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Old 01-13-2009, 02:02 PM   #91
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So I'm looking at getting an FJR 1300. I need a bike with good weather protection, power, and looks, this bike seems to have all 3. I'm noticing quite a difference in pricing with the early ones and their apparent heat issues. Can you guys give me the basic improvements they've made on these over the years, and how much of an issue this 'heat' thing is? I'm in the PNW, so heat is usually no worries, but do go to the desert often.
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check this http://www.fjrforum.com/forum//index.php?showtopic=8660. there's a model comparison link. along with other info
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Old 01-13-2009, 10:42 PM   #92
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check this http://www.fjrforum.com/forum//index.php?showtopic=8660. there's a model comparison link. along with other info
Interesting reading. So these engines have an issue with valve guides it seems. Is this on Generation 2 as well as 1?
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Old 01-14-2009, 11:22 AM   #93
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Interesting reading. So these engines have an issue with valve guides it seems. Is this on Generation 2 as well as 1?
Steve
No. Since the 2006 model year, there have been no confirmed reports of any "Tickers" - i.e. valve guide issues.

FWIW, Yamaha has bent over backwards to fix this (and several minor complaints) on the FJR.

My personal favorite example is the so called Gen II Altitude Fix. Gen II FJRs had a glitch in the ECU mapping that required a greater than 20% change in throttle position to trigger a refresh of the air pressure reading. Thus a very leisurely ride up a mountain could result in some fueling issues. Yamaha went from "not a problem, as designed" to voluntary replacement of ECUs with proactive customer notification in under 6 months. Compare that to our favorite marquee's FD issues...
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Old 01-14-2009, 12:15 PM   #94
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Old 01-14-2009, 02:45 PM   #95
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Old 01-14-2009, 02:48 PM   #96
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Old 01-18-2009, 06:41 AM   #97
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No. Since the 2006 model year, there have been no confirmed reports of any "Tickers" - i.e. valve guide issues.

FWIW, Yamaha has bent over backwards to fix this (and several minor complaints) on the FJR.

My personal favorite example is the so called Gen II Altitude Fix. Gen II FJRs had a glitch in the ECU mapping that required a greater than 20% change in throttle position to trigger a refresh of the air pressure reading. Thus a very leisurely ride up a mountain could result in some fueling issues. Yamaha went from "not a problem, as designed" to voluntary replacement of ECUs with proactive customer notification in under 6 months. Compare that to our favorite marquee's FD issues...
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I had a 2004 that ticked and Yamaha fixed it at their cost. I was not the original owner, it was WAY out of warranty by both years of age and mileage. Compared to valve guide problems in Harleys and a number of problems in Beemers, Yamaha SHOWED me that they were responsible.

The Gen1 heat problem was more pronounced for guys riding with office pants in the summer or those with tennis shoes. I typically have on a 'Stitch and road boots, so I was aware of the tank getting warm when near empty, but the heat never bothered me.

I bought a 2007 this summer and it's like having twins that are slightly different. The Gen2 bikes have a number of small improvements and it is a slightly nicer bike. However, the Gen1 bikes seemed faster, because the swingarm was 1" shorter. Not that I do it often anymore, but it was easier to wheelie and keep up with the 600cc bikes on the Gen1.

Thought you guys might enjoy this as a "theme of the week" FJR photo...

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Old 01-18-2009, 04:50 PM   #98
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My bike, 2nd row, 2nd from right! Good times, good times! See ya next Sept bud!
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Old 01-18-2009, 10:30 PM   #99
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Old 01-18-2009, 10:31 PM   #100
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Old 01-18-2009, 10:37 PM   #101
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Old 01-19-2009, 05:11 AM   #102
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My 06 had a couple of problems.
It did have some heat blast onto my ankles, I solved it with some foam, it seemed that the factory foam didn't extend to the plastic. Not a big deal.
I did however have to replace the ignition assembly, it did stop the bike. I am sure a wire broke.
Funny thing was I loosened the cable when I replaced the triple tree with a riser and ball bearings. I know that it would remove the lock on the triple tree but, I may move the ignition key assembly to another location so the wire doesn't have to flex. I do have the old assembly and would just have to use 2 different keys, which we have to do anyway now.

I ended up selling it to my son, I couldn't get comfortable in a sport bike sitting position. (This is a personal problem)

I really liked the bike though.
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Old 01-19-2009, 05:40 AM   #103
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Old 01-19-2009, 04:11 PM   #104
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My 06 had a couple of problems.
It did have some heat blast onto my ankles, I solved it with some foam, it seemed that the factory foam didn't extend to the plastic. Not a big deal.
I did however have to replace the ignition assembly, it did stop the bike. I am sure a wire broke.
Funny thing was I loosened the cable when I replaced the triple tree with a riser and ball bearings. I know that it would remove the lock on the triple tree but, I may move the ignition key assembly to another location so the wire doesn't have to flex. I do have the old assembly and would just have to use 2 different keys, which we have to do anyway now.

I ended up selling it to my son, I couldn't get comfortable in a sport bike sitting position. (This is a personal problem)

I really liked the bike though.


FYI, Yamaha has just issued a recall for the ignition switches.
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Old 01-20-2009, 04:45 AM   #105
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FYI, Yamaha has just issued a recall for the ignition switches.
I replaced in last spring.

What type of recall? Are they mailing it out?

Thanks for the info.
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