LIGHT, explosive and versatile is how Japanese bike manufacturer Yamaha is describing the MT-09 Tracer – the new look bike it has just unleashed onto the Australian market.
By combining a dry weight of just 190kg with the popular high torque 847cc triple engine of MT-09, Tracer carves its own niche as a practical yet sporty motorcycle equally comfortable two-up touring or solo scratching.
The eager 3-cylinder engine character combines low-rpm torque with high-revving horsepower. It is smoother than a twin, while the engine is narrow for a comfortable knee grip.
Benefitting from the very latest technology that includes fracture split con rods, forged pistons and offset cylinders, this compact and lightweight engine is the potent driving force that has helped to establish the MT-09 and its derivatives as some of today’s most exciting and rewarding motorcycles.
The new Tracer features the same compact and lightweight CF-aluminium die cast frame that is also used on the original MT-09. With its low weight and controlled balance of rigidity, this agile and responsive chassis delivers outstanding handling performance.
The Tracer features a 3-way adjustable traction control system. This electronic system prevents the rear wheel from spinning by momentarily cutting power to the drivetrain, giving added confidence when riding on slippery or loose surfaces. An important feature is that the system is fully switchable, allowing the rider to turn the system on or off to suit individual preferences.
The MT-09 Tracer also offers a different riding position compared to MT-09, designed for long days in the saddle. It is slightly more upright with a lot more space for a passenger.
The rear frame also allows for compact sidescases – fitted as standard equipment to all Australian models – or a topcase for weekend or day trip necessities. Plus the bike is equipped with a main stand to make servicing easier.
The protective fairing makes it easier to ride long distances, and the windscreen can be pre-set, without tools, in three positions. The fuel tank has a generous 18 litres capacity, and the modern engine has a low fuel consumption good for 300kms between refills.
The MT-09 Tracer is equipped with ABS as standard, and to underline its genuine touring, commuting and long distance potential, this new multi-role triple benefits from a range of exclusive new features, including the use of touring tyres (front: 120/70ZR17; rear: 180/55ZR17), as well as the fitment of a standard main stand.
On the market for $14,990, the MT-09 Tracer comes With a 24 month warranty, and is available in Lava Red and Matt Grey.