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2022 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT Review

#2022 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT Review,

Yamaha has a lot to be proud of with the three-cylinder mt motor they built nearly a decade ago it’s gone on to power three different machines in yamaha’s lineup perhaps four if rumors of the mt-09 sport bike ever come true and has morphed from a bratty snatchy little thing to one of lovely refinement offering pretty much all the torque you’d ever need and then

Some this motor has sat between the frame spars of yamaha’s fj tracer 900 range since these sport touring machines came onto the scene in 2015. it’s been largely the same power unit although the bike itself has gone through two name changes and now a third in the 2022 tracer 9 gt like the name it’s all changed on the tracer front for next year this is the

First ground-up refresh of the model since 2015 with the 2019 edition being more of a stop gap version the 847 cc motor gets boosted to 890 cc for 2022 wrapped in an all-new chassis bodywork and electronics package to bring the gt into line with a few of the more expensive offerings from europe and indeed japan and best of all you can get it for under fifteen

Thousand dollars i’ve always had a soft spot for the fj tracer model it’s a very capable motorcycle if a little bland but it’ll provide plenty of thrills for the money tech has never been one of its strong points but that’s changed for this year we’ll start with the engine this is more than just a capacity increase with a new intake cylinder head valves intake

And exhaust cams new injectors and throttle bodies at the bottom sits a three millimeters longer stroke crank new forged pistons 1.5 millimeters shorter fracture split conrad’s a redesigned exhaust and a gearbox housing taller first and second gears in a new slip and assist clutch yamaha’s reworked the intake system to give more noise although i feel the old 2020

Version had a bit more bark in that department that’s always been a tracer trait that deep verbally induction roar which is something retained for this year just modified throttle openings especially at low rpm where the pre-2022 three-cylinder motors were notoriously notchy there’s no mechanical connection between the throttle grip and the motor is matched to

A revised yamaha chip controlled throttle for smoother initial throttle body it’s all electronic although yamaha has tuned springs and tension of the throttle twist to feel as natural as possible you’re handed four throttle engine maps in the yamaha d-mode system with level one being quite touchy and aggressive down to level four being very much on the mellow

Side the performance on offer is substantially upgraded from the previous generation gt the extra capacity gives not just added torque but allows the motor a bit of breathing room letting you surf the torque wave and not have to dance too much on the admittedly very smooth up and down quick shifter that comes as standard on the gt from three to nine thousand

Revolutions per minute there’s torque for days crack the throttle and the yamaha lurches forward but to sew in a less violent manner than in years past the performance on offer is substantially upgraded from the previous generation gt the extra capacity gives not just added torque but allows the motor a bit of breathing room letting you surf the torque wave

And not have to dance too much on the admittedly very smooth up and down quick shifter that comes as standard on the gt from three to nine thousand revolutions per minute there’s torque for days crack the throttle and the yamaha lurches forward but to sew in a less violent manner than in years past the braking system is linked and this was something i wasn’t

A fan of during my afternoon on the gt use the rear brake only and you’ll feel the front lever depressed slightly i would have much preferred a traditional non-linked system the gt now comes with a six axis imu that feeds information to the ecu on the bike’s bank angle and throttle position along with brake pressure and suspension stroke the gt has thus now

Formally joined the tech revolution started almost a decade ago when aprilia brought out the first imu and didn’t tell anyone about it on the 2013 rsv4 one of the imu’s main talking partners is the suspension control unit part of the new kyb actimatic damping system the kyb fork and shock are not the most advanced suspension units out there with preload and

Compression on the fork and rebound only on the shock available for electronic adjustment preload on both front and rear is adjusted manually via the nut on top of the fork and the hand knob for the rear there are only two settings for the kads meaning you won’t get lost in the myriad of settings that can be found on something like the olin smart 2.0 system

Found on the ducati panagal v4 a one for sports riding and a two for a softer ride is all you’ve got which is a good thing because it’s all you need a1 is very stiff and only really needed if you’re hammering really quickly on smooth roads for the afternoon i had the tracer i spent the majority of the time in a 2 with the throttle traction wheelie and slide

Control all in level one i have no idea why you need slide control on this bike but there you go the modes are accessed via funky looking split screen twin 3.5 inch tft dash one that looks a bit like a robot face if you stare at it long enough with speed on the left and all trip and ride info on the right you’ve got plenty of space to read everything easily

Except for the time which is jammed right down the bottom left of the screens it would have been nice if you could customize what you saw on the dash and where although i suspect that would have added a few extra bucks to the bottom line yamaha’s given you plenty of options with which to customize the ride position of the new gti only had time for a seat

Height change from 31.9 inches to 32.5 but you can alter the handlebar position by nine millimeters forward or four millimeters upwards by rotating the clamps and you can change the foot peg position 14 millimeters up and four millimeters rearwards this should mean riders from just above five feet tall to six feet five inches can find a ride position they find

Comfortable the jury is out on the new aesthetic but it does pack led lights and separate cornering lights that operate once you’re going three miles per hour or more with 7 degrees of lean angle you

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2022 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT Review By Motor World