My new bike...(FJR)

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Mikelly, Oct 3, 2010.

  1. Mikelly

    Mikelly Been here awhile

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    Bought a "new" motorcycle... 2008 Yamaha FJR1300...4K miles on it... Bought it for $8K! Its got 145HP and 99# ft. of torque. I'll be selling the ZRX1100 to lighten the vehicle load... 7 cars and 3 bikes has been a bit much for us, and the dirt bike is sold and leaving tomorrow...



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    Farckling has already begun...

    Mike
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  2. BobRob

    BobRob Pick one

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    Sharp looking bike, you're gonna love it. Picked myself up an 09 a couple months back

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  3. booger1

    booger1 Been here awhile

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    I feel so bad for you. Nice Porsh
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  4. achtung3

    achtung3 Long timer

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    Nice ride! I'll bet it is smooth as silk!

    Enjoy the ride.:clap :clap :clap :clap
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  5. apexeric

    apexeric Been here awhile

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    DE or Club Racing with that 997?

    Eric
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  6. Gunslinger1

    Gunslinger1 GIVE'R

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    Now THAT is what I call Value shopping...:thumb
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  7. Mikelly

    Mikelly Been here awhile

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    I am a national instructor with PCA and also instruct with BMWcca and a few others!

    We also use a specmiata I built last year and have another track car we are finishing up!

    The porsche makes about 550whp thru custom turbos and lots of upgrades!!
    Mike
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  8. elementalg20

    elementalg20 Been here awhile

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    :dizave That is all.
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  9. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    Very nice FJR, and even nicer Porshe! :clap
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  10. Mikelly

    Mikelly Been here awhile

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    Someone asked about comparisons of the ZRX and the FJR...The 5speed gear boxes are the only similarities...

    The ZRX is as close to a sport bike as you can get without suffering the ergos or expensive plastics repairs. It is less than 500# with a few minor mods and can make up to 150hp with a ZX11 cam swap and other matching bits... I swapped the exhaust and jetted/ filter along with a swap to -1/+2 gearing and the bike pulls like a freighttrain. It's short on fuel mileage and not as stable 2-up. The weight is lower and better balanced and the seat height allows me at 5'9" w/30" inseam the ability to almost flatfoot it at stops. However, the hydrolock issues with the faulty petcock, along with the age of the bike and dealing with normal carb issues was a concern. After being stranded on the BRP, It was time to consider something new, and that brought me to the FJR...

    The FJR is heavy. At least 130# more than the ZRX. It sits high in the frame, so you feel the weight. That is a concern in slow motion, moving the bike around the garage or just straddling and walking it back and forth. The longer wheel base makes for more stable 2 up riding and the ergos put you more upright. The ability to adjust the bars to your arm reach is nice, and one I'll be doing when I get back from vacation. The ability to travel with 6.6 gallons of fuel is nice. The added fuel injection is also nice. I rode this bike on some exceptionally twisty roads and it is slower steering, but still very fun to ride. You don't use as much body english and you won't be dragging a knee, but I haven't felt like ground clearance was lacking so far. I've only got 500 miles riding it so far, but I'm happy with the purchase. I'll be parting out the ZRX Farckles when I get back and selling the bike... I'd love to keep it, but I don't have much time to ride more than one bike. With the business, the track day schedule instructing, and possibly racing in SCCA or NASA next seasont, I'm not sure how much time I'll get to ride the FJR!

    Mike
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  11. mike

    mike Long timer

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    Thanks Mike.
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  12. BikerGeek99

    BikerGeek99 Horizon Chaser

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    Congrats!

    If you haven't already, be sure to check out the FJR thread in Road Warrions, and check out FJRforum.com for lots of additional information on the FJR.

    Careful, though - there are some weirdo's over at FJRforum... :evil
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  13. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    I demand more pics of the Porsche, post haste. Oh, nice bike. :lol3
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  14. Fireman1000

    Fireman1000 Long timer

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    Well if you decide you don't ride it enough, I'll take it off your hands.:D

    Love the FJR, and I'd love to have one for my wife and I.
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  15. lfmn

    lfmn Been here awhile

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    Congrats! I rode a new-to-me 2005 with 3,800 miles home yesterday.
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  16. Wreckchecker

    Wreckchecker Ungeneer to broked stuff.

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    Can't IMAGINE which of us you're talking about! Everybody's got a screwy family member. Or 2. Or...
    :D

    Seriously, nice new ride, do join us on the FJRForum, and maybe see you in the hills.

    Bob
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  17. Mikelly

    Mikelly Been here awhile

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    I'm already on FJRforum.com under this same name, and have a few posts there about my farckling!

    Here are a few more of the 996TT for those interested:

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    And another clip at the track:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPo_jstgvMs

    Using a traqmate to record the data, we were able to register 0-60 in 2.9 seconds once, and multiple 3.1s and recorded several 0-100-0 runs in 10.9 seconds. I'm converting it to GT2 over the winter, which will get rid of the AWD and help out with the aerodynamics.

    Enjoy!
    Mike
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