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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-03-2020, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
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hello all...... loooong time motorcycle rider, on and off road. Rode (still have) a 79 HD Superglide till 7 years ago when shifted to a 2003 Honda ST 1300. Love the sport tourer platform for twisties and long days in the saddle. Time to update the ST with a newer bike and more sport than the porky ST1300.

The 1250RT would be nice but my value conscience morals won't let me spend 25K plus to get the new motor. I'll be selling my ST and a 74 CZ 400 MX to take the edge off of the $$$ of a newer ride.

I need the six speed so I'm in the hunt for 2016 and up FJR. I live west of Seattle on the peninsula and would love to go on a ride with local folks in the future.

looking forward to the FJR. PM me if you know of a local FJR for sale - well kept with miles <10K.

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You mean you want a six speed. An FJR needs a six speed about as much as an ST needs one. Having said that, the other features (the LED lighting and S&A clutch) of a 2016+ are worth it.

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I agree with John. Current gen is worth it. If it were just the six speed, not so much. 2016 or newer is what I recommend. Though the older ones are still great bikes.

Not that hard (relatively speaking) to replace the clutch and install led bulbs in a gen 3.

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PM me if you know of a local FJR for sale - well kept with miles <10K.
FWIW, it is normal for a properly maintained FJR to last quite a while. There are a number of people on the forum with FJRs over 100K miles, and I think the record is over 400K. I'd prefer above average miles as I'd be more confident the bike was properly maintained rather than ignored.

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hello all...... loooong time motorcycle rider, on and off road. Rode (still have) a 79 HD Superglide till 7 years ago when shifted to a 2003 Honda ST 1300. Love the sport tourer platform for twisties and long days in the saddle. Time to update the ST with a newer bike and more sport than the porky ST1300.

The 1250RT would be nice but my value conscience morals won't let me spend 25K plus to get the new motor. I'll be selling my ST and a 74 CZ 400 MX to take the edge off of the $$$ of a newer ride.

I need the six speed so I'm in the hunt for 2016 and up FJR. I live west of Seattle on the peninsula and would love to go on a ride with local folks in the future.

looking forward to the FJR. PM me if you know of a local FJR for sale - well kept with miles <10K.

Rich
rode around the olympic peninsula 2-3 weeks ago puyallup to shelton down to monteseno then clock wise around to port angeles silverdale and acrodd the narrows .. good trip

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That's a term one doesn't hear too often, "west of Seattle". Thank goodness you said peninsula. I was going to recommend a Yamaha Waverunner! Welcome

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That's a term one doesn't hear too often, "west of Seattle". Thank goodness you said peninsula. I was going to recommend a Yamaha Waverunner! Welcome

yep // lots of land out west of seattle .. but most major cities arer on the I-5 corridor ... vancover olympia tacoma federal way seattle everett
thats all but 2 of the biggest cites in the state ( Bellevue just 10 miles to the east )

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Good luck. Iím on my second FJR, with other ST bikes in between. I had a ST1300 before my first FJR and found it way too boring and handling was lacking. I did a 100 mile test ride on an RT before buying my current FJR. There was a lot to like, but what I did not like I did not like a lot. Two much vibration and a horrible glare on the instruments in certain conditions. And mind you I was coming from two consecutive 1600s.

Iím glad to be back on an FJR.

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rode around the olympic peninsula 2-3 weeks ago puyallup to shelton down to monteseno then clock wise around to port angeles silverdale and acrodd the narrows .. good trip
That is a ride I have planned twice with my wife. Never made either. This year because of covid.

It is top of the list for next year.

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I agree with John. Current gen is worth it. If it were just the six speed, not so much. 2016 or newer is what I recommend. Though the older ones are still great bikes.

Not that hard (relatively speaking) to replace the clutch and install led bulbs in a gen 3.

Had a '14 ES for 79K mi, and currently have a '16ES with 44k. Comparing the two, the LED lighting alone is worth getting a '16 or later, unless you never ride at night. (BTW putting LED bulbs in an H4 incandescent fixture is NOT equivalent to the OEM headlights on 2016 and later FJR.) Also 16 and later ES models have sequential LED cornering lights that no aftermarket setup can duplicate.

16 and later slipper clutch doesn't make much difference to me.

Love the 6 speed transmission. Bike is a bit smoother and more relaxed on the interstate, and the closer spacing of the lower gears suits me better in the twisties.
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