2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT Guide

2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT

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Introducing the new 2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT…

Featuring an all‑new engine and premium sport touring features that come standard, the most versatile touring partner for when you’re commuting or riding across the mountains.

Sport Touring never felt this good. With semi-active suspension, hard side cases, heated grips, a quickshifter and LED cornering lights, the new Tracer 9 GT gives you dynamic touring comfort. A new high-torque engine and lightweight aluminium chassis ensure ultimate sports versatility. Turn up your journey with the all-new Tracer 9 GT.

Hard side cases capable of carrying a full-face helmet and featuring colour coordinated panels are fitted as standard. You can also fit an optional top case if you need extra space – and the fully-floating luggage carrier system gives a natural riding feeling even when fully loaded.

For confident night-time riding the TRACER 9 GT comes fitted with LED cornering lights that get brighter as you lean further – while 10-stage adjustable grip heaters keep your hands warm whatever the weather. And for ultimate sports versatility this high-tech performance bike comes with up and down QSS for smoother and faster gear shifting.


Yamaha Announces the All-New Tracer 9 GT

Emotional Intelligence: The Ultimate Specification Comes Standard

Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, today announces the 2021 Tracer 9 GT as the newest model in the company’s Sport Touring motorcycle segment. With more power and increased versatility, the 2021 Tracer 9 GT provides riders with an even more luxurious ride than ever before.

Roads of Life
As the core concept behind Yamaha’s Sport Touring segment, “Roads of Life” gathers all types of riders who are looking for new roads to explore and new memories to create. Few other forms of personal transport can match the sense of total freedom experienced on every motorcycle journey, and no other vehicle comes close to matching the thrill and excitement on two wheels.

The Roads of Life are waiting to be explored, lifelong memories are ready to be created, and new friends are sure to be made along the way. With a wide variety of choices, Yamaha’s dynamic Sport Touring segment has the power to change the way we live our lives by making faraway places a little closer to everyone.

New Tracer 9 GT
The 2021 Tracer 9 GT features a range of advanced technology and standard equipment that provides an even more luxurious ride for those customers who are looking for a thrilling and premium Sport Touring experience.




2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
  • All-New 890cc Liquid-Cooled 3-Cylinder DOHC Fuel-Injected Engine
    The 2021 Tracer 9 GT features a newly developed 890cc liquid-cooled 3-cylinder, DOHC, 4-valve-per-cylinder fuel-injected (YCC-T) engine with a downdraft intake. The bore × stroke of 78 mm × 62.1 mm and 11.5:1 compression ratio provide outstanding torque with strong power delivery characteristics. Almost all of the fundamental parts of the engine, from the pistons and connecting rods to the crankshaft, camshafts and crankcase, have all been redesigned. The combustion efficiency results in an impressive 9% improvement as well as an increased fuel efficiency to 49 MPG.
  • New Lightweight Aluminum Frame
    To achieve both sporty performance and excellent riding comfort, the new Tracer 9 GT adopts a newly developed lightweight aluminum frame with model-specific tuning. Using the latest Controlled Filling (CF) aluminum die-casting technology, this frame features the thinnest sections ever on a Yamaha die-cast frame at just 1.7 mm (thinnest section on the 2020 Tracer 900’s frame is 3.5 mm).
  • KYB Electronically Controlled Suspension
    Jointly developed with KYB to deliver both sporty performance and a comfortable ride, the Tracer 9 GT features an electronically controlled suspension. The suspension provides optimum damping force that is based on real-time running conditions for great riding comfort and feel from the road. Based on input from the 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), the Engine Control Unit (ECU) and the Hydraulic Unit (HU), the Suspension Control Unit (SCU) calculates the optimum settings for suspension damping. The damping adjustment mechanism is solenoid-driven which enables changes to the damping force to be reflected quickly, and big damping force changes are possible. This suspension system generates steady damping force even when the suspension piston is moving slower, which contributes to stabilizing the motorcycle’s attitude when starting from a stop as well as stabilizing the chassis attitude when accelerating, braking and cornering. The electronically controlled system controls the rebound and compression damping for the front fork and rebound damping for the rear shock.
  • 6-Axis IMU
    The 2021 Tracer 9 GT features a newly developed 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) that retains the base performance of proven IMU in the YZF-R1 but is 50% smaller and 40% lighter due to a thorough review of the sensor layout. The engine control unit (ECU) that receives and reflects the data from the IMU is equipped with three rider aids: a Traction Control System (TCS), Slide Control System (SCS) and the front-wheel LIFt control system (LIF). The Brake Control System is controlled by the Hydraulic Control Unit (separate unit from ECU) which modulates front and rear brake pressure based on data from the IMU as well as the front and rear wheel speed sensors. All three systems work together to help the rider concentrate on better extracting the machine’s potential. Each of the systems can also be turned on or off and have their levels of intervention adjusted to preference.
  • Full LED Lighting With Cornering Lights
    The compact mono-focus (separate high and low beam units) LED headlights in a twin-eye arrangement provide excellent beam spread for the 2021 Tracer 9 GT. The edges of the beam have a softer contrast to be easy on the eyes while emitting a soft and even spread of illumination. Since the Tracer 9 GT uses not one but multiple LEDs to produce light, it can project a complex distribution of illumination across a broad field. The position lights also use LEDs for a wider field of illumination while the redesigned rear lights give off a smoother plane of light. New for 2021, the cornering lights help improve rider’s confidence at night as the light strength grows as the lean angle increases. Following the FJR1300ES, this is the second Yamaha model to feature a cornering light system but the only one with a single LED unit per side that emits increasingly stronger source of light in a high-quality, highly functional design.
  • Standard side cases
    Standard side cases allow the ability and convenience to carry your gear with you.

