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.

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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.

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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.

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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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For sport-touring comfort and capability, the Tracer 700 sports a fairing and manually-adjustable windscreen to help deflect the air. In front of the handlebars, Yamaha added small hand guards (Yamaha calls them knuckle guards which actually may be more accurate, given their size and placement) with integrated turn signals.

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A new one-piece stepped seat was designed to suit two-up riding for long distances. A passenger can hang on to the handholds on the tail while the pillion pegs are lower and further forward than they are on the FZ-07. The rider’s pegs are also mounted a bit higher than on the FZ-07, but seat is 1.2 inches higher than on the FZ-07, so legroom shouldn’t be compromised.

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Of course, to really make the Tracer 700 a sport-tourer you’d need luggage. Yamaha offers 5.3-gallon soft side cases and a 10.3-gallon top box, though they are sold separately.

The 2016 Yamaha Tracer 700 will be offered in three colors: Radical Red, Tech Black and Yamaha Blue. It will arrive in European showrooms, priced at around 7,900 euros (US$8,950).

Yamaha’s likely not done with the FZ-07 platform either. Last week we posted spy photos of a new FZ-07-based Ténéré which we expect to see at either Intermot or EICMA in the fall.

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Yamaha Tracer 700 (EU Specifications)
Engine Type Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-stroke, 4-valves, 2-Cylinder
Displacement 689cc
Bore x stroke 80.0 mm x 68.6 mm
Compression ratio 11.5 : 1
Maximum power 55.0 kW (73.8 hp) @ 9,000 rpm
Maximum torque 68.0 Nm (50.2 lb-ft.) @ 6,500 rpm
Lubrication system Wet sump
Clutch type Wet, Multiple Disc
Fuel system Fuel Injection
Ignition system TCI
Starter system Electric
Transmission Constant Mesh, 6-speed
Final transmission Chain
Fuel consumption 4.3 l/100km (54.7 mpg)
CO2 emission 100 g/km
Frame Diamond
Front suspension Telescopic forks
Rear suspension Swingarm, (link suspension)
Front brake Hydraulic dual disc, Ø 282 mm
Rear brake Hydraulic single disc, Ø 245 mm
Front tires 120/70 R17 M/C 58W (tubeless)
Rear tires 180/55 R17 M/C 73W (tubeless)
Overall length 2,138 mm (84.2 inches)
Overall width 806 mm (31.7 inches)
Overall height 1,270 mm (50 inches)
Seat height 835 mm (32.9 inches)
Wheelbase 1,450 mm (57.1 inches)
Min. ground clearance 140 mm (5.5 inches)
Wet weight (claimed) 196 kg (432 pounds)
Fuel capacity 17.0 L (4.5 gallons)
Oil capacity 3.0 L (0.8 gallons)

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  • Gabriel Owens

    Damn Yamaha. ….back at it again.

  • SteveSweetz

    Please, please, please tell me this is coming out in the US this year as well.

    I desperately need this bike. I’ve been waffling on getting an FJ-09 for a long time. I really want to do some touring this year, but I think it’s too big and way more power than I need. I’d get a Versys 650, but it’s style and engine does nothing for me.

    I’ve ridden an FZ-07 and that would be my bike if it was setup for touring.

    This is THE perfect bike for me, but I want to do touring this year and can’t wait.

  • DickRuble

    This looks like a very sensible bike; ergonomics, displacement, proven engine. Better design than the fj-09. It is therefore abundantly clear that it should not and shall not be distributed in the US.

    • DickRuble

      On a second look, it doesn’t have USD forks..It’s not perfect.. It may be headed for the US after all..

      • Old MOron

        LOL, we can only hope.

      • spiff

        Yay. An optimist? lol

    • Brett Lewis

      To me it looks a bit like my former, unfortunate, 2005 FZ6. I believe that bike is/was popular in Europe, more so than over here, but I’m interested.

      • DickRuble

        The FZ6 was/is? a four cylinder. Was nice, almost bought one. This one is two cyls, which means narrower frame and less peaky engine. These would be advantages imho.

