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Saturday, 21 May 2016

Friday bike

Now and again a new bike comes along that catches my eye.....
Yamaha MT-07 Tracer

The Tracer is a 'sports touring' version of the MT-07, similar to the MT-09 based Tracer. (I think the MT-07 is called the FJ-07 in the US). I like how it marries together the running gear of a sports bike with the riding position of an adventure sports.
Judging by the pictures on their website one being ridden through mountains with pillion and panniers,  Yamaha are clearly pitching it as a capable tourer with handling suitable for winding roads.

I really like the look of this bike, and if it's priced appropriately, should sell well. I particularly like the combined hand guards/ indicators/'wings'.

But the lack of rear mudguarding will ensure plenty of huggers will be available aftermarket! Just imagine how dirty the rear of the bike will get after a ride in the rain!
And don't start me on the lack of centrestand! If one doesn't become available as an option then it'll be off a lot of buyers' lists.

Technical specifications                                      


Engine type2-Cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-valves
Bore x stroke80.0 mm x 68.6 mm
Compression ratio11.5 : 1
Maximum power55.0 kW (74.8PS) @ 9,000 rpm
Limited power version35.0 kW 7,500 rpm
Maximum Torque68.0 Nm (6.93 kg-m) @ 6,500 rpm
Lubrication systemWet sump
Clutch TypeWet, Multiple Disc
CarburettorFuel Injection
Ignition systemTCI
Starter systemElectric
Transmission systemConstant Mesh, 6-speed
Final transmissionChain
Fuel consumption4.3 l/100km
CO2 emission100 g/km


Front suspension systemTelescopic forks
Front travel130 mm
Caster Angle24.8º
Trail90 mm
Rear suspension systemSwingarm, (link suspension)
Rear Travel142 mm
Front brakeHydraulic dual disc, Ø 282 mm
Rear brakeHydraulic single disc, Ø 245 mm
Front tyre120/70 R17 M/C 58W (tubeless)
Rear tyre180/55 R17 M/C 73W (tubeless)


Overall length2,138 mm
Overall width806 mm
Overall height1,270 mm
Seat height835 mm
Wheel base1,450 mm
Minimum ground clearance140 mm
Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank)196 kg
Fuel tank capacity17.0 L
Oil tank capacity3.0 L


  1. Lack of rear end protection against muck seems to be the in thing these days!