2013 Yamaha FJR

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by DOUBLE-O G, Sep 25, 2012.

  1. dwoodward

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    I'm not sure I like the taller, squishy footpeg rubbers. The point, I think, was isolation from engine vibration, but I don't think the FJR really needs that. (If it does, it probably needs a TB sync.) Oh yeah- smoother than my Gen I even after a TB Sync. Anyway, I like firm contact with the bike.

    Your thumbs will need to be re-educated, especially your left thumb, which controls turn signals, horn, cruise control on/off and set/- resume/+ and the rocker that controls windshield, heated grips, and info displays based on which option is selected by your left index finger.

    The headlight rocker is High/Low/Flash.

    The "kill switch" is now Off/Run/START. The D-Mode switch is below that, and hazard flashers below that.

    A friend with an Gen II says the seat is the same height as his, but it's taller than my stock Gen I. (About the same as my Gen I is, with a Russel Day Long and a stiffer shock that raised the bike about an inch.)

    I think there are actually FIVE trip meters. The extra three are designed to be used to track maintenance intervals- they're labeled OIL, FREE-1 and FREE-2. I thought they would turn an indicator on, but right now they all read the bike's current mileage, so I think they're actually mile counters.

    Others have commented that the exhaust is deeper sounding than they expected. I've got StainTunes on my Gen I, so I don't have a solid reference point for "stock"- but it sounds a lot like the StainTunes (which will get moved over if they fit).

    Dash illumination can be adjusted, but it doesn't control the non-LCD indicator lights- N, ABS, TCS, CC & Set, Hi-beam- which are too bright at night.
  2. No False Enthusiasm

    No False Enthusiasm a quiet adventurer

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    Thanks for the review.... and hope to see more as you build miles.

    Haven't considered going this "heavy" but may put this on the list to consider.

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  3. Worroll

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    I like the sound of the customizable dash displays.

    Do you know what the engine changes between sport/touring modes? I was excited when I heard about it on the new ZX14, but disappointed when I found it only cut ignition timing, so the only benefit was less power !?!? I'd want it to run a leaner map for better MPGs to go with the less power. On that, have you ridden enough to find MPG?

    The kill switch has a 'start' position? Do that mean it's got just a transponder for the key?
  4. Paulvt1

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    Good stuff regarding the new bike. Can't believe you guys have got them so quick.
  5. GB

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    The Touring and Sport modes provide the full HP, but throttle response is less aggressive in Touring mode.

    The kill switch does away with a separate starter switch. Toggle it all the way up, it kills the engine, push it all the way down, you start the engine. No transponder key like on the C14.

    The owner's manual for the 2013 FJR is available on the Yamaha site for download.
  6. dwoodward

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    The START position is momentary, just like a starter button. The headlight switch on the other side is the same deal- High/Low/PASS, with PASS being a momentary (it doesn't stay when you let go of it.)
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    The V-Strom had the headlight flasher switch.
    Damn. That's one thing I really wish my ancient (2012) FJR had. I really liked it. :lol3
  8. No False Enthusiasm

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    Wee's rule... :lol3

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  9. GB

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    Same type of switch used on the new gen of switches on newer BMW's. I like that, 1 switch to start and stop instead of 2 separate switches.
  10. Worroll

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    Start switch makes sense.

    My triumph has a 'pass' button which flashes the high beams.

    I think for a road bike, that type of sport/tour mode is pretty pointless. Maybe just my opinion. Unless it's getting me better MPG's, I'd leave it in sport 100% of the time, and just control the throttle myself. These bikes have a lot of power, but it's not like they are anywhere near uncontrollable where I'd want a neutered mode. Maybe the less throttle response does equal better mpg? does it just map part throttle leaner in tour mode, but keep full power for wide open?:ear
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    speaking of fuel economy, I just checked the spec online, 36?? compared to the 2012's 39?.... I know real world is usually much different, so we'll have to see. My dad would get 40 or so around town, and 50 on highway/trips with his 07.
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    That's what I thought too, until I tried a bike with it, and it only had 92 hp.

    Think of it more as like you're riding your bike, whatever the bike is, in
    Touring mode, and you get the extra snappy Sport mode and more
    aggressive fueling.

    Heck, there's even 200cc scooters now with that stuff (called sport and
    eco mode on Scarabeo 200).
  13. GB

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    Think of Touring mode as rain mode.. One tends to be less abrupt, and less aggressive with the throttle when the roads are wet, mind you this bike now has traction control, I'd use the T mode in the rain or maybe when riding around town, and S mode when sport touring. But then again, I've not ridden one so we'll see..
  14. dwoodward

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    That's the button that toggles which of three functions (info displays, heated grips, windshield) are controlled by what was the windshield up/down switch.

    As I said, your thumbs and left index finger will need some re-educatin'.

    :lol3

    Personally- I'd have rather put the menu button somewhere else and retain flash-to-pass where everyone expects it to be. Because now I'm going to spend a lot of time pissin' off other drivers when I ride any other bike I own- even the KLR has aftermarket switchgeear with a flash-to-pass. trigger.

    Many years ago, the feds made standards for all the basic stuff (somehow, some HDs and some BMWs are different?); would seem reasonable to have standards for the more complicated controls.
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    I get 40/50 with the '04. I would hope this can beat that, unless that's a worst-case number, flogging it in Sport mode for an entire tank- which is unrealistic riding for this class of bike.
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    I just adapt. Part of the fun is learning new stuff. No need for more BS from WA DC...
  17. GB

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    The Feds mandated that all bikes must have the shifter on the left and the rear brake on the right; British bikes at the time were the opposite.

    IMHO, the Flash to Pass feature in North America is worthless and confusing to drivers. They don't understand it. Are you saying move out of my way? Are you ceding right of way if you flash someone coming out of a side street or making a turn? are you saying :flip, triggering their road rage? I stopped using it long ago.. Drivers in Europe are more bike aware / bike friendly know exactly what it means and what to do. It was amazing to me to see this in motion on the autobahn in Germany. No left lane bandits there..

    The light switch still has a flash to pass feature, you just use your thumb instead.
  18. FJracer

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    Same for me with 04 on mileage..................BEFORE I totaled it. I was going to be perfectly content to replace that 04 with another Gen I BUT, after reading about the latest and greatest(?) I have desires to try one. Just don't NEED to put that much into a Bike. Maybe if it was the ONLY Bike in the Garage. Hopefully one of you proud NEW Buyers will have a well maintained Gen I up for sale in the near future.
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    Yeah, I use it to warn oncoming motorist 'bout popo. :dunno
    If'n sum slow fuck's hog'in the road in front of me, I just leave my high beams on 'til they get outta the way. I don't want to offend anybody
    . :rofl
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