2020 Yamaha Super Ténéré And FJR1300ES First Look

Yamaha fleshes out its 2020 lineup, which also includes the Tracer 900 GT.

2020 Yamaha Super Tenere ES
The Super Ténéré ES rolls into Yamaha’s adventure-touring series as the sole model available for 2020 (the Ténéré 700 is a 2021 model).Courtesy Yamaha Motor Corp.

Yamaha continues to fatten up its 2020 US lineup with the addition of carryover models in the adventure-touring and sport-touring categories, which includes, respectively, the Super Ténéré ES and the FJR1300ES and Tracer 900 GT. There's no sign of either Niken model this year.

Not surprisingly, Yamaha isn’t doing anything earth-shattering for its 2020 lineup, perhaps biding its time for 2021 redesigns on a grander scale. So for this year, the off-road-capable Super Ténéré ES is back unchanged, as are the more-long-haul-ready sport-touring Tracer 900 GT and FJR1300ES models. The three bikes join the Star Venture announced in June as part of the 2020 Touring lineup, but the FJR1300A and Tracer base model are nowhere to be seen in that grouping.

2020 Yamaha Super Tenere ES
A compact 1,199cc parallel twin, tunable electronic suspension (the ES part of the name), and adventure-ready ergonomics mean the Super Ténéré ES is ready for either dirt or street.Courtesy Yamaha Motor Corp.

Super Ténéré ES Overview:

The Super Ténéré's versatility is what separates it from its adventure-touring peers, which basically means it favors long-haul comfort over supremacy in the dirt. The compact 1,199cc parallel twin-cylinder engine features a unique 270-degree crank for excellent torque and traction, with tunable electronic suspension and adjustable seat and adventure-ready ergonomics all chipping in to help your cause when you venture off road. The drive shaft means low maintenance, and electronic rider aids boost your—and the bike's—prowess in varying conditions. You get one color for the 2020 Super Ténéré ES—Ceramic Ice—and it will start arriving in Yamaha dealers December 2019. MSRP is $16,299.

2020 Yamaha FJR1300ES
This one’s made for traveling, with a silky-smooth 1,298cc inline four-cylinder powerplant and adjustability for virtually every component. So no changes for 2020, just the new Liquid Graphite color scheme.Courtesy Yamaha Motor Co.

2020 FJR1300ES Overview

Will we see any big changes for the stalwart FJR1300ES in 2020? Not really. All you get is a new color option, this one called Liquid Graphite. Otherwise it's business as usual with that reliably smooth-running 1,298cc inline four-cylinder engine and rider-friendly features like tunable electronic suspension, electronic rider aids, lean angle-sensitive LED cornering headlights, an electronically adjustable windscreen, adjustable handlebars, adjustable rider seat height, and integrated quick-release side cases. The heated handlebar grips will be a boon on serious expeditions, as will the 6.6-gallon fuel tank, all of which make the Yamaha FJR1300ES a superb sport-touring weapon. The 2020 FJR1300ES will begin arriving at dealers March 2020, with an MSRP of $17,999.

2020 Yamaha Tracer 900 GT
The Tracer 900 GT offers a comfortable, powerful, and compelling option for the middleweight touring space in 2020. There are no new changes for 2020.Courtesy Yamaha Motor Corp.

2020 Tracer 900 GT Overview

The bike we called the "best evolution of a sport-tourer" last year is back for 2020. Yamaha's Tracer 900 GT may look pretty mild, but underneath all that practical sport-touring exterior lurks the powerful CP3 847cc inline triple-cylinder engine. Still, don't get your hopes up; the Tracer 900 GT remains unchanged for 2020—probably because it showed up in Yamaha's lineup last year as a "new" model—though it still serves up a spirited and comfortable ride thanks to that aforementioned powerplant, which just happens to make it a pretty good fit for daily commutes, fun rides on winding roads, and perfectly suited to long-distance getaways.

The Tracer 900 GT retains the travel-friendly amenities that make all that possible, with electronic rider aids, adjustable suspension, QSS, a height-adjustable windshield, an adjustable rider seat height, integrated side cases, a generous 4.8-gallon fuel tank, and more. The 2020 Tracer 900 GT gets a Matte Raven/Reddish Copper color scheme for 2020 and will start showing up at dealers December 2019. MSRP will be $12,999.

2020 Yamaha Tracer 900 GT
We called the Tracer 900 GT the “best evolution of a sport-tourer” last year, as it’s a major evolution of the previous FJ-09.Courtesy Yamaha Motor Corp.