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Old 10-25-2010, 03:54 PM   #811
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Thanks for the reply, I'm looking forward to checking it out. I think they are all great bikes and I'm looking for something that the wife and I can two-up with SPEED!!

Of course, I also really like the V-Strom....
I rented an ST1300 for a ~200 mile day before I bought my FJR. My impressions on a bumper sticker:

ST1300 advantages:

slightly larger bags than FJR
better wind protection than FJR
larger seat, probably better for a passenger than an FJR
very short person friendly thanks to large range of adjustment of seat height
probably slightly more reliable
longest range in class
Tipover wings are nifty, since you'll drop either bike at least once

ST1300 disadvantages:

reported high speed instability, at speeds far faster than I ever go
HOT - the heat issue is real, it bothered me on a 70F day
instrument panel is crap, lots of digital readouts, but these are invisible in sunlight
Very heavy, at least 60 pounds more than FJR
Expensive compared to FJR
ABS not standard equipment
ST is very wide, feels like you are straddling a cow
Requires high octane fuel

FJR Disadvantages:

Owners need to install 'black widow spider fix' on Gen2 FJRs (see any FJR forum)
Narrower, higher seat than ST1300
FJR windshield moves around some, ST windshield is rock solid

FJR Advantages:

FJR is more agile, feels like riding a tiger (the animal, not the Triumph)
FJR has a higher power-to-weight ratio, more neck snapping fun
FJR has a vastly superior instrument panel
FJR has standard ABS brakes (except for early Gen1's)
FJR has available computer controlled clutch.
FJR is less expensive than ST, often discounted, it pays to shop around
FJR has bullet train like stability at any speed, on wet or dry surfaces.
FJR stock ergos are more more 'sporty', but its easy to make the FJR ergos more upright for those who prefer a sit-up-and-beg posture (like me).

Advantages to both:

Every sort of farkel in the world is available for both bikes.
Both bikes have excellent warranty coverage.
Both bikes make the rider feel superior to all other bikes on the road.
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Old 10-25-2010, 06:06 PM   #812
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Yo,

I rode that ST at around 100 it wobbled like a bastard. No, you don't normally go that fast, but these bikes are so powerful that you can find yourself up in the license eradication zone like nutin. The FJR is on a rail. Super stable confidence inspiring.
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Old 10-25-2010, 07:13 PM   #813
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I'm finding, the more I fuck with the suspension, the faster I get in the twisties.

Its a fun bike. I didnt test ride anything else, and I dont care. In 3 months I have done about 7k miles. Im happy, and she is basically stock!
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Old 10-29-2010, 07:23 PM   #814
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I'm still on the fence, even after my test ride a few weeks ago. I'd like to rent one for a day but dont see anywhere around here that rents em.
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Old 11-01-2010, 10:26 AM   #815
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I'm still on the fence, even after my test ride a few weeks ago. I'd like to rent one for a day but dont see anywhere around here that rents em.
If you're ever up in the DFW area, come ride mine. Risers, Sargent seat, PCIII and Staintunes will give you a better sense of what a farkled up FJR will feel like.
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Old 11-01-2010, 03:15 PM   #816
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Thanks for the offer, I found this place. Gonna call em tomorrow.



Kerrville, Texas, Sales, Service, Parts, Yamaha, Suzuki, Lehman Trikes - Destination CycleSports
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Old 11-01-2010, 08:07 PM   #817
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Heroic FJR rider (sorry for being redundant), taken two days ago between Alpine and Fort Stockton Texas.
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Old 11-02-2010, 10:43 AM   #818
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What rider? I can't see you.







j/k - Had to say it.
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Old 11-02-2010, 10:48 AM   #819
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What rider? I can't see you.







j/k - Had to say it.
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Old 11-02-2010, 04:51 PM   #820
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It looks like I may be joining the FJR family soon. I should be picking up a well farkled 07 shortly. I will post pics when I get it.
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Old 11-03-2010, 09:49 AM   #821
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Thanks for the offer, I found this place. Gonna call em tomorrow.



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Talked to Bob Kee and they dont rent bikes anymore.
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Old 11-03-2010, 11:03 AM   #822
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Talked to Bob Kee and they dont rent bikes anymore.
Our group rented from these guys a couple years ago. First class operation. They had a FJR although I don't know what they have now.

http://www.sportryderrentals.com/

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Old 11-03-2010, 02:56 PM   #823
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Our group rented from these guys a couple years ago. First class operation. They had a FJR although I don't know what they have now.

http://www.sportryderrentals.com/

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Almost exactly a year ago I rented an ST1300 from these fellows, they are a good operation. At that time they had just sold their FJR.
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Old 11-04-2010, 06:51 AM   #824
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I don't know how I missed this thread.

Traded in my 08 C-50T back in August after 15,000 wonderful, but woefully underpowered miles on a basically new 09 Feejr. Got a great deal that included the OEM trunk:




I've put about 2,500 miles on this beast and every one of them with a stupid grin on my face.
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Old 11-04-2010, 06:31 PM   #825
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