Having tasted success with the Tracer 900, Yamaha is keen to repeat the feat – albeit in a smaller cc category – with the newly-announced Tracer 700. The sport touring bike is primarily aimed at urban commuters who occasionally go on a long-distance ride as a way to blow off the steam.
Similar to how the Tracer 900 was based on the MT-09, the Tracer 700 is essentially the MT-07 on stilts. Apart from some modifications to the chassis and seating position, most of the components, including the drivetrain, are carried over from the roadster.
As such, powering the Tracer 700 is a 689 cc twin-cylinder engine packing 75 hp at 9,000 rpm and 68 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. The liquid-cooled unit is mated to a six-speed constant mesh transmission and features Yamaha’s famed ‘crossplane’ technology with a 270-degree crank for an uneven firing interval.
While most part of the frame is left untouched, Yamaha has increased the seat height by 30 mm to 835, while the rear swingarm is also longer than before, stretching the wheelbase from 1,400 to 1,450 mm and overall length from 2,085 to 2,138 mm. These changes render the Tracer 700 14 kg heavier than the bike it’s based on with a total weight of 196 kg.
Despite the enlarged dimension and added weight, the Tracer 700 rolls on the same suspension setup as the MT-07. It has a telescopic fork up front and a link-type suspension at the rear – both boasting 130 mm of travel. Brakes with ABS, as well as wheels and tyres are also retained.
The Tracer 700 does get several accoutrements to serve its purpose as an adventure sports tourer, including a manually-adjustable windscreen, hand guards and a dual seat. On top of that, its fuel tank is three litres larger than that of the MT-07.
Yamaha expects its newest bike to arrive in European showrooms in early July. It will be available in black, blue and red.