Usability of controls on FJR
After living with my 2016 FJR for 15,000 miles I love almost everything about it. But the control system for accessing information and setting windscreen position and grip heaters is so awkward, it annoys me every time. It occurred to me that with the existing controls, this could have been made so much better and easier to use, and it could be fixed with a simple software change. I hope someone from Yamaha is listening!
The current setup is really awkward and requires multiple steps. Let's say I want to change the windscreen position: first, I have to take my eyes off the road and look at the info screen to make sure it's set to windscreen adjustment mode. If it's not, I have to push the left trigger button until it is, all the while looking at the screen. Then I can use the left up/down buttons to adjust the position. Same goes for setting handgrip warmer, or deciding to change the info display. Anything I want to do involves taking my eyes off the road and fiddling around for a bit. This is a terrible design.
What I would suggest is that the big up/down buttons on the left grip are dedicated to ALWAYS adjust the windscreen position. This is something I often want to do while entering a slower or twistier part of the road, and don't want to look down to do it. The left trigger button could be used to cycle through info screens. And for the handgrip warmer setting, repurpose the useless "mode" button right thumb control to cycle through off/1/2/3 handgrip settings -- it could show the mode temporarily on the display. This gives us easy access to the controls without taking eyes of the road and fiddling about with screen and various buttons. (If some people actually use the mode button, an alternative would be a separate handgrip button on the right; there is room for one there. But I can't see any reason for the mode button other than the marketing idea of "it's a sport-tourer so we need a 'sport' and 'tour' mode!")
- 2016 Yamaha FJR1300A
Last edited by Zee; 06-18-2017 at 02:20 PM.