We knew this day was coming, but that doesn’t mean we should be any less excited it’s finally here. Yamaha has pulled the wraps off the Tracer 700, a new upright sport-touring bike based off the FZ-07 naked bike we’ve all come to love.

Ok, so my content might not have a home for a minute, but after and epic weekend of motorcycle racing, Lorenzo going to Ducati, a beautiful new Harley Davidson reveal, Bell re-launching the Moto 3 helmet, and now this - well I just couldn’t keep my mouth shut. Especially since no one else seems to be writing about this yet. Who knows, maybe people will read it.

The Tracer 700 is a new, mid-sized upright touring bike from Yamaha. The Tracer name is Europe’s version of what we know as “FJ” here in the states (their Tracer 900 is our FJ-09).

I love how the turn signals are tucked under the brush guards. Yamaha photo

As such, it’s basically a modified FZ-07, given taller suspension, wind protection, more room for a passenger, and some luggage bits. Think of it as Yamaha’s version of the Kawasaki Versys 650. Only better.

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As a fan of the FZ-07 over the FZ-09, this is fantastic news. That 698 cc twin is an incredible little motor, especially with a pipe and a tune. The FZ-07 is probably my most recommended bike but, depending where this lands price-wise, that could change real soon.

To make this more long-distance capable, the Tracer 700 gets a 50 mm longer swingarm, and a new suspension setup likely a little more tuned for a passenger and/or gear. Like the FJ-09, it gets a dual headlight (one for regular and one for high beam), brush guards, and optional luggage and windscreen options.

FULL SPECIFICATIONS

ENGINE

Type Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-stroke, 4-valves, 2-Cylinder

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Displacement 689cc

Bore x stroke 80.0 mm x 68.6 mm

Compression ratio 11.5 : 1

Maximum power 75 hp @ 9,000 rpm

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Maximum torque 50 lb-ft. @ 6,500 rpm

Lubrication system Wet sump

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Clutch type Wet, Multiple Disc

Fuel system Fuel Injection

Ignition system TCI

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Starter system Electric

Transmission Constant Mesh, 6-speed

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Final transmission Chain

Fuel consumption 4.3 l/100km

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CO2 emission 100 g/km

CHASSIS

Frame Diamond

Front suspension Telescopic forks

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Rear suspension Swingarm, (link suspension)

Front brake Hydraulic dual disc, Ø 282 mm

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Rear brake Hydraulic single disc, Ø 245 mm

Front tyres 120/70 R17 M/C 58W (tubeless)

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Rear tyres 180/55 R17 M/C 73W (tubeless)

DIMENSIONS

Overall length 2,138 mm

Overall width 806 mm

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Overall height 1,270 mm

Seat height 835 mm

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Wheelbase 1,450 mm

Min. ground clearance 140 mm

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Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank) 196 kg

Fuel capacity 4.5 gallons

Oil capacity 3.0 L