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All-new TRACER 9 GT: Emotional intelligence

All-new TRACER 9 GT: Emotional intelligence
19 Nov
Written by James Lamb

New TRACER 9 GT

All-new TRACER 9 GT: Ultimate specification as standard
The new TRACER 9 GT is the highest specification model in Yamaha’s 2021 Sport Touring line, and features a range of advanced technology and additional equipment that provide an even more luxurious ride for those customers who require the ultimate Sport Touring package as standard.



Hard side cases: Added functionality with style
The TRACER 9 GT is supplied with completely new hard cases fitted as standard equipment, meaning that the bike is ready for the Roads of Life from day one. Each case is able to carry a full-face helmet, and is attached to the bike’s durable steel subframe via a fully floating carrier system that absorbs any wind or surface-induced chatter to give a natural riding feeling. Coloured sidepanels match the bike’s finish for a fully integrated look.



KYB electronically-controlled suspension: Ultimate comfort with precise feel
Yamaha and KYB have jointly developed the TRACER 9 GT’s electronically-controlled semi-active suspension system that provides the ultimate in riding comfort combined with a precise feel from the road. Officially known as the KYB Actimatic Damper System (KADS), this highly advanced suspension generates a much wider range of damping force than conventional suspension, and is able to respond instantly to varying riding conditions in order to achieve optimum handling performance.

This use of this semi-active suspension system has been made possible by the bike’s new IMU which works together with the ECU as well as the Hydraulic Unit (HU) and Suspension Control Unit (SCU) to calculate the optimum suspension settings for any given riding situation: fast or slow, wet or dry, smooth or bumpy, solo or two-up.

The advantage of the solenoid system is that it is able to make extremely fast adjustments to damping settings, and it can handle both minor and major changes. By constantly analysing and computing the 6-axis data, the IMU can signal the ECU to adjust damping settings in order to maintain chassis stability at all speeds, and by doing so the KADS supplements the rider’s skills to ensure a more rewarding and enjoyable Sport Touring experience.

KADS can be used in two modes: A-1 is the sporting mode that is designed to deliver taut and responsive suspension action for fast riding on dry roads – and can also accommodate wet conditions. The system can be switched to A-2 mode that is designed to give a more supple and comfortable ride on rougher or uneven surfaces, making it the ideal choice on longer and more relaxed journeys.



Up-and-down Quick Shift System (QSS): Smoother and faster gear changing
For clutchless up and down shifting the TRACER 9 GT is equipped with a new Quick Shift System (QSS). A sensor on the shift rod detects movement in the gearshift pedal, and the ECU cuts drive torque to the transmission to enable smooth and fast gearchanges, both up and down the transmission.



LED cornering lights: Increased visibility with decreased rider fatigue
The TRACER 9 GT is equipped with a highly sophisticated intelligent cornering light system that is programmed to light up the road ahead when the IMU senses that the machine is leaning at more than 7º and its speed is at least 5 km/h.

A key feature of this LED cornering light design is that the IMU’s high speed calculations and processing power enable the system to increase the brightness of the cornering lights as the banking angle increases, giving the rider a clear field of vision when riding at night. The TRACER 9 GT is only the second Yamaha to feature cornering lights after the FJR1300AE, and unlike the FJR’s system which consisted of three LED lights on each side of the fairing, the TRACER 9 GT’s design consists of a single LED situated above each of the two position lights.



Grip warmers: All-season riding comfort
Wind chill can make the rider’s hands cold and uncomfortable even on a cool summer’s day, and the TRACER 9 GT’s grip warmers can be precisely adjusted through a range of 10 settings using a scroll wheel to achieve the optimum temperature. Specially shaped grips feature thinner rubber that enables efficient transmission of the heat to keep hands warm whatever the weather.



Dedicated colours and graphics: Premium look and feel
As well as being available in the same colours as the standard model, the premium TRACER 9 GT is also offered in an exclusive Yamaha Icon Performance finish that has been inspired by the Yamaha R1M – the bike that pioneered much of the advanced electronic technology found on this high-end Sport Touring.


Availability
Deliveries to European Yamaha dealers will commence from March 2021. Prices vary per region, so please contact the national Yamaha distributor for full information.



TRACER 9 GT
New Features

Rider Benefit
Hard side cases
Added versatility for every journey, capable of accommodating a full face helmet. Fully floating carrier system ensures a smooth ride when fully loaded
KYB electronically-controlled suspension
Semi-active KADS suspension system delivers ultimate chassis performance for sports agility and touring comfort
Up and down QSS
Smoother and faster clutchless gear changing, up and down the transmission
LED cornering lights
Powerful seamless illumination for increased visibility and reduced fatigue at night
Dedicated colours and graphics
Premium looks and increased pride of ownership
All-new TRACER 9 GT: Emotional intelligence
All-new TRACER 9 GT: Emotional intelligence
All-new TRACER 9 GT: Emotional intelligence

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