Application For ‘FJ-09’ trademark filed by Yamaha

If the recently filed trademark application by Yamaha is to be believed, the bike manufacturing companies’ forthcoming three-cylinder motorcycle may be a sport-tourer.

A trademark application was filed by Yamaha with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for the name “FJ-09” as it applies to “Motorcycles, scooters, three-wheeled scooters and structural parts for all the aforesaid goods.” This move by Yamaha and its usual naming conventions indicate that the trademark will be for a new sport-touring model using the same Triple as the FZ-09.

Following the FZ-09 (or MT-09, as better known in Europe), Yamaha has made it clear that it intends to introduce more three-cylinder engines. These speculations comes as the previously filed trademark applications like YZF-R3 and R3 names raised speculation the next triple would be a sportbike, but as per Yamaha’s usual naming convention, the “3″ in R3 is likey to refer to the engine displacement rather than the number of cylinders.

A three-cylinder FJ-09 makes more sense to be a sports bike. The last FJ name was used by Yamaha from 1984 to 1996 with the FJ1100, followed by FJ1200, and then the currently available FJR1300. Yamaha also had a 600cc partially successful model called the FJ600 (also XJ600, as known in other international markets), the predecessor for the Seca II. The new FJ-09 would fit neatly under the FJR1300A and FJR1300ES in Yamaha’s sport-touring lineup, and perhaps replace the FZ1.

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