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Review of 2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT

Review of 2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT

The 2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT is an exciting ride for all-round enthusiasts that captivates and thrills in equal measure. With a powerful 890 cc, liquid-cooled, 3-cylinder engine and an all-new DeltaBox frame, the bike offers an agile and responsive ride with plenty of power. In addition to its high performance, the Tracer 9 GT also has an impressively sleek design that emphasizes its sporty exterior with a long wheelbase, low profile, aggressive front fairing and distinctive LED lighting. The bike also comes equipped with a full range of riding modes, traction control and ABS for enhanced rider control. All this combined provides a thrilling yet comfortable experience that is ideal for both long-distance touring and tackling city streets in style.


The 2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT is a powerful touring bike that delivers an exciting ride for the everyday rider. Powered by an 889cc engine with 3mm stroke, this bike produces 119PS (113.4bhp) of power at 10,000rpm and 68.6lbft of torque at 7000rpm, representing a notable improvement over its predecessor. This improved performance is also accompanied by a new fuel injection system, revised camshafts, crankshaft and pistons, as well as completely new intake and exhaust systems and gear ratios. To top it all off, the fully digital electronics package ensures smoother handling and more responsive acceleration than ever before. With its advanced features, modern design and reliable performance, the Yamaha Tracer 9 GT is sure to make every journey an exhilarating experience.


Boasting an all-new Deltabox beam frame, the GT offers reduced weight, improved rigidity and greater responsiveness than its predecessor. To further enhance performance and handling, the bike is equipped with SpinForged brakes which are a full 700 grams lighter than cast metal models. As a result, the total wet weight of the 2021 Tracer 9 GT has dropped to 212kg, making it one of the lightest bikes in its class. Additionally, there are special features such as adjustable footpegs and handlebars to enable more precise positioning on both longer rides and spirited cornering sessions. Advanced rider aids like A&S clutch, cruise control and Yamaha's Chip Controlled Throttle offer effortless riding while keeping you in complete control at all times. The 2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT is built for ultimate performance on any road - be it winding mountain passes or high speed straights - delivering extraordinary sensations for experienced riders who demand excellence from their machines.


Yamaha has also made significant modifications to the chassis of the Tracer 9 GT to ensure it maintains its performance capabilities while offering improved comfort levels. The motor mounts are thicker than those found on the MT-09, allowing for increased stability when cornering and better handling on winding roads. The frame is also constructed using advanced aluminum die casting technology, resulting in a light yet rigid frame that offers excellent shock absorption over rough terrain. Additionally, the suspension system has been upgraded with adjustable preload and rebound damping settings plus dual 298mm front discs with four-piston calipers for exceptional stopping power.


The Tracer 9 GT features Yamaha's 'floating stay' bag system which increases high-speed stability by making sure that the movement of the bag does not affect the entire bike. With this system, the carrying capacity of the bike has increased to 193kg, including a passenger and bag combined, providing 7% more capacity than its predecessor. 


Yamaha has also made several tweaks to other components of the Tracer 9 GT to ensure optimal performance on long trips. The frame has been reinforced for improved stability, and the suspension has been adjusted for better handling over rough terrain. The front brake callipers have been upgraded to provide enhanced braking power, while an adjustable windscreen offers greater wind protection when at higher speeds. Furthermore, the ergonomics have been refined to provide riders with maximum comfort on those long journeys. 


The 2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT has been designed with both performance and comfort in mind. Its sport-touring stance is bolstered by the addition of cruise control as standard, a feature not available on the regular Tracer 9. Cruise control can be activated from 30mph upwards, but it needs to be in 4th gear or higher to engage. You can adjust your speed in 2km/h increments using a switch on the left handlebar. Fuel economy has also seen a noteworthy improvement with the new engine: up to 9% over its predecessor - giving a total range of more than 217 kilometers on a single 18l tank of fuel. This means you can go further without stopping for refills, making long-distance touring even easier and more enjoyable. The combination of sporty performance and luxurious ride quality make the 2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT an ideal choice for anyone looking for an exciting sports-touring experience.


Yamaha has given the Tracer 9 GT a new chassis that is optimized for touring duties, along with improved ergonomics for long-distance comfort. The bike has an adjustable windscreen for added wind protection and the seat has been redesigned to offer better rider support when leaning into corners. Suspension duties are handled by adjustable KYB forks in front and a horizontally mounted mono shock out back. The bike also has 17” cast wheels that are shod in Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22 tires, which provide excellent grip and stability on twisty roads. To top it off, there’s an integrated full-colour TFT instrument panel that displays important information such as speed, RPMs and gear position in real time.

Brake System

The 2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT is equipped with the innovative 3-Mode Unified Brake System (UBS). This system allows the rider to select from three distinct levels of ABS intervention, enabling greater control over braking performance. The improved BC1 setting provides normal ABS-style wheel lockup prevention during hard, straight-line braking. The BC2 setting offers more intervention and control when cornering. 


The 2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT model comes with a brand-new steel rear subframe for enhanced stability and cornering performance. This subframe has allowed for a decrease of the seat height from 33.5 inches to 31.9 inches, or from 34.1 inches to 32.5 inches depending on the size of the rider. The footpeg mounts have been raised by 14mm and 4mm also helping with rider comfort. The handlebar clamps have been rotated 10mm forward resulting in a 9mm forward shift and 4mm elevation in the handlebar position, giving riders better control and comfortability while riding. The Tracer 9 is equipped with two 3.5-inch full-color TFT displays for better visibility and clarity of information that can be seen at a glance when out on the road. The left display shows a bar-type tachometer, fuel gauge, mileage index as well as an equipment index making it easier to monitor your bike's performance while out on the road or track. This set-up looks far more modern than many other comparable models such as the BMW R150RT had previously offered, which featured only a 10.25-inch Bosch display screen before its 2021 update.