CARB Documents Reveal Two Yamaha FJ-09 ModelsFri, 12 Sep 2014
In March of this year, MO’s resident sleuth, Dennis Chung, revealed Yamaha filed a trademark application for the FJ09 name. Then in August, Yamaha filed a trademark for the design of a new adventure-touring model which appears to be an FZ-09 with a headlight fairing, and windscreen, as seen in the photo above.
Although details at this moment are scarce, it’s a safe bet that one of the two model designations will be used for this adventure-touring model. We imagine the final version will retain the 17-inch wheels seen here, while having provisions for luggage. It may even share features with Yamaha’s sport-touring rig, the FJR1300, and come with options like cruise control and electronic suspension.
As for the second model designation, our best guess is a half-faired pseudo sport-tourer, perhaps vaguely similar in execution to the old FJ1000 or FJ600. If Yamaha does go this route and bring back a classic model designation for a new bike, it will get instant name recognition from fans of the old FJ-series. Meanwhile, Yamaha will simultaneously expand the model platforms for its 847cc three-cylinder from one bike to three. Considering one of the FZ-09′s major selling points is its affordability, we would expect the FJ09 series of models to also undercut their competition in the price wars.
More details to come as they’re announced.
By Troy Siahaan
See also: Scott Russell Returning To Yamaha Champions Riding School Next Week, Pirelli To Remain Tire Supplier For All World Superbike Classes Through 2018, Yamaha PW50 And TTR Line Back For 2015.