Yamaha Tracer 700 Updated For 2020

Sharp new look for European-market sport-touring twin.

Yamaha Tracer 700
Yamaha has given its smallest sport-tourer a face-lift and suspension upgrade, however it is not slated for the US.Yamaha

Yamaha's Tracer 700, a faired sport-tourer version of the MT-07 twin, has been given a completely new look for 2020 that drags its style into line with the latest YZF-R1.

It’s a vast improvement over the previous model, which won fans for its practicality and pricing but wouldn’t win any beauty contests. In comparison, the 2020 design is far sleeker and cleaner despite sharing most of its underpinnings with its predecessor; it’s instantly a more appealing machine.

2020 Tracer 700
While the 689cc CP2 engine and main chassis haven’t changed, a new look and upgraded suspension make the 2020 Tracer 700 more enticing than ever.Yamaha

The key change is the fairing, which now sports two R1-style LED lamps tucked under the main nose section, with a pair of slanted daytime running lamps above them. Either side, the new fairing now melds almost seamlessly into the fuel tank while separate black plastic edges frame the radiator and make the bike look less bulky than before. In front sits a screen that can be manually adjusted with one hand, while the hand guards now incorporate slim LED turn signals.

2020 Tracer 700 front fairing
The 2020 Tracer 700 front fairing looks more Yamaha R model than sport-tourer.Yamaha

Under the skin, the 689cc CP2 parallel-twin engine is tweaked to meet the latest Euro 5 emissions limits with changes to the intake and exhaust as well as electronic tweaks. Performance is virtually unchanged though; power dips a fraction, from 73.75 hp to 72.4 hp, and peaks 250 rpm lower than before, at 8,750 rpm. Torque is unaltered at 50.2 pound-feet at 6,500 rpm.

On board, a new instrument panel looks about a decade newer than the outgoing model’s gray-on-gray, Casio-style LCD, and riders should feel the benefit of revised spring rates and upgraded front suspension with preload and rebound damping adjustment.

Tracer 700 instrumentation
New instrumentation on the 2020 Tracer 700 brings it into the modern age.Yamaha

The lightweight new bodywork offsets any additional mass from the Euro 5 exhaust, bringing the Tracer 700’s total weight to the same 432 pounds as before.

Tracer 700
Write, call, tweet, or whatever to Yamaha. Let them know we want the Tracer 700.Yamaha

Since the previous generation of Tracer 700 didn't reach the USA, there's no indication that the latest version will be coming to these shores anytime soon, but if it proves appealing enough to riders over here in the States, it's hard to imagine Yamaha ignoring a potential market.