Yamaha MT-09 Tracer revealed at Eicma

Naked triple gets the touring makeover we knew was coming

THIS is Yamaha's new touring version of the MT-09 naked triple, which was unveiled last night in Milan.

Called the MT-09 Tracer, it's got new touring-friendly features including a centre-stand, a 12-volt power socket, soft panniers, switchable traction control, adjustable screen and handlebars and an 18-litre tank – four litres bigger than the MT-09's. It gives the MT-09 Tracer a range of over 180 miles according to Yamaha.

One of the less well-kept secrets of the of Yamaha's 2014 Eicma press machine, the Tracer was revealed by Visordown last month after a picture of it briefly, and presumably mistakenly, appeared on Yamaha's US media website. It was then thought to be called the MT-09X.

We still acted surprised when it was officially unveiled at Yamaha's press conference ahead of this week's Eicma Milan motorcycle show.

Like the MT-09 it's got an 847cc triple crossplane engine making 115hp and 64.5lbft. Wet weight is 210kg. ABS comes as standard.

The MT-09 Tracer comes in grey, red or blue and will be availabe from March next year.

Yamaha's release included:


Revealing the two souls of the Dark Side The highly successful Yamaha MT family continues to grow from strength to strength with the launch of the new Yamaha MT-09 Tracer. This stylish and well-equipped multi-role model delivers thrilling triple cylinder performance combined with new long distance capabilities.

Benefitting from sharp-looking aerodynamic bodywork and featuring an adjustable riding position as well as switchable traction control, ABS and revised D-MODE settings, the MT-09 Tracer is designed to add a versatile and exciting new dimension to the MT family.

Edgy and aggressive image To underline its genuine multi-role potential, this edgy and aggressive looking motorcycle comes fully equipped with a multi-layered twin headlight cowling that benefit from an adjustable windscreen. The beautifully sculpted large capacity 18-litre fuel tank integrates harmoniously with the side mounted air intakes - and with its adjustable riding position this new breed of sporty all rounder can be adapted to suit individual preferences...

Switchable Traction Control System (TCS)

The new Tracer features a Traction Control System (TCS) as standard equipment, underlining its class-leading specification. This electronic system prevents the rear wheel from spinning by momentarily cutting power to the drivetrain, giving added confidence when riding on slippery or loose surfaces. An important feature is that the system is fully switchable, allowing the rider to turn the system on or off to suit individual preferences.

Tracer-specific D-MODE settings

In order to enable the rider to select an engine running mode that best suits their requirements, the MT-09 Tracer is equipped with D-MODE that offers three power character options. The settings used on the new Tracer have been developed specifically for this new model, and give a smooth throttle response that is suited to its multi role capabilities - from sports riding through to touring and general daily use. In addition, the Tracer also features our proven YCC-T (Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle) that ensures instant and accurate response to rider inputs.'