Yamaha's FJ-09 - New Name, Upgrades and More Fun!

Upgrades, more accessories and bringing a model under one world-wide name is the latest shift in gears for Yamaha’s new model line-up. North American riders, meet the versatile Tracer 900 Sport Touring motorcycle.

The accessories and more importantly, how the model is being presented appears to follow the latest motorcycle trend. Relatively lightweight motorcycles that are light enough to be used for daily commutes and travel, but packing enough performance and flexibility to handle the longer road trips.

This is seen in the marketing overview for the Tracer 900 Sport Touring motorcycle.

Whether riding solo for the commute to work, or spending weeks crossing the continent with a passenger and luggage, Yamaha’s Sport Touring motorcycles provide a world of opportunity to make memories that will last a lifetime. Combining outstanding sport performance, all round versatility and serious long distance ability, Yamaha’s Sport Touring lineup is designed to appeal to a wide range of riders who are looking to enjoy the many new experiences, places and people that they'll discover when travelling the Roads of Life.

Those paying attention have actually met the Tracer before. European-spec Yamaha motorcycles have used the “Tracer” model name since the introduction of the Tracer 900 in 2015, the replacement of the ‘FJ’ name with ‘Tracer’ for US-spec models is part of Yamaha’s ongoing initiative to unite the global community of Tracer riders who share the “Roads of Life.”

Technically, it’s set to replace the company’s existing FJ-09 model for 2019. Featuring a number of updates and refinements, the new Tracer 900 will continue to offer performance, versatility and value. Adding to the lineup, Yamaha also unveiled a premium-packaged Tracer 900 GT, which includes color-matched hard side cases, a quick shift system (QSS), cruise control and more.

What’s in a name?

Launched three years ago, the FJ-09 quickly became established as the definitive Sport Tourer in the fast growing sub-1000cc class. With its thrilling sports performance, agile handling and the ability to handle long distances with ease, the new Tracer 900 will continue to be a pillar of Yamaha’s Sport Touring lineup.

The Tracer 900 is designed to fit many roles, from long distance touring to sport riding and day-to-day commuting. Powered by Yamaha's much loved 847cc crossplane concept 3-cylinder engine with strong linear torque, the Tracer 900 is extremely enjoyable to ride, and is obviously versatile.

For 2019, Yamaha's team of designers have concentrated on reinforcing what rider’s enjoy about the FJ-09 while developing it into the new Tracer 900. They focused on introducing a range of updates and changes that are aimed at enhancing the bike's touring potential, while also delivering an even more refined, high quality product.

Here’s what the model looks like on paper;

  •  847cc, 3-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-valve engine
  • Assist and Slipper (A&S) clutch
  • 3-mode Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Tracer-specific D-MODE selectable running modes
  • Slim and lightweight Controlled Fill die-cast aluminum frame
  • Large capacity long-range 4.8 gallon fuel tank
  • Main stand and ABS fitted as standard equipment
  • Improved wind protection and refined body style

There's a larger windscreen that offers better upper body weather protection for a more relaxing and enjoyable ride on longer journeys – and with its manual height adjustment facility, it can be quickly set to the desired position. For enhanced passenger comfort the 2019 model also features a revised passenger footrest assembly together with the newly designed grab bars.

Yamaha's designers have also made subtle but efficient revisions to all of the body panels and covers in order to improve the overall look, feel and quality of the 2019 model. A new air intake area on the front cowl gives a more refined appearance, and the design of the fuel tank's side panels and side wings are also revised to enhance the overall style.

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Performance and comfort

The Tracer 900 is equipped with a newly designed aluminum swingarm as well as revised rear shock settings to further enhance the bike’s touring performance.

Both the rider's and passenger's seats are a new design. In addition to providing high levels of comfort, they also enhance the premium look and feel of the Tracer 900. The rider's seat can be adapted for height in 2 positions, high and low, to accommodate your personal riding style. Plus, there's a soft pad on the tank for added rider comfort on longer journeys.

The Tracer 900 also benefits from narrower handlebars together with slimmer and lighter hand guards. The new layout gives a more natural riding position for added comfort, and the new handlebars help to keep the rider's arms out of the airflow at higher speeds.

Other features include

  • New 1-hand adjustable windscreen for easier adjustment and better weather protection
  • New passenger footrest assembly gives greater comfort
  • New passenger grab bars
  • New rear fender 

Coming in ‘Armor Gray’, the first 2019 Tracer 900 motorcycles destined for the US market are due to arrive in the 2nd half of 2018, with the MSRP to be announced in the coming months.

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2019 Tracer 900 GT

Joining Yamaha's Sport Touring range for 2019 is the Tracer 900 GT, a new model that comes with a premium specification as standard. Developed from the Tracer 900 and sharing the same specification upgrades, the Tracer 900 GT is designed to offer sport touring riders the ultimate package at a competitive price.

This includes a fitted, quickly-detachable 22-liter color matched Genuine Yamaha hard side cases as standard equipment, allowing for added convenience right from the showroom floor. Proving the Tracer 900 GT is an all-weather, all-season motorcycle that's built to get across continents, Yamaha have included heated grips as a real bonus for the serious Sport Touring rider.

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Speaking of long journeys, the Tracer 900 GT also benefits from a cruise control system as standard equipment. It's the same system that's used on the MT-10, and can be set to control the riding speed in 4th, 5th and 6th gear when riding above 31 mph. This system is operated by a switch on the left handlebar cluster, and can be used to increase or decrease cruising speed in 1.5 mph increments. Advantages include reduced right arm and hand fatigue on long journeys, and also being able to maintain a constant speed when riding on hilly or uneven roads. The system is automatically cancelled by the application of brakes, clutch or throttle, and features a resume button that allows the rider to reset to the previous setting. Cruise Control makes longer journeys more enjoyable, and it can help to avoid exceeding speed limits.

The Tracer 900 GT's Quick Shift System transforms acceleration performance of the bike by allowing the rider to make seamless clutchless upshifts. Based on the system used on the latest MT-09, the QSS gives this premium Sport Tourer an even more exciting character that's sure to be appreciated by performance minded riders.

A finally highlight to help with the ride, a premium suspension package that features fully adjustable front forks offering the rider the ability to set their bike up to suit different loads and conditions. These fully adjustable forks come with a beautiful gold finish.

For easy and convenient suspension set up when carrying a passenger or luggage, the Tracer 900 GT features a remote preload adjuster for the rear shock. It's the quick and effective way to set the bike up.

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Full color TFT instrument panel

Tracer 900 GT riders get a unique view from the cockpit, with the latest TFT (Thin Film Transistor) instrument panel. Featuring a full color display, this high specification instrument panel comes with a comprehensive range of information, including gear position indication, ambient temperature, coolant temperature, current riding mode, fuel level status and fuel consumption averages.

Other stuff which appears to be must-have’s for the modern motorcycle;

  • 847cc, 3-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-valve engine
  • Assist and Slipper (A&S) clutch
  •  3-mode Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Tracer-specific D-MODE selectable running modes
  • Slim and lightweight CF die-cast aluminum frame
  • Large capacity long-range 4.8 gallon fuel tank
  • Main stand and ABS fitted as standard equipment

As with the base model the first 2019 Tracer 900 GT motorcycles destined for the US market are due to arrive in the 2nd half of 2018, and the MSRP will be announced in the coming months. The name of the color featured for 2019, Raven!

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