Let’s look at the details we’ve currently got on the table.
In a report from CycleWorld, Yamaha filed a number of trademark applications, requesting patents for R1, R2…all the way to R9.
Yamaha also filed for trademarks under the names R15, R20, and R25.
Neat, but not necessarily unique.
Apparently, this is a common move for companies wanting to claim naming rights, should the desire to do so itch the proverbial shoulder somewhere down the road.
Despite the fact that the trademarked patents for R2 R4, R5, R8, and R9 have lain dormant, R2 and R9 were trademarked around the same time as the now-released R7 – giving us some real concrete hopes that the bikes are in the works.
Think about it.
For the MT125, Yamaha gave us the R125…and in certain parts of the Eastern Hemisphere, the MT15 got the R15.