Yamaha’s parallel twin Tracer 700 was a welcome new option in the middle-weight sports-touring market that arrived in Australia in 2017.
For 2020 Yamaha have given the Tracer 700 a much more modern new look along with the first Euro5 version of the acclaimed 689cc, 2-cylinder CP2 engine.
2020 Yamaha Tracer 700 Key Points
New half fairing with aggressive new twin headlight face
Torque-rich 689cc CP2 engine, Euro5 compliant
Lightest in class, best power to weight ratio
Adjustable front and rear suspension
Aerodynamic screen with single-handed adjustment
Commanding riding position with comfortable ergonomics
Contoured dual seat for rider and passenger comfort
17-litre fuel tank gives long range autonomy
Negative LCD instruments
Compact LED flashers, integrated in handguards
2020 Yamaha Tracer 700 in more detail
Featuring twin slant-eye LED position lights and powerful twin LED projector headlights, the Tracer 700 comes with a modern and aggressive new look that has a whole lot more attitude than any other bike in the class.
The compact and lightweight layered fairing emphasises the dynamic stance of this new sport tourer to give it a much more edgy feel.
Blending seamlessly into the fuel tank cover, Yamaha claim that this compact and aerodynamic fairing offers plenty of wind and weather protection for improved long-distance comfort.
For 2020 the engine is updated with optimised fuel injection and ignition settings, revised air intake, optimised exhaust settings and a modified exhaust system that enable this ultra-reliable powerplant to exceed EU5 standards.
Delivering maximum power at 8750 rpm with maximum torque at 6500 rpm and with a wide band of linear torque the updated Tracer 700 grunts through to a revised secondary gear ratio to enhance responsiveness.
Featuring a lightweight tubular frame and equipped with a long aluminium swingarm that gives a 1,460 mm wheelbase, the Tracer 700’s compact chassis make this one of the most agile and exciting sport tourers.
With the lowest wet weight in the class of just 196 kg combined with its torque-rich engine the Tracer 700 achieves the best power to weight ratio to give a truly outstanding riding experience.
To allow the Tracer 700 owner to explore the full potential of the bike’s handling performance and enjoy every ride to the full, the new model is equipped with uprated 41 mm cartridge forks. The spring rate has been adjusted in order to optimise the roadholding characteristics, and the 2020 model is equipped with preload and rebound damping adjusters.
Together with the preload and rebound-adjustable rear shock, the bike is easy to set up to suit different rider weights and riding conditions and achieve the best balance of comfort and control.
The 2020 Tracer 700 is fitted with a slim new aerodynamic screen with a higher optical quality that complements the aggressive new face and lightweight fairing. Using just one hand, screen height can be adjusted by over 60 mm to reduce wind buffeting for improved comfort at higher speeds – and redesigned handguards give added wind and weather protection that is sure to be appreciated on longer journeys.
A more commanding riding position complements the new fairing the new model features 34 mm wider handlebars with an accessory bridge.
Together with the new seat design, the new handlebar enhances the ergonomics to give improved long-distance comfort and controllability.
Solo or two-up, the new single-piece seat offers increased comfort for the rider and passenger and offers greater freedom in choosing the right riding position. The front section blends smoothly with the tank and fairing to allow a firm knee grip, and the contoured profile gives added support to the rider during acceleration.
For 2020 the rear of the seat is slightly higher, and this gives a more comfortable riding position for the passenger. The new seat also features stitch-type detailing that adds a touch of style.
The impressive economy of the 689cc, CP2 engine means that the 17-litre fuel tank delivers a long range between stops, enabling the Tracer 700 rider to go all the way.
One of the many new features on the Tracer 700 is the negative LCD instrument panel that features a clearly marked multi-function display. Spot colour is used on the rev counter and large gear position indicator – and the rider can easily adjust the display using a remote switch on the left handlebar.
Compact and lightweight LED flashers are fitted, and at the front they are incorporated into the new handguards.
The new model is expected to be at Yamaha dealers starting early in Q2, 2020.
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