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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Putts, Nov 4, 2008.
Hm. Your Feejer and that dam look good together, thanks for the pix, mate.
Oh, com'on now, a Feejer looks good with anything.
The thread seemed slow so here's a bump. I've been lurking and am new to the thread, but on my 2nd FJR - the first was an '04. Here's my favorite shot of the current bike:
Here's a shot I used in the Maryland Tag-O-Rama game. The location was a VFW:
My last trip home to Alabama. Bike is at Mt Cheaha.
I think this is in order...
Here's a couple from a recent outback trip
Nice pics, keep em coming :)
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.
Besides the heat fixes, (which includes 2 fans instead of 1, extra air venting and a concave radiator) and an extra 100 watts from alternator (590 vs 490) I don't think there are any "major" changes. I have a gen 1 with the crommit heat fixes and I live in so ca. I don't have any problems with heat except when I'm not moving and sitting in traffic in summer. The fan kicks on at 4 bars and blows heat up my crouch. I Just keep moving. I don't ride my FJR much in town..just on mile eating slab adventures out of town. I would not be too concerned with the heat issue where you live.
PS Also they addressed the dreaded "ticking issue".
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?
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...
Took my fairly new to me 08 out today after installing the audio-vox cruise control. Sweet!
Here's mine, all loaded, ready to go.
Saw this one down at Barber, she's a beauty
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...
My bike, 2nd row, 2nd from right! Good times, good times! See ya next Sept bud!
Might as well throw in a pick of my old 04, now riding an 06 !
Here's another !