So, a bit of an introduction and review of the bike all in one, LoL.
Ever since I turned my 2007 Ducati Monster S4RS into a one-seater, I've been wanting something to ride two-up with my girfriend. See, we had our second date on the Monster, and it was magical. She's been asking me ever since if I'd convert one of my other bikes back to a two-seater so we could ride together. That other bike is a XSR900, which is highly customized, and didn't really want to convert it back, LoL.
But I love that motor so much I thought the Tracer GT would be perfect....and I was right!
The way it came about was pretty fun, not only in the way I got it, but the way I surprised my GF with it.
It seems the Tracer GT has been sold out everywhere for months. I know some folks at Yamaha Corporate and it seems that a rental company bought 300 of them all at once, and my local dealer helped Yamaha facilitate those sales.
My local dealer also has ties with a store up in Utah (I'm in Vegas), and when they called to check they didn't have any either. A few days go by and I get a call saying the Utah store has one after all...awesome!
The only time I could schedule weekend getaway with the GF was the next weekend, due to our schedules. The idea was, to get the bike now, break it in for a week without her knowing, then take her on a two-up touring trip. But the bike was in Utah, and I'm in Vegas. My dealer was going to get it for me but it was going to be a few days...a few days which I didn't have.
Went to the dealer after work on a Friday, did the paperwork (took 10 min), and ordered the Rear Rack, Top Case, Top Case Backrest, and Top Case Lock (to key to my ignition key). Only reason I got the top case was so she would have a backrest and feel more comfortable. I knew it would be way better than a 2007 Ducati Monster S4RS, haha. Found out there was a shuttle to Utah that dropped me a block away from the other dealership, so I was all set to get it the next morning.
So I told my GF I had to go to the airport, and that we were going out of town the next weekend on a surprise trip. To set the stage for this ruse...the last time we flew together it was on Spirit Airlines and they said during the flight if you show up to the ticket counter at odd hours you can great fairs super cheap. So while she was thinking I was at the airport trying to get flights for cheap, I was actually at the airport to catch the shuttle to Utah to get the bike! See, I didn't lie to her, I WAS at the airport! Hehe.
The transaction was seamless, as I already had the paperwork with me since I actually bought it in Vegas. This is the 4th bike I got from these guys (in Vegas), and the owner of the Utah store is part owner of the Vegas store, hence their "ties". He actually used to work at the Vegas store when I got my first bike, so it was like seeing family when I picked it up.
They came in early for me to charge the battery, and we went over the whole bike and did the PDI together. To my surprise, he said the bike has never been started, primed the tank by turning it on a few times to let the fuel pump do it's thing, and fired it up. Sure enough, ZERO miles on the odometer! Not 1 mile, ZERO miles!
Because I was told they didn't have the bike, and now they do, I asked why. So the story goes...a customer had it on deposit since January. It was moved to the back of their shop (way back apparently) and forgotten about. The guy never bought it, and they never put it back into inventory, until we inquired about it.
I'm very particular about how I break in a bike, and I wasn't too keen on spending hours droning along the highway at a constant RPM. You can vary your speed some, but not to the extent I'd prefer.
Luckily, there was a nice twisty road that bypassed a lot of the highway, and then I was able to ride through The Valley of Fire, and come back on the road from Overton to Lake Mead. Made for about a 4 hour ride with varying speeds, rpm, straight and twisty roads, etc. A little bit of everything.
Motor is same as my XSR900, so no surprised there. Thought it would be slower with a little extra weight with the side cases, etc, but didn't feel like it was lacking in power in any way shape or form. Wasn't a fan of the stock windscreen. Had nothing to do with buffeting (I'm 5'8" for reference), but it had to do with the sound. At low speeds, it felt like the air was ripping, if that makes sense. Only other nitpick was the stock seat. It's not bad at all, but the downward sloping does put you close to the tank, (I have the seat in the low position) and if you scoot back some, you will slide forward under braking a bit. I fixed both of those things immediately, but other than that, love the bike.
Got home, did one more ride, and came home and changed the oil after 350 miles.
QUICK FIXES - INSTALLATION OF AFTERMARKET PARTS, ACCESSORIES, ETC.
So, here's the list of parts I installed immediately:
- Yamaha Accessory Rear Rack (needed for the 39l Top Case. Installed in 3 minutes, super simple)
- Yamaha Accessory 39l Top Case (chose this because it's a little taller than the bigger version, and the only reason I got it was for a back rest for my GF, so I thought taller would be better, as there would be more surface area vertically for her to lean against)
- Yamaha Accessory Backrest for 39l Top Case (you have to drill 3 holes to install, and the top case is already marked for it - simple as pie)
- Yamaha Accessory Lock for 39l Top Case (wanted the top case keyed to my ignition key. Install was a snap, works perfectly)
- Yamaha Comfort seat set (Less forward lean, and the two raised cushion areas grab you better to prevent sliding forward. All in all better than the stock seat by far.)
- MRA Touring Windscreen (It's actually about the same size as the stock one, but it's curved back towards the rider. That ripping of the air sound is now gone, and I didn't notice any buffeting issues. Install was a snap.
- R&G Lower Frame Sliders
- R&G Radiator Guard
- R&G Bar End Sliders
THE SURPRISE TOURING TRIP
So, I'm at my GF's house early Sat morning (I stayed over). I say we have to go to my house before we leave because I got her an outfit that I forgot to pack. We go back to my place, and I show her all her Moto gear I got her. She's like awesome, but how am I gonna take it on the plane? I said, remember when you wanted me to convert the XSR900 back to a two-seater? Let me show you I said. I took her down to the garage, and when she saw the Tracer GT I said yeah, I'm not doing that, I got his for us instead! She loved it!
We then left for our 800 mile journey. Went to Sedona, AZ, stayed the night, and then came back through the Grand Canyon South Rim.
Couldn't be happier!