Yamaha already has two sport touring models based on the MT-07 and MT-09, the Tracer 700 and Tracer 900 respectively. Now, Yamaha has filed a trademark application with the European Union Intellectual Property Office for the name “Tracer GT”.
As there is only one MT model left, we can only assume that the Tracer GT is a touring version of the MT-10. Sharing its frame and engine with the current YZF-R1, a MT-10 based tourer would be sitting on the same superbike platform. But Yamaha has already released a MT-10 Tourer Edition earlier this year with accessories like knuckle guards, soft-ABS side cases, a tall windshield, more comfortable seat and a mount for a GPS.
To produce a successful MT-10 derived tourer, Yamaha will need to offer potential buyers more than just a few accessories. Perhaps it’ll come with revised suspension, larger fuel tank and more leg-room for both rider and passenger.
Motorcycle.com thinks Yamaha may put a smaller displacement engine in this GT for a more comfortable and longer range alternative to the Tracer 900 and Tracer 700. But like all trademark filings, there’s no set timetable for when the Tracer GT will be produced nor is it a guarantee that Yamaha will launch a bike using that name.
Perhaps we’ll receive a confirmation at this year’s EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan as that was where the FZ-10 was introduced in 2015.