High-G FJR Junkie!
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Rolling Prairie, Ind
When I bought my fjr years ago I came off of an 86 Sei Goldwing and the fjr seemed so light and flickable but noticeably more top heavy. I added the topcase because quite frankly the side bags aren’t very accommodating or roomy. The top case really didn’t seem to be that big of a deal and was a convenient place to store my helmet & stuff while at work even though it was mostly empty when riding. Well that was 6 yrs ago, the back has gotten much worse plus we’ve learned about how poor the subframe is and easily broken even with a stiffy!
I still like the convenience of my topbox but the back issues have really sensitized me to this kind of stuff and quite frankly I was surprised by how noticeable a difference it made taking it off, it’s not like I had not ridden the bike w/o it before but it just seemed like not all that big of a deal.
Make no mistake though, it is still a big, top heavy machine, but now a doable deal, but since I’ve been riding my 81 cbx & 76 naked wing it really highlights that top heaviness but like I said now it’s doable. It really is a nice bike! Everything is just so effortless & actually quite flickable w/o the t-box. I’m a grinnin !
Ferret, I haven’t taken the side bags off yet, they really help with providing a place to put my “stuff” when I park the bike but they’re are definitely on the radar and may join the topcase in the back room, we’ll see !
Red 2014A, the fastest color !
Ride more,, worry less !
Last edited by passx; 06-17-2020 at 07:36 AM.