On the back of the success of the Tracer 900 last year, which was based on the MT-O9, Yamaha Motor has infused an extra bit of practicality to the MT-07 through the introduction of the Tracer 700 adventure motorcycle. It will compete in the extremely challenging Adventure Sports Tourer segment in Europe.
Because of the segment pulling in more customers, the motorcycle manufacturers are looking to broaden their offering to give them variety of choices. They try to emulate the success of the large-capacity tourers by making smaller siblings of the existing premium models.
Much like the Tracer 900 adventure sports tourer which is based on the popular three-cylinder 900 cc MT-09 naked motorcycle, the Tracer 700 is basically a MT-07 or FZ-07 with significant changes to suit the tourer category by adding more practicality and upright riding position.
Yamaha raised the seat height by 40 mm which now stands at 845 mm while the longer swingarm resulted in additional 50 mm wheelbase – from MT’s 1,400 mm. There are some subtle revision made to the frame and all the modifications upped the weight of the Tracer by 14 kg. It tips the scale at 196 kg in ready-to-ride mode.
The front and rear suspensions are the similar units as the MT-07 but the settings have been revised. The Japanese manufacturer has used 17-inchers on both sides and there’s no change in ground clearance as well suggesting the Tracer is well-suited for tarmac and paved roads.
The equipment set has been chosen with touring into consideration. It includes rider adjustable wind screen, 17-litre fuel tank capacity, hand guards, etc. The electronic systems incorporated have a standard ABS unit. It is available in three colours namely black, blue and red.
The Tracer 700 will arrive in European markets in early July and is expected to be priced competitively as the MT-07, one of the main factors behind its success. With identical mechanicals as its naked MT-07 sibling, the inline, 689 cc parallel twin engine produces 75 PS of maximum power output at 9,000 rpm and 68Nm of peak torque at 6,500 rpm. Here’s a short commercial of the Tracer 700 from Yamaha Motor Europe: