Training wheels fitted!
Join Date: Jan 2020
Location: 50 miles west of St Louis, Missouri.
2017 fjr 1300 es
I've been on the forum for about 6 months, watching and learning about the FJR. I own a Honda CTX700N which was a good bike to learn on and develope skills on and decided it was finally time to take things up a notch (or two or three lol). Of course I was eyeballing the FJR as the way to go and watching Youtube videos incessantly. I didn't want to commit to buying an FJR until I was sure that the job (airline employee) was going to be there. I live about 50 miles west of St Louis, Mo and I just could not find an FJR for sale in the state anywhere (even Yamaha dealers) in the last 6 months. All I wanted to do was to sit on an FJR so I could see how it felt. I didn't want TOO much of a sport feel, I'm 6'2" tall and I'm 58 yrs old. So anyway, I finally pulled the trigger finding a 2017 up in South Dakota at a dealership with 9800 miles on the ODO. I made the road trip last week 565 miles one way (Oct 8th) to pick it up and trailer it home. All went well with the transport (U-Haul utility trailers are awesome) and getting it unloaded. I still had not even sat on one, much less rode an FJR. So, I fire the engine up and let it warm up , just about to PEE myself with anticipation and excitement and finally got seated on the bike. With my limited riding experience (one year) I felt a little intimidated with the big gas tank and fairing, and narrower handle bars and being 150 lbs heavier than the Honda. Alternatively, I was able to stand flat footed and that was comforting. Then I let the clutch out thru the friction zone and got rolling. Well it took all of about 15 seconds to realize that the bike is a great fit for me physically and that I had made one of the best vehicle purchasing decisions of my life. In the 7 days I've owned this beauty I've put over 500 miles on it and have loved every minute. Black 2017 Yamaha FJR 1300 ESCH with PUIG windshield, Russell - Day Long aftermarket seat and a GIVI V46 top case. Thanks for reading and see you on the road. John in Missouri. *** 2 pics attached ***