High-G FJR Junkie!
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Rolling Prairie, Ind
Not to hijack this thread but I did the Yamaha “demo days” yesterday at my dealer and rode 3 bikes. The new Tracer GT, the Niken and a 2018 fjr Es.
The Tracer was me looking at a potential lighter replacement for my 2014a, the good:
It is much lighter and has that wonderful 900cc 3 cyl engine, it is pretty nimble, the color display is nice and it has lots of small improvements along with cruise control. The price wasn’t bad at $12,999
The bad :
The clutch engagement was in the very last 10% or so of the lever moment, may be able to adjust that out but I stalled it numerous times.
It has possibly the very worst seat I have ever sat on, bar none ! It drives you into the tank and my wrists were sore after the short test ride due to pushing myself back off the tank.
The beautiful color display screen is way to small for older eye’s to easily read. The display is big enough but they only use about 70-80% of the display area. The fairing and windscreen coverage isn’t great and it has the flat lid small bags that won’t hold much.
The Niken: while basically mostly the same as the Tracer except for the front end was much better than the Tracer to ride. Much better seat with the same basic bars-seat-foot peg triangle that didn’t force you into the tank, much more comfy. But the seat while a lot better isn’t great but much better.
The display is just black/White but displays over the entire screen to make it much easier to read, it appears to be the exact same display as the tracer’s color screen but uses the whole thing vs the tracers much smaller display area.
The Niken really rode nicely and I was impressed but all the added weight takes some away from that wonderful 900 triple, it’s still ok but just not as much spunk. I wonder how long those 15” front tires will last and how much they will cost ?
The entry price on the Niken is pretty expensive (about 18k) for what it is, basically a nice novelty.
And then we have the 2018 fjr Es,,,, turns out it is my favorite easily, very refined and smooth, shifts nicely and the engine is much smoother than my 2014a. I like that 6spd but not enough to spends my money’s.
The stock seat still sucks, (luv my Laam) not nearly as bad as the one on the Tracer (20minutes tops!) but I couldn’t ride it for very long. About the same as the Niken. And then we have the flat paint, sorry guy’s, just not my cup-o-tea, not a flat paint guy. But the fjr was easily my absolute fav,,, just a much better bike imho.
Red 2014A, the fastest color !
Ride more,, worry less !
Last edited by passx; Yesterday at 10:08 AM.