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post #21 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-23-2020, 09:20 PM
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With rare exception the answer to any vehicle is, "The newer the better."

Every year usually improves something but major enhancements appeared in 2006 and 2013.

ABS became optional in 2004, standard in 2006. Each of 2007, 2008, and 2009 refined throttle response. Heated handgrips in 2012, cruise control in 2013. The 85 MPH limit was removed from CC in 2014. ES suspension option started in 2014. LED headlights and OBD-II ECU in 2016.
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Buy my 2005 with 2900 miles on it! Many upgrades but back surgery prevents me from riding. Itís been garaged and in awesome condition

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post #23 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-25-2020, 07:49 PM
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I Traded my ST1100 For a 2014 FJR and haven't looked back once!!!!!

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post #24 of 27 (permalink) Old 08-26-2020, 03:55 PM
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Color choice

You are going to like any year FJR over the Pan ST1100 so it might come down to color and options. Many non-factory options and accessories can be purchased from various suppliers but only certain colors were available year to year. I think some years they only offered one color like silver in 2010.
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post #25 of 27 (permalink) Old 08-26-2020, 04:37 PM
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I think gen III is your sweet spot. Cruise, etc. Gen IV adds sixth gear (no increase in mileage or top speed, but notably lower rpms at highway speed), and LED lighting, which is a huge improvement. You can address the lack of LED lighting on a gen III fairly easily. Iíve owned both. Loved them both.

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post #27 of 27 (permalink) Old 08-26-2020, 05:34 PM
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I bought a brand new 2018ES last year still in the crate. The electronic cruise control is perfect, the traction control is nice to have. Electric windshield is nice. Heated grips awesome. Heated seat would have been nice. Best of all it's the matte cobalt blue metallic which looks awesome IMHO, definitely one of the nicest colors. Money I saved buying a year old I put into a Yamaha touring windshield (very good!) and ended up getting a corbin seat with a passenger back rest...looks good and it's the perfect helmet holder. It's quiet, comfortable, has decent storage, and goes like stink when I want it to.

Like you I plan to run this one forever which is why I bought new. Mine's just out of warranty now and maintenance is relatively easy to get at things.

My only complaint would be that I'd like a little more room for my legs. The Corbin seat dropped my position about an inch and my knees start to ache after about 1.5 hours. I'm considering lowering the pegs an inch.

I ride mostly highways and it doesn't get blow around or buffeted as much as my other bike. The stock windshield is good in hot weather, the touring windshield blocks too much and is better in cold weather.

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