While the new Yamaha R1 and R1M are stealing the Tuning Fork headlines this year at EICMA, Yamaha also introduced another new model: the FJ-09, or MT-09 Tracer for the European market. Based on the FZ/MT-09 naked bike, the FJ-09 slots in below the FJR1300 as a more Sport-Touring machine for the entry level crowd. To meet the S-T needs for which it was designed, the FJ gets a host of new items like an adjustable windscreen, larger fuel tank, traction control, ABS and provisions for saddlebags, among others. E-i-C Kevin Duke is on hand at EICMA, where he gives us his first impressions of the FJ-09 after its worldwide unveiling.

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  • Goose

    I’m very surprised to not see any posts here. I thought this was a real world bike that would interest a lot of people, unlike nice but outside most people’s budget bikes (BMW XR, Ninja H2, Ducati’s, etc.) that have made up most of the new models from this show.

    It seems like Yamaha did most things right, too bad they hosed the styling.

    • Old MOron

      Where’ve you been, Goose? All the cool kids already made their pronouncements on this thing.

      • Goose

        Old M,

        Well, I haven’t been one of the cool kids in a few decades so I’m not worried about that. I just thought this was a much better look at bike I, and I thought lots of other people, have been waiting for.

        Looks like I’m the only one who thought this was a big deal. Oh well.

        • Old MOron

          Well, notice I wasn’t one of the cool kids either.

  • Goose

    I got to see the bike at the LA show. It (and the FZ07) look much better IRL than in the pictures.

    Unfortunately, I didn’t get the ride the FZ07 or FZ09 at the show. The sack of snot in the Yamaha shirt at the road test tent was such a condescending, arrogant b*ch I walked away. If she represents the people Yamaha hires to work with their customers I’ll be buying another brand.

  • It’s actually a potent machine for touring purposes.

  • MattMira

    Can we now confidently say that there is a new genre, Adventure styled Sport Touring?! I’m anxiously awaiting a shootout between the 2015 FJ-09, Versus 1000, VStrom 1000, Triumph Expolorer, Caponord, and Multistrada.