As a variant of the Yamaha MT-09, the 2017 Yamaha MT-09 Tracer has been launched by official distributor Hong Leong Yamaha Malaysia, at a price of RM52,000, including GST. Based on the MT-09 naked sports bike, the locally assembled MT-09 Tracer adds a sports-touring capability to Yamaha Malaysia’s range.

Carrying the same three-cylinder, 847 cc, liquid-cooled Crossplane 3 power plant as the MT-09, the MT-09 Tracer produces a claimed 115 hp at 10,000 rpm and 87.5 Nm torque at 8,500 rpm, which doesn’t make it a slouch in the power stakes. Power gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox and final drive is by chain.

Standard for the MT-09 Tracer is ABS braking and traction control, both items which are becoming standard for machines above 600 cc these days. Weighing in at 190 kg, the MT-09 Tracer falls nicely into the weight bracket for an almost litre-class sports-tourer, and comes with brackets ready to accept luggage.

The 2017 Yamaha MT-09 Tracer complements to MT-09, and further down the range, the Yamaha MT-07, and carries fuel in an 18-litre tank. Availability of the MT-09 Tracer at authorised Hong Leong Yamaha dealers is from next week, and two colour options are available, Yamaha Blue and Matte Grey.

Currently, the 2016 Yamaha MT-09 retails at RM44,653, while the 2017 Yamaha MT-07 goes for RM36,795. All prices include GST, but exclude road tax, registration and number plates.