High-G FJR Junkie!
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Rolling Prairie, Ind
I own the fastest color red 14a which obviously is an advantage but let me add that I’ve ridden a number of the gen3.5’s with the 6spds, I am a fan of them but not nearly enough to sell my 14 for one. I really like my red !
My take on the 6spd is this, the reduced rpms at cruising speeds (70-80mph) takes the vibration zone (3500-4500rpm) Out of it and let’s you really enjoy a very smooth, vibrationless ride. As far as the reduced clutch pull, quite frankly I can’t tell any difference between my 14 and the new gen 3.5’s. I think religious clutch maintenance bleeding, cleaning pivots and such has as much affect as anything else on reducing pull effort.
The one thing on the 6spd that I cannot understand is that they made the 1st gear ratio taller making it noticeably harder to pull away from a corner requiring more clutch slipping, makes no sense particularly if you have a passenger or loaded up for a trip, should’ve made it a bit shorter to ease that.
On the fuel economy thing, the 6spd should give you a small mileage increase over a 5spd but there’s a lot of things that affect that so an actual improvement may be just superficial imho. Last year on a long backroad trip to the Auburn/Cord/Deusenberg museum with friends where the speed was a slower pace my 14a returned 54mpg’s , a fair improvement over the normal 44-46mpg’s, it’s all about the rpm & the right hand.
Red 2014A, the fastest color !
Ride more,, worry less !
Last edited by passx; 06-23-2020 at 07:20 AM.