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What FJR to buy

I currently have a Pan ST1100 and I'm considering changing it for a FJR. What are the pros and cons of owning each model? What one would you buy and Why? I like to do my own maintenace and intending on keeping it for many years maybe forever. 🙂
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I would get something 2014 or higher -- has more options on them - if you want a 6 speed 2016 or higher

Prices used are really good for those years yet they still represent the latest model well.
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I currently have a Pan ST1100 and I'm considering changing it for a FJR. What are the pros and cons of owning each model? What one would you buy and Why? I like to do my own maintenace and intending on keeping it for many years maybe forever. 🙂
gen1 hot bike gets warm fast and when standing still youll feel that heat cct has to be replaced buts its cheap imo the bike looks a bit skinny compared to later models also limited color schemes dash doesnt look as good as later gens

gen2 often has a very sensitive throttle and people often get a powercomandor to flash the tune not as hot anymore dash looks a bit nicer to me as previous gen

gen3 looks the best to me personally looks a bit beefier option for electronic suspension and haven't heard much bad about it as far apart from some tps going bad which can be expensive

these are all personal opinions depending on what you like or dont you might not agree with me and im sure that people who are more experienced with other gens will have a better explaining of that gen

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I currently have a Pan ST1100 and I'm considering changing it for a FJR. What are the pros and cons of owning each model? What one would you buy and Why? I like to do my own maintenace and intending on keeping it for many years maybe forever. 🙂
2013+. If you like a higher cruise control speed then 2014+. If you must have a 6 speed (too many gears for this bike IMO), and a slipper clutch because you can’t operate a real clutch correctly, then 2016+... haha

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2013+. If you like a higher cruise control speed then 2014+. If you must have a 6 speed (too many gears for this bike IMO), and a slipper clutch because you canít operate a real clutch correctly, then 2016+... haha
I don't think you have ridden a 2016. There is no disadvantage to the 2016+'s slipper clutch. Practically no difference below 4,000 RPM other than the 25% lighter lever.

The 2016+'s LED headlights are a significant improvement.

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2013+. If you like a higher cruise control speed then 2014+. If you must have a 6 speed (too many gears for this bike IMO), and a slipper clutch because you can’t operate a real clutch correctly, then 2016+... haha
I don't think you have ridden a 2016. There is no disadvantage to the 2016+'s slipper clutch. Practically no difference below 4,000 RPM other than the 25% lighter lever.

The 2016+'s LED headlights are a significant improvement.
2019 was actually the first FJR i ever rode. Don’t recall the clutch pull feeling any lighter (or anything noteworthy) than my 2015. I’m one of those people that feels that all this new nanny technology in bikes is the same as what’s happening in the rest of our culture.... let’s make it easier for people since they aren’t as strong or disciplined, and they won’t have to learn to rev match. Call me old fashioned.

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2019 was actually the first FJR i ever rode. Donít recall the clutch pull feeling any lighter (or anything noteworthy) than my 2015. Iím one of those people that feels that all this new nanny technology in bikes is the same as whatís happening in the rest of our culture.... letís make it easier for people since they arenít as strong or disciplined, and they wonít have to learn to rev match. Call me old fashioned.
I donít find need to rev match any different than any other motorcycle. Lighter clutch pull (measured with a fish scale) and marginally less engine braking (guessing that is from the deliberate slipping) are the only differences I have noticed. Took 62,000 miles on 2016 then 100 miles on 2014 to notice the reduced engine braking.

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2019 was actually the first FJR i ever rode. Don’t recall the clutch pull feeling any lighter (or anything noteworthy) than my 2015. I’m one of those people that feels that all this new nanny technology in bikes is the same as what’s happening in the rest of our culture.... let’s make it easier for people since they aren’t as strong or disciplined, and they won’t have to learn to rev match. Call me old fashioned.
I don’t find need to rev match any different than any other motorcycle. Lighter clutch pull (measured with a fish scale) and marginally less engine braking (guessing that is from the deliberate slipping) are the only differences I have noticed. Took 62,000 miles on 2016 then 100 miles on 2014 to notice the reduced engine braking.
I like engine braking, especially in the twisties. I’m sure if i had the budget i would have gone as new as possible, i just don’t feel the new additions are totally necessary. Already when I’m in 5th if i want arm ripping acceleration i have to bang down two gears to third to really wind it out on the highway.... if i was buried down in sixth (which you can’t even fully max out) id have to downshift three gears to get there. I think I’d find that annoying.
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The 2015 ES with the 5 speed gearbox I had was the perfect bike until my health issues forced me to sell it. It always seemed to be in the right gear for the way I rode it. And I didn't lose any money when I sold it; the great thing about buying a used, several year-old bike. I just wish the frames were powder coated black and they were offered in black. That would be a badass looking bike.

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I like engine braking, especially in the twisties. Iím sure if i had the budget i would have gone as new as possible, i just donít feel the new additions are totally necessary. Already when Iím in 5th if i want arm ripping acceleration i have to bang down two gears to third to really wind it out on the highway.... if i was buried down in sixth (which you canít even fully max out) id have to downshift three gears to get there. I think Iíd find that annoying.
You can't redline the FJR in 5th either. Just as with Porsche, top speed is in one less than top gear. So what if you can't "fully max it out" in top gear? That doesn't make the gear less useful.
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