2020 Yamaha Tracer 700 First Look

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

Yamaha unveiled an updated Tracer 700, giving the MT-07-based sport-tourer a new look, improved suspension and Euro 5 compliance. Like the previous version, unfortunately, it does not appear that the 2020 Yamaha Tracer 700 will be offered in the U.S.

The new styling seems to borrow a bit from the R1, with two slant-eye LED lights above twin projector LED headlights. The front face still has a slightly robotic look to it, but instead of a robot that designed in the 2000s, it looks like a robot that was designed in the 2010s, which I suppose is progress.

The side fairings have a layered look that makes the Tracer 700 look narrower. Yamaha says the new fairing “offers plenty of wind and weather protection for improved distance comfort.” The windscreen has also been updated, with a less upright profile. The new screen is also adjustable by over 60mm (about 2.4 inches) with the use of just one hand. Yamaha also updated the handguards, again claiming added wind and weather protection.

The Tracer 700 remains powered by a 689cc parallel-Twin CP2 crossplane concept engine, with a 270° crank that produces an uneven firing sequence. For 2020, Yamaha revised the air intake and updated the fuel injection, ignition and exhaust settings while modifying the exhaust system, making it the first version of the CP2 engine to meet Euro 5 requirements. This may suggest the MT-07 and XSR700 (which was only received color updates for 2020) may be in line for similar updates for 2021.

The tubular frame and aluminum swingarm haven’t changed, and Yamaha claims the Tracer 700 offers the lowest wet weight (432 pounds) and the best power-to-weight ratio in its class.

For 2020, Yamaha updated the Tracer 700’s suspension, giving it a new 41mm cartridge-type fork with a new spring rate and adjustable preload and rebound damping. The rear shock offers adjustable preload and rebound.

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The 2020 Tracer 700 receives a new single-piece seat, which Yamaha says offer greater freedom of movement for the rider and better comfort for a passenger.

Other features include a larger handlebar, an LCD display, more compact LED turn signals, and a 4.5-gallon fuel tank.

The 2020 Yamaha Tracer 700 will be produced in Icon Grey, Sonic Grey and Phantom Blue colors. It’ll arrive in European dealerships in March 2020.

Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the Motorcycle.com team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • DL Nielsen DL Nielsen on Nov 04, 2019

    I think it would be a great bike for women. With more women riding and wanting options other than cruisers, it would seem like a good idea to bring it to the US. Seat height at 32.9 inches might be a little iffy for shorter women but it's lighter weight and a good all around bike. Now if they only had a GT version for touring . . . . .

  • Gabe Ets-Hokin Gabe Ets-Hokin on Nov 04, 2019

    A mystery why this bike isn't available here. The engine family is homologated already! And Kawasaki has done pretty well with the Versys. It's weird.

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    • Mad4TheCrest Mad4TheCrest on Nov 05, 2019

      Maybe they feel the 900 Tracer fills the niche and there's not enough market for two similar models?