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EICMA 2019 | New TMAX and Tracer 700 from Yamaha

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Yamaha announces two new TMAXs and an updated Tracer 700
Yamaha announces two new TMAXs and an updated Tracer 700


In a move away from the traditional annual EICMA (Milan Motorcycle Show) announcements, Yamaha is following the likes of Harley Davidson, Triumph, and latterly, Ducati, in moving their announcements away from being diluted among the many unveils from everyone else in one day.

So, having already announced and even allowed the world’s media to ride the 2020 YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M as well as revealing the MT-125, MT-03 and Tricity 300, Yamaha has this evening taken the opportunity to use their YouTube and Facebook-based live stream session of a pre-recorded video to bring us news of two new TMAXs and an updated Tracer 700.


Above: new Tracer 700 for 2020


The updated Tracer 700, first introduced back in 2016, is the first of Yamaha’s line-up using the awesome 689cc, 2-cylinder CP2 engine to receive the Euro 5 treatment. As well as complying with emissions regulations, Yamaha has also treated the popular sports-tourer to a “dynamic new look” and with a claimed class-leading power-to-weight ratio, the sales charts are primed to go bonkers when this little steed gets welcomed to dealerships in 2020.

To meet Euro 5, the engine’s fuel injection and ignition settings are updated as well as revisions to the air intake and exhaust modifications. The spring rate in the front forks has been adjusted with preload and rebound damping adjusters along with preload and rebound-adjustable rear shock, suiting riders of all shapes, sizes and abilities.

A new single-handed adjusting screen (through 60mm) fits in with the new face and lighter weight fairing and redesigned handguards. They, alongside the new single-piece seat, add to the enhanced touring comfort.

A negative LCD instrument panel adjustable via the switch gear on the left-side of the handlebar is also upgraded while the LED indicators are now incorporated into the hand-guards.

Available in three colour schemes, Icon Grey, Sonic Grey and Phantom Blue, the bike will be in dealerships in March 2020.



Engine type




Bore x stroke

80.0 mm x 68.6 mm

Compression ratio

11.5 : 1

Maximum power

72.4 bhp / 54.00 kW @ 8,750 rpm

Limited power version

46.9 bhp / 35.0 kW @ 7,500 rpm

Maximum torque

68.0Nm / 50.2 lb ft @ 6,500 rpm

Lubrication system

Wet sump

Clutch type

Wet;Multiple Disc

Ignition system


Starter system


Transmission system

Constant Mesh;6-speed

Final transmission


Fuel consumption

65.7mph / 4.3l/100km

CO2 emission




Front travel

130 mm

Caster angle




Front suspension system

Telescopic forks

Rear suspension system

Swingarm;(link suspension)

Rear travel

142 mm

Front brake

Hydraulic dual disc, Ø282 mm

Rear brake

Hydraulic single disc, Ø245 mm

Front tyre

120/70 R17 M/C 58W (tubeless)

Rear tyre

180/55 R17 M/C 73W (tubeless)

Overall length

2,140 mm

Overall width

806 mm

Overall height

1,290 mm

Seat height


Wheel base

1,460 mm

Minimum ground clearance

140 mm

Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank)

196 kg

Fuel tank capacity


Oil tank capacity



Meanwhile, the good old warhorse, the FJR1300 gets a swansong. After almost 20 years, Yamaha has announced that this new Euro 5 friendly version is the icons “final generation”, and it’ll be available in two variations; FJR 1300 AS Ultimate Edition and FJR 1300 AE Ultimate Edition.

Maintaining the models understated and distinguished character, the designers have treated both models to a new Midnight Black bodywork finish and these guaranteed future classics will be in dealerships before Christmas.


Above: the 2020 Yamaha XMAX 125, XMAX 400, TMAX and TMAX Tech MAX


The most recent incarnation of Yamaha’s top-of-the-range super sport scooter, the TMAX, was brought to us back in 2017 but the 2020 version, the models 7th generation after sales since 2001 of more than 275,000, comes with the headline of a larger capacity engine.

The increase up to a 560cc 2-cylinder engine has been achieved by expanding the bore by 2mm to 70mm, and the new and slightly lighter weight and Euro 5 compliant engine accompanies the more aggressive bodywork. A newly designed tail section makes for easier pillion access onto and off the scooter but also to the foot pegs.

In terms of performance, the extra 32cc doesn’t add a vast amount; 47hp (35kW) at 7500rpm, compared to 45.3hp (33.8kW) at 6750rpm from the 2019 model. That’s partly because the Euro 5 will inevitably limit the increase but more importantly because if Yamaha gave the bike more than 47hp it would no longer be able to be used with an A2 licence in Europe.

A new CVT belt and auto shifting characteristics should offer a smoother ride at higher speeds while revised gearing should give even more poke away from the lights while the intake and exhaust systems have been modified offering a “more enjoyable and harmonised tune”.

A 360-degree crank with a balancer between the cylinders will make for smooth sailing as well as offering increased storage capacity with underseat storage good for a full face lid or two jet style helmets. The two-level D-mode, aka Rider Modes, and a keyless system and new LED taillight and integrated indicators are also updates to this maxi scooter.

But wait, there’s an even better version. The TMAX Tech MAX is its name and, as the name suggests, it gets MyTMAX Connect for full connectivity alongside an electric screen, cruise control, heated grips and seat, adjustable rear suspension and an exclusive colour.

Both machines will be in dealerships in December. The TMAX comes in Icon Grey and Sword Grey while the TMAX Tech MAX is available in Tech Kamo or Sword Grey.




Parallel 2-cylinder, Liquid cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valve


562 cc

Bore x stroke

70.0×73.0 mm

Compression ratio


Maximum power

35.0 kW @ 7500 rpm

Maximum torque

55.7 Nm @ 5250 rpm

Lubrication system

Dry sump

Fuel system

Fuel injection

Ignition system


Starter system

Electric starter


V-belt automatic

Fuel consumption

4.8l / 100 km

CO2 emission

112g / km

Front suspension

Telescopic fork

Front Travel

120 mm

Rear suspension

Swingarm (link suspension)

Rear Travel

117 mm

Front brake

Hydraulic dual disc brake, Ø267 mm

Rear brake

Hydraulic single disc brake, Ø282 mm

Front tyres

120/70R15M/C 56H Tubeless

Rear tyres

160/60R15M/C 67H Tubeless

Overall length

2,200 mm

Overall width

765 mm

Overall height

1,420 mm - 1,555 mm (adjustable windscreen)

Seat height



1,575 mm

Min. ground clearance


Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank)


Fuel capacity

15 L

Oil capacity

3.50 L


The bikes will all be shown at EICMA this coming week as well as Motorcycle Live at the NEC later this month.



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