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You Will Probably Never See the New Yamaha Tracer 700

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Debuting just before this year’s EICMA show in Milan, we see one of the Tuning Fork brand’s few exciting bikes for next year.

What will surely continue to be a European model only, the Yamaha Tracer 700 gets refreshed for the 2020 model year.

Based off the Yamaha MT-07 platform, this parallel-twin sports tourer boasts a new full-fairing design that is strangely eye-catching.

Beneath that fairing though is where the real changes reside, as the big highlight feature for 2020 is that the 689cc engine gets tweaked for Euro5 emission homologation.


Changes to the motor include optimized fuel-injection and ignition settings, a revised air intake, new exhaust settings, and a modified exhaust system.

Moving to the bodywork, there is an R1-inspired look in the headlight, with the dual projector beams below the LED daylight running lights.

Yamaha also boasts that it has improved the suspension on the Tracer 700, using new spring settings on its 41mm cartridge forks. Both the front and rear suspension has adjustable preload and rebound (sorry, no compression).

We can see too that the windscreen has been revised for one-handed operation; the handlerbars are 34mm wider; there is a new seat design; the LCD gauge has been updated with an inverse color look; and that LED lights are found all around.


432 lbs at the curb, the Japanese brand boasts that the 2020 Yamaha Tracer 700 is the lightest bike in its class, and that it rocks the best power-to-weight ratio in that class as well.

This is perhaps the most important aspect, as it will affect all of our readers, since the changes coming to the 2020 Yamaha Tracer 700 are likely to be found later on the MT-07 and XSR700 models in the North American markets, as well as abroad.

Yamaha Motor Europe says that the new Tracer 700 will be available at European dealerships in March 2020. Again, we do not expect this model to come to the USA or Canada, but maybe if there is enough demand voiced for it, that could change.

Source: Yamaha Motor Europe

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Jensen Beeler

Despite his best efforts, Jensen is called one of the most influential bloggers in the motorcycle industry, and sometimes consults for motorcycle companies, whether they've solicited his expertise or not.

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