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2023 Yamaha Tracer 7

The Tracer 7 has hit the streets in Australian before as an entry level offering into the sport touring category, for 2023 Yamaha has beefed up the engine and added more features focusing on attracting the more experienced riders looking for a lightweight urban killer with long range capability.

The aggressive ergonomics with a windscreen give off strong adventure vibes and standout looks with twin projector LED headlights paired with daytime position lights. The taillight and turn signals are also LED.

Powered by Yamaha’s exciting high output CP2 crossplane engine 689cc inline 2-cylinder liquid cooled DOHC with a 270-degree crank that produces a good amount low to mid-range torque and keeps pulling high into the rev range reaching a peak power of 56kw @9000rpm and 68nm of torque @6500 rpm.

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The suspension comes in the form of an adjustable 41mm cartridge fork with 130mm of travel and 142mm of travel on the rear. Both front and rear feature preload and rebound damping making it easy to setup the suspension to suit your needs and style of riding.

2023 Yamaha Tracer 7
2023 Yamaha Tracer 7

ABS front and rear with twin 298mm disc with dual piston calipers on the front and the rear sees a single 245mm disc with Nissin single piston caliper. The brake performance is more than enough and without the top spec branding has help keep the overall price competitive.

Highly rated Michelin Road 6 GT tyres provide plenty of grip and confidence even in wet conditions and are fitted to 17inch 10 spoke style cast alloy wheels, 120/70 front and 180/55 rear respectively.

A new upgraded 5-inch full colour TFT has two themes to choose from Sports or Touring which basically changes the layout with the way the tachometer is displayed with the speedometer being digital in both themes. Other features include dual trip computer, air temperature gauge, fuel consumption & fuel level all of which are easy to read.

The handlebars are well positioned and we liked the hand guards with integrated LED turn signals. The switch gear buttons are well positioned and user friendly except for the menu scroll button, the scroll worked well but the force required to push in and select options was so strong we found ourselves having to wait until stopped to attempt to change any settings.

2023 Yamaha Tracer 7
2023 Yamaha Tracer 7

The fuel tank 17-litre capacity combined with the very efficient CP2 engine averaging 4.3L/100km will see you potentially hitting 400km before needing to stop for fuel if ridden sensibly.

The dual seat is comfortable on the longer rides and the pillion gets a decent portion of seat real estate. It is shaped well providing plenty of support and with a height of 835mm will allow shorter riders to touch the ground easily.

Hitting up the twisty roads is a heap of fun on this motorcycle it handles great and the engine might not have huge power however it has plenty of grunt to your blood pumping. The brakes do a good job and slowing you down in a hurry but more often than not the engine braking was enough to help slow down without needing brakes.

The gearing is good in all scenarios and the clutch has a good feel, we would like to see a quickshifter and slipper clutch added however that would be an increase over the great value price. 

2023 Yamaha Tracer 7
2023 Yamaha Tracer 7

Suspension is on the firm, more on the sportier side than touring but the overall ride is comfortable and with plenty of adjustability both front and rear you can fine tune that to your own preferences. Weighing in at 197kg wet the overall feel is lightweight and is easy to maneouver at any speed.

The riding position is upright and the handlebars are high providing a very comfortable ride and the windscreen does a good job at keeping wind off the rider,  the screen height can easily be adjusted on the move if needed.

We liked the versatility of having the ability to comfortably cruise with your mates on long distance rides, push hard on the twisty runs or zip through peak hour traffic on the daily work commute.

The Tracer 7 sits in the sport touring category yet it misses out on cruise control and it’s not an option to add it disappointingly. 

2023 Yamaha Tracer 7
2023 Yamaha Tracer 7

Available from $15,999 ride away, the 2023 Yamaha Tracer 7 is available in Midnight Black, Redline (Red) and Icon Performance (as tested). You can find out more by visiting the Yamaha Motor Australia website, or by talking to your local dealership.

Our test bike was supplied by Yamaha Motor Australia for review purposes.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Ride Experience
7.5
Style and Comfort
7.5
Braking and Handling
8
Overall Bike Performance
7.5
Value for Money
8.5
Mathew Probert
Mathew Probert
Motorcycling has been in Mathew Probert's blood for more than 30 years, which explains why there are three bikes in his garage. He says there's one for every occasion, but it's dirt bikes that are his passion. He also enjoys the adrenaline rush of taking on some of the best roads in Australia aboard anything with two wheels.

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The Tracer 7 has hit the streets in Australian before as an entry level offering into the sport touring category, for 2023 Yamaha has beefed up the engine and added more features focusing on attracting the more experienced riders looking for a lightweight urban...2023 Yamaha Tracer 7