2024 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT+ First Trip


Yamaha’s 2024 Tracer 9 GT+.

Yamaha’s 2024 Tracer 9 GT+. (Joseph Agustin/)

The definition of a sport-touring bike has all the time been a shifting goal. We might by no means know if the unique intent was to construct a sportbike with higher touring capabilities, or a touring bike with extra sporting intentions. At Cycle World, we first acknowledged sport-touring in our Ten Greatest classes again in 1999, and that overlap between lessons has generated a ton of nice bikes over time.

However like every thing in motorcycling, the purpose posts have moved as sport-touring has develop into ever extra specialised. For years there have been conventional fashions like Yamaha’s personal FJR1300ES, however now you may argue that street-biased adventure-tourers just like the Tremendous Ténéré ES fill an identical function. Add to this a brand new breed just like the Tracer 9 GT+ (an evolution of the Tracer 9 GT) that continues to show that much less with extra will be higher.

Yamaha’s 2024 Tracer 9 GT+ is packed with high-tech features not offered in the price range normally.

Yamaha’s 2024 Tracer 9 GT+ is filled with high-tech options not provided within the value vary usually. (Joseph Agustin/)

Much less weight in comparison with open-class fashions plus extra know-how and higher balanced efficiency have been clearly the targets for the brand new 9 GT+. There is no such thing as a query that Yamaha achieved the primary two, on paper at the least. The GT+ weighs a whopping 150 kilos lower than the FJR1300ES, and comes filled with a complete suite of electronics, together with an industry-first use of Radar-linked Unified Braking System. As for the purpose of attaining higher balanced efficiency, we’re right here to search out out, spending a day driving the bike within the mountains round Boise, Idaho.

Right here’s a fast rundown of a few of the standout new options that put the plus in GT+. Some of the vital additions is the Adaptive Cruise Management that makes use of front-facing millimeter wave radar to actively preserve a preset distance to the automobile in entrance of you. Additionally using the radar is the industry-first Radar-linked Unified Brake System that may assist help the rider in sure braking conditions by optimizing braking power and or bias entrance to rear. Extra apparent from the saddle is the brand new 7-inch full-color TFT show and new management pods for navigation of menus. The KYB digital suspension has been up to date to work in unison with the radar/cruise options, whereas a extra subtle quickshifter rounds out main updates.


The Tracer 9 GT+’s engine is a liquid-cooled 890cc inline-triple with twin overhead cams and 4 valves per cylinder. Bore and stroke measure 78 x 62.1mm with cast aluminum pistons sliding in direct-plated ceramic-composite cylinder bores. The compression ratio is 11.5:1. The final time we had a Tracer 9 GT on the Cycle World dyno it produced a wholesome 104.2 hp at 9,900 rpm and 62.2 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 6,990 rpm on the rear wheel.

The throttle our bodies are managed by Yamaha’s Chip Managed Throttle (YCC-T) that additionally incorporates the Accelerator Place Sensor Grip (ASPG) ride-by-wire system. The triple’s consumption ducts have totally different lengths which not solely assist effectivity, however give the CP3 engine a novel sound.

Yamaha’s CP3 inline-triple offers balanced performance for the Tracer 9 GT+.

Yamaha’s CP3 inline-triple presents balanced efficiency for the Tracer 9 GT+. (Joseph Agustin/)

Energy is routed by way of an help and slipper clutch that gives a light-weight pull on the lever after which additionally offers slipper performance. The six-speed transmission sends energy to a series closing drive, which helps hold weight to a minimal on the expense of a bit bit extra upkeep in comparison with the FJR’s shaft closing drive.

Traditionalists will argue {that a} sub-900cc sport-tourer simply doesn’t have the oomph for the duty at hand, however we beg to vary. The Tracer 9 GT+ is certainly leaning extra towards the sporty aspect of the spectrum and the very nature of the triple delivers a flat torque curve and linear energy supply throughout the rev vary. Weighing lower than 500 kilos with a full tank of fuel, the GT+ guarantees to ship good efficiency.


Yamaha’s Tracer 9 GT+ is a tech junkie’s dream. This bike is filled with a set of electronics that rivals something that European manufacturers like BMW, Ducati, Triumph, and KTM, have set the usual with.

The GT+’s modes and rider aids are easy to alter with the new interface.

