There are two big things to note with the debut of the Yamaha Tracer 700 in Europe today. One, Yamaha firmly believes in the future of the sport-touring segment; and two, the Japanese brand is getting excellent mileage out of its three-cylinder and two-cylinder machines that comprise its new FZ/MT line of motorcycles.
As such, the Yamaha Tracer 700 offers to be a fun and affordable machine for those riders who find themselves many miles down the road after a “spirited” ride.
With bike sales in Europe finally on an upward trend, Yamaha hopes that the release of the Tracer 700 is well-timed, and of course the brand has more models in the works that are based on the same 689cc parallel-twin power plant.
Using a similar chassis and the same motor as the MT-07 (that’s the FZ-07 for us Yanks), the Yamaha Tracer 700 adds a longer swingarm (+50mm), larger fuel tank (+3 liters), revised suspension settings, manually adjustable windscreen, a new seat and headlight, as well luggage options.
All-in-all, it’s a more touring friendly version of popular street bike, and plays a more entry-level friendly role to Europe’s Yamaha Tracer 900.
The Tracer 700 means that Yamaha now has a very fresh and robust lineup for the sport-touring segment; and with the addition of the 689cc machine, the Japanese brand has a very clear stepping-stone progression for riders – from the Tracer 700, to the Tracer 900, ending with the FJR1300 models.
We expect big things from the Yamaha Tracer 700, and that’s mainly because of the platform that the new model has been built upon. The 270° crank on the parallel-twin engine has been given good reviews from riders of all walks, thanks mainly to the 75hp and 50 lbs•ft on tap from the middleweight engine.
At 432 lbs wet, the Yamaha Tracer 700 is also a very light option, making it ideal option for both greener riders and those riders who are looking for maximum performance.
This could mean that we see the Tracer 700 come to the USA, in the guise of the Yamaha FJ-07. This based on the notion that the Yamaha FJ-09 is the USA’s version of the Yamaha Tracer 900.
Time will tell on that, but for now our European readers can expect to see the Yamaha Tracer 700 at their local Yamaha dealerships, starting in early July 2016.
Technical Specifications of the Yamaha Tracer 700:
|2-cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-valves
|Bore x stroke
|80.0 mm x 68.6 mm
|11.5 : 1
|55.0 kW (74.8PS) @ 9,000 rpm
|Limited power version
|35.0 kW 7,500 rpm
|68.0 Nm (6.93 kg-m) @ 6,500 rpm
|Wet, Multiple Disc
|Constant Mesh, 6-speed
|Front suspension system
|Rear suspension system
|Swingarm, (link suspension)
|Hydraulic dual disc, Ø 282 mm
|Hydraulic single disc, Ø 245 mm
|120/70 R17 M/C 58W (tubeless)
|180/55 R17 M/C 73W (tubeless)
|Minimum ground clearance
|Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank)
|Fuel tank capacity
|Oil tank capacity
Source: Yamaha Motor Europe