Yamaha Renames And Restyles FZ-07 And FJ-09

The FZ-07 and FJ-09 get new names and bodies, with the FZ becoming the MT-07 and the FJ-09 being renamed the Tracer 900. Both get new plastics plus a few other minor updates. The MT will arrive March but you'll need to wait till the 2019 model year for the Tracer unless you buy one in Canada as a 2018.

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2019 Yamaha Tracer 900

The versatile Tracer 900 Sport Touring motorcycle was introduced today by Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, and it is 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.

While 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.”

Making tomorrow’s memories on the roads of life.

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.

2019 Tracer 900 and Tracer 900 GT

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 motorcycle is one of those rare models that has the ability to excel in almost any role, 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 its versatility represents the true spirit of motorcycling.

2019 Tracer 900

For 2019, Yamaha's team of designers have concentrated on reinforcing the much loved strengths and values of the successful 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.

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.

Revised rear geometry for improved touring characteristics

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.

Increased rider and passenger comfort

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.

2019 Tracer 900 New Features
- More refined, high quality body panel design
- Narrower handlebars with lighter and slimmer hand guards
- Newly designed seating for increased rider/passenger comfort
- New 1-hand adjustable windscreen for easier adjustment and better weather protection
- Longer aluminum swingarm for great cornering and traction characteristics
- New passenger footrest assembly gives greater comfort
- New passenger grab bars
- New rear fender

Tracer 900 Technical Highlights
- 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

· Armor Gray

Availability and Price
The first 2019 Tracer 900 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.

2019 Yamaha 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.

Color-matched hard side cases fitted as standard equipment

The Tracer 900 GT comes fitted with quickly-detachable 22-litre color matched Genuine Yamaha hard side cases as standard equipment, allowing for added convenience right from the showroom floor.

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.

Premium suspension

The Tracer 900 GT is equipped with 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.

Quick Shift System (QSS)

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.

Cruise Control

The Tracer 900 GT also benefits from the fitment of 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.

Heated grips

The Tracer 900 GT is an all-weather, all-season motorcycle that's built to get across continents, and the provision of heated grips is a real bonus for the serious Sport Touring rider.

2019 Tracer 900 GT Exclusive Features
- Color matched hard side cases fitted as standard
- Full color TFT instrument panel (Thin Film Transistor)
- Fully adjustable gold colored upside down front forks
- Rear shock with remote preload adjuster
- Quick Shift System (QSS) for seamless upshifting
- Cruise Control
- Heated grips

Tracer 900 GT Technical Highlights
- 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

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Availability and Price
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.

2018 Yamaha MT-07

FZ Series Models Become MT (Master of Torque) Models from the Dark Side of Japan

The popular FZ motorcycle series from Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, was reintroduced today with the MT (Master of Torque) model name for 2018. While the “MT” model name has appeared on various European-spec Yamaha motorcycles since 2005, its replacement of the “FZ” name for US-spec models is part of Yamaha’s ongoing initiative to strengthen a passionate, global community of MT riders sharing the distinctive “Dark side of Japan” inspiration.

Along with the name change, the sporty and nimble MT-07 receives several updates for 2018. Highlights include a completely new body design, a new seat shape for improved comfort, and updated front and rear suspension components.

Joining the MT-07 for 2018 are the thrilling MT-09 and the MT-10, which offers the pinnacle of performance in the Hyper Naked segment.

Going deeper into the Dark Side of Japan

While some may see Japan as a traditional and respectful society where conformity is the norm, behind this stereotypical image lies a vibrant sub-culture where new fashions and ideas are constantly emerging. From the spectacle of drift racing to the insanity of Japanese speedway, the other side of Japanese society has been responsible for some wild and wonderful trends. The same creative forces that drive the darker and unconventional side of Japan have inspired and shaped the unique and original MT motorcycles, providing outstanding all-round agility and provocative new-wave design on the street, while giving every rider the chance to experience the thrilling riding emotion of mastering torque.

2018 Yamaha MT-07

With its characterful and torquey crossplane concept twin-cylinder engine, compact chassis, low weight and agile handling, the Yamaha MT-07 is a motorcycle that appeals to all kinds of riders. Owners of all ages and with varying levels of experience have come to love and appreciate the multi-faceted character of this very popular motorcycle.

All new body design for 2018

The MT series models are subject to an on-going development program, and for 2018 Yamaha's designers have created an all-new body for the MT-07 that enhances its appearance and also gives an improved feeling of quality.

The new body design retains the fundamental character of the previous model, and blends it with new elements that have been inspired by the MT-09 – such as the bolder headlight that gives a more imposing face.

A newly designed fuel tank cover accompanied by MT-09 style 'air scoops' give a sharper image and reinforce the MT family look. A new seat and more compact taillight, along with a new front fender and black components (handlebar, footrest brackets, shift rod), further add to the look of the bike.

Improved seat comfort

For 2018, the MT-07 is equipped with a completely new seat design that provides improved comfort for riders of all sizes. The front of the new seat now extends to the sides of the rear of the fuel tank area to bring more freedom of movement to the riding position.

Refined front and rear suspension

With 130mm travel at both the front and rear, the 2018 MT-07's suspension system is designed to provide a more refined feel and more adjustability, making it ideal for a wide range of riding conditions.

The front forks are equipped with revised spring rate and rebound damping settings, while the rear suspension is fitted with a new rebound damping adjuster along with revised spring rate and compression settings, all combining for a sportier handling character.

CP2 crossplane concept engine with linear torque

One of the key features of the MT-07 is its CP2 crossplane concept engine that produces strong, linear torque, making it a joy to ride in a wide range of conditions.

The 2-cylinder engine's 270-degree crank gives the MT-07 a pulsating driving force that sets this value-for-money middleweight apart from other models, and this unique facet of the bike's character has helped to make the MT-07 the top choice in its class.

MT-07 New for 2018 Features
- Completely new body design for enhanced appearance
- MT-09 style headlight
- New, more compact taillight
- Revised seat shape for improved comfort
- New sportier front fork settings
- Rear shock with rebound damping adjuster and revised settings
- ABS now as standard equipment

MT-07 Technical Highlights
- 698cc, 403lbs. wet weight
- Liquid-cooled 689cc inline 2-cylinder 4-stroke
- Crossplane philosophy design with 270-degree crank
- Deep and powerful linear torque output
- Outstanding fuel efficiency
- Built for optimum riding enjoyment
- Slim and compact tubular backbone frame
- Agile, maneuverable and easy to handle
- Mass-forward design with sculpted bodywork
- Lightweight 10-spoke cast aluminum wheels
- Digital instrumentation with full LED display
- Dual 282mm front discs with 4-pot caliper and ABS

2018 MT-07 Colors, MSRP and Availability
- Matte Gray, Team Yamaha Blue, Intensity White
- $7,599
- March 2018

2018 MT-09 Colors, MSRP and Availability
- Matte Gray, Matte Raven Black, Rapid Red
- $8,999
- January 2018

2018 MT-10 Colors, MSRP and Availability
- Matte Gray, Team Yamaha Blue
- $12,999
- November 2017

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