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Yamaha Tracer 700: This is how the two-cylinder crossover drives

Yamaha has revised the Tracer 700 for the 2020 model year. The crossover two-cylinder based on the MT-07 can now show off its qualities even better. Result: lots of driving fun for beginners and experts at an attractive price

  • Improved ergonomics and agility

  • Engine now Euro 5 certified

  • 48 hp variant available

Yamaha had already developed the recipe for 2016: Take the brilliant CP2 in-line engine with two cylinders and almost 700 cubic centimeters of displacement from the successful MT-07 model, put the engine in a compact steel frame and garnish the whole thing with a half-shell cladding in the sports Touring format. Tracer 700 was the name of the product designed in and for Europe back then. The Update version comes to dealers these days.

New to the current Tracer 700 are the Euro 5 certified engine setup, the refined chassis, the cladding including all-round LED lighting and also refined ergonomics. That ensures further increased agility and increased comfort. Hardly a better motorcycle can be found on the market for 8,490 euros.

Less performance due to Euro 5, decent range

One of the main reasons for this is the drive from the engine, which has been reduced by a good one hp in the course of the EU-5 regulation. Instead of 55 kW / 75 PS, it only delivers just under 74 PS, but these are no longer at 9000, but at 8750 revs. The engine characteristics - powerful, easy to turn and vibration-free - did not suffer in the slightest from the cleanliness.

This engine, which Yamaha uses in a number of models, is still one of the best motorcycles available today. It takes on the gas from 2000 revs, delivers good pressure in the middle and shows its full potential beyond 7000 rpm. In addition, unless you squeeze it permanently, it is a economical drive. Thanks to a WMTC standard consumption of 4.3 liters per 100 kilometers and in view of the 17 liter tank, Yamaha speaks of a range of almost 400 kilometers for the Tracer 700.

Good chassis, easy handling

The conventional one landing gear liked it before. With an update of the telescopic fork and the central spring strut, both components can now be adjusted a little better to the personal requirements of the driver. That has also gotten a bit better handling. Yamaha, for example, widened the handlebars by 3.4 centimeters, which makes turning easier and aids stability.

It is a shame that the shiftability of the gearbox on the test bike was not satisfactory, it worked occasionally Shifting gears notchy. The clutch and the three-disc brake system included well regulating ABS are easy to use and do their job excellently, with the fork plunging deeply when decelerating hard.

Yamaha Tracer 700: Aggressive design

The completely redrawn represents real progress body With its two separate LED headlights, it has an unmistakable family resemblance to the Tracer 900 and R1 models and is also more comfortable and functional thanks to a new windshield. The Windshield is infinitely adjustable with one hand, more easily than the test rider has ever seen on any other motorcycle.

Driving is also more comfortable because of the better padded benchwhich has increased in thickness by one centimeter in the rear area. The newly designed LCD display instrument in the cockpit is easy to read and features the usual features in this class - two trip counters, temperature of the engine and surroundings, gear indicator - but does without connectivity jokes.

Yamaha could be a little more generous with this Payload His: Around 180 kilograms are extremely economical for a motorcycle equipped with side cases, which the manufacturer certifies a dedicated suitability for two people and for which a travel pack is offered as an accessory for a fee, among other things.

48 hp version for beginners

Otherwise nothing can be criticized about the small Yamaha that could not be improved on a large number of other motorcycles: Angled tire valves would make it easier to control the air pressure, and an automatically resetting blinker would increase road safety.

The Tracer 700 is a beginner-friendly motorcycle (and also available with 48 hp to match the A2 license) with the Advanced and advanced can have fun as well. With its extremely enjoyable engine, a modest curb weight of 196 kilograms, good operation and good comfort with a safe chassis, the Yamaha Tracer 700, which is available in three matt colors, is its price of 8490 euros fully worth it. And if you want to add a bit more, you will find four attractive equipment packages as accessories.

Technical specifications

Yamaha Tracer 700

engine

Liquid-cooled two-cylinder in-line engine, 689 ccm displacement, 4 valves per cylinder, DOHC, 54 kW / 74 PS, 67 Nm at 6500 rpm, injection, 6 gears, chain

landing gear

Steel bridge frame, 4.1 cm telescopic fork at the front, 13 cm spring travel, aluminum two-arm swing arm at the rear, central spring strut, adjustable preload and rebound damping, 14.2 cm spring travel, cast light alloy wheels, front tires 120/70 R 17, rear 180/55 R 17. 28 2 cm double disc brake at the front, 24.5 cm single disc brake at the rear

mass and weight

Wheelbase 1.46 m, seat height 84 cm, ready-to-drive weight 196 kg, tank capacity 17 l

Driving performance, consumption

Standard consumption 4.3 l / 100 km

price

from 8490 euros (plus additional costs)

Text: Ulf Böhringer / SP-X

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