That was a fantastic read. Lays out the issue in simple terms, and delves into the most likely solutions.
It would be interesting to see the emissions numbers on a '20 FJR. How close is the current engine design to meeting Euro 5 standards. That might tell a lot in terms of whether the FJR is done or not. I think if Yamaha can make some simple modifications like:
1. ECU programming to greatly reduce fuel during engine warmup
2. Increase the size and efficiency of the catalytic converter
3. re-grind the camshaft to reduce valve overlap
Then it might (MIGHT) make good business sense. But I doubt it. And I highly doubt that Yamaha will re-design the engine with VVT, turbo, etc. based on current (and projected sales).
It doesn't cost anything to change the paint color, and utilize overstocked parts (or previously shelved parts) to continue the bike. But this will be the end of it.
The other big question I have - Is the 900 cc 3 cylinder motor used in the FZ-09, FJ-09, Nikken, and Tracer Euro 5 compliant? If so, then the handwriting is clear. Yamaha will use that engine in varied platforms to meet its customer demands. Perhaps down the road, when they develop a "superbike" or sportbike liter sized motor that is Euro 5 from the ground up, then it becomes much easier to re-tune that to conform to varied platforms (adventure, naked, sport touring, etc). I've ridden the FZ-09 and the FJ-09 (current gen) and I don't care for either. For me, it would be time to move on to something else (hypothetically - ole red will be staying in the garage for a while longer).
But until then, bye bye FJR.
The FJR has had a successful and wonderful "life". Jasen - you are correct, in 18 years, it's changed very little. But next year, it has to change a LOT, and I'm afraid the juice simply won't be worth the squeeze.....
wheatonFJR, fontanaman, and CollingsBob loved this
"I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living. Or get busy dying."
- Andy Dufresne, Shawshank Redemption