Spy shots from the next generation Yamaha Tracer 9 GT was circulated online in July and showcased the sports tourer getting a major upgrade.

  • 2023 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT to feature radar-assisted cruise control.
  • Patents confirmed the radar unit to sit between the front headlight. 

Reports from reputable media at the time, including CycleWorld indicates that the Tracer 9 GT will feature radar sensor technology. 

However, latest development has confirmed that the Yamaha Tracer 9 GT is getting the  radar technology according to a new patent.

That said, this suggest that the Tracer would become the most affordable (or least expensive) motorcycle to feature the fancy radar-assisted adaptive cruise control and emergency braking systems.

More importantly, Yamaha did a great job to hide the ugly electronic unit as opposed to the Ducati’s Multistrada V4, KTM’s 1290 Super Adventure S and BMW’s R 1250 RT.

Based on the patent, the radar unit can be seen nestled between the Tracer 9 GT’s lower headlights.

Also, Yamaha fitted a thin cover in front of the hardware to ensure better protection from mud, gravel, water or insects from hitting the sensor directly.

In addition, if the thin cover is scratched or chipped, it can be cheaply replaced. 

Yamaha is likely to introduced the new technology to the 2023 Tracer 9 GT.  

The French government has expanded its noise radars from Paris to other places around the country.

  • Noise radar detects any motorcycles that register more than 90dB.
  • The technology is expected to expand across Europe.  

Dubbed the “Medusa”, these noise radars feature a 360-degree camera with several microphones to capture vehicles that fit loud exhaust.

The purpose of the noise radars is to stop the public from fitting loud exhaust to their vehicles, especially motorcycles.

Why motorcycles? According to L’Automobile Magazine, bikers have become a nuisance in the village of Saint-Forget in the Yvelines region, with over 500 bikers with loud pipes disrupting the tranquillity in the area. 

Politicians in the Chevreuse Valley also claimed that it is common for motorcycles to record up to 130dB in the area. 

That said, French authorities have introduced a limit of just 90dB, with those caught can be fined as much as EUR135 (RM600).

According to previous reports, the technology is set to be introduced across Europe, with the UK set to follow suit after testing similar technology in some areas. 

Baru-baru ini, beberapa gambar ‘spy shot’ mendedahkan bahawa Yamaha Tracer 9 GT akan dinaik taraf dengan teknologi radar.

Kehadiran teknologi itu bermakna Tracer 9 GT baharu itu akan menawarkan fungsi ‘Adaptive Cruise Control’ sepertimana yang terdapat pada Ducati Multistrada V4, KTM 1290 Super Adventure dan BMW R 1250 RT.

Bagaimanapun, motosikal sport touring dari Yamaha itu dijangka hanya akan menggunakan teknologi radar depan sahaja berbanding Multistrada V4 dan 1290 Super Adventure yang mempunyai radar dibelakang bagi fungsi ‘Blind Spot Detection’.

Namun, ketiadaan teknologi radar di bahagian belakang juga mungkin antara aspek yang telah dipertimbang Yamaha dalam usaha memastikan Tracer 9 GT masih lagi dalam linkungan harga mampu milik berbanding jenama Eropah lain.

Namun, dalam perkembangan terbaru, Yamaha juga akan menaik taraf bahagian papan pemuka Tracer 9 GT.

Sumber: CycleWorld

Berdasarkan gambar ‘spy shot’ terbaru, jelas menampakkan sebuah paparan skrin TFT berwarna tunggal menggantikan skrin berkembar 3.5-inci yang terdapat pada model sebelumnya.

Skrin yang lebih besar itu juga memberi bayangan bahawa Yamaha akan menawarkan fungsi ‘smartphone connectivity’ bagi membolehkan penunggang menghubungkan telefon pintar kepada skrin untuk tujuan navigasi dan sebagainya.

Walaupun Yamaha masih belum mengumumkan sebarang tarikh pelancaran bagi generasi baharu Tracer 9 GT, melihat kepada rupa bentuknya yang serba lengka dan siap sepenuhnya, pastinya pengumuman itu akan dibuat tidak lama lagi.

It looks like Kawasaki is next in line to adopt the radar assisted adaptive cruise control with the 2022 H2 SX after BMW R 1250 RT, Ducati Multistrada V4 and the recently launched KTM 1290 Super Adventure S.

