Yamaha has unveiled the 2019 Tracer 700 GT at this year’s Intermot in Cologne, Germany. The Japanese bike manufacturer calls the motorcycle “an affordable and accessible Sport Tourer”. While the company has not announced the price of the motorcycle, it’s likely to be accessible thanks to its 689cc, twin-cylinder crossplane engine’s modest output. It generates 74.8PS at 9000rpm and 68Nm at 6500rpm. Coupled with a claimed efficiency figure of 23.2kmpl and a generous 17-litre fuel tank, the Tracer 700 GT has a theoretical range of over 390km.
Yamaha has ensured the Tracer 700 GT is a sporty tourer and has tuned the telescopic front forks and rear linked monoshock specifically for this purpose. The tubular diamond type frame uses the engine as the stressed member and links up with a lengthened aluminium swingarm. The 1450mm wheelbase ensures, as Yamaha puts it, “agility with stability”. Bringing the bike to a halt are the dual front 282mm discs and a 245mm rear disc with dual channel ABS. The bike will be available in three colours: Phantom Blue, Nimbus Grey and Tech Black. We expect the motorcycle to go on sale in Europe soon. Sadly, it is unlikely to come to India.
Yamaha has also unveiled 2019 Yamaha YZF-R 125 – a landmark small capacity motorcycle that’s going on sale as the first 125cc bike to feature variable valve timing. The high-tech system uses a version of the system that we’ve already seen on the firm’s R6 and R1 that operates the motor’s variable valve control, fuel injection and cooling systems. The bike also gets a new swingarm and revised geometry to make it more sporty. There’s also a new LCD dash with gear indicator, the seat has been redesigned and the 11 litre petrol tank re-sculpted for a more sporty riding position.
Yamaha has introduced a new version of their ubiquitous MT range defining ‘Fluo’ paintjob. Gone is the lurid fluro yellow with grey, to be replaced by lurid red fluo with grey! Dubbed the ‘Ice Fluo’ – the defining characteristics are the red wheels, black engine casings, frame, forks and headlamps and the main body being ice-grey. They’re like battleships with go-faster stripes.
The Yamaha XSR900 and XSR700 models are in line for a new paintjob in 2019, too. Drawing on the company’s racing heritage, the Garage Metal colour scheme will be available soon, featuring a thick, red, horizontal stripe with a solid black outline over a deep aluminium silver colour on the tank.
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