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2015 Yamaha FJ-09 — Three Cylinders of Budget Touring

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A bike that we know has been coming down the pipe for quite some while, the 2015 Yamaha FJ-09 (or the Yamaha MT-09 Tracer, as our European readers will know it) is finally a reality. No more trademark applications, no more CARB filings, no more leaked photos, the budget-minded three-cylinder sport-tourer is here, debuting at the EICMA show today.

As expected, the Yamaha FJ-09 is based off the Yamaha FZ-09 platform, gaining longer suspension pieces and more touring features for its purpose. The windscreen, handlebars, and seat are all adjustable, allowing one to tailor the ride to their preferences. And with a 4.8 gallon fuel tank, that ride can go quite some distance.

Like the FZ-09, the FJ-09 comes with a ride-by-wire throttle, ABS brakes, traction control, and adjustable riding modes. Yamaha also has a range of accessories for the Yamaha FJ-09, helping riders add luggage and other touring items to the new sport-tourer.

Available in either Matte Grey or Candy Red, the 2015 Yamaha FJ-09 will be available in the USA and Canada. American riders can expect the new FJ-09 to be in dealers in November 2014, with a price tag of $10,490 MSRP.

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Technical Specifications of the 2015 Yamaha FJ-09 / MT-09 Tracer (Europe):

Engine
Engine Type 847cc liquid-cooled inline 3-cylinder, DOHC, 12 valves
Bore x Stroke 78.0 x 59.1mm
Compression Ratio 11.5:1
Fuel Delivery Fuel Injection
Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission 6-speed; multiplate wet clutch
Chassis
Suspension / Front 41mm fork; adjustable preload and rebound damping; 5.4-in travel
Suspension / Rear Single shock; adjustable preload and rebound damping; 5.1-in travel
Brakes / Front ABS, Dual hydraulic disc, 298mm
Brakes / Rear Hydraulic disc, 245mm
Tires / Front 120/70-ZR17M/C
Tires / Rear 180/55-ZR17M/C
Dimensions
L x W x H 85.0 x 37.4 x 53.0 – 54.1 in
Seat Height 33.3 or 33.9 in
Wheelbase 56.7 in
Rake (Caster Angle) 24°
Trail 3.9 in
Fuel Capacity 4.8 gal
Fuel Economy** 44 mpg
Wet Weight*** 462 lb
Other
Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)

Source: Yamaha

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Jensen Beeler

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