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post #21 of 89 (permalink) Old 01-06-2014, 09:16 AM
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...2003 FJR1300, the information stated that the bike had a dry weight of 522 pounds.


I've owned both, they're not close to being the same weight.




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No one stated they were the same weight... I've owned two FZR1000's myself.

What was stated is that according to dry weight numbers listed at some sites on the net, after you change over to a four into one, drop the bags, pull off the center stand etc, that the FJR1300 might end up in the dry weight range of the old FZR's.

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Mfgr dry weight numbers are well known to be "optimistic". Most bike rags I've read that bother to do anything more than reprint the sales brochure, sooner or later, comment on how they have no idea how the mfgr came up with their low numbers.

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Love the discussion people. I have gone the two-brother route, (primarily to reduce weight), air box mod with K&N filter, but nothing more. When is more power too much power for an FJR? At 60 years old, I think I have enough… but then I find myself on a two-week 5000 mile adventure and a go-fast Harley wants to check out a FJR… and for a moment it is 40 years ago and I am saddled up on a highly modified R-5. Only speed problems encountered is a very high-speed light front end wobble with a trunk loaded to the max. Life is always good on a FJR, but most important to arrive in one piece after a long day on the road!
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No one stated they were the same weight... I've owned two FZR1000's myself.

What was stated is that according to dry weight numbers listed at some sites on the net, after you change over to a four into one, drop the bags, pull off the center stand etc, that the FJR1300 might end up in the dry weight range of the old FZR's.
The highly inaccurate 522 pound dry weight is without bags, trust me. '03 FJR's with no bags are about 600 lbs, allow 40 lbs for a full fuel tank. Bottom line, without heavy mods, you can't get an FJR of any year within 75 lbs. of an FZR 1000. That's not close imho.




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This is a great discussion. I can't believe all the people opposed to hot rodding the FJR, I guess I should have waited 15 years to buy this motorcycle. It is great that we can jump on our bikes and do a 1000 mile day, but it would be even more fun to do that 1000 mile day with 200 H.P. and surprise more than a few guys on BMW's 1600s , Kawi's Connie or even some sportbikes. I think a turbo would be more in line with our bikes than Nitrous. I have always thought ,why are there 500+ H.P. 'Busa's all over You Tube (Check out the old Ghost Rider Vids) and no crazy fast FJR's? Seems like the perfect platform for a really fast bike.
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I can't believe all the people opposed to hot rodding the FJR,
I didn't say I was opposed to it. I just said it sounds like putting an alcohol-burning, double-blower engine in a Volvo wagon. Like a fuddy-duddy hot rod. I just think the FJR is a weak platform for that kind of thing, that's all.

I'll still hold your beer while you try it though!
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That was my point too. If you invested the same $ into a platform that starts out closer to your goal, the outcome at the end of the project will be that much better.

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NM ......great post as I read it you were just looking for some sound advise to tweak your FJR a bit. I can fully understand what your looking for. I have a play bike which is a 2000 Yamaha R1180 rwh carbon fiber super light rocket, Ultra Classic that I built a 103 for it and then the 2010 FJR......that I would mind to give it a little extra HP and suspension tweaking. I would suggest maybe a 2 Brothers exhaust, air cleaner and there juice box tuner. Then maybe some tweaks to the suspension and I'd say that would do it for me.

Hope that was what you were looking for and as they say speed/HP is nothing more than how much money you want to throw at it. I to believe the FJR is a great bike.....but nothing wrong with improving on it.
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I'll still hold your beer while you try it though!
I'd show up a few minutes later with a fresh case of coldies to replenish the inventory, a fresh pie with sausage, and would proceed to sit atop the workbench with Liquid, eating and drinking whilst handing you wrenches and doing our best to bust yer chops...
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