Japanese motorcycle manufacturer Yamaha unveiled the Tracer 700 sport tourer for the European market. The Tracer 700 is based on the MT-07 naked middleweight motorcycle and shares cycle parts and engine of the same. The new tracer model is a smaller sibling to the MT-09 Tracer that comes with a 900cc engine.
Being a sport tourer, the Tracer features some changes from the MT-07 apart from the styling. The swing arm of the Tracer 700 has been extended by 50mm that translates in to 1,450mm as opposed to 1,400mm of the MT-07. Yamaha claims the suspension set up has been recalibrated for long rides and the fuel tank capacity has been increased from 14-litres to 17-litres. It also comes with height adjustable windscreen and hand-guards with integrated indicators.
The motorcycle is powered by the same 689cc parallel twin engine that develops 74bhp at 9,000rpm and 68Nm at 6,000rpm mated to six-speed transmission. The biggest area of improvement in Tracer 700 is the weight. This middleweight sports touring bike weights just 196kg, which is spot on for long drives. The motorcycle is fitted with 245mm rear disc brake that delivers powerful and responsive braking performance, and ABS is equipped as standard. Yamaha is offering three colour options of red, blue and black.
There is no word from Yamaha on bringing Tracer 700 to India. Even if Yamaha India goes for it, it will be prompted to go for Completely Knocked Down (CKD) line to keep the price competitive against the Kawasaki Versys 650.