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).
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.
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.
Type Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-stroke, 4-valves, 2-Cylinder
Bore x stroke 80.0 mm x 68.6 mm
Compression ratio 11.5 : 1
Maximum power 75 hp @ 9,000 rpm
Maximum torque 50 lb-ft. @ 6,500 rpm
Lubrication system Wet sump
Clutch type Wet, Multiple Disc
Fuel system Fuel Injection
Ignition system TCI
Starter system Electric
Transmission Constant Mesh, 6-speed
Final transmission Chain
Fuel consumption 4.3 l/100km
CO2 emission 100 g/km
Front suspension Telescopic forks
Rear suspension Swingarm, (link suspension)
Front brake Hydraulic dual disc, Ø 282 mm
Rear brake Hydraulic single disc, Ø 245 mm
Front tyres 120/70 R17 M/C 58W (tubeless)
Rear tyres 180/55 R17 M/C 73W (tubeless)
Overall length 2,138 mm
Overall width 806 mm
Overall height 1,270 mm
Seat height 835 mm
Wheelbase 1,450 mm
Min. ground clearance 140 mm
Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank) 196 kg
Fuel capacity 4.5 gallons
Oil capacity 3.0 L