Final November, Yamaha Motor Europe revealed a brand new Tracer 9 GT+ at EICMA, a brand new model of its Triple-powered sport tourer outfitted with a 7-inch TFT show, adaptive cruise management, and a radar-linked unified braking system.
Yamaha Motor USA, nonetheless, remained quiet about it, and we later realized the Tracer 9 GT+ was not coming to the States for 2023. The truth is, even the much less techy common Tracer 9 was ignored of Yamaha Motor USA’s returning mannequin bulletins.
For individuals who have been contemplating the GT+, we now have excellent news: Yamaha is getting ready so as to add the Tracer 9 GT+ to its North American lineup for 2024. Affirmation involves us through the California Air Sources Board which issued an govt order for a bike with the mannequin code “MTT9GPRCGY” for the 2024 mannequin 12 months.
For the uninitiated, Yamaha Motor USA mannequin coding consists of the product identifier, a letter for the mannequin 12 months, a “C” for any fashions assembly California’s emissions requirements, and a coloration code. The 2022 Tracer 9 GT was assigned the mannequin codes “MTT9GTNCR” and “MTT9GTNCS” for certification in California. “MTT9GT” stood for the Tracer 9 GT, the “N” adopted the trade customary code for the 2022 mannequin 12 months, “C” clearly stood for California, whereas the R and S represented the 2 coloration choices: purple and Silver.
For the MTT9GPRCGY, this offers us a MTT9GP mannequin for 2024 (“R”), licensed for California (“C”), within the coloration grey (“GY”). The “MTT9” portion tells us the bike is the Tracer 9, leaving us to surmise the “GP” stands for the GT+. Apparently, solely the Plus model has obtained an govt order. Yamaha can at all times add the common Tracer 9 GT to the certification later, however its absence would counsel that solely the GT+ is coming to the U.S. for 2024.
The Tracer 9 GT+ is the primary Yamaha mannequin outfitted with a millimeter wave radar that allows adaptive cruise management. The system measures the gap between the Tracer 9 GT+ and automobiles instantly in entrance, and robotically adjusts the cruise management settings to keep up a protected following distance. In Yamaha’s software, ACC permits riders to pick out considered one of 4 totally different following distances, depicted as a automobile icon and a sequence of white bars on the Tracer 9 GT+’s 7-inch TFT show.
ACC additionally has a cornering help and passing help for the Tracer 9 GT+. Round corners, ACC adjusts nook velocity and acceleration when following behind one other automobile, integrating the engine, brakes and digital suspension to sluggish the bike whereas sustaining stability. When passing, ACC robotically accelerates previous the preset cruising velocity to cross when the rider prompts the flip sign and begins to overhaul one other automobile.
The radar system additionally performs a component within the Tracer 9 GT+’s unified brake system (UBS). Heralded as a primary for bikes, UBS makes use of knowledge from each the radar and the 6-axis IMU to help with braking. The system kicks in when it detects the rider’s braking inputs is probably not sufficient to stop collision with a automobile forward, adjusting braking drive for secure deceleration. As its title suggests, UBS additionally acts as a linked braking system, offering braking with each wheels as wanted when solely the entrance or rear brake controls are utilized. As with ACC, UBS is linked to the digital suspension, adjusting damping to keep up stability.
Together with these security aids, the Tracer 9 GT+ additionally receives a brand new quickshifter, new built-in driving modes, a USB-A outlet, and up to date rear brakes.
We don’t understand how a lot the 2024 Tracer 9 GT+ will price but, although it must be a rise over the Tracer 9 GT’s $14,999 MSRP. We’ll know for sure when Yamaha formally publicizes the Tracer 9 GT+ for the U.S. market.
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