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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-09-2017, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
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2nd Gen vs 3rd Gen Vibration

I read a lot about the newer ones being really smooth but then I see some complaints about the 1st and 2nd gen vibrating alot. I'm trying to decided and wanted to factor it in given that my 2009 would make my right hand tingle a bit even with a good throttle sync and the usual fixes.

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3rd Gen (as far as my bike is concerned) rides as smooth as a baby's bottom, my Gen 1 was a hideous bitch of vibration & pain, actually put me off FJR's for a few years.


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Interesting, I wonder what Yamaha does to the newer ones? I test rode a 2010 the other day to refresh my memory and it still vibrated enough to steer me towards a 3rd gen if they're smoother.
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My 3rd gen 2014 vibrates the most in the 4-4500 range and is the worst of the 5 or 6 fjr's I've ridden including my friends 2011 which was one of the smoothest but still had a small amount in the "range" , now the 2017 that I just rode was by far the smoothest and with the 6 speed tranny you have to be motoring at a highly illegal speed to get into the vibration zone which on the 2017 was barely there anyway. I think it's more a matter of how well Yamaha balanced the motor at assembly and how well installed or matched the balance shafts are on that particular motor.

I'll also add that probably with the changed gear ratio's in the tranny that the 2017 seemed to be an absolute rocket compared to my 2014, not that the 2014 is slow at all but the 2017 in the lower gears just seemed to really accelerate much harder. Plus it had the Yamaha GTYRR cans on it that had a real nice rumble, not loud at all just played on the fjr's nice bass rumble.

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I've owned a 2013 and a 2015 Gen 3. Both of these bikes have been very smooth. No complaints.
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My 3rd gen 2014 vibrates the most in the 4-4500 range and is the worst of the 5 or 6 fjr's I've ridden including my friends 2011 which was one of the smoothest but still had a small amount in the "range" , now the 2017 that I just rode was by far the smoothest and with the 6 speed tranny you have to be motoring at a highly illegal speed to get into the vibration zone which on the 2017 was barely there anyway. I think it's more a matter of how well Yamaha balanced the motor at assembly and how well installed or matched the balance shafts are on that particular motor.

I'll also add that probably with the changed gear ratio's in the tranny that the 2017 seemed to be an absolute rocket compared to my 2014, not that the 2014 is slow at all but the 2017 in the lower gears just seemed to really accelerate much harder. Plus it had the Yamaha GTYRR cans on it that had a real nice rumble, not loud at all just played on the fjr's nice bass rumble.
The 2010 I rode also felt a lot slower than the 2015 I rode, especially whacking the throttle open at 3K. Was that down to fueling?
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My 2015 has a vibration in the 4-4.5k range. It has gotten better with some miles or I have adjusted to it. I noticed a big difference after the 600 mile service. It is now not anything I think about.

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Only vibration I notice on my '16 is at 4000 rpm...below that it's as smooth as can be, and above 4300 or so it seems to smooth out...but I can't speak much to those post-4000, higher revs, though, as I typically ride at 3000 - 3500 rpm.

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I have the '14 but several years ago I rode a 03 and an 05. It has been too long ago to compare them against each other but I can tell you for sure they are all butter smooth compared to other bikes I have ridden. The 1200 bandit is a buzz master compared to the FJR but smooth as glass compared to other bikes. In my early years I had a Yamaha Fazer 700 that was so buzzy it felt like a vertical twin. I just rode a '15 CB500f for 70 miles. Much of it 75mph on the freeway. Talk about buzzy.

The FJR is a very smooth engine in the range of motorcycling. Above 4500rpm the engine is so much smoother it make me thing the balance shafts are tuned to vibrations above the 4k barrier. Which makes sense as the majority of the power is up there.

I say this often of the FB page. Anyone complaining of numbness or tingling in their hands, especially their index, middle finger and thumb should get tested for carpal tunnel. Most certainly if you are over 50. The main symptom of it is numbness in that part of the hand. If you wake up at night or in the am with numbness or tingling in your hands you almost for sure have it.
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I think it's more a matter of how well Yamaha balanced the motor at assembly and how well installed or matched the balance shafts are on that particular motor.
The balancers are gear driven and they have index marks on them. I guess that it is possible that they could be misaligned at the factory, but I would think that it would be unlikely.

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