Yamaha MT-09 Tracer press launch: First Impressions

Michael Mann - Web Editor, Bike Social
By Michael Mann
MannOnABike Web editor of Bike Social. Been riding bikes since he was four-years-old. Fast and smooth road rider, just about hangs on in a track day quick group.

We're riding the MT09 Tracer in Spain

Bike Social are currently in Spain on the press launch of Yamaha's latest rendition of the MT-09, the MT-09 Tracer, a sport-touring focussed bike which will be available early next year.

The Tracer has been designed to deliver the performance of the MT-09’s triple cylinder motor in combination with long distance capabilities aided by new fairings, suspension, revised mapping, an adjustable riding position as well as switchable traction control and ABS.

The first feeling from the Tracer is that it's just like a tall MT-09. Not surprising as that's exactly what it is. It's fitted with taller bars and new firmer height adjustable seat among a host of other technical changes to fit the bike's new purpose.

So far we've spent one morning on the bike

The low-slung three-cylincer 847cc engine offers a really nice balance to the bike and with MT standing for Master of Torque again there's little surprise that the throttle is sensitive and responsive.

The Yamaha has three mode settings which alter this sensitivity and are changeable while on the go so long as you close the throttle.

The traction control is quick to cut in but the three cylinder, 115bhp motor offers plenty of punch and a superb audible bark at higher revs. In any gear you can be confident the bike will pull.

New tyres and soft suspension don't offer too much confidence but the tyres will bed in and the suspension can be altered. 

At the recent Motorcycle Live show we got the lowdown on the MT-09 Tracer as well as the new R1 and R3 models from Yamaha UK’s Marketing Manager, Jeff Turner:

The bike will be available in March next year in either Matt Grey, Lava Red and Race Blu paint schemes.


  • 847cc 3-cylinder Crossplane Concept engine
  • D-MODE running mode selection with three Tracer-specific settings
  • Y-CCT (Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle)
  • Switchable TCS (Traction Control System) fitted as standard equipment
  • Light, compact and slim aluminium frame
  • 190kg dry weight / 210kg wet weight

Our full road test and review will be published here later today.

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