Yamaha has confirmed that it will release its facelifted Tracer 9 GT in Australia next year, however, it has no immediate plans to launch the radar-cruise-equipped GT+ variant.
The Yamaha Tracer 9, available in up-spec GT guise Down Under ($24,099), will see new colour updates for 2023 though high-tech additions like Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) are reserved for European markets at this time.
While now commonplace in the car industry, just a few motorcycle manufacturers have yet adopted radar sensors. Ducati’s Multistrada V4, BMW’s R 1250 RT and KTM’s 1290 Adventure were among the first to feature the technology.
In the case of the Yamaha Tracer 9, the radar provides ACC to keep a constant distance between the rider and vehicles ahead, and works with the semi-active suspension to optimise comfort.
The Tracer 9’s ACC also responds to cornering and overtaking manoeuvres, while its Unified Braking System (UBS) can automatically adjust braking force at both wheels in specific instances. Both the ACC and UBS systems are switchable.
Also new for overseas Tracer 9 units is a seven-inch TFT dash, replacing the twin 3.5-inch setup of the current bike.
At the heart of the new Tracer 9 is triple-cylinder engine measuring 890cc and delivering 87kW and 93Nm.
As standard the bike features a six-axis rider-assistance suite with advanced traction control, slide control, wheelie control, brake control, cruise control and four riding modes to suit varying road conditions.
Yamaha has also revealed a new version of its MT-07 Tracer 7 sports tourer which INFO MOTO can confirm will launch in Australia next year.
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