Kawasaki inked a deal with Bosch over the ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) back in 2019, including the adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning system, and rear blind spot monitoring setups.

However, in a statement, Kawasaki suggests that they haven’t set a date for the introduction of the ADAS system.

Nonetheless, it looks like Kawasaki already has the answer with the 2022 H2 SX that was recently caught testing with the fancy radar.

Based on the images shown, the H2 SX had the front headlamp revised to accommodate the Bosch radar sensor, although there is no significant styling change to the overall design.

The system is much like the Multistrada V4, R 1250 RT and 1290 Super Adventure S, enabling adaptive cruise control and blind-spot detection.

The adaptive cruise control operates by detecting and reading the front vehicle and makes necessary adjustments to the motorcycle distance and speed.

While the radar is visible on the Ducati, BMW and KTM, Kawasaki managed to “hide” it via a cleverly sculpted cover.

However, the recent spied photo does not reveal the rear radar, which usually sits below the rear light unless Kawasaki has a way of hiding it.

Recent reports also suggest Kawasaki will introduce a radar-equipped Versys 1000.

  • Kawasaki adalah pengeluar terkini yang sedang mengusahakan pembangunan teknologi radar untuk motosikal keluaran mereka.
  • Sebuah paten yang telah difailkan oleh mereka telah mempamerkan sebuah sistem dengan radar hadapan dan belakang.
  • Sistem ini berfungsi bersama dengan brek dan juga pendikit.


  • Kawasaki is the latest manufacturer to work on equipping their bikes with radar.

  • Their patent filings show a system with front and rear radars.

  • The system works together with the brakes and throttle.

Kawasaki is the latest manufacturer to work on equipping their bikes with radar.

It is learned that Kawasaki’s system will either warn the rider or engage automated braking if it senses an imminent collision. In their patent filing, the system utilizes a front and rear radar detector. In turn, the radars control the brakes and throttle.

The front radar will scan the road ahead and apply the brakes if there are hazards. The rear radar, on the other hand, will detect fast approaching vehicles and alert the rider to take evasive action.

Kawasaki isn’t the first maker to develop a radar system.

Suzuki is working on equipping their bikes with radar reflectors to make them more visible to radars in other vehicles. Whereas Honda may equip the next Gold Wing with automated braking. All 2020 Ducatis will have front and rear radars in addition to cornering ABS. KTMs will feature adaptive cruise control and blind spot awareness system by 2021.

Vehicle radar technology isn’t merely experimental, as all new European-made cars are mandated to be fixed with automated or emergency braking systems in 2020. The decision follows joint studies by European NCAP and Australasian NCAP that automated brakes can reduce collisions by 38%.

So yes, bikes will definitely be equipped with radars soon.

  • Suzuki mungkin akan melengkapkan lebih banyak pemantul radar pada model mereka yang akan datang.
  • Ini menjadikan motosikal lebih mudah dikesan oleh radar pada kenderaan berautonomi.
  • Ducati dan KTM juga dalam usaha melengkapkan radar pada motosikal mereka.


  • Suzuki may fit more radar reflectors on their future models.

  • It makes the bike more visible to radars on autonomous vehicles.

  • Ducati and KTM are working on fitting radar to their bikes.

Do you know that autonomous cars are already in the market now? That’s why Suzuki wants their future motorcycles to be more visible to radar, reports Australian Motorcycle News.

An “autonomous car” means it “self-drives.” It drives without the driver touching the steering wheel and brake pedal. As in the case of a Volvo XC70 we rode in, the car identifies the road and other vehicles. It automatically steered through long corners and slowed down or brake when there is another vehicle in front.

However, motorcycles provide the biggest challenge. Bikes have much smaller cross sections and are much nimbler than your average family car. Consequently, the radars fitted to autonomous cars may find motorcycles harder to pick up.

This is why Suzuki wants to fit more radar reflectors on their bikes. It’s the opposite of stealth fighter jets that work on the principle of deflecting and/or absorbing radar waves. (Doesn’t sound good for speeders, though.)

These deflectors are something like “stick on” solutions, instead of being powered.

Suzuki isn’t the only manufacturer working on radar solutions. Ducati promised a radar-equipped model in 2020, while KTM is also working on one. Vehicle electronics component maker Bosch is reportedly working on an “off-the-shelve” solution for front and rear radar system.

Source: Australian Motorcycle News


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