        • Brett Lewis

          Yes 4 cylinders. Undertail exhaust, and not quite as much fairing as this one. It had a reputation as being very peaky, very much like an R6. It would lift the front wheel pretty easy too, in my case unintentionally

  • Starmag

    Well this should be perfect for the commenters in the previous article complaining about the 21″ front wheel of the proposed xt700. Then again, probably not. Those engineers and designers are playing to a spoiled and fickle crowd.

    For me on this one ,I’m glad Yamaha turned down the styling suck knob from 11 on some of their previous efforts.

  • JoMeyer

    Brilliant concept. Butt ugly bike.

    • Ian Parkes

      I’ve seen worse. Versys – both of them. Suzuki SV650. The plastic bits just mess with its lines to no good purpose, and as for the GSX S1000… “Let’s slap a zig-zag here, and another one there? Hmm, really does look like an afterthought. Maybe if we melt it a bit?” The worst bit on this Yammy is the flytrap between the headlights carried over from Tracer. That’s gonna be a pain to clean.

    • Born to Ride

      Looks better than the Versys and the FJ-09

    • sgray44444

      That was my first thought as well. I think they are trying for a “function defines form” look, but looking closer there are a lot of angles on everything that just clutter up the look. It’s busy, but not in a good way. Kind of the antithesis of the BMW airhead, where everything is subdued and purposeful. It’s the Japanese / Korean school of design; adding angular lines to make a statement. I think it sucks. Keep the basic mechanical design, but soften everything up and it would be a decent looking motorcycle. Also, find a way to not have coolant lines wrapping around the motor. That’s ok if there is a full fairing, but not on something like this.

  • Sentinel

    I would not want to do any two-up riding, let alone touring on a bike of
    this displacement, suspension, and brakes. Now for riding on it alone,
    this would be my pick for a middleweight bike right now. And the “chick-flick” video was pretty hilarious! lol

  • B.Hoop

    That video really sucked.

    • Alexander Pityuk

      Agreed. Maybe I’m getting old, but this doesn’t work for me at all. So many cliches: hot half-naked girl, tough rider in dark leathers, burnout u-turn (which is an awesome idea to do next to a kilometer-high cliff btw).

      • Old MOron

        Ha ha, I hadn’t even bothered with the video. Hot half-naked girl? Okay, I’ll take a look…
        Actually, I didn’t think it was half bad. Compared, for example, to the horrible back-slapping, we’re-so-trendy and aren’t-we-cool videos that BMW made for the R9T, it’s freaking brilliant.

        But everyone likes different things. Oh, well.

  • Born to Ride

    Why does Yamaha have to make the 700cc twin look cool and the 850cc triple hideous. If they would wrap that lovely triple motor in a stylish package with high quality components, I might have to consider owning a Japanese bike again.

  • Patriot159

    Same stupid windshield as the FJ-09. What Yamaha, a thousand complaints and negative comments from practically every reviewer not enough? How hard is to make a $5 piece of polycarb work well? Anyway… the Tenere version of this really interests me.

  • Ajit Menon

    hope the bike won’t be as bad as the ad

  • Rob Alexander

    Now KTM needs to make a 690 Duke GT so we can have a comparison test!

  • major tom

    It’s still just a toy. No centerstand. The exhaust looks like the FZ-07. Why? At least the hideous FJ-09 has one. I’ll stick with my FZ6. Looks better and of course has that essential piece of gear. I’d like the torque of the twin but I guess you cant have everything. Sigh………….

  • SkinnyAls

    Chain drive? Sport-tourer? No center stand? Um… no thanks.

  • Kirk Harrington

    There sure are a bunch of whiners here. Obviously you don’t see the marketplace for the machine. I’ve been riding for 35 yrs. I’ve owned the anemic yet fun KLR , a rather smooth FJR, the absurdly capable DL1000 along with nearly 30 other bikes in that time. I find my taste for motorcycles ever changing. The FJ-07 would solve two issues for me. It would make a great commuter ride and an excellent intermediate tourer. I don’t do as many 500 mile day rides as I used to do. I don’t have to worry about my kid riding with me now that she’s old enough to have her own bike. This bike seems like a reasonable solution to me.

  • jose

    A Yamaha Versys? or a Yamaha Vstrom?