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.
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 tourer and everyday ride to work bike. Goes hard, tons of down low torque for a 4cyl. Tows trailer with pillion easy.
Models before 2008 you get a lot of heat off the motor and tank when low on fuel. '03 model better than previous. Pillion position is not as good as a full on tourer. Pegs are a bit high and wind protection a bit average. Will only apply to taller pillions or with long legs, otherwise seat is good. Some pre- 2004 ( including mine) had defect heads. Very obvious ticking sound was a misaligned exhaust valve. Well documented on the forums but Yamaha avoid talking about it. They did (eventually)fix mine under warranty at 70,000k .. after winging about it since the 10,000k service..
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