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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-28-2020, 06:35 AM Thread Starter
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Newbi Looking for advice on buying a FJR

Hi from Denmark

Just joined, for a start to get/find some advice on buying a FJR1300.
I am currently riding a Yamaha MT-01 bruiser, but now the wife would like a bit more comfort, so that we can take some longer trips and occasional motorcycle vacations.
Having owned a Honda Blackbird for some years, I do appriciate smooth sport touring bikes and I guess that the FJR will be even more comfortable in regards to riding position and for the pillion rider.
through riding motorcycles for +30 years I have learned to ask the long time users when in doubt.
So what should we be looking out for? Any known issues aso.? Things to check? Things to walk away from?

One of the candidates that we are loking at is a 2008 reg. 2007 model with 68.000 kms on the clock.

Hope to get some help to become a certified FJR Owner

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The FJR model has been in production for nearly 20 years now, and technology has come a long way in that time. Yamaha has kept up with the technology, and there has been steady improvements in the FJR through all those years. So I ask, why would you buy such old technology when newer bikes surely can't cost that much more.

The most significant improvements happened in 2013, with all new electronics including cruise control. You may not have any idea how nice it is to have cruise control on a bike. So, I recommend that you do not buy any FJR older than 2013.

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Good day neighbor! I'm a new owner of a 2018 FJR1300AE. For me it was important to get the last gen (from 2016 up) because It has assist slipper clutch, 6 gears, cruise control and LED lights as standard.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old Yesterday, 01:58 AM Thread Starter
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Hi and sorry for the late response (out of office for some time)

The reason for me to get a bike with a few years on the tarmac is simply the danish tax system.
New motorcycles has 180% of the initial price added in pure tax. So the price tag on a new FJR will start at €36.600,-
@Bernie : That is close to 60.000 au$ - what did you pay for your 2014 model?
@TheBigG : ditt skattesystem liknar mycket vårt, men när det gäller fordon tycker jag att det danska (och norska) systemet är extremt. Det är förmodligen relaterat till det faktum att vi inte har någon egen produktion.
Onb the other hand, we do have world class social security system and 100 % free healtcare. (Thanks bikers!!)

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Hi and sorry for the late response (out of office for some time)

The reason for me to get a bike with a few years on the tarmac is simply the danish tax system.
New motorcycles has 180% of the initial price added in pure tax. So the price tag on a new FJR will start at €36.600,-
@Bernie : That is close to 60.000 au$ - what did you pay for your 2014 model?

Onb the other hand, we do have world class social security system and 100 % free healtcare. (Thanks bikers!!)

Br. Carsten
WOW, The present price for a new FJR here, is less than half what you are paying, maybe 40%, and the Americans are paying half of our price. Our social security may not be quite as good as yours, but it is still pretty good.

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Howdy. Welcome to the forum.


I second Bernie's comment. If your budget will stretch, try for a Series III (2013 onward).


Two reasons: MamaYama fixed most of the problems by then. The early bikes had heat problems and some of the later Series II bikes had throttle problems associated with the EFI.


And the cruise control is really good to have. On the other hand, Europe is, by US standards, pretty cramped, so I don't know how useful the cruise control will be for you. The USA is 5000 km across. Texas is about 1400 km across. Once you leave the northwest corn of the USA, we have a lot of open space.


Still, the bike you are thinking about, at 68000 km on the odometer, is barely broken in. And all FJRs are designed to run on regular petrol.


I am exclusively a solo rider, so I cannot say anything about passenger accommodations.

Time spent looking at motorcycles, even Harleys, is never wasted.

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Newbi Looking for advice on buying a FJR

Carstn,

Happy hunting! I have a 2008, maybe not as advanced in electronic features as the newer FJR bikes, but it has a good strong heart. I linked a .PDF file there, comparing the years and equipment of the FJR. Zoom in (repeatedly) for easy reading. I would not expect you to need six gears, or cruise control on the throttle, there. Here is a good start, on the hunt:

https://www.fjrowners.com/forums/1272003-post5.html

Keep us posted.


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Carsten, let me echo Bernie & John’s comments and say simply buy as new as you can afford, the fjr has been updated regularly with a significant update occurring with the 2013 gen 3 & newer. The cruise control is a big deal for me. The gen 3.5 with the 6spd started in 2016 and seem to be better balanced along with the excellent led lighting.

Things to look for,,,,, on the gen 1 & 2 look at the cam chain tensioner on the rh side for either a blue or green paint dot, I believe the blue is most current. No paint dot means you need to change as soon as possible, several really good threads on that here. Also Spider Bite ground electrical issues are a problem on I believe 2008 and earlier but I’m not sure of when that started and was fixed.

The last issue is an across the board, all gen’s and that is the broken rear subframe and is easy to check for by pulling the rear seat and looking at the frame section below the tailights. Simple check.

Welcome to the party ! Add your bike to your signature line once you settle on one, they are quite fantastic bikes and plenty of people here willing to help if you do have problems or questions.
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