Video Review: 2019 Yamaha Tracer 900
Kris gives a video review run-down on Yamaha's popular Tracer 900, which was further refined in 2018 and offers a great value, versatile sports-touring option. Video Review: Kris Hodgson
Yamaha’s Tracer 900 saw a host of updates in 2018, with the current iteration the most refined and advanced version of the popular sports-tourer yet. We recently tested the Tracer 900 over the Christmas period to see just how it stacks up.
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Review: 2019 Yamaha Tracer 900
For a brief overview of the 2018-2019 Yamaha Tracer 900 see our tech talk section below.
2019 YAMAHA TRACER 900 TECH TALK
Yamaha’s Tracer 900 saw an update for the 2018 year model, with a number of revisions aimed at further polishing the popular sports touring option.
Styling and bodywork were refined, while narrow handlebars and smaller handguards are also featured. A new seat aims at improving comfort for both rider and pillion, while a one-hand adjustable windscreen offers increased protection from the elements.
Rear geometry is also revised with updated shock settings, alongside the inclusion of a new aluminium swingarm. New passenger grab rails and a seamless pannier mounting system are also featured, while a new fender was added.
The Tracer 900 features the liquid-cooled four-stroke DOHC three-cylinder powerplant, with a capacity of 847cc and bore x stroke of 78 x 59.1mm, while compression is 11.5:1. Ride-by-Wire and fuel injection allow for a full electronics package, including D-Mode (riding modes) and Traction Control (TCS), while ABS is standard fitment. A quickshifter is available as option equipment, while an assist and slipper clutch is standard.
The Tracer also features a lightweight control filled diecast aluminium diamond frame and asymmetric aluminium swingarm with preload and rebound adjustable 41mm USD forks, and link-type rear suspension. Travel is 137mm at the front, and 142mm at the rear. Wheels are cast multi-spoke items, with a 3.50 x 17in front and 5.50 x 17in rear. Dunlop Sportmax D222 tyres are standard fitment in 120/70 – 17 and 180/55 – 17 sizes.
Brakes are four-piston Yamaha calipers and 298mm rotors on the front, with a 245mm rotor and single-piston caliper on the rear.
The 2019 Yamaha Tracer 900 comes in Nimbus Grey for $15,499 + ORC with a two-year warranty. Claimed wet weight is 207kg, with an 18L fuel tank.
2019 YAMAHA TRACER 900 SPECIFICATIONS
PRICE: $15,499 plus on road costs.
Warranty: Two-year, unlimited kilometre
Colours: Nimbus Grey
Claimed power: 85.8 kW [115bhp]@11000rpm
Claimed torque: 87.5 Nm [64.5ft-lbs]@8500rpm
Wet weight: 207kg
Fuel capacity: 18L
Engine: Liquid-cooled, crossplane triple, 12-valve four stroke, 78 x 59.1mm bore x stroke, 847cc, 11.5:1 compression, fuel injected with selectable three engine modes, traction control three levels
Gearbox: Six speed, constant mesh.
Clutch: wet plate, multiple disc, assist & slipper
Chassis: “Control filled” diecast aluminium diamond frame
Suspension: 41mm USD forks, preload & rebound adjustable, 137mm travel, Likn-type rear suspension, preload & rebound adjustable, 142mm travel.
Brakes: ABS : Front dual 298mm rotors with four pot radially mounted calipers, rear single 245mm rear rotor with a single pot caliper.
Wheels: Cast multispoke, 3.50 x 17in, 5.50 x 17in, Dunlop Sportmax D222, 120/70ZR17, 180/55ZR17
Overall length: 2160mm
Seat height: Adjustable – 850 to 865mm
Ground clearance: 135mm
Instruments: Multifunction LCD display, secondary trip counter display and gear indicator
The Verdict | Video Review: 2019 Yamaha Tracer 900
Sporty & Versatile
Kris has a chat about his thoughts on Yamaha’s sports-touring Tracer 900, following the 2018 updates which cover ergonomics, comfort and suspension, while still featuring the impressive CP3 triple-cylinder powerplant and a strong electronics package, all at a competitive price on a highly versatile machine.