Yamaha FZ1 Fans Sleep Well, The Fazer Will Continue On

08/15/2014 @ 5:57 pm, by Jensen Beeler5 COMMENTS

Yamaha FZ1 Fans Sleep Well, The Fazer Will Continue On 2014 Yamaha FZ1 635x423

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.

Source: CARB

Comment:

  1. MikeD says:

    Oh well . . . there’s always next year.
    And then there’s so much more to be excited about than this old girl.

  2. Sixty7 says:

    That bike needs a full make over to be able to compete with others in the same group…..my gen 1 fazer is still a better bike than the gen 2 could ever hope to be……

  3. proudAmerican says:

    @ Sixty7–

    You’re definitely right about the Gen 1 being better than the Gen 2! I bought a 2006 FZ-1 (beautiful Shift Red color), hoping it’d be the best all-around bike ever. The bike was a total POS!

    The fuel injection: Absolutely atrocious! The worst fueling I’ve EVER experienced on a bike!

    Suspension: Bargain basement. The bike would abruptly stand-up when using front brakes while turning.

    Powerband: Weak! The bike had absolutely no pull until 7,000 rpm’s. I’ve had two CBR600RR’s—they had more pull in the midrange than my FZ-1 had.

    That 2006 FZ-1 is the bike that single-handedly turned me off of Yamaha forever!

  4. agent55 says:

    Prediction: As Yamaha rolls out the next R1, it’ll repurpose the existing model to a new FZ-1 within a year or two, an obvious move since the current R1 has a fantastic street power plant.

    Question: Why the hell would anyone buy this FZ-1 instead of the over-achieving, $8k FZ-09?!

  5. Bob says:

    Agent55: Because the FZ-09 is a barely competent hedge-magnet? Don’t get me wrong, the FZ1 has plenty of issues, too, but the unconditional love for the FZ-09 is highly misplaced.