Yamaha’s been releasing a slew of 2023 model updates in the run-up to the EICMA Milan show.
There’s a brand new fourth-generation YZF-R125 learner-legal sportsbike, an overhaul for the Ténéré 700 and Rally Raid adventure machinery, plus model refreshes and equipment upgrades across the MT125 and MT-07 range of roadsters.
Starting off with the new YZF-R125, this is the first big update to the eighth-litre sportster since the third generation machine was launched in 2019. There’s an all-new bodywork layout, with a redesigned fairing that echoes the style of the most recent R1 and R7 sportsbikes. New LED position lights and headlight give a more aggressive look to the front end, and there’s also a proper full colour five-inch LCD dashboard, complete with smartphone link, like on the bigger bikes.
On the chassis front, there’s tweaked steering geometry and a new R1-style top yoke, while the suspension and brakes are mostly as you were.
The engine stays the same too – the high-tech variable-valve unit one of the most satisfying 125cc machines to ride, thanks to the broad spread of torque. Now, it comes pre-wired for a quickshifter – and also now boasts a full traction control setup as well as the standard dual-channel ABS setup. Traction control is perhaps a little bit moot on such a low-powered machine: though learners arguably need all the safety nets they can get…
The acclaimed Ténéré 700 adventure bike family gets some sweet equipment updates too: a new colour LCD dashboard, with smartphone connectivity, as well as a new USB charging socket, and pre-wiring for an official accessory quickshifter.
Finally, the Yamaha MT-125 and MT-07 also get the full colour LCD dashboard upgrade, complete with the Yamaha MyRide smartphone connection system. The MT-07 is also now supplied with plug-and-play wiring for the official Yamaha quickshifter, while the MT-125 also comes with the same traction control system as on the new YZF-R125.
Prices and availability for all the new 2023 Yamaha Ténéré 700s, MT-125 and MT-07 and YZF-R125 are to be confirmed: expect an announcement around the NEC bike show at the end of November.
New dynamic R-Series body design
New bi-functional compact LED headlight
New R7-inspired LED position lights
New R1-inspired 5-inch dual-theme TFT instruments
New programmable shift light and rpm range
New smartphone connectivity via CCU using Bluetooth
New traction control system
New R1-inspired upper triple clamp and handlebar switches
New pre-wiring for quickshifter
Sporty, comfortable and commanding riding position
Torque rich 125cc EURO5 4-stroke engine with VVA (Variable Valve Actuation)
KYB 41mm upside down front forks
292mm floating front disc / 220mm rear disc
Lightweight cast aluminium swingarm
11-litre fuel tank
Radial mount front brake caliper
Deltabox frame with optimised geometry
2-piece rider/passenger seat, 825mm rider seat height
Michelin Pilot Street tyres: 100/80-17 front / 140/70-17 rear
New generation R-Series colours and graphics
Yamaha’s given its sport-touring model lineup a revamp for 2023…
Yamaha’s given its sport-touring model lineup a revamp for 2023, with an all-new high-tech Tracer 900 GT+, plus a host of upgrades to the tech and equipment on the Tracer 700 and Niken three-wheeler models.
First up is the Tracer 900 GT+ – a new model with even more tech added to the excellent Tracer 900 GT foundations. That bike was launched back in 2021 with IMU-assisted rider aids, electronically-adjustable semi-active suspension, hard luggage and more.
The GT+ takes that formula, and adds the first radar-assisted cruise control system seen on a Yamaha. The Adaptive Cruise Control system uses millimetre wave radar to control the distance to the vehicle ahead when using Cruise Control. The system automatically adjusts the engine braking control and also uses a new Unified Brake System to maintain speed and distance to the vehicle in front – and it even fettles the suspension to optimise rider and passenger comfort. The active cruise control is also optimised with the quickshifter, so you can change gears up and down without disengaging the cruise control.
The GT+ also gets a massive new 7” colour TFT LCD screen, with Garmin navigation and extensive communication and multimedia functions. New switchgear with joystick control, refined suspension, larger rear disc brake and improved seat rounds off the GT+ model upgrades.
Tracer 900 GT + tech highlights
- New Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
- New radar-linked front/rear assisted Unified Brake System (UBS)
- New millimetre wave radar
- New 7-inch full colour TFT meter instruments
- New smartphone connectivity
- New Garmin enabled full-screen navigation
- Refined and integrated KYB electronically controlled suspension
- New Communication Control Unit
- New integrated riding modes
- New ergonomic handlebar switch clusters
- New USB A outlet
- Refined height-adjustable rider’s seat and new seat cover material
- New clear smoke front/rear brake fluid reservoirs
- Dedicated colouring and finishing
- Refined sidecase mounts with damper system
- New third generation quickshifter for seamless acceleration
- Larger diameter rear disc brake
- Revised rear caliper, rear master cylinder and rear brake pedal
- EU5 890cc CP3 engine producing strong, linear torque
- Ride-by-wire throttle with APSG and YCC-T
- 6-Axis IMU plus lean-sensitive rider aids
- Lightweight CF aluminium die-cast frame
- Full LED lighting and cornering lights
- Large 10-level adjustable windscreen
- Heated grips
- Hard side cases
- Centre Stand
Away from the Tracer 900, the Tracer 7 range gets a new 5” full colour LCD dashboard with smartphone connectivity, along with tweaks to the front suspension, and pre-wiring for an up/down quickshifter fitment. Both the Tracer 7 and Tracer 7 GT also have larger 298mm front brake discs, for improved stopping power and performance.
On the three-wheeled front, the firm’s unique Niken GT has a new more powerful engine – the Euro5 ride-by-wire version of the 890cc CP3 triple motor used on the MT-09 and Tracer 900 models. It also has a series of detail upgrades, including a new seat, new clutch, new adjustable windscreen, upgraded switchgear and revised electronic engine control unit.
The frame, rear suspension and exhaust are also new. Finally, the Niken gets the same 7” TFT colour dash upgrade as the Tracer 900 GT+, with smartphone connectivity