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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-30-2020, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all,

I'm new to the site (although I've been lurking for a bit to take in the advice) and the proud new owner of a 2018 FJR1300 ES. I love this bike! I'm coming off of years of riding on a 1992 Honda VFR750.

I'm up on the North Shore of Massachusetts, right by New Hampshire.

My bike was a trade-in with less than 100 miles on it. The story was that the guy bought it new and drove it straight to a Harley dealership to trade it in. Not sure why. There's a bit of speed wobble, so the tapered bearing swap may be in my off-season plans. Could be that it was too much for the previous owner? Anyway, his loss was my gain!

Great site with a ton of useful info. I've been enjoying the spirited debates about seats, oil, tires, etc. I'm happy there are still lots of choices in the aftermarket for this bike.

I installed my T-Rex guards as of last night. Now I need to do the 600 mile check and then start cranking out the miles.

Looking forward to learning more about the FJR. Thanks!
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Nice catch, glad you were able to snag a good one! Enjoy and welcome to the forum!

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Always great to hear of a rider getting super deal! Welcome.
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Hi all,

I'm new to the site (although I've been lurking for a bit to take in the advice) and the proud new owner of a 2018 FJR1300 ES. I love this bike! I'm coming off of years of riding on a 1992 Honda VFR750.

I'm up on the North Shore of Massachusetts, right by New Hampshire.

My bike was a trade-in with less than 100 miles on it. The story was that the guy bought it new and drove it straight to a Harley dealership to trade it in. Not sure why. There's a bit of speed wobble, so the tapered bearing swap may be in my off-season plans. Could be that it was too much for the previous owner? Anyway, his loss was my gain!

Great site with a ton of useful info. I've been enjoying the spirited debates about seats, oil, tires, etc. I'm happy there are still lots of choices in the aftermarket for this bike.

I installed my T-Rex guards as of last night. Now I need to do the 600 mile check and then start cranking out the miles.

Looking forward to learning more about the FJR. Thanks!
Welcome and congratulations on finding that "new" 2018. Your a lucky man. Good roads, cheap liquor and cigars(NH=no tax), VFR750 great bike and now you supersport tourer FJR. Yours was the first year of that matte finish for the FJR so read up on the care of it, it's obviously different that the gloss.

As for the speed wobble, first try 40 psi in the front and 42 psi in the rear and see if the wobble goes away. Also, important, the 600 mile service that you can do, includes a re-torquing of the steering stem bolt that sits on top of the bearings. That is always loose initially. read up on threads on setting the torque, it's different than most. Also the 600 mile incluses a throttle body adjust, which might add to vibration at idle and/or speed.

So, did you end up buying you FJR at a Harley dealer?

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Hi all,

I'm new to the site (although I've been lurking for a bit to take in the advice) and the proud new owner of a 2018 FJR1300 ES. I love this bike! I'm coming off of years of riding on a 1992 Honda VFR750.

Looking forward to learning more about the FJR. Thanks!

Welcome and hi from Chicago! Glad you here! Patrick
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post #8 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-31-2020, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone. I've found a lot of helpful stuff already.

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Yep, I have the Matte Blue. (seems pretty fast for not being red) I've been keen to learn about how to clean this without screwing it up. Saw the thread on that. Thx.

Regarding the wobble, I've already bumped tires to 40/42. I also did the re-torque following the instructions and tried kicking it up to 16 ft-lbs from the recommended 13. Doing both of those took a lot of the wobble out, but it is still there (call it 90% resolved). I'll have to see if all of the stuff done at the 600 mi check (like throttle body, etc.) fixes the rest. I was wondering if the bike sat for a while, if tire balance could be at play here? Seems to happen at the sweet spot mentioned here (high 30 - low 50 mph) tho. Dunno.

I picked mine up from another dealer who worked some kind of trade with the Harley place.


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Hey Heffling, welcome to the forum. I spent my first seven years in Salibury, and a couple in seabrook, NH. Miss the seafood, not the taxes. I am a little jealous of your 18 model, LOL

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Hey Heffling, welcome to the forum. I spent my first seven years in Salibury, and a couple in seabrook, NH. Miss the seafood, not the taxes. I am a little jealous of your 18 model, LOL
Thanks.

Nice, you were next door (Amesbury). I actually grew up in Central MA.

I'm jealous of your winter in SC. I'm sure it makes for an extended riding season by comparison!
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