The FJ-09 is dead, long live the Tracer 900. According to Yamaha, “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.’
Regardless of its name, the 847cc Crossplane Concept in-line triple that powers the FJ/Tracer provides a life-affirming experience on any road. When we tested the 2017 Yamaha FZ-09, which has the same feisty engine, it made 105 horsepower and 60 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheel, in a bike that weighed 426 pounds wet.
Announced for the 2019 model year, the updated Tracer 900 gets refreshed styling, a narrower handlebar with lighter, slimmer hand guards, improved rider/passenger seating comfort, new passenger footpegs and grab handles, a new one-hand adjustable windscreen, a longer swingarm for better traction and a new rear fender.
Returning unchanged is the 847cc in-line triple with assist-and-slipper clutch, 6-speed transmission and chain final drive. As with the previous FJ-09, the Tracer 900 has three riding modes, three levels of traction control, ABS, a 4.8-gallon tank and a centerstand.
The 2019 Yamaha Tracer 900 will be available in Armor Gray and it will arrive in U.S. dealerships in the second half of 2018. Pricing is TBD.
New to the lineup is the 2019 Tracer 900 GT, which offers several touring-oriented upgrades over the standard model, including detachable, 22-liter, color-matched saddlebags, a full-color TFT instrument panel, higher-spec suspension with a fully adjustable fork and a rear shock with a remote preload adjuster, a quickshifter for clutchless upshifts, cruise control and heated grips.
The 2019 Yamaha Tracer 900 GT will be available in Raven and it will arrive in U.S. dealerships in the second half of 2018. Pricing is TBD.