Yamaha factory rider Ben Spies led for most to the second day of MotoGP testing at Sepang before settling for the second best lap the time sheets behind defending World Champion Casey Stoner. Spies rode 37 laps and recorded a time of 2:01.052, which stood as the fastest lap in the morning session. That time […]
Yamaha Files Trademark Application for FJ-09
Yamaha‘s next three-cylinder motorcycle may be a sport-tourer, if a recently-filed trademark application is any indication.
The Tuning Fork brand filed a trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the name “FJ-09” as it applies to “Motorcycles, scooters, three-wheeled scooters and structural parts for all the aforesaid goods.” Following Yamaha’s usual naming conventions, the signs indicate the trademark will be for a new sport-touring model using the same Triple as the FZ-09.
Yamaha has made it clear it plans to introduce more three-cylinder engines following the FZ-09 (or MT-09, as it is known in Europe.) Previously-filed trademark applications for the YZF-R3 and R3 names raised speculation the next triple would be a sportbike, but as per Yamaha’s usual naming convention, the “3″ in R3 is likelier to refer to the engine displacement rather than the number of cylinders.
A three-cylinder FJ-09 sport-tourer makes more sense. Yamaha last used the FJ name from 1984 to 1996 with the FJ1100 and its follow-up, the FJ1200, the predecessors for the still currently-available FJR1300. Yamaha also had a 600cc partially-faired model called the FJ600 (or XJ600, for other markets), the predecessor for the Seca II.
A new FJ-09 would slot in nicely under the FJR1300A and FJR1300ES in Yamaha’s sport-touring lineup, possibly replacing the FZ1.