The 2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT is a formidable competitor in the sports touring segment with the legacy of Yamaha's well-acclaimed quality standards.
Yamaha's middleweight sport-tourer, the Tracer 9 GT, is currently in its third iteration and is completely redesigned. It boasts a redesigned frame, a larger, more powerful engine, and a cutting-edge electronics package with semi-active suspension. LED DRLs, a robust tank, and an LED taillight are all included on the bike. The YZF-R6 or R1's twin LED headlamp arrangement is also featured in this bike.
The Yamaha Tracer is distinguished by its fairing and large windscreen, which assist in keeping wind blasts at bay. In addition, the GT has cornering lights, which come in handy when leaning into a turn in the dark.
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The new Tracer 9 GT has a newly designed lightweight aluminum frame with a model-specific tune to provide both dynamic performance and outstanding riding comfort. This frame boasts the thinnest parts yet on a Yamaha die-cast frame, at only 1.7 mm, thanks to the newest Controlled Filling (CF) aluminum die-casting technology. The Tracer 9 GT is equipped with a redesigned, longer swingarm housed within the frame. It features a boxed structure made of riveting metal plates together—the redesigned swingarm aids in achieving high stiffness while also being lower in weight.
For the 2021 Tracer 9 GT, the sleek mono-focus LED headlights with separate high and low beam modules in a twin-eye design to provide outstanding beam spread. The beam's edges have a gentler contrast to make it easier on the eyes while still generating a soft and even spread of illumination. The cornering lights, which are new for 2021, assist boost rider confidence at night by increasing the light strength as the lean angle increases.
The motorcycle has an electronically controlled suspension that was designed in collaboration with KYB to offer both sporty performance and a pleasant ride. The suspension provides appropriate damping force based on real-time running conditions for outstanding riding comfort and road feel. The Suspension Control Unit generates the best suspension damping settings using data from the 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), the Engine Control Unit, and the Hydraulic Unit. The solenoid-driven damping management system allows changes in dampening force to be reflected promptly.
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The new 3.5-inch multi-function TFT split displays are exquisite. They were created to separate important data from operational data. The left screen shows essential information such as speed, gasoline, gear position, traction control, and so on, while the right panel is divided into four parts and displays a variety of supplementary data.
Due to a comprehensive up-gradation of the sensor arrangement, the 2021 Tracer 9 GT includes a newly designed 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) that preserves the base performance of the proven IMU in the YZF-R1 but is 50% smaller and 40% lighter. Three rider aids are included in the engine control unit that receives and reflects data from the IMU: a Traction Control System, a Slide Control System, and the front-wheel LIFt control system. The Hydraulic Control Unit controls the Brake Control System, which adjusts front and rear brake pressure depending on data from the IMU and front and rear wheel speed sensors.
The Traction Control System monitors the speed differential between the front and back wheels and aids in extracting driving force from the rear tire efficiently during acceleration. The new TCS uses this data on the 2021 Tracer 9 GT to modify the degree of intervention by the TCS based on the lean angle assessed by the IMU.
The Slide Control System is included on the 2021 Tracer 9 GT. When the IMU anticipates a sideward slip at the rear tire, the SCS adjusts the power output to help the rider stay focused on the road. The Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) on the Tracer 9 GT electronically regulates the throttle valves; however, unlike previous models, which used a wire to convey throttle inputs through a pulley, the new Accelerator Position Sensor Grip is standard on the 2021 Tracer 9 GT.
The 2021 Tracer 9 GT comes with a downdraft intake and a newly designed 890cc liquid-cooled 3-cylinder, DOHC, 4-valve-per-cylinder fuel-injected (YCC-T) engine. The engine's fuel injection system has been entirely overhauled. The new Tracer 9 GT fuel injectors now spray towards the back of the intake valve heads, promoting fuel atomization and reducing fuel particle retention to the port walls to produce exceptional combustion efficiency.
Following the fuel injection system overhaul, the combustion efficiency has improved by 9%, and the fuel efficiency has grown to 49 miles per gallon. A 6-speed multi-plate assist and slipper clutch transmission system controls engine output. The engine's highest power output is 109 horsepower and 68 pound-feet of torque.
The 2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT is a formidable competitor in the sports touring segment with the legacy of Yamaha's well-acclaimed quality standards. The bike is available at a base price of $14,899 in the US market, which is quite affordable compared to a Kawasaki, BMW, or Honda.
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