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Is age an issue for FJR's?

I'm looking at a garaged '08 in great shape. I'd like to have the piece of mind that it will still be reliable when it's 20 years old, in case I keep it that long. Thoughts?
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Only issue I would be somewhat concerned about is rubber parts getting old, dry and brittle.

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wow when I saw the title I thought you meant for no longer riding, in which case I think I'm getting there lol

The FJR's have a pretty decent reliability record. If it has low miles (under 50K), I wouldn't worry too much about it for the next 8 years (at which point it would be 20 years old) as long as you take care of it. Unless you rack up a ton of miles..25K a year for the next 8 years would be 200K on top of whatever it already has. At that point reliability might be iffy.

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Is age an issue for FJR's?

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I'm looking at a garaged '08 in great shape. I'd like to have the piece of mind that it will still be reliable when it's 20 years old, in case I keep it that long. Thoughts?
Ditch,

Lots can happen in 20 years, and some of it may have happened already.

If the engine is in good shape, by compression and leak-down testing, then I would expect it to get to 20 years old with just regular maintenance,with maybe a few minor failures along the way. Seals and switches can fail, but much of the FJR is the same (other than cosmetics) for years at a time. You may need eBay or aftermarket stuff, but that is true of almost anything that you buy used. The first issue probably should be tires. I believe that a tire is done, for the strong and heavy FJR, after about five to eight years. Tread depth is not a consideration, with aged tires. Click the link, and scroll down:

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiret....jsp?techid=11
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I'm looking at a garaged '08 in great shape. I'd like to have the piece of mind that it will still be reliable when it's 20 years old, in case I keep it that long. Thoughts?
I have an '05 with 108K miles. If it has been normally maintained, the only thing I'd double check is the cam chain tensioner. I think the "good" CCT came out several years after your bike was made. There were a few iterations. I believe you want a blue dot on the top of the CCT.
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they say a boat is a hole in the water that you throw money into..... bikes are about the same if you keep them up.
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The '08 should have the new design tensioner (came out late '07), but it may not have a dot. Ditch didn't say what mileage it has.....
If you're worried about a 20 year old bike, I just bought a 1999 VFR800 with 106k kms (65k miles)..... got it all stripped apart inspecting rad and brake hoses, they look fine. They would be on the top of the list.

I ordered a set of silicone coolant hoses, as some connections/thermostat are buried deep in the V of the engine below the throttle bodies... and some VFR guys recommended new hoses under there and a thermostat change.
Will inspect calipers to see if they need rebuilding (old age tends to harden seals). Definitely keep brake/clutch bled and flushed every year, should be trouble free.


Basically, do all the normal maintenance and ride it til it dies.
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Just bought a 2008 with 10k on it for $5200, itís in amazing condition!

Now I have a bmw 1200rs to unload this spring. Super happy about the purchase, rides like a dream!
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I'm looking at a garaged '08 in great shape. I'd like to have the piece of mind that it will still be reliable when it's 20 years old, in case I keep it that long. Thoughts?
Hi Ditch,

I bought a 2002 last year with 52000kms. I did the CCT, plus had some maintenance done on some throttle body issues. Beyond that the bike has no issues. Obviously needs maintenance on forks, fluids and such, but she is ultra-reliable to date.

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Just to add that in the UK the Metropolitan Police use FJRs as part off their fleet (along with BMWs) I doubt this would be the case if long term reliability were a concern.


Biggest area of concern would be how well the bike has been looked after, and then it's ongoing maintenance under your ownership.
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