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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-11-2019, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Guys;

Picking up an 07 FJR A this Saturday.....ridden lots of bikes in my time, but this is my first FJR...just wondering if I made a mistake and the bike is too big for a 73 year old....Guess I'll find out....
I've had Gold Wings and ST1100's and ST 1300's as well as various cruisers but I believe I was a bit younger then.

Any suggestions regarding the FJR would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-11-2019, 02:02 PM
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I'm 74 and just bought a 2018 FJR. Guess both of us are gonna' enjoy riding.

"Bout all I can say after 54 years of riding is to ride like you are invisible.

Ride it for a bit, and see if the seat works for you.

Don't believe all the gloom& doom you read on the forums. The FJR is about as reliable as an anvil. (Which is good because I'm so clumsy, I once broke an anvil in a sandbox, and lost two of the pieces.)

How far are you from Las Vegas?
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Im right there with you. I own a Harley. Always thought I wanted the BMW. After reading a lot I decided on the FJR. Loved how it rode but the seat killed my 64 yo butt. Got a Russel day long. Havnt took it for a long ride but after 2 hrs still no pain. The stock got to me after 10 miles. I love the handling of the FJR. Love the fact that you can adjust the windshield. I guess you could say I love every thing about it. Im sure you will too.
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You did buy a nice color that you won't meet very often. As you already know lighter than your Wings and ST. Gas tank is probably bigger than your bladder so range shouldn't be an issue. Seats are easy to come by if you find what works for you. Assuming the previous kept oil in it you should be good for many miles to come.

Welcome and enjoy the ride.
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I am a weak, old, doddering, 70 year old and I am still riding my 07A. I AM a little concerned about how it will be in the future, but right now I am still enjoying my FJR.
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Hi Guys;
Picking up an 07 FJR A this Saturday.....ridden lots of bikes in my time, but this is my first FJR...just wondering if I made a mistake and the bike is too big for a 73 year old....Guess I'll find out.... I've had Gold Wings and ST1100's and ST 1300's as well as various cruisers but I believe I was a bit younger then.
Any suggestions regarding the FJR would be greatly appreciated.
LSDPOET,

Welcome to the FJR sandbox! Pull up a seat, and be among friends.

My FJR seemed like a handful at first, but I soon realized it was just a matter of getting feet flat on the ground at stops. Lowered the seat, lowered the bike, raised the planet just a bit, and now it's all good here. Here's how:

https://www.fjrowners.com/forums/1215889-post23.html

Cheers,
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- Pirelli Angel GT (Spec A) tires, RDL seat, TPMS, GPS digital speedometer (US$25.00).

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Howdy. Welcome to the forum.


I am 73.


FJR servicing (these were built for older bikes, but the basics haven't changed):
http://www.fjr-tips.org/maint/maint.html
http://www.fjrtech.net/maint.cfm

If you buy a used FJR and if you are uncertain all the maintenance has been done, work through everything.

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Welcome and get on and ride it and get a feel for it. Take it easy and take your time to get use to it, the fun will be just part of the learning process.

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My Pop just turned 74 and is on his second FJR. We got home last night from a 5351 mile, two week ride. He does just fine and rides a dual sport as well.

I loved my ST1300, I actually preferred it to Pop's '07 FJR. Try a newer than '13 FJR and you will be impressed with the improvements.

The '07 was probably the best color FJR ever.
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