I think that goes with past bikes too. Before getting the FJR, I rode an ST 1300 for 11 years. I loved that ST 1300. I'd ride it to a Yamaha demo days, test ride an FJR, then be glad I was riding my ST 1300 home. It just fit me and suited me. After 110,000 miles I decided to buy a new bike, but Honda wasn't making a new ST and I bought the FJR by default. It's been tough getting to love the FJR. It's just so different than the ST. Taller, higher center of gravity, different ergos, but after a year and a half and 26,000 miles it's beginning to grow on me. I think todays was one of those break through days. Temp was about 60, the bike was running and handling great, clutch pull was feathery light, the trans was shifting like butter and the cruise was very handy. It felt really good to ride the FJR today. I've ridden the bike every day this year, except for 4 days, and todays ride was the most rewarding. I felt really comfortable riding it today. The bars still bother me a little, but not horribly, and I'm still considering cutting the seat down a bit, but overall I'm beginning to appreciate the FJR more and more. Will I learn to love it like I did the ST 1300? Check back with me in another year or so. A bunch of days like today would go a long way.
I had been riding Goldwings since 02 and even though I could load them up and take long trips I always felt it was just too big for the kind of riding I like to do which is hit the twisties as soon as possible. For a bike of its size its is no slouch especially with Traxxion suspension upgrades but she's still a beast. I rarely got a buzz knowing it was in the garage and hardly ever took it out for a day ride even on a nice day so I bought a 2017 Kawi Z900 to satisfy that need. Great bike and fun as can be but not a touring bike so I still felt a void as I love to plan, gear up, and take multiple day trips.
I had always loved the look of the FJR and it was constantly in the back of my mind as I bike I might like to own. Like many things in life it just hit me as I was almost home from a Wing trip and realized I was over the Wing. Like many things in life you just know when its time. I almost immediately started searching for FJR's close to me and found one nearby the same day. Within a week I had the check in hand, trailer on the back of my Jeep, and was heading to hopefully after a test ride take her home even though I still had a Wing to sell.
After a test ride I was so disappointed. The bike handled terribly, sat so much higher than the Wing, and the engine though fast just felt so different. At first I told the seller sorry then looked at the tires. Very old, worn and under inflated. My first question was, how can you sell a bike like that especially knowing I was going to test ride it? Besides the tires the bike was in immaculate condition, that 2016 blue. Man you have to admit that is one sweet looking color. I pumped the tires up, took one more spin and it still felt so different but I took a chance, threw her on the trailer, and headed nervously home. First thing I did was put new rubber on and was hoping for the best.
Like you coming from another bike, it took quite awhile to really get comfortable with it plus even with new tires it had the dreaded wobble which the Traxxion Wing never had, rock solid. For awhile I really thought about licking my wounds, selling the FJR, and keeping the Wing. Before giving in I wanted to make the best effort I could to make it right so I was happy. I installed Heli Bars and tapered bearings as soon as possible. The addition of those 2 things really changed the bike. Now the handling was rock solid and more comfortable. I have owned the bike now for 10 months and have logged many miles. There is a perma grin on my face knowing it is in my garage just waiting for me to take her for a ride. It truly has brought excitement back to riding more so than the Z900 did or the Wing ever could. Now when I ride the bike it just fits perfectly, feels like a part of me. Even with the stock seat I can ride all day without issues. Man am I glad I took a chance. The buzz is back and I am always planning and looking forward to my next ride and trip on this fantastic motorcycle.