Sorry guys for the lack of updates-was gone with the fam on vacation.
These suggestions prompted me to go through the front suspension adjustments. I did find the thread with the YouTube video of someone doing a demo on how to adjust the FJR. The adjustments I made were:
Front preload: from 4 rings to 2 rings
rebound: from 13 clicks to 6 clicks
compression: from 17 clicks to 8 clicks
rear: soft to hard
Wow, has this made much needed improvements in handling. One of the biggest struggles I had was nose dive when coming to a stop, and hard cornering. The front would nose dive heavily, then rebound heavily. This was especially an issue with my wife on the back as she would slide forward into me, thus increasing the nose dive and rebound. All this time I assumed it was an over-sensitive front brake combined with a top-heavy bike.
The improvements are incredible. With everything firmed up a bit, the bike is much more predictable and I no longer feel I am fighting to keep it balanced while coming to a stop. I had all but stopped using the front brake entirely, except for emergencies.
Although I can still hear the fork springs a bit, it is better than before. I may do a test ride on another bike to compare as I have not ridden any other FJR. I am still going to take a look at the front bearing torque and play.
Thanks all for the recommendations and help. I am really pleased with the handling improvements.
2016 BMW R1200rt (current)
2016 Yamaha Super Tenere ES (sold)
2011 Yamaha FJR (sold)