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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-17-2013, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all,

I've been stewing over several sport tourers lately and ended up with the ES. I thought the dealer was BS'ing with some bait and switch tactic when I called asking about the cycletrader listing, but I was wrong. After trying to negotiate out the "Cali Premium" pricing for a few hours I got a good enough deal for my standards. I almost landed on a Triumph Trophy, but I guess they're having a few bugs to work out this year.

I'm sure I'll be poking around asking some of you FJR salty-dogs how things are done. I'm not new to motorcycles, but am ever-so-green when it comes to the FJR. I'm just glad I got the one I wanted.

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Welcome to the FJR fraternity, you'll love it !
Get the bike some protection eg a radiator guard, headlight and sliders and throw in a service manual.

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What Ken said!

Welcome to the forum Eric.

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Welcome Eric. I envy your new bike. I love my 2007 but they have put cruise and traction control on the 2013-14 which I would like. Maybe I'll upgrade in the spring. Keep us posted on how well the electronic suspension functions.

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Glad to hear they are delivering ES's in California now. Hopefully, they will be arriving her in the Midwest soon so I can pick up mine!

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Thanks for the warm welcome!

The electronic suspension is pretty neat to change between soft, standard, and hard on the fly for changing road conditions, but it's nothing I couldn't live without. My only minor gripe about the system is that you can't change the +3 or -3 stiffness to those while rolling. I suspect this was on purpose to limit distractions...as if there aren't enough on the display already. The bike has to be stopped and in neutral, much the same as fine tuning with a screwdriver I do like that it saves the "custom" damping profiles between passenger and luggage settings though.

Edit: I don't know if it's the new tires or the dealer over inflated them, but there seems to be a good bit of lateral looseness (understeer?) under moderate cornering, if that makes any sense. I thought I was imagining this as I was riding home but it also happened on a few curves today. Lean angle is unaffected, but I can feel the pegs lightening underfoot as though the turn arc just became wider. I'll experiment some more tomorrow and also check the tire pressure first off.

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Pics would be good! I started out looking for an ES at the beginning of this month in Northern California but nobody within a 120 mile radius would commit to actually receiving one this month (most said February/March next year).

Also, they were solid on MSRP, none would budge. So I punted and went for the A model (which could be discounted) and picked it up this last Friday. I already have over 200 miles on it.

Congrats on getting one of the first ES models in California!

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I'll post some pictures when I get it on the road, weather here has been crap lately. Thanks, Mojave! It took a good deal of back and forth to get under MSRP. I'm pretty sure the dealer thinks that the supposed "rarity" warrants premium pricing. I had them leave the side cases in their boxes for the trip home and I realized yesterday that the locks take a security torx. I called them and they're mailing the bit. ( Dealer is 2+ hours away) As soon as I get that, I'll put them on.

I checked the tire pressures: 40 front / 45 rear... I'll suspect that's the cause of the wandering feeling.
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