It seems, at least to me, that unfaired motorcycles are not as popular in U.S as they are in Europe. I was kind of disappointed when I saw the new Yamaha FZ1 and it looked like they weren’t going to produce an unfaired version. That was until I saw their European site where they show the unfaired version of the FZ1, and the new MT-03 (not that there’s a faired version of the MT-03, but it’s only available in Europe).
The faired version of the FZ1 is just a little to commuter boring for my taste (no offence). I like the thought of a fun scoot that will blast you out of the saddle if you twist its ear too hard. A small flyscreen is acceptable (have to say that since I have one on my 919), but for me, feeling the wind pressure on my chest enhance the sense of “being there”, freedom if you will. I’d like to have a full faired crotch rocket for track days and the occasional mad trip with the lads around the back country twisties.
But you won’t see me buying a quarter faired commuter bike. Then again there is no rule without exceptions. I’d consider buying one of the more touring geared contraptions like the Suzuki DL 1000 or the Ducati Multistrada, and I guess they are half faired. But of course that’s just my opinion. A thing I like about the motorcycle riding lot; we all have different opinions, but a passion for two wheels in common. We can freely discuss our opinions on motorcycles, without throwing bombs at each other. If it gets too much, you can always just get on your bike and ride into the sunset.