Yamaha announced that its phasing out the FJ-09 and replacing it with Europe’s Tracer 900 and Tracer GT nameplates.
“While European-spec Yamaha motorcycles have used the ‘Tracer’ model name since the introduction of the Tracer 900 in 2015, the replacement of the ‘FJ’ name with ‘Tracer’ for US-spec models is part of Yamaha’s ongoing initiative to unite the global community of Tracer riders who share the “Roads of Life,” notes Yamaha Motor Corp.
One world, one motorcycle. Makes sense to us.
The underpinnings of the FJ-09 including its fabulous water-cooled and ride-by-wire 847cc Inline Three (as used by the 2017 FZ-09) carry on however the Tracer gets an larger, and still manually-adjustable windshield to make life on the road more cozy.
More creature comfort improvements come by way of a narrower handlebar and handguards designed to more easily slip through the air, as well as upgraded rider and passenger seats. Like before the rider’s saddle can be positioned in high or low settings, without tools. The passenger’s rearsets shifted as were the position of the grab handles— all to elevate comfort.
Yamaha also spent time upgrading the rear suspension in a quest for greater handling and stability. A longer vacuum-cast aluminum swingarm was fitted which moves by way of an revised shock absorber.
Those that plan on serious touring rides will want to check out the GT variation which adds color-matched removable hard cases, cruise control, heated grips, as well as an color instrument panel used to monitor traction control, D-Mode engine/throttle mapping adjustment as well as the GT’s QSS (Quick Shift System). Gold anodized fork uppers as well as a handy remote shock preload adjuster are the final add-ons.
Yamaha US plans on importing the Tracer’s after June, 2018. Pricing and specific availability have yet to be confirmed.