|It also has a lower chin spoiler.|
The FZ1 is a little long in the tooth however but the trend continues with the smaller sibling to the Fazer, the FZ8 Touring. Sure you can buy the bags and brackets after market or even through Yamaha's accessory catalog but how nifty is that?
And lastly here's one I don't even know! The XJ6 Diversion. A half-faired variant of the FZ6R I believe. There is also a 660 Ténéré where only the 1200 Super Ténéré is offered in the states. Check out the UK site here.
So what's the deal? I'm as patriotic as the next guy if that guy is patriotic but it seems to me we get stuck with less variety because we have less imagination. Somewhere along the way through the decades of motorcycle design we all decided we wanted either a Harley or a GSX-R1000. And they all have to have every cubic inch available. Don't misunderstand, there are niche markets. Niche may be too restrictive a word. I see plenty of sport and adventure tourers but they're all very similar too. It wasn't that long ago that the V-Strom was a one bike market on the affordable adventure bike scene.
I do think that things are turning around, Honda likes to make fun, interesting bikes but again, they like to make more fun interesting bikes for Europe.
|This is not a photo from the early 80's, it's a Cb1300s. Click the photo for more info|