The GT+’s modes and rider aids are simple to change with the brand new interface. (Joseph Agustin/)

Beginning with the standard rider aids, on the core is a six-axis IMU that provides the GT+ the flexibility to offer lean-sensitive intervention for a lot of options. These aids have preset ranges related to the three journey modes: Sport, Avenue, and Rain. A fourth Customized mode permits the person to arrange the parameters to desire. Inside these Built-in Trip Modes are 4 settings for Energy, three traction-control selections, three slide management (SCS) settings, three wheelie-control (LIF) choices, along with Off, and two semi-active suspension selections (addressed additional beneath). The brand new third-gen quickshifter may also be set to solely assist with upshifts, solely downshifts, each, or shut off utterly.

The brand-new 7-inch TFT display offers abundant info, and offers multiple view options.

The brand-new 7-inch TFT show presents ample information, and presents a number of view choices. (Joseph Agustin/)

Gone are the previous twin information screens of the earlier mannequin, that are changed by a good looking 7-inch full-color TFT show. This display screen blows away something provided on another present Yamaha. Not solely is it vibrant and straightforward to learn (helped partially by an anti-glare coating) nevertheless it has choices for 3 show types. From a performance standpoint, the brand new handlebar management pods make menu navigation a lot better than the clicking wheel of outdated, which has been changed with a joystick much like the one on the brand new Ducati Multistrada that we’ve raved about.

Bluetooth connectivity allows users to tether smartphones to the dash for music, calls, texts. While Garmin’s Motorize app provides on-screen navigation.

Bluetooth connectivity permits customers to tether smartphones to the sprint for music, calls, texts. Whereas Garmin’s Motorize app offers on-screen navigation. (Joseph Agustin/)

Now you can join your smartphone by way of Bluetooth with out having to make use of a third-party app, which lets you join a helmet communication system and management music, in addition to place and obtain calls. For many who need a bit extra the Yamaha MyRide app will be downloaded, which additionally lets you make the most of the Garmin Motorize app for on-screen navigation performance.

Two main new digital options are related to the millimeter-wave radar unit mounted underneath the headlights. Adaptive Cruise Management is essentially the most vital of the pair, permitting trendy automotive-style management to the Tracer 9 GT+. The system permits the rider to set desired pace between 20 and 99 mph in any gear. And the brand new quickshifter received’t interrupt the cruise management, permitting you to shift whereas it’s set with out disengagement.

Following hole has 4 settings, which the bike maintains by way of info from the radar unit, then makes use of engine-braking (first), and brake utility (second) to keep up the hole. Like related methods, for those who’re approaching a automobile forward, the bike will gradual to keep up the set distance, then once you pull out to cross it would make the most of the entire digital methods (lean angle, suspension) to easily speed up again as much as your set pace. To ensure that cruise to be activated TCS, SCS, and LIF have to be on.

In between the cornering beam lights resides the millimeter wave radar unit.

In between the cornering beam lights resides the millimeter wave radar unit. (Joseph Agustin/)

Yamaha says that its new Radar-linked Unified Braking System is an {industry} first. Briefly, it’s a system that may assist the bike obtain extra environment friendly and protected braking in sure conditions. Yamaha is fast to level out that it isn’t a collision-avoidance system; what it’s designed to do is to help the rider when braking if the radar detects an object within the bike’s path. If the system is on and the rider is already actively braking and it picks up an object/automobile within the street, it will probably help the rider by making use of extra braking strain to both the entrance, rear, or each brakes to assist the bike cease as rapidly as potential. The six-axis IMU is aware of the bike’s lean angle so it will probably handle the ABS accordingly. Moreover, it will probably add compression damping to the entrance suspension to maintain the fork from diving excessively. The purpose is to permit the bike to brake with most effectivity even when the rider’s inputs aren’t optimum.

New LED cornering lights might be appreciated by all. When the IMU detects a lean angle higher than seven levels, the lights routinely illuminate the within of the nook, no matter whether or not excessive or low beam is chosen.


The anchor for all issues chassis is the control-filled aluminum-diecast body and aluminum swingarm. The light-weight chassis helps hold the Tracer 9 GT+ underneath 500 kilos at a claimed 492 (up from 485) with a full tank of gas. Wheelbase spans 59.1 inches (which for reference is about 1-3/4 inches shorter than the FJR1300ES), whereas rake and path measure 25 levels and 4.3 inches, the previous of which is a full diploma steeper than the FJR. Sure, we’re evaluating apples to oranges, nevertheless it’s fascinating to notice the distinction between the OG Yamaha sport-tourer and the most recent child within the corral.

