The new Yamaha Tracer 9 GT promises a lot of functionality, but will customers take the bait for $ 14,899? Yamaha. It ends the old and the new at Yamaha in 2021, at least in the sports touring category, with the Tracer 9 GT replacing the Tracer 900 GT. The news got me thinking about the 900 GT and made me wonder if Yamaha has enough motorcycle on its hands to justify the $ 14,899 price tag.
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For starters, the 9 GT will have more power than the 900, with the updated 890 triple crossplane. However, that falls far short of the one-liter engine proposed as a suitable grinder for a competitive advantage in the segment. It is medium to large in size and although it is an explosive engine, it is still short, in terms of power, of a Ninja 1000 ABS with saddlebags.
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On the other hand, the 9 GT is 28 pounds lighter than the Ninja 1000 and is built with a much more attractive rider triangle for those with plans for long hours in the saddle. Maybe a little less oomph will not be a deal breaker.
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Yamaha has also worked hard to perfect the power delivery and create a more comfortable and agile chassis. There will be high hopes for the electronically controlled KYB suspension on the 9 GT, which would go a long way toward improving the overall feel of the bike compared to the old 900.
Plus, there are big strides forward with electronics like the new six-axis IMU, lean angle sensitive traction control, slip control, improved ABS, and LED cornering lights. Some of these, especially the turn signals, are not yet standard, even on one-liter motorcycles from other manufacturers.
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For context, here are some motorcycles you can get that are less than the Tracer 9 GT. A basic Africa Twin starts at $ 14,399. The Ninja 1000SX (without bags) starts at $ 12,599. A V-Strom 1050 starts at $ 13,299. A BMW F 900 XR starts at $ 11,695 and an F 850 GS Adventure starts at $ 14,545. It is true that not all of these motorcycles serve the same purpose, but this is the stadium in which the Tracer 9 GT will play. AD
And to be fair to the 9 GT, I think it’s going to do just fine. The motorcycle on that list that may come closest in performance and spirit is a bag-equipped F 900 XR. Dynamic ESA is an improvement on the BMW, the bags are an improvement, the turn signals are an improvement, etc. You’ll have a few thousand to spare between the base model F 900 XR and the 9 GT, which can help you get there. Covered extras. The F 900 XR also has a commendable suspension package and decent brakes. Two areas that we are interested in evaluating in the new 9 GT. Despite all that, I am excited about the new Tracer. I wonder if it will prove its worth to consumers who shell out the cash.