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Yamaha Tracer sports tourer coming to India?

Yamaha Tracer
Written by Nizam Shaikh

Yamaha Tracer – Yamaha has filed patents for the Tracer wordmark in the Indian market. The brand might be planning to introduce the middleweight sport touring motorcycle in the Indian market soon. Yamaha sells the Tracer in two iterations in the international market, a 700cc a 900cc, known as the Tracer 700 and Tracer 9/9GT. But the patent files do not reveal which iteration the brand plans to introduce in India.

Yamaha Tracer – Competition Check

However, speculations are that the brand will launch the Tracer 9 first, followed by the Tracer 700. If this is true, the Tracer 9 will compete with the BMW F900XR, Honda Africa Twin, Triumph Tiger 900, Ducati Multistrada 950 and Kawasaki Versys 1000. If Yamaha launches the Tracer 700, the motorcycle will compete with Kawasaki Versys 650, Suzuki Vstrom, Honda CB500X and Benelli TRK 502.

Yamaha Tracer – Design and Styling

The Yamaha Tracer features an upright adventure tourer styling with a sporty crossover design. Both the Tracer 700 and Tracer 9 come with features such as split headlamps and a tall windscreen. Depending on the model, the design details vary, but the overall silhouette remains the same. The motorcycle also features long-travel suspension and ergonomic seats and handle that are apt for long-distance highway touring. Both the Tracer 700 and Tracer 9 also come with 17-inch alloy wheels and road-biased tyres.

Tracer 700 Engine Specifications

Powering the Yamaha Tracer 700 is a CP2 series 689cc twin-cylinder engine with Yamaha’s Crossplane Concept. The torquey 270-degree crankshaft motor produces 74 PS of power and 68 Nm of torque. The latest supersport in the Yamaha family, the Yamaha R7, also comes with the same engine.

Tracer 9 and Tracer 9 GT Engine Specifications

Powering the Yamaha Tracer 9 and Tracer 9 GT is a CP3 series triple engine. The 890cc liquid-cooled engine produces 119 PS of power and 93 Nm of torque. The same engine also powers the popular Yamaha MT-09 in the international market.

Currently, details on the Tracer is still scarce, but the motorcycles are likely to come via the CBU (completely built-up) route.

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