2013 Yamaha FJR

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

  1. BanjoBoy

    BanjoBoy Been here awhile

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    That's a great idea too. :thumb You want to be as comfortable, confident, and have good control 'til ya get yer riding wings back. (Then you can cut loose.) :rayof
    Dunno 'bout Clover gear, all I know is properly fitting gear is the best. :deal
  2. fred flintstone

    fred flintstone Been here awhile

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    Definitely take the rider course, but then get your gear (helmet etc.) take your new motorcycle cert to a dealer and test ride a bunch of bikes before you start riding you brand new $$$ one. Maybe some old FJR if you can find one. It is so easy to make a bonehead move after 20 years off, would be a shame if it happened on your brand new bike.

    Direct experience here, I took close to 30 years off, did my MSF, then test rode quite a few new & used bikes. Slooooowly. Wore off some of the newb jitters on them. But it took quite a few miles to get most of the skills & comfort back (esp in traffic), and modern bikes are so much more capable than mid 70's "sportbike" iron that I used to ride. Most modern big touring bikes are 11 sec 1/4 mile machines, just unbelievable. And the liter bikes are mid 9's off the showroom floor. Handling and brakes just light years ahead.

    True story. I was test riding an 08 ZX14 one day, got it out into the country and cracked it open a bit. Thought I was maybe doing 90MPH. Looked down at the speedo. 140. Just nuts. This was after I'd been back to riding for 3 yrs and owned a CBR1100XX. These new bikes are deceptive and you can get over your head real fast.
  3. AKjitsu

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    To what the others have said: Get in an MSF safety course before you get near that bike. When you pick it up, make sure it’s in Touring mode. Yamha’s are famous for very abrupt on/off throttle response. And the FJR engine braking map is pretty severe.


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    And WATCH YOURSELF. If you&#8217;re used to Harleys, a velvet beast like an FJR will hurl you into three digits so effortlessly and with such little noise and commotion that, with no intent on your part, traffic and landscape are coming at you a lot faster than you&#8217;re prepared to deal with.
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    Good luck. Take your time. You&#8217;re gonna love it.
  4. Data

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    You can get some valuable cross learning from riding a bicycle too (yeah the ones you have to pedal). Seriously they help with balance, counter steering, and picking your lines. The physical conditioning doesn't hurt either.
  5. Mr_Gone

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  6. LKLD

    LKLD Been here awhile

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    Thank you for that advice, test-riding a used FJR is a great idea!
  7. SAFJrider

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    as dumb as this sounds - I would agree, road bicycle to MC has improved my riding. Enjoy the FJR - Each gen seems to have its own strength. the Gen 1 was great for winter riding and roasting nuts, but it seemed to have tighter steering, gen 2-great ride, comfy in the canopy-get the V-stream windshield for winter/long tours.
  8. fred flintstone

    fred flintstone Been here awhile

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    Definitely a better level of fitness helps. I picked up snowboarding about the same time I got back to riding bikes, amazing (to me at least) how much crossover there is. If I do not board much over the winter, or there is a big lag between when I stop and then start riding, it is more difficult. Where I live the two seasons do not overlap much. It may not be boarding per se but just an off season dynamic balance sport (like MTN biking maybe).

    Solid core and good strength & flexibility in hips/low back makes those long rides a lot easier. And in case of any boo boos.
  9. Badjuju

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    Here ya go. Not mine, nor do I have any personal knowledge of it's history, nor do I have any opinion as to whether the price is appropriate or outright rape. Appears to have some....uuum...cosmetic issues, and sports a salvage title. Believe the seller is located in St Louis.

    http://www.assfaultjunkies.com/showthread.php?22319-2003-fjr-1300
  10. dwoodward

    dwoodward Long timer

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    The upper fairing is a write-off, and I'm not sure the forks aren't bent...

    FWIW, I just sold my 2004 FJR with ABS, driving lights, heated grips, V-Strom hand guards, Givi top mount and a few other goodies- a bike that had never touched the ground, for $4200.
  11. Badjuju

    Badjuju Biker Billy

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    Thus, my disclaimer...and as I have always observed, 'asking' and 'getting' are most often two different things. :wink:
  12. pluric

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    So, you're married too huh?
  13. D.T.

    D.T. Difficult but useful

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    Saw one at the dealer yesterday. Pretty cool! Price was $15k ish. Bold new price for sure! :huh
  14. dwoodward

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    MSRP is $300 more than last year. Given they've added fly-by-wire, traction control, cruise control, lost a few pounds, gained a few ponies, and threw in a functional styling update- I'd say it's a good $300.

    On top of that, dealers are, remarkably, dealing- even the ones notorious for not dealing. Prices in the mid-$14k range are being advertised.
  15. LKLD

    LKLD Been here awhile

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    Just picked mine up yesterday. $14,699+$299 dealer fee, all within 15 minutes.

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  16. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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  17. LKLD

    LKLD Been here awhile

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    I have a couple of friends who would agree with you, unless they owned one too .:ricky
  18. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    I got nothing against the bike! I want it, but since you have it, you suck!
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  19. BanjoBoy

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    Congratulations, me jelly too :cry
  20. straightrod

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    ^ Scrub those tires in they look shinny! :clap