High-G FJR Junkie!
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Rolling Prairie, Ind
Everything I’ve ever read about them and a friend that actually rode one claim they worked very well but they were somewhat heavy and as you noted very expensive for the time, they just didn’t sell.
The Yamaha dealer where I bought my fjr had a new one on the floor up until 5-6 years ago and the owner finally decided to just add it to his personal collection. I had talked to him about buying it at some point but he flat wouldn’t budge off of full retail, guess he really wanted it for himself.
I just read an article in Motorcycle Classics about them and in it they claim Yamaha intended the GTS to replace the aging FJ1200 and was actually called the FJ1000 in Europe and despite the chain was indeed the for runner to our FJr’s.
The RADD Front end was very controversial and somewhat heavy,it was designed and patented by a gentleman by the name of James Parker who licensed it to Yamaha and a version of it to BMW, we all remember the telelever right. The articles I’ve read all claimed very good handling and they even offered some kind of snap-on luggage for it but I don’t know what they look like. Cool bike imho.
Red 2014A, the fastest color !
Ride more,, worry less !
Last edited by passx; 03-16-2020 at 08:10 AM.