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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-15-2020, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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2017 fjr 1300 es

Hello All,
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 ***
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-16-2020, 12:25 AM
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Congrats, awesome color with some nice upgrades. I have only had mine for 2 months. Enjoy it more every time I ride.
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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-16-2020, 04:31 AM
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Good luck and safe riding.. have mine for 4 years and 37k miles and have the same feeling every time I roll it out of the garage..
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-16-2020, 04:40 AM
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Ride her vigorously & enjoy!
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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-16-2020, 10:05 AM
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All of the above! Well sorted out ride so you should enjoy your riding future.
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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-16-2020, 01:38 PM
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Nice!!! Great choice (as almost every FJR is) and great color (just because my 2008 is also black). You'll be very happy and your seat is built for long trip comfort, so I'm not worried about you.
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-19-2020, 12:17 PM
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Congrats with your new ride. In case you don't know - the bike came with plastic plugs/covers for the side case mounting holes. If you don't have these, check with the dealer as the previous owner may still have them. Otherwise you can buy them. If you ride a lot without the cases, it makes a difference!
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-19-2020, 12:33 PM
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Howdy. Welcome to the forum.

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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-22-2020, 06:24 PM
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Congrats on the 17.

I bought a 17 this year as well and it had a PUIG screen. Nice looking unit but it was not tall enough. I am 6' 0" and my Russell seat puts me up taller than stock. Later I bought a National Cycle N20308 VStreamŪ Sport/Tour Replacement Screen. It provides better protection and is quieter than the PUIG.

Enjoy the '17.
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-22-2020, 09:26 PM
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Congrats!!!!! I came from a CTX700 as well, it was a great bike and treated me well but I always felt like I was missing the excitement when you crack the throttle and the rear shock was less than desired and expensive upgrade for the value of the bike. Jealous of the seat, this is on the list for sure.
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