2021 Tracer 9 GT Key Features

  • New 890cc inline 3-cylinder 4-valve DOHC liquid-cooled engine
  • Increased torque at lower rpm
  • CF die-cast aluminum Deltabox chassis
  • New high-rigidity box-section long aluminum swingarm
  • New Compact 6-axis IMU
  • KYB electronically controlled front and rear suspension
  • Lean-sensitive rider aids: TCS, SCS and LIFt with three intervention modes
  • ABS with new Brake Control system (BC)
  • Up and Downshift capable Quick Shift System (QSS)
  • LED Cornering Lights
  • New ultra-light SpinForged 17-inch 10-spoke wheels
  • Adjustable ride position
  • Grip warmers
  • D-MODE switchable engine running modes
  • Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) with APSG
  • Twin 3.5-inch full-color TFT meters
  • Exclusive colors and graphics
  • Full LED lighting
  • Cruise Control
  • Adjustable windscreen
  • Radial front master cylinder, 298mm dual front discs






2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

New 890cc CP3 engine
Powering the 2021 Tracer 9 GT is a completely redesigned 890cc CP3 crossplane technology engine that is more powerful and more advanced than the original powerplant that forever changed the Sport Touring class. The sophisticated new inline 3-cylinder engine features an increased capacity of 890cc thanks to a 3mm increase in piston stroke. This significant boost in engine displacement contributes towards an increase in torque at lower rpm, providing outstanding acceleration and making this one of the most thrilling, capable and versatile motorcycles in its class.

New CF aluminum die-cast frame
More compact and better handling, the Tracer 9 GT’s all-new CF die-cast Deltabox chassis has been designed for ultimate versatility with excellent comfort. The 2021 Tracer 9 GT’s frame changes the engine mounting angle enabling a more compact body design, improving the overall balance of the all new chassis for a higher degree of surface feedback from the front end.

High-rigidity box-section long aluminum swingarm
The 2021 Tracer 9 GT features a new, longer swingarm. It has a boxed construction formed by welding together aluminum plates, and while it is similar in appearance to the MT-09’s, it is 60mm longer. The new swingarm helps achieve high rigidity and conveys a feeling of drive force to the rider while providing excellent traction feeling. The rear suspension’s linkage has also been changed for greater space efficiency and the settings optimized to suit the new configuration.

6-axis IMU
Originally developed for the R1, Yamaha’s 6-axis IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) constantly measures the Tracer 9 GT’s acceleration in the forward-backward; up-down and left-right directions as well as the angular velocity in the machine’s pitch, roll and yaw directions.

Since its introduction on the R1 in 2015, this 6-axis IMU has been further developed, and the unit featured on the 2021 Tracer 9 GT is now 50% smaller. This high-tech IMU device constantly sends data to the ECU which computes all the data in real time and effectively governs the machine’s Traction Control System (TCS) as well as its Slide Control System (SCS), front wheel LIFt control system (LIF) and Brake Control system (BC).

KYB® electronically controlled suspension
Yamaha and KYB have jointly developed the Tracer 9 GT’s electronically controlled semi-active suspension system that combines ultimate riding comfort with precise feeling of the road. Officially known as the KYB Actimatic Damper System (KADS), this highly advanced suspension generates a much wider range of damping force than a conventional suspension and responds instantly to varying riding conditions for optimum handling performance.

