Trademark applications with the European Union have revealed a new sport-tourer model from Yamaha, which uses the FZ-09 / MT-09 three-cylinder standard as its basis, and looks very similar to the old Yamaha TDM models.
The model seems to be very similar to what was envisioned by designer Oberdan Bezzi, which saw the MT-09 / FZ-09 platform turned into a pair of convincing adventure-touring motorcycles, with a TDM variant as well.
Yamaha has made no secret about its plans to develop more three-cylinder machines, as the Japanese company tries to breath life back into its sales figures and model lineup, post-economic meltdown. With this new sport-touring triple now out of the bag, could the writing be on the wall for loyal FZ1 owners?
Comparing the design to that of the FZ-09, it’s clear that Yamaha has retained much of the FZ-09’s chassis — Motorcycle.com has a great animated GIF illustrating the differences between the two machines.
The big changes come in the shape of the saddle, fuel tank, and handlebars. Obviously, a large windscreen and new headlights have also been fitted, and the rear subframe looks to be completely different as well.
Looking ready for production in the trademark photos, we can expect to see this new three-cylinder Yamaha at the upcoming trade shows this fall, likely either at INTERMOT or EICMA.
Source: OHIM & Motorcycle.com