Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Central Kentucky
I own a 2013 Ninja 1000 and 2019 Tracer 900 GT. Both bikes have ECU's flashed by Ivan. The Ninja is more on the sport side of the sport touring equation for sure with a more aggressive riding position that is still pretty comfortable. The Ninja also has more low and midrange power. The Tracer is more comfortable with better ergonomics…… a more upright riding position and more legroom. The triple engine in the Tracer is brilliant with plenty of power everywhere. At low rpm it pulls strong and just keeps ripping all the way to red line, never feeling strained. The Tracer feels lighter in transitions from corner to corner and tips into the corners with less effort but runs out of ground clearance before the Ninja. If I want to aggressively attack the twisties, the Ninja is the slightly better choice. For longer rides or multi day road trips the Tracer is the better choice. Tracer comes loaded with nice features like TC and ABS, slip/assist clutch, cruise control, heated grips, quick shifter, TFT display and standard panniers. The new 2020 Ninja has these things as well but only the 2020. The TC/ABS on the Ninja is more advanced with the 5 axis IMU. I was glad to find out that Ivan has a reflash for the Tracer as the stock fueling was a little abrupt in fuel map "A".
If I had to pick between the two and was getting a 2020 model I would go for the Ninja. If looking at a 2019 or older Ninja, the Tracer GT becomes more attractive with all the standard features. Both are excellent bikes and you can not go wrong either way.
2013 Ninja 1000.....Osram Nightbreakers, Pazzo levers, Vesrah pads, Puig screen, R&G frame sliders / case covers / axle protector, Sargent seat, PC5 with Ivans fuel map and ECU reflash, Akrapovic full exhaust, forks and shock rebuilt by Traxxion Dynamics.
2019 Yamaha Tracer 900 GT
Last edited by Johnmark101; 11-06-2019 at 07:13 PM.