Yamaha has enlisted Roland Sands to build a custom concept based on the FZ-09 for EICMA. The finished concept will be the second project in Yamaha’s “Faster Sons” series. A teaser video suggests a dirt-track inspired model, with Sands testing a modified FZ-09 before getting a surprise visit from one Kenny Roberts.
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The Faster Sons philosophy is Yamaha’s take on a common theme we’ve seen from different manufacturers: combining a respect for the past with modern performance and technology. The results are models like the Ducati Scrambler and Husqvarna‘s upcoming Vitpilen and Svartpilen.
Yamaha’s approach is to ask established custom builders for their classic take on a modern motorcycle and then follow it up with a production model. The first Faster Sons bike was the FZ-07-based café racer by Shinya Kimura which served as a lead-in for Yamaha to later announce the XSR700.
Sands’ FZ-09 build will likewise be expected to precede a production model. The video hints at a dirt-track model inspired by Roberts’ TZ750. We’ve already seen a similar idea in a Yamaha Motor USA-produced DT-07 concept, but it’ll be interesting to see what Sands can do with the FZ-09.
Yamaha will show the Roland Sands Faster Son concept at the company’s EICMA presentation on Nov. 16.