I really liked the silver one for some reason, but it got sold the day before I was scheduled to look at it.
No worries, though, because I like the look of the black ones as well (and they're faster, so......). 😂
Kilgore, one thing I would add is when you’re looking at a used fjr that’s had a topcase used on it, always pull the seats and look back at the subframe by the tail lights for cracking/breaking, it is a $650 repair just for parts.
A “stiffy” made very well by one of our members here will not prevent breaking the subframe, only a givi sr357, or similar Shad tube rack or what I have which is the heavy aluminum Yamaha sourced rack will help. That all said, the stiffy will prevent the broken piece’s from littering the highway behind you which is a definite plus !
I had several conversations with Yamaha when the subframe broke on my 14 (the fastest color red) and they were adamant about a max of 7lbs on the rear of the bike unless you used the heavy aluminum rack which bumped things up-to 10lbs.
I’ve had several people accuse me of overloading my topcase to break it but I can assure you that because of all the warnings from the guy’s here I was sensitive to the weight thing and the most I ever carried was my cpap which weighs in at 5lbs. I did have a “stiffy” installed from the start.
Now my opinion is that I think that since the subframe is a cast aluminum piece that maybe some have a “defect” that causes them to break like a thin spot or maybe a carbon track, don’t know but most never have a problem but in my opinion the rear subframe is a poor design at best. I believe as well that just riding the bike down the road, hitting bumps, etc that cause the topcase to shake around is a contributing factor to breaking my subframe.
So now that I’ve thrown that downer out there just do yourself a favor and on a used bike take a look at the subframe under the back cowl before you part with your money.
They are very terrific bikes with a few warts that can really put a smile on your face, and the forum here is loaded up with great people willing to help. Let us know what you buy, maybe a few pictures to go with that.