Our development team talks about the background of the Tracer 700. A bike that’s developed, according to our Project Leader, to put a smile on your face every day!
What about its physical size?
Guglielmo adds “The size of the bike is so that you have enough space on board, but that it doesn’t scare you by being so large that it will feel heavy to handle. You will feel very much at ease, it is compact and exactly the right size for many people.”
Tatsuo: “The chassis of the bike is quite different from its ‘sister’, the MT-07. The long asymetric swingarm is 50mm longer than MT-07’s. This gives a more stable riding character at higher cruising speeds - especially when riding 2-up with luggage. And the swingarm is made of beautiful and lightweight aluminium, instead of steel as on MT-07.”
What’s different from traditional sports tourers?
Oliver: “In the past we had bikes such as Fazer that were somehow derived from supersport bikes. They usually had a riding position that was a bit bent-forward and aerodynamic, with narrower handlebar and tighter knee angle. Today, people realize that with a more upright and high position and wide handlebar you simply sit more comfortable and with more control.”
He continues: “And another difference is the engine philosophy. Contrary to high-revving 4-cylinders, that you have to shift down when you go from relaxed riding into overtaking, our crossplane engines have much more immediate torque. They feel more superior. Also in mountains with many hairpin corners this is a great benefit.”
Project Chief Claudio Locati emphasizes the dedicated setup of the bike: “We changed the rear suspension setting and link geometry versus the MT-07 to have better suspension progression especially in full load conditions. And the bike is truly is “accessory ready”: To fit the rear aluminium carrier, you just have to remove the passenger grip and fit the carrier without any drilling or cutting of covers. To fit the side-case stay, you just have to bolt-on the stay to the vehicle, without any other operation. “
What about the styling of the Tracer?
Designer Nicolas Chapel: “The goal was to be sporty, sexy and elegant. We wanted this bike to look nice, nothing strange, not to go crazy or make something shocking. So we worked very accurately on every item to make a nice overall design. We did pre-proto models and then we spent three and a half months in the clay room to finalize the design, together with engineer Alessandro Saita who was coordinating many issues between styling and technical requirements and made the technical concepts like the windscreen adjustment.”
What was the main challenge in this project?
Tatsuo confides: “In order to be a ‘365-days-smile bike’, it should do many things well, so it should excel in balance. Balance between all elements: fun character and versatility, styling, quality feeling, cost… On a better level than ever before. So for us, to make conservative or boring choices was not OK, to make extreme choices was also not OK, the correct solution had always to be found in a tiny spot.”
He continues: “We are proud that this bike is not a very expensive bike, yet if you view from the rider’s eye, there are no cheap things on the bike. Our European Yamaha team was able to do this.”
Oliver adds “It was thought and planned and designed and developed and produced in Europe, close to the customers. All details are considered and in all details, the design meets the function.”
For an overview of features and benefits please have a look on the next page!