The update for 2020 includes not only improvements to the bike’s appearance and aerodynamics, but also some tuning changes to the engine to comply with Euro 5 emissions standards.
Known as a multitasking midsize bike that’s good for both long-distance travel and city riding as well as some limited off-roading, the Tracer 700 has drawn a strong following in many parts of the world since its launch a few years back. Sorry to say, however, that we have still yet to see this sport tourer on our shores.
Now sporting an all-new, twin-LED headlamp arrangement, the 2020 model is endowed with a meaner and sportier fascia than before. It’s quite obvious that the pint-sized headlamps come from the Yamaha YZF-R1 sport bike.
The Tracer 700 also sheds off its previous angular side panels and now wears a pair of restyled side shrouds. According to Yamaha, the updated model will be available in three colors.
Spicing up the bike’s athletic styling are sleek handguards, revised turning lights, a new windscreen, and a more comfortable seat that makes the Tracer 700 more inviting to ride on long-distance journeys. Unchanged for 2020 are the magnesium wheels, the exhaust system, and the tail-end design.
At the heart of the 2020 Tracer 700 is still the very capable 698cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine that it shares with its two other siblings—the MT-07 naked/standard and the XSR700 retro bike, both of which we have here on the local market. The engine, however, now features revised fuel-injection and ignition settings to meet the strict Euro 5 emissions standards.
Again, we ask: Will we see the 2020 Yamaha Tracer 700 in the Philippines soon?