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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-12-2020, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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Greetings from South Carolina. I picked up a 2013 FJR with 2200 miles this weekend. No, that’s not a typo...2200 miles, and at a great price. I’m a moderately experienced rider, and I like touring. I’ve had several bikes over the years, from my Ultra Classic (which I still have), to a DR650, Goldwing, Honda 750’s, Yamaha 650, and so on.
I’m looking foreword to riding this beast, and having some fun along the way.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-12-2020, 11:51 PM
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Howdy. Welcome to the forum.


Suggestion: add year of FJR and your location to your profile.

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Welcome, got my 2013 with 10,000 miles and I thought that was a good deal. Might want to go through the fluids when you get a chance.

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Welcome, I believe you'll like this forum. Besides fluids I'd recommend a close inspection of the tires.
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Welcome, I believe you'll like this forum. Besides fluids I'd recommend a close inspection of the tires.
Oldcrankyrider,

The FJR is a strong, heavy bike. Check sidewalls for cracking, chipping, et c. Tire age (click the link and scroll down):

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiret....jsp?techid=11

Your call, of course, but IMHO, tires on the FJR are about done after maybe eight years, no matter about any tread depth remaining. Please consider, this machine can and will crack triple digits on the highway on-ramp.

First gadget to add, if you add anything, might be a TPMS. The code words for serious in America are "where the rubber meets the road." This one of those things.
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P.S. Life is too short, and health is too valuable, to ride on cheap parade-duty tires.
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Oldcrankyrider,

The FJR is a strong, heavy bike. Check sidewalls for cracking, chipping, et c. Tire age (click the link and scroll down):

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiret....jsp?techid=11

Your call, of course, but IMHO, tires on the FJR are about done after maybe eight years, no matter about any tread depth remaining. Please consider, this machine can and will crack triple digits on the highway on-ramp.

First gadget to add, if you add anything, might be a TPMS. The code words for serious in America are "where the rubber meets the road." This one of those things.
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I wouldn't go past 4-5 years here in the Texas heat, but then again, you should wear it out before then.

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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-16-2020, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the tips.
I do plan to replace the tires soon, and have been reading lots of recommendations and reviews. I’ve never had TPMS on a bike, and I’ve had many. I did adjust the front to 40 and rear 42 per recommendations. They were both at 30 from the PO. The bike now dives nicely into turns, and exits balanced. The one thing I didn’t like was now I have a low speed wobble in front if I take my hands off the bars. It’s not progressive, thank god. I think I’ll experiment more.
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congrats on your new ride. I am completely amazed about the handling of my 2020. The driver input approaches that of some of the dirt bikes I owned, XR650R. I run the suspension on soft and I am sure that I will never be pushing this bike to the limits. We are in a time when there are many excellent bikes out there.

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Thanks for the tips. I do plan to replace the tires soon, and have been reading lots of recommendations and reviews. I’ve never had TPMS on a bike, and I’ve had many. I did adjust the front to 40 and rear 42 per recommendations. They were both at 30 from the PO. The bike now dives nicely into turns, and exits balanced. The one thing I didn’t like was now I have a low speed wobble in front if I take my hands off the bars. It’s not progressive, thank god. I think I’ll experiment more.
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Rich,

Most commonly, loose bearings at the steering head can allow the wobble. Try to re-torque the steering head, first. A bad tire can cause the front end wobble. Some lousy new tires can, too. The final fix, for most FJR owners, is to replace the OEM ball bearings in the steering head with tapered roller bearings. Timken is the best brand for any bearings, IMHO, but some use SKF or others. If your bike has a top case back there, try riding without it for a while, and see if the wobble goes away, without the top case.

An unstable front end is not to be ignored, and it's not normal on the FJR.
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P.S. Life is too short, and health is too valuable, to ride on cheap parade-duty tires.
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