Yamaha Motor Australia has confirmed the arrival of a number of new models in the last month, including the new MT-07 and MT-09 naked bikes, and indeed the Tracer 9 GT sports tourer, but will pass on the new Tracer 7 due in part to a lack of expected demand.
The brand’s local wing offered the MT-07-based Tracer 700 in a unique LAMS configuration from 2014, but dropped the model from its line-up for 2020 as the model received an update.
Last week, the latest iteration of the Tracer 700 was unveiled, including a higher-spec GT variant, however, Yamaha Motor Australia told INFO MOTO that the original Tracer 700 with a LAMS 655cc engine “did not retail in large numbers”, and that it would not import the 2021 model “immediately”.
Overseas, the Yamaha Tracer 7 is specified with a 689cc parallel-twin that delivers 54kW and 68Nm, and features wide handlebars and an adjustable screen for touring versatility.
A recently unveiled GT version adds some 20-litre side cases and a bespoke seat for extra comfort on long stretches.
Meanwhile, the larger-capacity MT-09 Tracer has proven a hit Down Under, and so its Tracer 9 successor will launch locally in GT guise from April.
For 2021, the Tracer 9 features an 890cc triple engine, with torque boosted by seven per cent to 93Nm, and peak power now at 87kW (+3kW).
With the powerful engine, the Tracer 9 is far more advanced than the Tracer 7, adopting the brand’s six-axis rider-assistance suite, an up/down quickshifter, grip warmers, cornering lights and twin 3.5-inch TFT instruments.
In 2021, Yamaha will also release a new MT-07 naked bike in both LAMS and full-power configurations, a new-look MT-09 and higher-spec MT-10, while the larger MT-10 and the entry-spec MT-03 will carry over.
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