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Hate Stories - Isn't this touring machine? I do not like my Yamaha Tracer 900 GT

By Motocheck, 02/06/2019
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Well well well!   Who'd have believed it?   A Tracer rider complaining about the seat, the screen, the suspension.   The 'Three Shite Esses' is the term I coined - use it if you wish.   I wonder what he was expecting when he bought the bike...

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So many contradictions. 

"I dont like the suspension, but I haven't touched the clickers",

"There is a front end wobble, but it might be related to the suspension or air pressure".

The title is "I do not like my Yamaha Tracer 900GT" in the video there are a couple of dislikes (due to lack of setup?) then you finish it by saying "everything else is pretty good, I dont have any other complaints, I think its a matter of getting used to my bike".

I'm not sure what the point of the video is.  In the time it took to make the video you could have adjusted some of the simple things you are complaining about.

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It does seem unnecessarily early to hate a bike.

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Shoulda bought the FJ-09 instead... 🤣. I've done a bunch of trips on my bike and look forward to more of the same this year. Maybe once you buy the t-shirt things will improve. 😛

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Its a Japanese bike designed on Japanese roads (smooth and winding) for the average Japanese rider (5'8" and 150 lbs full kit).

Dont get all butthurt when you find the bike doesnt suit your 6'1" 220 lbs build and highspeed open interstate riding.

No bike is set up perfect out of the crate. I put on a windscreen that suits my height and riding requirements, mirror extenders to see past my elbows, and suspension to handle my luggage and extra farkle weight.

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This is just so dumb on so many levels. Want my 30 seconds back. 

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This guy reminds me of me!

I too bought with the naive illusion that the small 460 pound bike that replaced my 800 pound ST 1300 would be as comfy, quiet, settled and sweet as I was used to.

NOT!.   But, it's 460 pounds --   Yaaaaay!

Buy a Concourse if ya want to ride a couch on the Interstate.

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On a long and boring car-trip across town this morning I couldn't help mulling over this video and the poster's comments and expectations.   Nobody in their right mind would set out on a proper touring trip of multiple back-to-back days in the saddle, or a cross-continent jaunt, on a Vespa scooter or Ducati Panigale, but it could be done.   The penalty would be extreme discomfort, I'd suggest - tho' the Vespa might fare better than the Ducati in that regard!  

The Gen 1 MT-09/ FJ-09 Tracer, allegedly a sports-tourer, derived from the mad-ass hooligan MT-09/ FZ-09 non-Tracer sports-bike, mildly done over with a screen, larger tank, sit-up-and-beg seating position, and (at least in some markets) hard panniers added.    The Gen 2 GT version has some added refinements, notably to suspension and seat, a substantially longer rear swing-arm, plus an upmarket TFT colour display screen and cruise-control.   Engine and transmission is largely untouched, it seems.  If the Gen 1 bike was 95% sports, 5% tourer, then it seems fair to suggest that the Gen 2 bikes are 85% sports, 15% tourer.

Far better pure sports bikes can be bought, and far better pure tourers are plentiful.   If - after very many years of BMW Roadsters and GSs - I had wanted a pure touring machine, I doubt if the Tracer would have made the short-list.  But I walked eyes-open into the Tracer, accepting it for what it was, warts and all, and for the money - even after my AUD$850 or so of farkling - find that it both suits and satisfies me.   But - we are all different!   

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I haven’t watched the video, but I’ve got a pretty good idea from the comments what the overall theme must be.  

I’ve finally pegged the FJ as a hooligan-sport-touring bike.  It’s got enough touring capability to suit what I need, and the hooligan & sport DNA shines through in a really alluring way.   It’s not overly refined, and yes it buzzes and vibrates a bit more than ‘proper’ touring bikes, but that’s why I love the damn thing!   I haven’t ridden a GT, but I suspect it isn’t that far right from the first-gen FJ09, and that’s perfectly fine with me.   

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1 hour ago, texscottyd said:

I haven’t watched the video, but I’ve got a pretty good idea from the comments what the overall theme must be.  

I’ve finally pegged the FJ as a hooligan-sport-touring bike.  It’s got enough touring capability to suit what I need, and the hooligan & sport DNA shines through in a really alluring way.   It’s not overly refined, and yes it buzzes and vibrates a bit more than ‘proper’ touring bikes, but that’s why I love the damn thing!   I haven’t ridden a GT, but I suspect it isn’t that far right from the first-gen FJ09, and that’s perfectly fine with me.   

It seems we are in furious agreement, tex!

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9 hours ago, texscottyd said:

I haven’t watched the video, but I’ve got a pretty good idea from the comments what the overall theme must be.  

I’ve finally pegged the FJ as a hooligan-sport-touring bike.  It’s got enough touring capability to suit what I need, and the hooligan & sport DNA shines through in a really alluring way.   It’s not overly refined, and yes it buzzes and vibrates a bit more than ‘proper’ touring bikes, but that’s why I love the damn thing!   I haven’t ridden a GT, but I suspect it isn’t that far right from the first-gen FJ09, and that’s perfectly fine with me.   

Near perfect description of the bike in my book. Was recently on a very spirited twisty ride with a CBR1000rr and he was flabbergasted at how he couldn't get passed me. Granted that as is the case with most bikes it's more down to the riders ability than the bike in corners, it still shows that the Tracer can definitely handle the corners with the big boys.

My only issue with the GT is even with the suspension on the hard side I find myself constantly grinding the pegs when riding hard

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5 hours ago, bugie said:

Was recently on a very spirited twisty ride with a CBR1000rr and he was flabbergasted at how he couldn't get passed me. Granted that as is the case with most bikes it's more down to the riders ability than the bike in corners, it still shows that the Tracer can definitely handle the corners with the big boys.

 

About a year and a half ago a buddy and I were on a road trip, we stopped at a mini mart for gas and a break.  There was a large group of riders on R1's and a single rider on an FJ - we sat and BS'd with them for awhile and they all agreed that the FJ had no problem staying with the pack while ripping through mountain twisties.  👍

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