer rides, the Tracer 9 GT is equipped with a large screen that can be adjusted by a total of 50mm through 10 increments of 5mm. Compact and lightweight handlebar brush guards also help to protect from the wind and weather.

R1 type radial front brake master cylinder: More power with linear control
The Tracer 9 GT is constructed to an extremely high standard specification, and the all-new 2021 model is the first ever Yamaha Sport Touring to be equipped with a front brake featuring a R1-type radial master cylinder. Manufactured by Nissin, this high-tech supersport-class braking system features a piston that moves parallel to the brake lever travel, giving a more linear brake feel, giving the rider a higher degree of controllability.

New Battlax T32 tyres: Excellent wet and dry performance
Yamaha and Bridgestone have jointly developed the new Battlax T32 Sport Touring tyres specifically for the Tracer. The development goals were to create a new tyre that could offer excellent wet and dry performance together with excellent durability and strong straight-line performance, qualities that match the versatile character of this new Sport Touring. The combination of a 120/70ZR17 front and 180/55ZR17 rear provide good feedback with a precise feel, enabling the Tracer 9 GT rider to experience ultimate sports versatility, whatever the weather.

Hard side cases: Added functionality with style
The Tracer 9 GT is supplied with completely new hard cases fitted as standard equipment. Each case is able to carry a full-face helmet and is attached to the bike’s durable steel subframe via a fully floating carrier system that absorbs any wind or surface-induced chatter to give a natural riding feeling. Coloured sidepanels match the bike’s finish for a fully integrated look.

Grip warmers: All-season riding comfort
Wind chill can make the rider’s hands cold and uncomfortable even on a cool summer’s day, and the Tracer 9 GT’s grip warmers can be precisely adjusted through a range of 10 settings using a scroll wheel to achieve the optimum temperature. Specially shaped grips feature thinner rubber that enables efficient transmission of the heat to keep hands warm whatever the weather.

Dedicated colours and graphics: Premium look and feel
The premium Tracer 9 GT is also offered in an exclusive Yamaha Icon Performance finish that has been inspired by the Yamaha R1M – the bike that pioneered much of the advanced electronic technology found on this high-end Sport Touring.

Availability
Delivery of the Tracer 9 GT to Australian Yamaha dealers will commence from April 2021. Pricing has not been set yet. The standard model Tracer 9 will not be available in Australia.

Technical highlights

  • New 890cc inline 3-cylinder 4-valve DOHC liquid-cooled EU5 engine Lower weight and increased power at all rpm
  • 7% increase in maximum torque at lower rpm
  • 4PS increase in maximum power
  • Lighter and stronger CF die-cast aluminium Deltabox chassis
  • Overall 2kg weight reduction for increased agility
  • New lightweight aluminium swingarm
  • Next-generation styling, perfect blend of sport style and touring functions
  • Full LED lighting with hidden headlights, Tracer signature tail-light and LED cornering lights
  • Refined A&S clutch
  • Light and compact new 6-axis IMU – first time on a Yamaha Sport Touring
  • Lean-sensitive rider aids: Up and down QSS, TCS, SCS and LIFt with three intervention mode ABS and Brake Control system (BC)
  • D-MODE switchable engine running modes
  • New ultra-light SpinForged 17-inch 10-spoke wheels
  • KYB electronically controlled suspension featuring fully-adjustable 41mm USD forks with optimised settings and adjustable rear shock with revised settings and new linkage
  • Twin full colour 3.5-inch TFT instruments with remote handlebar switch Radial front master cylinder, 298mm dual front discs
  • Hard cases fitted as standard

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