Geometry numbers are informative, nevertheless it’s actually the GT+’s suspension that defines how the chassis performs. Just like the earlier mannequin, this technology has KYB electronically managed KADS suspension (KYB Actimatic Damper System). The important thing distinction right here is that the suspension shouldn’t be solely tethered to the six-axis IMU, however then linked to the 2 new radar options, the Adaptive Cruise Management and Unified Braking System, to permit the aforementioned damping changes; this required new algorithms for the software program.

KYB semi-active suspension is also connected to the two new radar features to keep the front end from diving under braking when the cruise control or  the Unified Brake System intervene.

KYB semi-active suspension can also be linked to the 2 new radar options to maintain the entrance finish from diving underneath braking when the cruise management or the Unified Brake System intervene. (Joseph Agustin/)

There are two suspension-damping modes on the GT+; A-1 is the sportiest setting and A-2 is the consolation setting. Not like different fashions just like the MT-10 SP the place damping settings will be manually altered, these are locked. Nonetheless there are clickers for preload adjustment on the fork and there may be an easy-to-access distant preload adjuster for the shock that can assist you compensate for additional hundreds reminiscent of a passenger and/or full baggage.

A larger 267mm rear disc is used because the Unified Brake System will likely depend on the rear brake more than most users would on their own.

A bigger 267mm rear disc is used as a result of the Unified Brake System will possible rely on the rear brake greater than most customers would on their very own. (Joseph Agustin/)

We’ve already coated the digital elements of the Unified Braking System, however the {hardware} consists of a pair of four-piston radial-mount calipers up entrance, pinching a pair of 298mm discs and fed by a Nissin radial grasp cylinder. Out again is a 267mm disc (up from 245) that was elevated in diameter as a result of the Unified Braking System will possible use the rear brake extra regularly than the person would possibly do on their very own.

Light-weight Spin-Solid Aluminum wheels are mounted with Bridgestone Battlax Sport Touring T32 tires in 120/70-17 entrance and 180/55-17 rear sizes.

Ergonomics/Touring Options

Consolation is a excessive precedence on any sport-touring mannequin, so Yamaha made positive that the Tracer 9 GT+ might accommodate all kinds of riders. The revised seat has a brand new form with softer foam and will be adjusted to 2 commonplace positions (32.3 or 32.9 inches). Moreover, the footpegs will be adjusted to 2 totally different heights (the secondary place is 14mm larger and 4mm again), whereas the handlebar will be moved 9mm ahead and 4mm larger in its secondary place. The touring windscreen is adjustable with an easy-to-reach lever above the instrument stack that may be achieved on the fly.

The newly shaped seat has two heights, 32.3 and 32.9 inches. A heated unit is available as an accessory.

The newly formed seat has two heights, 32.3 and 32.9 inches. A heated unit is out there as an adjunct. (Joseph Agustin/)

Creature comforts embrace commonplace 10-stage adjustable heated grips whereas a heated seat is obtainable as an adjunct. Different options included are a centerstand and the included rubber-damped, lockable aspect circumstances that supply 30 liters of storage every. An non-obligatory high case is out there.

The 30-liter-capacity side cases have rubber dampers to keep bag contents from getting scrambled.

The 30-liter-capacity aspect circumstances have rubber dampers to maintain bag contents from getting scrambled. (Joseph Agustin/)

Using Impression

Our day testing the bike in Idaho included every thing from large sweeping curves alongside the Payette River to the tight mountain roads heading as much as Bogus Basin ski space, plus quite a lot of freeway and concrete driving.

The fast sweepers along the Payette River near Boise, Idaho, were a blast on the GT+.

The quick sweepers alongside the Payette River close to Boise, Idaho, have been a blast on the GT+. (Joseph Agustin/)

Rolling out of city for the mountains is one state of affairs the place the engine proves how versatile it’s. In an city setting, the low-end torque and clean supply make negotiating stop-and-go site visitors no large deal. Simple getaways from stoplights are aided by a crisp clutch, whereas the up to date quickshifter has been improved to higher deal with shifts whereas on the throttle or whereas decelerating. Response and shift-lever motion are actually good, with much less notchiness than another methods we’ve just lately tried. It has good timing no matter engine rpm.

Heading up the twisties to Bogus Basin is the place the triple actually shines. Ample bottom-to-midrange torque lets you select between a few gears for nook exits with second and third normally offering good drive for a enjoyable and spirited tempo. The Sport journey mode was chosen to start out the day to get a really feel for the engine efficiency and rider aids. General, that is actually the go-to setting we’d use most regularly, offering good response and the security internet of realizing the rider aids have your again.

