A filing with the European Union Intellectual Property Office reveals that Yamaha is to launch a new model under the name Tracer GT.
It’s described as applying to ‘motorcycles, scooters, mopeds, three-wheeled motorcycles, three-wheeled scooters, three-wheeled mopeds and parts and fittings for all the aforesaid goods. However, the name leaves no doubt that the bike will be part of the same family as the existing Tracer 700 and Tracer 900 models.
What exactly will distinguish the Tracer GT? Although we can only speculate, it’s likely that the bike will be simply a variation of an existing Tracer, probably the 900. By adding luggage and perhaps other options-list parts like handguards and a taller screen, Yamaha can instantly create a more touring-oriented version. The firm has already done something similar with the MT-10 Touring Edition, and a Tracer with extra luggage space makes a lot of sense.
There’s also a chance that the Tracer GT could be a more significantly different model. While Yamaha has said that there are no plans for a Tracer derivative of the MT-10, a tourer derived from that bike makes some sense. KTM already offers a touring version of its Super Duke R in the form of the Super Duke GT and it’s been a sales success. Lower in the market, the Suzuki GSX-S1000F and Kawasaki Z1000SX have both shown that faired, touring version of naked roadsters can do well.
Whichever form it takes, the fact Yamaha has applied to trademark the name Tracer GT suggests that such a bike is close to its launch.
It’s not the only new trademark that Yamaha has applied for recently. The firm also has applications in for the names ‘Niken’ and ‘Nyken’ in both Europe and the USA. Both names are intended for motorcycles or scooters, but there’s no clue as to what type of bike they’ll be used on.