Yamaha announced a new sport-tourer based on its MT-07/FZ-07 platform for the European market. Dubbed the Tracer 700 in Europe, we expect to see it arrive in North America as the FJ-07.
The Tracer 700 slides into Yamaha’s sport-touring lineup behind the FJR1300 and the FJ-09 (known on the other side of the Atlantic as the MT-09 Tracer, though it appears Yamaha may soon be renaming it the Tracer 900.) But enough with the nomenclature, let’s take a look at what the Tracer 700 offers.
The Tracer 700 shares the same 689cc parallel-Twin engine with 270-degree crankshaft as the FZ-07, claiming the same 73.8 hp at 9000 rpm and 50.2 lb-ft. at 6500 rpm. The fuel tank holds 4.5 gallons, and with claimed fuel consumption at 54.7 mpg, the Tracer 700’s estimated range works out to about 246 miles.
The chassis was developed from the FZ-07’s tubular steel frame. The swingarm, however, is two inches longer, increasing the overall wheelbase to 57.1 inches for added stability at highway cruising speeds. Both the front and rear suspension offer 5.1 inches of travel, just like the FZ-07, but Yamaha says it revised the settings to better handle a wider variety of riding conditions. The brakes are also similar to the FZ-07’s, with four-piston calipers and dual 282 mm front discs up front and a single 245 mm disc at the rear. ABS is standard.
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