Yamaha revealed a new sport-tourer based on its three-cylinder FZ platform called the FJ-09 (or if you’re in Europe, the MT-09 Tracer). Slotting in beneath the FJR1300, the FJ-09 will arrive in U.S. showrooms in December carrying a $10,490 price tag.

Of course, the FJ-09’s existance shouldn’t be a surprise to MO readers after a series of leaks from trademark applications, patent filings, CARB certifications and a leaked photo. Finally, we can report on the technical details.


The layered fairing is designed to offer wind protection and aerodynamic efficiency without too much wind noise. The fairing also holds the twin LED headlights built into reflector lenses that can be adjusted without tools.

The adjustability theme continues elsewhere on the FJ-09. The windscreen is adjustable without tools to three different heights set 15mm apart to suit riders of different heights. The seat can also be adjusted to either a 33.3-inch or 33.9-inch seat height while the tapered handlebars are adjustable up to 10mm.

The engine is based on the FZ-09’s 847cc Triple, claiming 113 hp at 10000 rpm and 64.5 lb-ft. at 8500 rpm. Yamaha developed three selectable ride modes specific to the FJ-09 for different riding characteristics. Also new to the FJ-09 is a switchable traction control system.


Yamaha equipped the FJ-09 with a large multi-function dot matric display separated into two screens. The left screen offers the speedometer and tachomoter while the smaller right screen shows the selected gear, odometer, trip meter and fuel consumption.

From the frame down, the FJ-09 is nearly identical to the FZ-09. The aluminum die cast frame is the same as the one introduced in the FZ-09, promising low weight and responsive handling. The suspension is also the same as the FJ’s, with a 41mm fork offering 5.4 inches of travel up front and a rear monoshock with 5.1-inches of give. Both front and rear suspension offer adjustable preload and rebound damping.


The FJ-09 however adds anti-lock brakes, a center stand and more touring-suitable tires (120/70 ZR17 at the front, 180/55 ZR17 at the rear). Other touring-oriented upgrades include a larger tank (4.8 gallons compared to 3.7 gallons on the FZ-09), a 12V electric outlet and luggage mounts. Yamaha claims a wet weight of 462 pounds.

The 2015 Yamaha FJ-09 will be offered in two colors: Matte Gray and Candy Red. In Europe, the color options are Matte Gray, Lava Red and Race Blu.

Follow the rest of our 2014 EICMA Show coverage for more information on new 2015 motorcycle announcements.

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  • DickRuble

    Disappointing… the same submediocre suspension as the fz-09

    • Trill

      Where can I find the test ride report that details the poor performance of the suspension?
      Yamaha needs/needed to sort out and fix the suspension, throttle, and motor problems of the FZ-09 rather than importing them to the FJ-09. If Yamaha rectified those problems on the FJ-09, then the $10,490 MSRP might be justified.

      • DickRuble
        • JoMeyer

          Did you even read that article? This thing will do even less duty as a hooligan bike so the suspension should be quite adequate.

          • DickRuble

            Sorry, pointed to the wrong article .here’s from a comparison. The suspension and ignition have come up in multiple reviews from different magazines

            “For the majority of people purchasing this bike, the suspension shortcomings are less of an issue, as it’s only when hammering a canyon road when it behaves poorly. Also, upgrading the suspension can be done at a reasonable cost. The FZ’s poor fuel-mapping is another issue.”

      • Jack McLovin

        If both of you rode the bike already where is your blog? STFU until we know what’s what. Until then you’re just guessing.

        • DickRuble

          Let’s see if you can figure out what GFYM means…

          • Jack McLovin

            I probably read that differently than you meant it.

  • Sentinel

    Form the latest I’ve heard, the cam-chain tensioner on that engine still hasn’t been made right, even after being on it’s “third” revision. I’ll have to see confirmation that this issue has finally been remedied before I’d buy one.

  • Scott

    I’m assuming that no mention of cruise control is not an accident. Soft bags? That wind shield looks ripe for the aftermarket. 4.8 gallons is marginal but similar to most others.

  • michael franklin

    Please don’t tell me the suspension is the same, the same type maybe, but if it’s the same you’ll have to add over $1500 to the price to make it rideable……ugh!

  • Tim Sawatzky

    Looking forward to the comparison against the new Triumph Tiger and maybe the Kawi Versys. But for now, it looks pretty good. I actually like those headlights.

  • Wraith

    This is the only article I’ve seen with the white/blue color combination. It looks great! Does anyone know if that’s going to be an available color?

    • denchung

      Only in Europe.

      • Wraith

        Doh, unfortunate. Thanks for the info.

  • Rick Vera

    While you folks were off at EICMA, Kawasaki has released the MSRPs of their Versyses (Versi?). The Versys 650 LT runs for $8,699 while they are asking $12,799 for the 1000 LT. Also, earlier today Yamaha released their accessories with pricing for FJ-09. To bring the FJ-09 up to spec with the LT crowd, Yamaha bags ($532.99), mounting hardware ($93.99), and rack ($170.99) brings the $10,490 FJ-09 up to $11,280. It doesn’t exactly split the difference between the two Kawasakis, but it’s pretty damn close.

    I am extremely interested in seeing if the FJ has improved on the many FZ faults—cam chain tensioner, underdamped springs, and poor fuel mapping—and how the bike stands up to the competition from Kawi. Visually, I am preferring the Kawasakis a bit more. I think the the lack of fairing around the Yamaha headlights look a bit Triumph goofy. With that, things only get worse when you add a bigger screen (https://www.yamahapartsandaccessories.com/product/details/f-j-0-9-touring-windscreen?b=Street+Motorcycle&d=28&f=2015|235). That’s pretty dorky looking to me. I also like the painted KQR bags over the non-painted FJ-09 panniers.

    However, Yamaha’s ready-to-ride weight of 462lbs is quite promissing. Even adding ~30lbs of aforementioned doo-dads, the Yamaha comes in at the same weight as the Versys 650 LT and ~75lbs under the 1000 LT.

    Until then, I am endlessly (and uselessly) conjecturing different scenarios and outcomes with my friends. Please do a comparison of these bikes soon so I can resume my normal life functions. Thanks!

    Edit: Also, Suzuki’s pricing once again seems too high with their $13,999 V-Strom 1000 Adventure, no? They brought the price down of their GSV650 (Gladius) when the FZ-09 hit the market, and they may have to do it again with the prices we see from Kawasaki.

  • Ester Raffa

    They have made some of the crappiest bikes in the world that fell appart if you sneezed at them, right through to the most reliable and long lived modern bikes. The post is very interesting and useful for me.Thanks for sharing the post..
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  • Ester Raffa

    Such a nice bike, can u please post full performance report.

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