The Tracer 9 GT+ is in its element on a tight twisty road.

The Tracer 9 GT+ is in its ingredient on a decent twisty street. (Joseph Agustin/)

We additionally arrange a Customized mode to get a way of what the engine is like with TC and LIF turned off, and possibly see how the Tracer 9 GT+ is within the wheelie division. After confirming that it’s completely completely happy on the rear tire, we used Sport or Avenue for many of the day. The first cause is that we wished to check out the brand new Adaptive Cruise Management, and as talked about TCS, SCS, and LIF have to be energetic for the system to work.

Dealing with is kind of good, with a extremely sporty and agile turn-in and plenty of composure delivered with the digital suspension midcorner and over tough asphalt. Regardless of weighing simply shy of 500 kilos, the Tracer carries that weight nicely, and by no means is ever heavy steering by way of transitions or into tight carousel hairpins.

Yamaha’s new joystick and revised left-bar-mounted control pod greatly simplify menu navigation.

Yamaha’s new joystick and revised left-bar-mounted management pod tremendously simplify menu navigation. (Joseph Agustin/)

Maybe probably the most apparent modifications to the Tracer is the brand new 7-inch TFT show. This display screen is great, providing a number of actual property for all the required info, but additionally permitting simple navigation with the brand new joystick to vary settings. Maybe a bit on the gimmicky aspect, one of many new show choices turns the tach “needle” right into a lightning present, with coloured arcs following the needle’s path and altering colours. It’s sort of cool and totally different so we caught with it.

Maybe a bit on the kitschy side, but we thought this display option with the lightning bolts tach was fun.

Possibly a bit on the kitschy aspect, however we thought this show choice with the lightning bolts tach was enjoyable. (Joseph Agustin/)

Between our morning photograph stops heading as much as Bogus Basin and lunch, we hit some freeway and have been in a position to check out the cruise management. Activating, setting the pace, then setting the space to the automobile in entrance of you could be very intuitive. Just like the few different bikes that we just lately tried with this function, specifically the way more costly Ducati Multistrada and KTM 1290 Tremendous Journey, the Tracer 9 GT+’s system works very well in most conditions. The one chink in its armor that we found was when driving in a bunch of bikes in a staggered formation, the radar wouldn’t all the time see the bike at an angle in entrance of you, and as an alternative was choosing up the bike one other layer forward instantly in entrance of you. This may typically confuse the system and make it battle to acknowledge when to start out slowing down.

Exterior of that single state of affairs, it really works nice, and by no means failed to acknowledge a automobile or four-wheeled automobile and preserve the space. While you’re prepared to drag out and cross, the system accelerates again as much as your preset pace in a clean method with out upsetting the chassis. Having simply ridden throughout the nation on a motorcycle with out this superior kind of cruise management we are able to say we want we’d been on the Tracer. Simply the truth that you don’t must set after which disengage your setting each time you come up on one other automobile, after which reset it when you’ve made a cross, makes you marvel the way you’ve ever lived with extra rudimentary methods.

The Tracer 9 GT+ is just as happy on tight mountain roads as it is on the open highway, and that’s what a sport-touring model is all about.

The Tracer 9 GT+ is simply as completely happy on tight mountain roads as it’s on the open freeway, and that’s what a sport-touring mannequin is all about. (Joseph Agustin/)

If one was to journey throughout the nation, the 9 GT+ could be a superb alternative. The ergonomics are sporty sufficient for spirited driving, however the rider triangle is relaxed and cozy sufficient for lengthy stints within the well-cushioned saddle. Within the low seat setting, knees are only a bit previous 90 levels for this 5-foot-11 tester, however on an extended journey elevating the seat to the excessive setting would give all-day consolation. Bar place is basically good within the inventory setting, with arms falling to a useless stage airplane, however as talked about will be modified to desire. The tall touring windscreen permits clear view when driving within the tight twisties, and in addition offers numerous wind safety and will certainly hold you in a pleasant bubble within the rain. The adjustable lever is simple to make use of in most circumstances, however at excessive speeds, wind strain on the display screen made it arduous to maneuver up and down.

We by no means confronted a state of affairs the place we detected the Unified Braking System in motion. We both by no means have been in a state of affairs that triggered it, or within the state of affairs the place we did, its intervention was clean and undetectable. We’ll check this additional once we get a testbike again at HQ.


