A few days ago, Yamaha had registered the Tracer name in India. The Tracer is an Adventure bike in the Yamaha International lineup. Could Yamaha be bringing this car to India? Is it developing a new bike for India? In this article, we are going to go through both possibilities and get as much information as possible on the Yamaha Adventure bike.
The Yamaha Tracer 700 is a 689cc adventure bike that makes 73 bhp and 68 Nm or torque. It has a commanding riding posture and the design is good for long-distance touring. If this bike comes to India it will compete with the Versys 650 and Suzuki V-Strom 650 and would be priced somewhere about Rs 7.6 lakh. Some would hesitate to pay this sum for a twin-cylinder bike but then a lot of adventure bikes benefit from a twin-cylinder layout like this as it has a bottom end torque.
The Tracer 900 comes with a GT variant. It a full-size tourer. It looks like a big bike and can rival 1000cc touring rigs. This bike has a 3 cylinder 847cc engine which makes 115 bhp and 87 Nm of torque. The front look is bulky but does not rob of sporty feeling. This bike is expected at around Rs 12 lakh. The bike does seem fairly priced that the Trace 700 and would make a lot of sense as the engine would be shared with the MT09 which was there in the Indian market.
There is a possibility of an India Specific Tracer. For a long time now Yamaha has had the R15 as their top bike. Which is a 150cc performance bike. Surely there is the Yamaha FZ 250 but that is not really a performance-focused machine. It seems like Yamaha has something that competes with the KTM 390 and an Adventure bike in that category would make a lot of sense. Yamaha would have to beat the high price of the KTM to be competitive. For this, there will be parts sharing but the bike will look its part.
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