2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT First Ride - Video

Troy Siahaan
by Troy Siahaan

Trizzle's thoughts, now in video form.

Photos by Joseph Agustin | Videos by Ray Gauger and Sean Matic

The definition of a sport-touring motorcycle has gotten a bit blurred lately with adventure-touring bikes encroaching on the space. A good bike in either genre agrees that you need to be able to pound out miles and do it in relative comfort. The difference comes when one decides to pursue sport over adventure.

This is where the 2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT separates itself from the A-T pack. Designed exclusively with pavement riding in mind, Yamaha has no intentions for the Tracer 9 GT to travel down a dirt road (at least not intentionally). The most obvious difference comes from the 17-inch front wheel. Adventure bikes wear big front wheel/tire combos to help navigate dirt, rocks, and other obstacles you simply don’t find on the street. The tradeoff, however, is slightly less capable canyon carving abilities, and comparatively speaking this is where the Tracer 9 GT shines.

Clearly, there’s more to the Yamaha’s capabilities on pavement than just a wheel choice. In fact, the entire bike is new from the ground up, with the biggest difference compared to its Tracer 900 predecessor being a bigger, 890cc Triple, compared to the old bike’s 847cc. It’s housed in an all-new frame with the new swingarm mounted inside the frame spars compared to outside them on the Tracer 900. This may not sound like much, but the bigger, more powerful engine, combined with the extra rigidity provided by the new frame/swingarm combo, gives a well-balanced and capable handler of a motorcycle in Tracer 9 GT form.

2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT Review – First Ride

Of course, I go into more details about the changes and how they work in my written First Ride Review, but you didn’t click this story to read a bunch of words. Instead, feast your eyes on the cinematography of the talented Ray Gouger and the editing work of our own Sean Matic. Then brace your ears for the voice of Yours Truly. I apologize in advance.

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Troy Siahaan
Troy Siahaan

Troy's been riding motorcycles and writing about them since 2006, getting his start at Rider Magazine. From there, he moved to Sport Rider Magazine before finally landing at Motorcycle.com in 2011. A lifelong gearhead who didn't fully immerse himself in motorcycles until his teenage years, Troy's interests have always been in technology, performance, and going fast. Naturally, racing was the perfect avenue to combine all three. Troy has been racing nearly as long as he's been riding and has competed at the AMA national level. He's also won multiple club races throughout the country, culminating in a Utah Sport Bike Association championship in 2011. He has been invited as a guest instructor for the Yamaha Champions Riding School, and when he's not out riding, he's either wrenching on bikes or watching MotoGP.

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  • Old MOron Old MOron on Sep 21, 2021

    Great Vid, MOrons.
    Uh, Trizzle forgot to say, "Crush that like button!"

    You probably can't disclose it, but where the heck did you film your monolog?
    Except, maybe, for the mountain in the background, that does not look like Hell A.

  • Old MOron Old MOron on Sep 21, 2021

    'Nother question: at several points in the video, eg, 5:20, 6:15, 8:20, it's clear that one of the front running lights is dead. Any comment from you or Yamaha?

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    • 12er 12er on Sep 22, 2021

      That was what my comment on the initial article about "Asymmetrical Headlights" and the theory behind it was referring to. With the underbrow's always on, the cornering lights randomly on, Yamaha's insistence that side by side headlights be one or the other is dumb. Add in real Aux lights right below and it will look even stranger.