It seems almost that every week brings a potential new Yamaha motorcycle. Ever since the release of the Yamaha FZ-09 (MT-09), more and more derivatives have joined the ranks, including the FZ-07 and FZ-09 Tracer. Now, a sister to the Tracer has been spotted testing, the FZ-07 Tracer.
The appearance of an FZ-07 Tracer undergoing testing really shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise as Yamaha has made it clear it intends to exploit the full potential of their new chassis’ and engines. The bigger FZ-09 Tracer has only been available for a few months and has already been a great success.
From the photos, we can see that The FZ-07 Tracer gets a new front fairing, a new and higher mounted seat and touring windscreen. What will remain the same is the engine, frame and wheels. The front forks appear identical too although it’s difficult to really tell from the photos. We’d hope that the forks were extended in keeping with the ‘adventure’ theme.
The bike pictured testing appears however to have a new swingarm. It’s hard to see the impact on the bike but potentially it may change the wheelbase. Handlebars also look like they’re positioned higher to give the rider a more upright stance. Luggage is obviously an accessory that will be available at launch.
It’s probably still very early days for testing of the Yamaha MT-07, so we wouldn’t expect a release until mid to late next year.