Yamaha Announces 2020 Carryover Models

Evans Brasfield
by Evans Brasfield

Good enough for another go 'roun

Not every model needs a complete makeover every year, and today, Yamaha released the information about its 2020 carryover models. Here, you’ll find three classes of motorcycles. First, the Touring models of adventure and sport persuasions. Then we get Yamaha’s Hypernakeds. Finally, the Sports Heritage models for you Faster Sons (and Daughters) out there.

Adventure Touring with the 2020 Yamaha Super Ténéré ES

For riders who like to travel long distances on both pavement and off-road, the Super Ténéré ES and it’s 270-degree crank-driven 1199cc parallel-Twin has you covered. The ES in the nomenclature points to the electronic suspension that is easily tunable. The big Ténéré also comes with electronic rider aids, a low-maintenance shaft drive, and an adjustable seat/windshield to complement the multipurpose riding position. Available in December 2019 for $16,299 in a Ceramic Ice color scheme.

Sport Touring two ways

2020 Yamaha Tracer 900 GT

How much do we like the Yamaha Tracer 900 GT? How about enough to ride one over 1,000 miles in one day on the way home from the introduction. The 847cc Triple offers a great combination of torque for highway cruising or thrilling acceleration when the road gets twisty. You get the features you need for long days in the saddle: electronic rider aids, adjustable suspension, QSS, a height-adjustable windshield, an adjustable rider seat height, and integrated side cases. The 4.8-gallon tank allows for a good distance between fuel stops. The 2020 color combination is Matte Raven Black/Reddish Copper. The Yamaha Tracer 900 GT will be available in December 2019 for an MSRP of $12,999.

2020 Yamaha FJR1300ES

Picture yourself cruising down the highway or arcing through the corners on Yamaha’s biggest sport tourer, the FJR1300ES. The 1298cc inline-Four is singing in the powerband, and all is right in the world. Being made for travel means that the FJR comes with tuneable electronic suspension, electronic rider aids, lean angle-sensitive LED cornering headlights, an electronically-adjustable windscreen, adjustable handlebars, an adjustable rider seat height, integrated quick-release side cases, heated handlebar grips, and a 6.6-gallon fuel tank. The 2020 models arrive in showrooms in December 2019 for $17,999 in a Liquid Graphite color scheme.

Hypersports machinery makes it tempting to go to the Dark Side

2020 Yamaha MT-07

With the popular MT-07, Yamaha’s approach is that if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. So, for 2020 the torquey 689cc parallel-Twin gets nothing new except color choices. And that’s not a bad thing with its narrow, lightweight design and fun-to-ride performance. 2020 models will begin arriving at dealers this month. The color choices will be Ice Fluo, Team Yamaha Blue, and Matte Raven Black with an MSRP of $7,599.

2020 Yamaha MT-09

Aggressively styled and powered by an 847cc Triple, the MT-09 has been turning heads since its introduction. The sporty chassis features an adjustable suspension and comfortable ergonomics – whether you’re commuting or straightening out a winding road on the weekend. Also available in November 2019 from your local Yamaha dealer, the MT-09 will carry an MSRP of $8,999 and be available in Ice Fluo, Team Yamaha Blue, and Matte Raven Black.

2020 Yamaha MT-10

What can be said about a bike with an engine derived from the flagship R1 sportbike? With tuning designed more for the street and with rider aids to back it up, torque is the main dish that is served with a heaping helping of top-end horsepower. Add in the MT-10’s aggressive styling, lightweight and responsive chassis, and adjustable suspension, and you’ve got a ticket to good times. Showing up at dealers this month, the 2020 Yamaha MT-10 will be available in Ice Fluo and Matte Raven Black color schemes for an MSRP of $12,999.

Sports Heritage for faster offspring

2020 Yamaha XSR700

Modern classic styling certainly isn’t dull when you wrap it around a cross-plane concept 689cc parallel-Twin. Harkening back to Yamaha’s XS series of motorcycles, the XSR700 brings the aesthetic into the 21st Century with features like fuel injection, a sporty chassis with modern suspension, powerful braking with ABS, and LCD instrumentation. The 2020 Yamaha XSR700 will arrive in February 2020 in Radical White/Rapid Red livery for an MSRP of $8,499

2020 Yamaha XSR900

That cross-plane crankshaft concept 847cc makes another appearance in the XSR900, bringing performance to a motorcycle with neo-retro styling. While retro touches appear throughout – just look at the single-piece stepped seat, teardrop mirrors, and headlight and front fender that feature aluminum stays – the bike is thoroughly modern, with adjustable suspension front and rear, powerful braking with ABS, an assist-and-slipper clutch, and electronic rider aids that include traction control and D-MODE selectable throttle response. Get yours in November 2019 for an MSRP of $9,499 in Radical White/Rapid Red.

Evans Brasfield
Evans Brasfield

Like most of the best happenings in his life, Evans stumbled into his motojournalism career. While on his way to a planned life in academia, he applied for a job at a motorcycle magazine, thinking he’d get the opportunity to write some freelance articles. Instead, he was offered a full-time job in which he discovered he could actually get paid to ride other people’s motorcycles – and he’s never looked back. Over the 25 years he’s been in the motorcycle industry, Evans has written two books, 101 Sportbike Performance Projects and How to Modify Your Metric Cruiser, and has ridden just about every production motorcycle manufactured. Evans has a deep love of motorcycles and believes they are a force for good in the world.

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  • Tjeepdrv Tjeepdrv on Nov 04, 2019

    They didn't say anything about the base Tracer 900, I wonder if it will get some upgrades. I've seen some leftover 2019s discounted by a couple thousand dollars. If they added the TFT and cruise to the base model, I'd pick one up and add the cases. I don't need the suspension.

  • Jonathan Justman Jonathan Justman on Nov 06, 2019

    I've been trying to figure out my next bike for a while now and the XSR900 always resurfaces as the winner. The Street Triple RS and (a year from now, or maybe not in the U.S.) the 890 Duke R are certainly higher performance, "better bikes," but I don't ride like that and just want something fun, reliable and with some punch to it. This new color scheme with the gold wheels looks absolutely fantastic to me. I think I'm getting one.