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Old 08-24-2013, 08:35 PM   #1
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"Auto clutch" FJR, anybody ride one?

I'm in the market for either a used ST1300 or FJR. There are some great deals on the "auto clutch" FJR's. Most of them being low mileage bikes.
I get shifting once underway. My question is how hard is it to modulate your speed and keep the bike upright while operating at slow speeds? ie: in a parking lot or heavy traffic
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Old 08-24-2013, 09:31 PM   #2
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On my '09 it is okay at low speeds but not as good as having the clutch. Just drag the rear break a bit and she is fine. I've heard that the '06, '07, and possibly the '08 are a little more difficult due to earlier design throttle cams and ecu tune.

I've had mine for 14 months and will roll over 19,000 miles on my next ride.

Go take one for a test ride. Do some slow stuff.
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Old 08-25-2013, 03:28 PM   #3
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Don't have one and never rode one but I read during reviews of the product launch that Yamaha's computer controlled clutch disengages under 2000 RPM. If that is the case then you just have to learn to drag rear brake against sufficient rpms not to allow this to happen.
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:12 PM   #4
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I decided to forego the apparent learning curve and picked up a nice '05 instead. Thanks for the input!
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:36 PM   #5
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My friend has one (one of the anniversary models I think).

I like to rev my engine while next to him at stoplights, because he tends to forget he's on an "auto" bike and revs HIS engine -- causing the thing to buck forward comically while he grabs the brake.

He seems to like it but there was definitely some learning to be done when he first got it.
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:41 PM   #6
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Congrats on the 05.

For those that might still be interested, I had an 07 AE and it was great. After a short time in the saddle, slow speed maneuvers were not a problem. I could easily do full lock turns. That concern should'nt even be a concern.
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I'm in the market for either a used ST1300 or FJR. There are some great deals on the "auto clutch" FJR's. Most of them being low mileage bikes.
I get shifting once underway. My question is how hard is it to modulate your speed and keep the bike upright while operating at slow speeds? ie: in a parking lot or heavy traffic
Ask any scooter rider.

You'll learn to use the rear brake as you'd normally use the clutch and
you can move around at walking speed if needed.
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