The semi-active suspension system has been made possible by the bike’s new IMU which works together with the ECU as well as the Hydraulic Unit (HU) and Suspension Control Unit (SCU). Together, these units calculate the optimum suspension settings for any given riding situation: fast or slow, smooth or bumpy, solo or two-up. The damping adjustment mechanism is solenoid-driven which allows for extremely fast adjustments to damping settings while handling both minor and major changes. The system controls the rebound and compression damping for the front fork and rebound damping for the rear shock. By constantly analyzing and computing the 6-axis data, the IMU can signal the ECU to adjust damping settings in order to maintain chassis stability at all speeds. By doing so, the KADS supplements the rider’s skills to ensure a more rewarding and enjoyable Sport Touring experience.

KADS can be used in two modes. A-1 is the sporting mode that is designed to deliver taut and responsive suspension action for fast riding on dry roads while also accommodating wet conditions. The system can be switched to A-2 mode that is designed to give a more supple and comfortable ride on rougher or uneven surfaces, making it the ideal choice on longer and more relaxed journeys.

Brake Control system (BC)
With the BC system, data for front/rear wheel speed and data from the IMU is compiled and calculated in real-time to individually control and modulate front and rear brake pressure. The rider can select between two intervention modes: BC1 and BC2. BC1 is a standard ABS-active mode to accommodate hard emergency braking in upright, straight-line braking conditions. BC2 controls the brake pressure in addition to ABS and operates in situations where machine behavior is likely to become unsettled, such as sudden and unavoidable braking mid-corner.

Up-and-down Quick Shift System (QSS)
For clutchless up and down shifting, the Tracer 9 GT is equipped with a new Quick Shift System (QSS). A sensor on the shift rod detects movement in the gearshift pedal, and then the ECU adjusts engine output to momentarily cut drive torque through the transmission to enable smooth and fast gear changes.

LED cornering lights
The 2021 Tracer 9 GT is equipped with a highly sophisticated intelligent cornering light system that is programmed to light up the road ahead when the IMU senses that the machine is leaning at more than 7 degrees with a speed of at least 3 mph. The IMU’s high speed calculations and processing power enable the system to increase the brightness of the cornering lights as the banking angle increases, giving the rider a clear field of vision when riding at night. The Tracer 9 GT is only the second Yamaha to feature cornering lights after the FJR1300AE, and unlike the FJR’s system which used a line of three LED lights on each side of the fairing, the Tracer 9 GT’s design consists of a single LED situated above each of the two position lights for a high quality and highly functional design.

Adjustable riding position
The riding position on the new Tracer 9 GT was designed to accommodate a variety of rider preferences.  The handlebars and foot pegs can now be adjusted individually to two different positions, and the seat maintains its two levels of adjustment from the previous model allowing riders to set a riding position that gives them a feeling of comfort the moment they get on the bike.

Hard side cases
Fitted as standard equipment, the 2021 Tracer 9 GT is supplied with completely new hard cases fitted as standard equipment, readying it for the Roads of Life from day one. Each case can carry a full-face helmet and is attached to the bike’s durable steel subframe via a fully floating carrier system that absorbs any wind or surface-induced chatter to give a natural riding feeling.

Grip warmers
Using a scroll wheel located on the right handlebar switch, the Tracer 9 GT’s grip warmers can be precisely adjusted through a range of 10 settings. The newly shaped grips are easier to grasp and feature thinner rubber where the fingers touch for a more efficient transmission of heat resulting in improved rider comfort.

Yamaha D-Mode (running mode selection system)
The running modes available on the D-Mode system have been increased from the three on the previous model to four. Riders can select between Mode 1 for enjoying direct, sharper response, Mode 2 to accommodate a variety of conditions, Mode 3 for a gentler character and Mode 4 that moderates maximum power for a milder riding experience.

Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) with APSG
The Tracer 9 GT uses the Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T®) to electronically govern the throttle valves, and now features the Accelerator Position Sensor with Grip (APSG).  It eliminates the need for traditional throttle cables by using a sensor and magnet within the throttle grip housing to communicate throttle position to the ECU.

The APSG also uses a spring, slider and gear to produce varying degrees of friction (resistance) to recreate a natural throttle feel during use. The construction of the APSG for the Tracer 9 GT is the same unit found on the 2020 YZF-R1/R1M, but has model-specific settings for the degree of friction and throttle opening.

Twin 3.5-inch TFT screens
The Tracer 9 GT features two 3.5-inch full-color TFT screens aligned side-by-side. The left-hand main display includes a bar-type tachometer that changes colors as rpm rises or falls, the fuel gauge, average mileage indicator, water temperature, air temperature and a gearshift indicator. The right-hand screen enables the selection of four different types of information or indicators, allowing more information to be displayed at once with greater readability.

