The new middleweight sports-tourer is based on the MT-07 platform.
Yamaha has launched an all-new middle-weight sports touring motorcycle for European markets. Based on the naked MT-07’s platform, the new motorcycle is called the Tracer 700. The new Tracer 700 will sit below the bigger and more powerful MT-09 Tracer in the company’s line-up of sports touring machines.
As opposed to its naked counterpart, the Tracer 700 gets significant revisions so as make it a great long distance cruiser. First and foremost is of course the addition of a new top fairing and a more upright and relaxed riding position. On the mechanical front, the Tracer 700 employs the same MT-07 derived 689cc, parallel-twin engine developing 75bhp @ 9,000rpm and 68Nm @ 6,500rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speeder.
Yamaha engineers have made some changes to the chassis of the motorcycle though. Compared to the MT-07, the sports tourer derivative gets a 1450mm wheelbase - 50mm longer that the naked bike. The front suspension travel has been increased to 130mm and the rear suspension gets revised settings to offer supple as well as responsive characteristics on different riding conditions. Stopping force comes courtesy dual 282mm front discs with four-pot calipers and a 245mm rear disc. ABS comes as standard.
Yamaha has also managed to keep the weight of the new sports tourer under 200kg – it weighs just 196kg, which is roughly 14 kilos more than the MT-07.
The Tracer 700 is available in the UK at £6299 (~ Rs 6.05 lakh). There hasn’t been any news or confirmation on whether this new bike will be coming to India or not. However, given the rise in demand for adventure touring motorcycles in India of late, Yamaha may enter the segment soon with either of the Tracer models.
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