Staff Bike: MT-07 Tracer – Akrapovic Exhaust & Sub-Cowl
BikeReview.com.au fits an Akrapovic Carbon Racing System and Yamaha Sub Cowls to our Long Term MT-07 Tracer, with a step by step install guide. Words & Images: Kris Hodgson
We’ve just had a bunch of goodies arrive for our Long Term Yamaha MT-07 Tracer, and it’s quite the treat to fit everything, especially the Akrapovic full exhaust system! In this installment we’ll fit the exhaust as well as a Sub Cowl, while a set of Gilles levers, Billet Oil Filler Cap, and genuine Yamaha Comfort Seat were also in the care pack from Yamaha Motors Australia.
We’ve got the Akrapovic Carbon Racing Line Exhaust System, which comes with the carbon-fibre muffler, a mid-pipe, and the headers which are already assembled. This replaces the standard item, which is a single-piece exhaust.
It’s a stainless steel system, which explains why it’s available for $1022.59 RRP, instead of the megabucks you’d expect for a full titanium system. It’s damn sexy no matter how you look at it though, and that’s a pretty good price for a full system. It’s also available directly through Yamaha, so check with your local Yamaha dealership if you’re interested, or check out the Y-Shop for the full range of accessories.
This system isn’t precisely approved for road use either, so that’s at your own risk. It does include a bung to keep the volume down though, but it’s got character to say the least.
Build quality is as you’d expect exemplary, down to all the fixings, including the mounting plate and carbon-fibre hanger. Weight savings are significant too, and we weighed the Akrapovic system in just under four kilograms lighter than the outgoing system
The Sub Cowl system helps give the Tracer a sportier look and is mounted via two brackets on either side of the bike, through bolts into the sump. The left side is easily accessible, and removing the two bolts didn’t cause any leakage. The right side on the other hand requires removing three bolts, which requires removing the exhaust for access, and there was slight oil leakage.
We’ll cover the full exhaust fitment, followed by the Sub Cowl, however you’ll want to fit the right cowl bracket while the exhaust is off. It’s not a particularly difficult installation, except getting the two headers into place which required two people to muscle them into position.
We’ll be doing a separate review on each accessory in the near future, plus an installation guide on the Billet levers and briefly covering the Oil Filler Cap and Comfort Seat, although the latter two are very simple.
Read on for the full install, illustrated with images and captioned for each step. Also note the instruction booklet is full of constant warnings about not damaging the bike or any components during the install process. Yep, logical, but rushing is how things get damaged, or getting frustrated and doing something wrong. If you’re getting annoyed grab a coffee or a beer and recheck the instructions. This is a straight forward install, with the main challenge being a few slightly awkward nuts or bolts to reach.
Akrapovic Carbon Racing Line Exhaust System Install
NOTE: It’s at this point you’ll want to fit the right side Sub Cowl bracket, if you’ve also got this part to install, as the exhaust prevents access to the sump bolts required for it’s mounting. See instructions below for the full install.
MT-07 Tracer Genuine Yamaha Sub-Cowl Fitment
All up the Akrapovic and Sub Cowl exhaust on our MT-07 Tracer only took a few hours, but that was slowed by taking photos each step of the way, as well as while unpacking everything. It could probably be done in about an hour, if you’re familiar with your tools, and have done this kind of work before.
The provided instructions are easy to follow and the end result looks the business.