The definition of sport touring bikes has recently become a bit vague as adventure touring bikes break into space. I agree that good bikes in both genres need to be able to hit miles and do it relatively comfortably. The difference comes when you decide to pursue sports rather than adventure.
Here, the 2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT is separated from the AT pack. Yamaha was designed with paved driving in mind, and the Tracer 9 GT is not intended (or at least not intentionally) to drive on unpaved roads. The most obvious difference is in the 17-inch front wheels. Adventure bikes wear large front wheel and tire combinations to navigate dirt, rocks and other obstacles not found on the road. However, the trade-off is that Canyon carving is slightly less capable. Relatively speaking, this is the advantage of the Tracer 9 GT.
Obviously, Yamaha’s paving capabilities go beyond just wheel choices. In fact, the whole bike is new from scratch, with the biggest difference compared to the Tracer 900’s predecessor, the 890cc triple compared to the old bike’s 847cc. It is housed in a brand new frame with a new swingarm inside the frame spar compared to the outside of the tracer 900 frame spar. This may not sound like much, but the larger, more powerful engine and the new frame / swingarm combo provide a balanced and capable handler for Tracer 9GT style motorcycles.
Of course, I’ll explain in more detail the changes and how they work in my writing First Ride Review, But you didn’t click on this story to read a lot of words. Instead, look at the talented Ray Googer filming and our own Sean Matic editing work. Then support your ears for your true voice. We apologize in advance.
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