2021 Yamaha Tracer 7 GT Announced, Not Coming to USA

Another machine we’d like to see make its debut in the US

Yamaha gave sport-touring riders in the states something to cheer with the announcement that the Tracer 9 GT would be available in 2021 (if they have deep pockets or good credit history, that is). However, another possibly more mass-appealing bike won’t be debuting here just yet. That bike is the Tracer 7 GT, which does get a refresh for the coming model year, but it will only be available in international markets.

2021 Yamaha Tracer 7 GT.Yamaha

The 7 GT is powered by the same crossplane twin that’s found in the MT-07, which has already proven itself to be a fun and capable powerplant. Plopping that mill into an upright touring motorcycle would put a lot of midsize, legacy touring rides currently available in the US, like the Versys 650 or V-Strom 650, on high alert. Especially if the bike stayed at or below $8,500.

An upgraded seat is just one of the perks of the new Tracer 7 GT.Yamaha

The addition of Yamaha accessories, like side cases, a taller and wider windscreen, and an updated seat, give it some notable credentials that others in the US segment sometimes lack. Add to that the preload- and rebound-adjustable suspension front and rear, and you have a midrange sport-touring bike with options that will run you more than $9,000 at other dealerships.

The adjustable windscreen is taller and wider than before.Yamaha

Yamaha has often let models gain acclaim overseas before debuting in the states, so it’s likely we’ll see a 7 GT as soon as 2022. Particularly in light of the fact that Yamaha has given the engine platform the necessary updates to comply with Euro 5 regulations. It’ll want to make sure it squeezes as much juice from that fruit as possible.

A midsize sport-touring bike that would be a hit in the US.Yamaha

Conjecturing aside, this is a strong platform in a segment that enjoys quite a bit of popularity in the USA. As far as I’m concerned it’s only a matter of time before we see Tracer 7 GTs in our neighborhood. It just would have been nice to see it arrive this February.

The Tracer 7 GT makes use of the 689cc twin also found in the MT-07.Yamaha
Side cases come standard.Yamaha
2021 Yamaha Tracer 7 GT.Yamaha
2021 Yamaha Tracer 7 GT.Yamaha