Safety is the top priority with any type of vehicle, even if it is a two-wheeled unit called a motorcycle. Whether driving a car or motorcycling, no one can deny the importance of safety when traveling. While the human factor has a major impact on road safety, technology can help reduce, if not eliminate, all of the dangers of cycling.
Many motorcycle manufacturers do not rely solely on the human factor to ensure that everyone who enters their vehicle remains safe while moving from point A to point B. Hence, they employ many technological features to create a safe bike. Of course, a good bike needs a good rider, but nothing is more desirable than a technology-packed bike on the road.
This is certainly true of Yamaha’s sport touring bike. The motorcycle manufacturer advertises the year 2023 Jamaica Tracer 9 GT+ as its latest Sport-Touring flagship showcasing the promising handling at the 2022 edition of EICMA ((Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori) in Milan, Italy.
Yamaha’s Tracer 9 GT+ is a tech-heavy sport touring bike that would impress its riders, making it one of the most desirable bikes to ride on the road.
Technology loaded with adaptive cruise control
Building on the already versatile Yamaha Tracer 9 GT sport touring bike, the new Yamaha Tracer 9 GT+ 2023 features Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). This function uses a millimeter-wave radar system that can constantly measure the distance between the sport touring bike and the vehicle in front. ACC uses this information to control cruising speed, acceleration and deceleration.
With the ACC, the Tracer 9 GT+ can follow the vehicle in front with four different distance options that the driver can activate and set via the 7-inch TFT display. White bars represent the following distance, with one bar confirming the shortest following distance and four bars corresponding to the shortest following distance.
If ACC determines that the Tracer 9 GT+’s following distance does not match the selected option, the system notifies the driver of the most appropriate action to take. This also applies if the motorcycle’s current state of acceleration or deceleration does not match the selected following distance.
In addition, the ACC has what is known as “Overtaking Assist” which can accelerate or speed up the Tracer 9 GT+ to overtake a vehicle in front. However, the driver must first turn on the turn signal before the ACC can activate this feature. ACC operates between 18.6 mph and 99.4 mph, with speeds adjustable via a switch. To disable ACC, the driver simply has to brake for more than a second or hold the clutch lever.
Unified braking system provides stopping power
However, ACC is not the only impressive high-tech feature of the new 2023 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT+. The sport touring bike is also equipped with the so-called Unified Brake System, which is basically a radar-coupled active system that uses the data from the millimeter-wave radar and the 6-axis IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit).
As the name suggests, the Unified Brake System assists the bike’s braking power by regulating the front and rear braking forces through the Bosch hydraulic unit, which could optimize the control and preload of the braking system. It has three main elements that only work when the driver engages the BC (Brake Control).
As a first element, Brake Assist would step in when it senses an imminent collision, with Front and Rear Brake Assist adjusting the braking forces on both wheels. The second element of the system is the fact that the Unified Brake System can adjust front/rear brake force distribution. The third element concerns the cornering brake control, which could instantly adjust the driver’s braking forces and thereby prevent tire slip.
According to Yamaha, it has linked the Unified Brake System to the electronic suspension, allowing it to adjust front and rear suspension damping to maintain chassis stability.
Same engine but new 3rd generation quickshifter
In terms of power, Yamaha’s 890cc CP3 triple engine remains unchanged from the 2022 Tracer 9 GT, delivering 117 hp of maximum power and 68 lb-ft of maximum torque. In the 2023 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT+, the motorcycle manufacturer combined it with its third-generation quickshifter, which the company has integrated into the ACC.
This new third-generation Tracer 9 GT+ quickshifter does not disengage when the rider shifts; It can downshift when accelerating or even upshift when decelerating. The Quickshifter can do all this without deactivating the cruise control.
The necessary support is provided by the KYB Actimatic Damper System and an electronic suspension system that constantly communicates with the other systems, sensors and the different riding modes of the bike. Interestingly, the Tracer 9 GT+ offers four built-in driving modes: “Sport”, “Street”, “Rain” or “Custom”. Custom mode allows the driver to manually select personal intervention settings for various driver aids.
Other elements of the new 2023 Tracer 9 GT+ include an ergonomic handlebar shift center, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, refined pannier mounts with a dampening system, and a revised rear brake caliper, rear master cylinder and rear brake pedal. Yamaha will begin selling the Tracer 9 GT+ in May 2023.