If the Tracer 9 GT+ is Yamaha’s imaginative and prescient of sport-touring for the foreseeable future, we prefer it. This bike is all about stability between energy, weight, and options. By retaining the burden down, Yamaha is ready to use the light-weight CP3 engine and supply stable engine efficiency. General, we expect the triple is a good match on this machine, offering a enjoyable and torquey energy supply and but is clean and relaxed for long-distance rides. In comparison with the big-bore choices in the marketplace, we actually didn’t really feel just like the Tracer 9 GT+ is lacking out within the engine division.

The Tracer 9 GT+ represents a good value as there aren’t too many other bikes—if any—in its price range with as strong of a technical package.

The Tracer 9 GT+ represents worth as there aren’t too many different bikes—if any—in its value vary with as sturdy of a technical package deal. (Joseph Agustin/)

With regards to electronics, there merely isn’t anything within the middleweight class with this stage of know-how, not to mention at such an affordable value. Yamaha pulled a rabbit out of the hat when it included the 2 new radar-related options, digital suspension, and top-notch rider-interface show and was nonetheless in a position to hold the worth at $16,499. Many of the different bikes in the marketplace with related options are pushing $30,000. Positive, these fashions have open-class V-twins and V-4s, however these on the lookout for all of the technological bells and whistles who don’t need to lay our a fortune or take care of bigger, heavier bikes, the Yamaha Tracer 9 GT+ have to be thought of.

Again to the purpose of a balanced package deal, the Tracer 9 GT+ has mild and flickable dealing with which addresses the game aspect of the equation, however the lengthy record of touring facilities and adjustable ergonomics account for the touring aspect. General, there may be little or no to fault with the 9 GT+, only a few little issues just like the windscreen not being tremendous simple to regulate on the fly, we’d love some improved mirrors that supply a greater rearward view, and it could be good to have the ability to get in and manually alter a few of the damping settings. However that’s about it with the faults of the bike. If slaying miles and miles of twisty roads on the best way to a distant vacation spot is your purpose, the Tracer 9 GT+ checks all of the packing containers.

About the only thing we can fault in this cockpit are the mirrors, which could use slightly longer stalks.

About the one factor we are able to fault on this cockpit are the mirrors, which might use barely longer stalks. (Joseph Agustin/)

Mode changes can quickly be made on the fly from the right bar control pod.

Mode modifications can rapidly be made on the fly from the fitting bar management pod. (Joseph Agustin/)

Lockable side cases use the same key as the ignition.

Lockable aspect circumstances use the identical key because the ignition. (Joseph Agustin/)

The windscreen can be adjusted with a lever above the dash on the fly.

The windscreen will be adjusted with a lever above the sprint on the fly. (Joseph Agustin/)

Adjustable footpegs allow two settings, a high and low position.

Adjustable footpegs permit two settings, a excessive and low place. (Joseph Agustin/)

2024 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT+ Specs

MSRP: $16,499
Engine: DOHC, liquid-cooled inline 3-cylinder; 4 valves/cyl.
Displacement: 890cc
Bore x Stroke: 78.0 x 62.1mm
Compression Ratio: 11.5:1
Transmission/Ultimate Drive: 6-speed/chain
Gas System: Gas injection w/ YCC-T ride-by-wire
Clutch: Moist, multiplate slipper/help
Engine Administration/Ignition: TCI (Transistor Managed Ignition)
Body: Forged aluminum
Entrance Suspension: KYB 41mm fork, adjustable spring preload, electronically adjustable compression and rebound damping; 5.1 in. journey
Rear Suspension: KYB shock, adjustable spring preload, electronically adjustable rebound damping; 5.4 in. journey
Entrance Brake: Advics 4-piston calipers, twin 298mm discs w/ cornering ABS
Rear Brake: 1-piston caliper, 267mm disc w/ ABS
Tires, Entrance/Rear: Bridgestone Battlax Sport Touring T32; 120/70-17 / 180/55-17
Rake/Path: 25.0°/4.3 in.
Wheelbase: 59.1 in.
Floor Clearance: 5.3 in.
Seat Top: 32.3 in./32.9 in.
Gas Capability: 5.0 gal.
Claimed Moist Weight: 492 lb.
Contact: yamahamotorsports.com


2024 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT+

2024 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT+ (Joseph Agustin/)

Helmet: Arai Contour-X

Jacket: Alpinestars Tailwind Air

Pant: Alpinestars Monteira Drystar XF

Gloves: Alpinestars Halo Leather-based

Boots: Alpinestars Supertech R

Airbag: Alpinestars Tech-Air 5 System


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