Great instructions to care about your Matte vehicle, Yamaha should definitely include a similar instruction procedure with all their vehicles.
After carefully reading these cleaning procedures, it is clear that "matte paint finishes" are VERY VERY sensitive to scratches, and they should be cleaned with special care, similarly to when cleaning helmet visors and pinlock lenses, windshield, headlight lenses and all other plastics. Basically pre-soaking and soaking, and soaking again, using "Matte" specific products and mild solvents. There is a line in theses instructions where they say; "dry towel will damage matte finish"...wow ! what about my riding pants? they will for sure damage my paint on the long run
Personally I wish I had a choice to buy my new FJR in a "regular" metallic + clear coated paint (preferably '14 red
) instead of my Matte silver. According to some sources Yamaha decided to use Matte paint to further cut cost on FJR and other bike models.
A couple of days ago I attended the Yamaha Demo ride here in Calgary, and in their fleet of many demo motorcycles, they had a 2019 matte blue FJR. All I can say is that, this blue FJR had "the worst wear and tear" terribly scratched in critical areas, it almost looked like somebody used 80 grid sandpaper to clean the bike
Most other demo bikes with "regular metallic clear coated paint" looked way better then the poor matte FJR. ("Yamaha PLEASE we want metallic paint back )