Yamaha Tracer 700 gets a facelift

Yamaha have unveiled the 2020 Tracer 700, revealing a much more aggressive style with spotlights similar to the R1.

The large headlights of the outgoing model have been replaced by sleek LED strips with the now familiar spotlights underneath the front fairing. Yamaha have cleverly integrated the front LED indicators into the handguards, keeping the bodywork as sleek and clean as possible. Yamaha say the new fairing and adjustable screen, which can be raised by 60mm, offer better weather protection.

When it comes to comfort both rider and pillion seat have been redesigned to offer more long distance comfort.  The handlebar has also ben widened by 34mm, and an accessory bridge added for your satnav. However, unlike many new bikes, the Tracer 700 doesn’t get a fancy TFT dash, with Yamaha instead opting for an LCD unit, no doubt to reduce costs.

So it looks better, much better, and is comfier. But what about the engine? Not much has changed in that respect. The 698cc parallel-twin engine has been tweaked slightly to meet Euro 5 emissions regulations. Those tweaks include tweaked gear ratios, modified fuel injection and ignition settings, and a modified exhaust. Despite the tweaks the Tracer 700 still has a dry weight of 196kg.

The new Tracer 700 will be available in February 2020.


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