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post #1 of 74 (permalink) Old 06-02-2020, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
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New to FJR, couple of questions......

So I've been looking at FJRs for a while now. I feel like I'm due for an upgrade to fuel injection and abs after 15yrs of street riding.
I'm coming from an older CBR1000f that I've loved since 2005. I also had a Honda Magna and a klr650 for several years (and rode various dirt bikes since I was about .
I chose an fjr because I like the way they look, and I want an S/T bike. I'm not ready for a cruiser yet, but me a my gf will be riding 2 up. She's fine on my old cbr, and figure this will be similar. I rode my friend's 06 fjr years ago and liked it.
The bike I'm pretty sure I'm going to buy (after looking it over and test riding it) is a black 2009 w/12k miles for $4500. Any thoughts on that price? It has a couple of scratches that are barely noticeable, but otherwise in beautiful condition and garage kept. $600 service with complete fluid change was just done. Comes with a cover, 2 person Bluetooth, and a couple of other little things. The guy bought it from a dealer 4yrs ago and has only put a couple k miles on it since.
Obviously low miles (which I sometimes see as a bad thing). Anything I should be looking for?
I also looked at a 2010 w/32k for around $5k, but it sold. It had a givi top box (which I liked).
I'm probably going to get a top box in the future, so any help there would be appreciated (between mounts and plates and boxes, I'm not sure where to go)
Also, I definitely would like to get a passenger back rest. Any recommendations for something decent that isn't super expensive?
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If your budget can stand it, look for a 2013 on. Cruise control! Otherwise, if it's been decently maintained any will do.

Not much room back there for both a trunk and a passenger backrest. Go with the trunk. Givi.
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Top box is your backrest... go Givi or Shad or some other aftermarket IMHO.
No worries on the mileage, the '09's were good. Sounds like an OK price to me. At 12k it's not even broken in yet.... flush and bleed the brakes and clutch first thing if not just done, and the usual minor maintenance items.
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If your budget can stand it, look for a 2013 on. Cruise control! Otherwise, if it's been decently maintained any will do.

Not much room back there for both a trunk and a passenger backrest. Go with the trunk. Givi.
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I went back and forth on the gen 2 vs. 3. I can definitely afford a brand new one, just not sure if I want to. Haha...
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Top box is your backrest... go Givi or Shad or some other aftermarket IMHO.
No worries on the mileage, the '09's were good. Sounds like an OK price to me. At 12k it's not even broken in yet.... flush and bleed the brakes and clutch first thing if not just done, and the usual minor maintenance items.
Sounds like givi might be the way to go.
And I wasn't sure about the backrest thing. I noticed that some boxes have a rest built in, but the other ones don't look very comfortable in your back and I don't want to hear it from her. 😁
All fluids were changed at a very recent service or that would definitely be my first step.
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If she wears a motorcycle jacket it will have a back pad in it to provide cushion. My wife says it works fine in lieu of a soft backrest pad.

If you get a Givi trunk, be sure and get the SR 357 rack support
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If she wears a motorcycle jacket it will have a back pad in it to provide cushion. My wife says it works fine in lieu of a soft backrest pad.

If you get a Givi trunk, be sure and get the SR 357 rack support
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Need to find a deal on a box/support. They do not appear to be a cheap date.
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No the Givi set up, box, rack and support is pretty pricey, but top of the line. Look at pics of different sizes on bikes before you decide on a box. Some look huge on the back. Ill post up a pic of mine when the grandbaby is done with her nap. It's a 47 liter. I saw one on member Redfish's bike and thought it looked size and angled appropriate ( not too square and not too round)
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I have a Givi 47 liter on now, but here is a pic on mine when had the Givi 52 liter for reference.
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Although not usually picky about such things, I liked how on this model of Givi 47 the lenses matched the lenses on the bike and the shape was more like the saddlebags shape



from the side it doesn't overwhelm the look of the back of the bike but it still will hold more than it should. I don't put helmets in the trunk so don't know if they will fit.



I carry some rock straps, a tire repair kit and a folded flat Frogg Togg rain suit in mine if I'm going out and may get caught in rain.

It's not recommended to put a lot of weight in the trunk of an FJR even with an SR 357 although some load them up and travel thousands of miles that way without issue. I don't need to load it up so I don't.

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