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Old 03-03-2011, 07:47 PM   #991
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Any known issues with the 2006 AE? I just rode a friends with 21,000 miles, and now he wants to sell it. I'm really considering this bike, but I'm ignorant to the whole auto clutch thing. I love riding it, I just don't know much about it. From what I've read so far, these bikes are rock solid reliable. Do you owners find this to be true? Thanks for any help you can provide.
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Old 03-03-2011, 08:18 PM   #992
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Any known issues with the 2006 AE? I just rode a friends with 21,000 miles, and now he wants to sell it. I'm really considering this bike, but I'm ignorant to the whole auto clutch thing. I love riding it, I just don't know much about it. From what I've read so far, these bikes are rock solid reliable. Do you owners find this to be true? Thanks for any help you can provide.

No known issues with the AE except from the usual Gen II ground spider, ignition switch issues and the ECU`s for the early Gen II`s were recalled for surging when rapidly changing elevations. These should have been taken care of by the dealer.

Not sure on the resale value, the auto clutch never really seemed to be popular.

FJRForum.com is the best place to ask these types of questions, just read the FAQ and search around a little before starting another oil thread There are a few guys there that like to flame FNG`s asking questions which have been answered 10000 times before. The upside is most of the members are helpful and you will find an answer to just about every question

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Old 03-04-2011, 08:24 AM   #993
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No known issues with the AE...

FJRForum.com is the best place to ask these types of questions...
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+1 to both points. The FJRForum plays well when using the following Google search method:

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Old 03-04-2011, 08:44 AM   #994
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Any known issues with the 2006 AE? I just rode a friends with 21,000 miles, and now he wants to sell it. I'm really considering this bike, but I'm ignorant to the whole auto clutch thing. I love riding it, I just don't know much about it. From what I've read so far, these bikes are rock solid reliable. Do you owners find this to be true? Thanks for any help you can provide.
The AE is identical to the regular FJR except for the auto clutch (the transmissions are identical), so the issues, such as they are, are the same. The 'Yamaha Chip Controlled Clutch' has not been a particular maintenance issue.

I love my AE except when doing tight maneuvers. Its a bit more tricky to do that tight u-turn on a poorly crowned country road than on a bike with a conventional clutch.

Second gear. trail braking, sit up straight and looking where you want to go are your big friends.

I think tight maneuvers two up on an FJR AE would be a real challenge.
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Old 03-05-2011, 10:30 AM   #995
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Tank Panniers

I was looking around on the GS Penny Thread ideas and came across a guy that mounted tank panniers under the seat of the GS. Sooooooo.....

I got to thinking maybe it would work on the FJR?? I had a set of cheap Tusk ones that were too short to get all the way across and hang freely.

I then tried a set of wolfman bags which have adjustable straps. I had to do some creative routing of the straps but I got it worked out. The bags wouldn't work over the gas tank because it was too big and I couldnt find a way to run the straps to hold them down.

When I sit on the bike there is no problem with my legs getting in the way. One of the straps connects to the rear foot pegs/side bag hanger. The bottom of the bag rests on the rear foot peg, and has clearance from the exhaust, so it shouldn't get to hot.

Just an idea for people looking for more storage.
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Old 03-05-2011, 10:31 AM   #996
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Old 03-05-2011, 10:42 AM   #997
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Old 03-05-2011, 02:27 PM   #998
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The Aerostich tank panniers work as well, Great place for tools on long trips.
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Old 03-05-2011, 03:03 PM   #999
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the authorities are on the way to your house to learn whether in fact any ostriches were killed in the making of your seat cushion....
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Old 03-05-2011, 09:23 PM   #1000
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The Aerostich tank panniers work as well, Great place for tools on long trips.
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Old 03-05-2011, 11:24 PM   #1001
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Its an Alaska Sheepskin butpad, LONG HAIR

Its NICE, better than the stock seat. I just got it. Was used, about $40, new they are about $60

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Old 03-15-2011, 01:43 PM   #1002
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A bump and a pic.

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Old 03-15-2011, 02:36 PM   #1003
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Something looks real corney about that pic
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Old 03-15-2011, 03:40 PM   #1004
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New Bill Mayer Seat

My new Bill Mayer Seat:



We'll see if I still like the color at the end of the summmer. So far I'm loving it!
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Old 04-10-2011, 09:30 AM   #1005
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One of the few Sport Tourers that look good without the bags attached. Two Brothers exhaust sound great.
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