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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Putts, Nov 4, 2008.
Say, I been thinking of doing just that. Would you be so kind as to post a picture? Thanks.
The 2010 Yamahas are on their website now.
Dare ya go..
If you can make anything useful out of these measurements, here they are,
43" from end of bar end to ground
34.5" " " pegs
27" " " center of seat.
No problem with the cables except taking the bolt out of the hose clamp on the clutch hyd. hose that's mounts to the frame.
Thanks mang! I think I'm gonna do dat.
Sooo different from my XR650
Fresh Avons, forks GP Suspension tweaked, Penske rear shock...
MMMMM time for a ride.
I know the main model upgrade was in 2006 and the 2003 have shorter wheelbase and direct more heat at the rider - anything else I should look for? I'm thinking about getting a low mile 2003 well farkled - everything i've read in the past made me think that I'd want a 2006 or newer but not looking to spend alot and this one has presented itself....oh the dilemas in life.
I'll check out the fjr sites too but thought I'd brain drain here too.
thanks in advance
brake rotors are smaller - can they be swapped out easily for the 04 ones? (320mm rotors, versus the '03's undersized 298mm rotors)
If it has some miles on it and its running smooth... and its cheap! Maybe yes if the money is the issue. If it has 50K on it its probably fine if it is quiet, smooth and strong.
The 06 and later had a revised nose and wind screen to relieve back pressure, the later dash is nice and the GEN 2 heat revisions make the bike much cooler. There was a valve train revision in 06 that changed the valve guides I think... aka GEN 1 tickers were an issue to be aware of.
I would go with an 06 or later.
The FJRforum and FJRriders are two forums that can answere any question in detail
FJR Model Comparison pdf with 8 pages of info:
never heard of the ticker issue (been reading this thread from the front and saw it there....)
The bike of interest: 2003 ~ 15k miles with top case (yami version) and some extras: brake-a-way cruise control, forward mounted highway pegs, tank protector, rider peg extensions, and scotchlite reflective tape to the rear. It has a K & N air filter and FZ1 mirrors. Priced between kbb retail and trade in.
thaks for the pdf link - holy crap did the bike gain weight over the years.....the lighter one appeals to me - but now I'm thinkin about the old ticker (bike not mine).
I'm guessing the ticker sounds like the name and can be easily heard? - do these come on with mileage?
any other issues?
Here is a link about the ticking issue: http://www.bestbits.org/ticking_overview.html
I hear it starts early, usually under 10K.
At 15K it is probably ok if its not ticking now? Some guys blamed the cam chains at first. The ticking will be noticable, you may want to listen to a healthy bike so you know whats normal. Do some research on the FJR forums so you will know what to look for. Oil burning, oil coming out of the exhaust etc..
Most bikes never had an issue, some say less than 10%. I'm not an expert on it at all, just what I read back in 05 when I was shopping for a new bike. I went with a Honda ST and passed on the FJR for the heat and possible ticking. In 06 the GEN 2's fixed the issues and I purchased an 07 in the summer of 08. Its been a great bike. Its actually cooler running than the Honda..
Just be aware of the weak points and you will be able to find a clean Gen 1. I wouldn't pay book on one though, the Gen 1's value dropped out with the Gen 2's and I've seen 06, 07 and even 08's at $6.5K to $8K with low miles.
for the link and info. I'm looking at $5K or so. Worst part is I'm having someone else inspect the bike for me as it's out of town and i can't get there this weekend. This issue might have tempered my desire a bit. Still, I like the fact that the 03 weighs so much less than the rest. Money's not really an issue - although it would be great to get "a second bike" for less........hmmmm.
The price seems right. I've seen 05's listed for $7500, not sure if they got it though. When you can get an 06 for 8300 at a dealer, its a buyers market. If it becomes an issue its valve guides and not the end of the world. It's the main reason these bikes don't hold as much value. If I bought one I would expect it to be a ticker, I always seem to get the problems.
FJR's are usually used as touring bikes and have higher miles. I rather have a bike of that age with twice the miles. I don't like stuff to sit around, bad things happen when bikes are not used often. I think there is an 05 still listed on the fjr forum for $7500 and it only has 5,000 miles on it... Too high IMHO, I rather have the GEN 2 for a little more.
Don't let the ticker issue be a deal breaker. I've got 29K on my 2005 and the valve train sounds the same as when I bought it. There are Gen1 bikes with 100K+ and no valve issues. And Yamaha has pledged they'll fix any valve guide issues for free.
It's a risk, but if the bike has 15K and is quiet, its a very small one. The heat issue, OTOH, would be a deal-breaker if I lived in a hot climate.
With regard to the Generation 1 "tickers", this problem affected about 5% of the bikes, and if the bike was going to be one of them, it happens pretty early. BTW, the tocking is actually a valve guide which is moving, and has to be renewed with one with a better resistance fit.
I bought mine this spring, used '05 with 20K miles, quiet as any car engine really, so I have no worries, it would have been an issue way before 20K miles.
BTW, the machine does everything I ask of it, with most notably an engine that allows come to ride lazy, never have to change gears unless I fully stop. It's not a total power animal like the ZX14, but a great engine in motorcycling.
I am not an FJR owner (yet) ... but this is the same phrase I use to describe my 1985 K100RS. The engine pulls from anywhere in the powerband ... in any gear. It is an awesome motor.
Someday I'll get an FJR ... I think I will like it very much
My first real street bike was a FYK100RS, and yes my FJR reminded me of it instantly. Except it is faster, smoother and more comfortable.
I missed out on the FJR - I was already committed to Brews and Blues Festival in Telluride
so couldn't make the trip to go see it that weekend.
Turns out it sold that Friday anyways - although I could have probably had it held with a deposit.
Given the (potential) issue I wanted to hear it in person - didn't want to put my brother in the position to decide for me and all.......
Oh well.....more deals to be found.