When we saw that Yamaha had a sport-tourer based off the FZ-09, we had some worry for fans of the Yamaha FZ1. The venerable “Fazer” is certainly long in the tooth, and one doesn’t have to have an overly active imagination to see the FZ1 being replaced by an FZ-09 variant.
Applying for CARB certification this week though, Yamaha seems content to sell the four-cylinder Yamaha FZ1 within the borders of the Golden State in 2015, presumably along with the rest of the United States.
That fact seems to suggest two scenarios: 1) the FZ-09 based sport-tourer won’t be coming to the United States next year, or 2) Yamaha sees enough differentiation between the two machines that they can coexist in the same model lineup — whether that be a cylinder, a price point, or more off-roady TDM heritage.
If we had to guess though, we would say the triple isn’t coming to the US in 2015, but that’s just our speculation. We’ll know more after the INTERMOT and EICMA shows are done in a few months’ time. Stay tuned.