Yamaha seems set to launch a brand new bike utilising its three-cylinder 890cc CP3 three-cylinder engine, with a brand new YZF-R9 probably on the way in which for 2024.
A Yamaha YZF-R9, or just R9, can be a very new mannequin for the Iwata producer, though its origin can be rooted within the producer’s latest previous.
The R9 would take the 890cc CP3 engine used within the Yamaha MT-09, Yamaha Tracer 9 vary, and Yamaha XSR900, and add to it a fairing and a extra sporty using place and chassis specs.
It will not be dissimilar to the way in which wherein the present Yamaha R7 is derived from the Yamaha MT-07. Each use the identical CP2 engine, for instance, as can be the case between the R9 and the MT-09.
The Japanese publication Autoby, whose Shinji Miyakubo has produced some renders of what the bike may appear like, predicts that the R9 will probably be introduced at EICMA this 12 months, and be prepared for advertising in 2024.
Including to the potential for a YZF-R9, as Motorrad notes, is that the patent for the identify “R9” has been taken by Yamaha in Japan, Europe, and India, amongst quite a few different comparable names equivalent to “R2” and “R4”, and their respective “YZF” variations.
There may be after all no obligation to make use of a patent as soon as it has been acquired, though in Japan a interval of three consecutive years the place the patent has been used would enable for the patent to be cancelled if a request is submitted. It should due to this fact be assumed that Yamaha has not solely acquired these patents to forestall different producers or firms from utilizing them, however as a result of it additionally needs to make use of them itself.
Whereas “R2”, “R4”, and lots of others stay virtually completely baseless as potential bikes for the longer term, the R9 – due to the trail Yamaha took to convey the brand new R7, and due to the similarities between the R7’s CP2 platform and the CP3 platform that may energy a, for now hypothetical, R9 – is a extra reasonable chance.