Rock Solid Performance
I owned Gen I ABS bike first for three years then changed to a new Gen II in 2008 mostly for the heated grips and gear change indicator. Its a peculiarity of the FJR that although I consider myself a seasoned rider with over 50 years in the saddle I annoyingly still went looking for that non existent 6th gear. Had they added the sixth gear back then they would not have needed the gear indicator! I am a six foot and with the standard screen it is a little low. A shorter rider would find it perfect although the seat height might be a little h...igh for shorter legs. Now completed 50,000 klms which is low for a 2008 bike (now Oct 2020). No issues other than fork seals replaced, one leaking, left one of course and a new lithium battery which has been great and very light. Would love the extra gear but simply can't justify swapping out a bike that still looks and rides like brand new. Yamaha quality has to be the best.
Purchased in July 2008 for $25,000.00.
A Great Sports Tourer
I have had many various motorcycles over the years, traded in my ST1100 for my first FJR1300 in 2003. nothing against the Honda apart from feeling more bulky in tight situations.
The FJR quickly became my all time favourite, 6yrs later this was traded for a 2009 model, I am now 70yrs Old & could do with something a little lower & lighter, though
hard to part with a machine so near perfect.
Mmmm, maybe just change up for a 2019 model.
Purchased in November 2009 at Mandurah Yamaha.
Perfect even for a petite female rider!
I had/rode an ex-police XJ900 for many years and decided to upgrade. I told the salesman I was looking for a bike with/that "4 cylinders, shaft drive, set up for touring and suits a short-crap". He immediately pointed me at a 2nd hand 2001 FJR1300. I took it for a test ride and felt completely at home on it. Perfect as an only vehicle: long trips, shopping, 2-up etc. I did heaps of distance on it. Couldn't fault it. I now have a 2nd hand 2005 FJR1300. While it's now not my only vehicle, it's my preferred vehicle. Am in the middle of a 4000km round trip and it's brilliant. Love it. My perfect bike. Have had, and ridden, a variety of bikes and the FJR1300 is the best.
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One of the best bike's I've owned.
Love this bike but it does take some getting used to, IT IS A BIG HEAVY BIKE, but for me isn't a problem,wide seat rob you of some seat height, Engine cannot be faulted in any way,enough power to have fun,loads of low down torque and ok on fuel,In my opinion the new 6 speed box will be even better still on fuel. My advice would be to hire one and try it over a weekend as I did. You either love it or hate it.... I love it.
Lexus on two wheels
A bike that has been refined over 30 years the 2016 FJR AE i have 3 bikes each has its own unique values to me but the fjr is the best all round bike i have ever owned well done Yamaha you hit the nail on the head with this one... example. . Electronic es suspension, led headlights, ABS,traction control. .
This is the all weather bike i have ever ridden.
And when you ride the machine gives you a real sense of confidence with 25000klm on the clock well done Yamaha
The bike that defines sport touring
It does what it's designed too almost flawlessly. Eat up the kilometers in comfort, safety and at speed with excellent handling. I managed to pick up an ex police one quite cheaply and love it. My 2nd choice would have been the Bandit. Happy riding!
Love mine. I have an '03 since new. Now done over 100,000k. 70% of that two up with trailer. Done lots of miles all over Aust. Also done lots of Sunday morning squirts through the hills. It's a BIG bike so no hope of catching the sports bike but it does pretty well. Pops good wheelies with no effort too so an easy show off at the lights. Keeps up with an R1 to 100kph so you won't be shamed at the lights..
Looks, handling, rideablitly all great. Realiable and easy servicing every 10,000k. Shaft drive with panniers, adjustable screen. Great tou...
The best do-it-all-in-style bike ever made
Lot of people saying if you can have just one bike this is the one to have and that's the pure truth.
Rock stable tourer for one or two, take boxes and harden suspension settings and it's ready to join sport bikes on race track too.
A very proud owner of a 2007 model with 40000 trouble free kms.
Powerful yet smooth engine, faultless gearbox and drivetrain, good wind protection, tonns of laggage space, it's heavy but stable.
Wants to be ridden more than I've time to
Questions & Answers
why only one choice of colour?
Hi Alan, the colour options in the States and Canada cover the full range. I would say due to a vast population base in North America makes it worthwhile for Yamaha to do this. However in OZ we have such a small population by comparison and Yamaha Australia only decide to range one colour. Also from my own experience I had to go to five Yamaha dealers before I was able to ride a demonstrator before making a decision. Dealers do not want a high $20,000 bike on their floor due to low volumes. My response to that thinking is I wouldnt buy a pair of shoes before trying them on first.
Tony thanks for your comment , I would only consider buying the fjr after a nice ride ,not having a choice of colour is disappointing especially when it is expensive
Hi Alan, do you live in Sydney? If so Trooper Lu at Moorebank have a demonstrator FJR on their floor. I was there last week for my 10,000k service. Good luck.
Can you fit a 6 speed gear box to a 2008 1300a?
Supposedly they didn't change the engine casing so I would assume so
How do you rate the seating for long haul trips.I am a pretty big guy and am looking for a S/T but with great seats.
Seating is average like most bikes.I get s sore butt after an hour. You can get a yamaha comfort seat but I haven't got one yet to comment. Hope this helps.
I’m a petite female but I find it OK. I shift around while riding and try to break for 10-15 mins every 2-3 hours and move around during my breaks. That and using a Camelbak to hydrate well while riding makes a huge difference.
Get yourself a cheap mesh seat cover off Amazon , you will do 4 hours and it feels like 1 hour. They are awesome and cost $6-10 AU delivered
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