Dedicated colors and graphics
The premium Tracer 9 GT is offered in an exclusive Yamaha Liquid Metal finish that has been inspired by the Yamaha R1M – the bike that pioneered much of the advanced electronic technology found on this high-end Sport Tourer, as well as a second color, Redline.






2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $14899 USD
Canada MSRP Price: Starting at $16999 CDN
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £  GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Engine Type 890cc liquid-cooled, DOHC, inline 3-cylinder; 4
valves per cylinder
Bore x Stroke 78.0mm x 62.1mm
Compression Ratio 11.5:1
Fuel Delivery Fuel injection with YCC-T
Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission 6-speed; multiplate assist and slipper clutch
Final Drive Chain
Suspension / Front KYB 41mm inverted fork, electronically
adjustable with preload adjustability; 5.1-in travel
Suspension / Rear KYB single shock, electronically adjustable with
remote preload adjustability; 5.4-in travel
Brakes / Front Dual 298mm hydraulic disc; ABS
Brakes / Rear 245mm hydraulic disc; ABS
Tires / Front 120/70ZR17
Tires / Rear 180/55ZR17
L x W x H 85.6 in x 34.8 in x 56.3 in – 57.9 in
Seat Height 31.9 in or 32.5 in
Wheelbase 59.1 in
Rake (Caster Angle) 25.0°
Trail 4.3 in
Maximum Ground
5.3 in
Fuel Capacity 5.0 gal
Fuel Economy** 49 MPG
Wet Weight*** 485 lb* (*does not include side cases)
Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)
Color Liquid Metal; Redline



2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT – Totalmotorcycle.com Canada Specifications/Technical Details


ENGINE Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 12-valves (4 valves/cyl.), inline three-cylinder
BORE AND STROKE 78 x 62.1 mm
MAXIMUM TORQUE 9.3 kg-m (68.6 ft-lb.) @ 7,000 rpm
ENGINE MANAGEMENT YCC-T, D-Mode (4 settings), traction control /cruise control
FUEL DELIVERY Mikuni 41 mm throttle body F.I.
FINAL DRIVE O-ring chain


SUSPENSION (FRONT) Fully adjustable semi-active electronic 41 mm inverted fork / 130 mm (5.1 in.) wheel travel
SUSPENSION (REAR) Fully adjustable link KYB / 137 mm (5.4 in.) wheel travel
BRAKES (FRONT) Dual 298 mm discs / radial mount 4-piston calipers / ABS equipped
BRAKES (REAR) 245 mm disc / single piston caliper / ABS equipped
TIRES (FRONT) 120/70ZR17
TIRES (REAR) 180/55ZR17


LENGTH 2,175 mm (85.6″)
WIDTH 885 mm (34.8″)
HEIGHT 1,430 mm – 1,470 mm (56.3″ – 57.9″)
WHEELBASE 1,500 mm (59.1″)
RAKE / TRAIL 25 degrees / 108 mm
GROUND CLEARANCE 135 mm (5.3″)
SEAT HEIGHT 810 mm – 825 mm (31.9″ – 32.5″)
FUEL CAPACITY 18 litres (4 imp. gallons)
WET WEIGHT 220 kg (485 lb.)
COLOUR(S) Liquid Metal





2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details

Engine type Liquid-cooled;4-stroke;4-valves;3-Cylinder;DOHC
Displacement 890
Bore x stroke 78 x 62.1 mm
Compression ratio 11.5:1
Maximum power 87.5 kW (119 PS) @ 10,000 rpm
Maximum Torque 93.0 Nm (9.5 kg-m) @ 7,000 rpm
Lubrication system Wet sump
Clutch Type Wet;Multiple Disc
Ignition system TCI
Starter system Electric
Transmission system Constant Mesh;6 speed & reverse
Final transmission Chain
Fuel consumption 5.0 L/100km
CO2 emission 116 g/km
Carburettor Fuel Injection
Frame Diamond
Caster Angle 25° 00’
Trail 108 mm
Front suspension system Telescopic fork
Rear suspension system Swingarm
Front travel 130 mm
Rear Travel 137 mm
Front brake Hydraulic dual disc, Ø 298 mm
Rear brake Hydraulic single disc, Ø 245 mm
Front tyre 120/70Z R17 M/C (58W) (Tubeless)
Rear tyre 180/55Z R17 M/C (73W) (Tubeless)
Overall length 2,175 mm
Overall width 885 mm
Overall height 1,430 mm – 1,470 mm
Seat height 810 mm – 825 mm
Wheel base 1,500 mm
Minimum ground clearance 135 mm
Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank) 220 kg
Fuel tank capacity 19 L
Oil tank capacity 3.5 L



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