Yamaha’s FZ-09 sport-standard triple is so popular that it’s unlikely a slight price increase for 2015 to $8,190 will have any negative effect on its sales. In fact, that popularity has led Yamaha to spinoff an adventure-styled, sport-touring model variant on the -09 triple platform for 2015 called the FJ-09, which will reach dealerships in December 2014 with prices starting at $10,490. While some were expecting the much-rumored FJ triple to pack some actual adventure cred, perhaps in the form of a 19-inch front wheel, longer suspension travel, etc., for now Yamaha is sticking with the idea that most riders never take their ADV bikes off-road and want more street sport-touring capability instead.
Read our 2014 Yamaha FZ-09 Road Test here
To that end the FJ-09 is based heavily on the FZ-09, sharing its crossplane-concept, liquid-cooled, in-line-three-cylinder, 847cc, fuel-injected engine, and its aluminum main frame and swingarm. The bike also features the Yamaha D-MODE (Drive Mode) variable-throttle-control system, which allows the rider to choose the optimum engine character for the riding situation. Importantly, Yamaha says that both the 2015 FZ-09 and FJ-09 throttle-by-wire and ECUs have been tweaked to improve their throttle response, presumably making them less abrupt, which was a complaint on earlier FZ-09s (and Yamaha added that those who have an issue with their FZ-09’s throttle response should see their dealer, as the new components are retrofittable). The FJ-09 also offers an upright riding position and many position-adjustable components—including windscreen, handlebars, and 33.3- or 33.9-inch seat—designed to further accommodate a wide range of riders and riding preferences. Both the 41mm fork and single rear shock have adjustable spring preload and rebound damping, and the 4.8-gallon fuel tank is 1.1 gallons larger than the FZ-09’s for more range. Cast wheels wear 120/70-17 and 180/55-17 tires, and the FJ-09 weighs a claimed 462 pounds gassed and ready to go.
Hand guards, LED headlights, a centerstand, and both ABS and traction control are standard on the FJ-09, and Yamaha will offer a complete range of custom accessories including a top case, side cases, a taller windscreen, heated handgrips and a comfort saddle seat. The 2015 FJ-09 will be available in two color options, Matte Gray and Candy Red.