Yamaha Trademarks “FJ-09″ for the US Market

03/03/2014 @ 3:28 pm, by Jensen Beeler10 COMMENTS


In the digital age, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) have become a good resource for sleuthing out upcoming machines from motorcycle manufacturers.

The publicly accessible online databases have outed Ducati’s plans to build a “frameless” motorcycle (later known to be a patent for the Panigale), tipped-off the coming of the water-cooled engines to Harley-Davidson, and even hinted at Honda doing something with the Africa Twin name.

Trademark registrations have tipped off bikes like the Ducati Diavel, Ducati Scrambler, and Yamaha YZF-R3; and for today, it seems another motorcycle has been outed by the government agency: the Yamaha FJ-09. Registered with the USPTO, the FJ-09 is likely to be a three-cylinder sport-tourer, if the tuning fork brand keeps to its naming conventions.

Historically, the FJ line has been touring-focused, with the FJR13000 currently towing the sport-touring line here in the United States. It makes sense then that Yamaha could introduce a smaller displacement model for consumers, and it makes even more sense for Yamaha to use the FZ-09 platform to do so.

Yamaha has made no secret about its desire to use three-cylinder engines in upcoming models, and with the FZ-09 (MT-09 for our international readers) being a hit, and relatively cheap to produce, Yamaha has seemingly decided to double-down on its investment.

The timing is appropriate, as A&R just recently published several concept sketches by Oberdan Bezzi, which used the FZ-09 as the basis for a three-cylinder adventure-tourer.

It shouldn’t take much for Yamaha to make the transformation on the FZ-09, a full fairing, some bags, and poof…an affordable, comfortable, and powerful middleweight tourer. Sign us up for one.

Source: USPTO via Motorcycle.com


  1. majortom says:

    Don’t forget the center stand, and a 200+ mile range!

  2. Deeds says:

    Ahh, yes. My long awaited next motorcycle. Good to see my presumptions confirmed.

  3. paulus says:

    Meanwhile, in England… Triumph are in full panic and considering the future

  4. teanau says:

    triumph had a good innings making triples while everyone was of chasing superbike horsepower, providing they were investing modestly in R&D each year they ought to have a suitable answer up their sleeve this year or next.

  5. Vinod says:

    It would be good if Yamaha brings MT-09 and this tourer to India. We don’t have proper tourer in India. FJR 1300 is an expensive one and this FJ-09 will be a moderately priced one which will suit India.

  6. Norm G. says:


    assuming they keep the “tallish” ride height of the MT…? and give it the range closer to that of the 13…? Normstradamus predicts a sales hit for Yamaha. so good, they could almost cease production of the both Tenere and the big FJ and nobody would miss them.

  7. IL8APEX says:

    Triumph asleep at the wheel.

    I’ve been waiting for a Tiger 800 motor stuffed into a Daytona frame and blessed with longer range and all day ergos.

    Hope the FJ is comfortable!


  8. Slble says:

    Is it asking too much of Yamaha to finally make ABS – and maybe even traction control – available in more than like two (big, ugly, expensive) bikes here in the US?? Please?

  9. Scott W says:

    It will have to be better than the new Ninja 1000 ABS, and it could be. Either way, a true, do-it-all middleweight sport-tourer (NOT an adv bike) is what my next bike IS going to be. Wishing Yamaha the best with the development, but don’t take too long.

  10. Jim L says:

    The biggest question is when will it arrive in the US?