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Yamaha announces new Tracer 700

The Yamaha Tracer 700 will be available in three colours from July
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Read on for release date info and stats for Yamaha's new sports tourer

Yamaha has unveiled its new, sporty, Yamaha Tracer 700, providing a significant step forward in the approach to the Sport Touring segment.

Developed from the highly successful MT-07 platform, with hopes pinned on attracting a new generation of riders by strengthening and reinvigorating the current Sport Tourer line up, the new Tracer 700 offers an impressive specification combined with an affordable price whilst featuring a bold and individual style.

The launch of this sporty new model also offers Yamaha the opportunity to rationalise and expand the company's Sport Tourer segment, which will embrace the new Tracer 700 and also the Tracer 900, as well as the recently revised FJR1300 flagship models.

Yamaha has promised that the new Tracer 700 will deliver a "sporty, emotional and intuitive riding experience," thanks to its 4-valve, twin cylinder, 689cc engine, as also found on the company's MT-07.

The twin cylinder engine also comes with a 270-degree crank that is said to deliver an uneven firing interval, as well as offering high levels of traction.

The 689cc twin cylinder design also provides for 55.0 kW (74.8PS) at 9,000 rpm, together with 68.0 Nm (6.9 kg-m) at 6,500 rpm, ideal for cornering those winding country roads and lasting the distance. 

Meanwhile, the compact and lightweight chassis features a tubular steel frame that has been developed from the highly acclaimed MT-07 platform.

The Tracer 700 is equipped with a 50mm longer swinging arm to give a wheelbase of 1450mm. To suit its long distance role, the 130mm travel front and rear suspension systems feature revised settings for smooth and responsive characteristics in a variety of conditions. Dual 282mm front discs with 4-pot calipers and a 245mm rear disc deliver powerful and responsive braking performance, and ABS is equipped as standard.

With a claimed class-leading wet weight of 196 kg, the Tracer 700 will be available from July in a choice of three colours - Radical Red, Tech Black, and Yamaha Blue. Although price has not yet been announced, the stats have, and they are:

- 689cc, DOHC, 4-valve, twin cylinder, fuel-efficient engine

- 'Crossplane philosophy' design for a deep & linear torque

- 55.0 kW (74.8PS) @ 9,000 rpm

- 68.0 Nm (6.9 kg-m) @ 6,500 rpm

- Tubular backbone frame with aluminium swinging arm

- 1450mm wheelbase

- 196 kg wet weight

- Long-range 17 litre fuel tank

- Manually adjustable screen with optional high screen

- Wind deflecting integrated knuckle guards

- Dual headlights with LED position lights

- Stepped one-piece dual seat with grab rail

- 845mm seat height

- Lightweight 10-spoke cast aluminium wheels

- Digital instrumentation with full LED display

- Dual 282mm front discs with 4-pot calipers and ABS

- 130mm front and rear suspension stroke

What do you think of the Tracer 700? let us know in the comments below now.

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