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Gen IIs must be much narrower in the back than gen Is, I can't fit my '05 through a ~33" door opening with the bags on. Slips through just fine with the mirrors folded in and bags off though.
Gen.2 FJR's are a little more than 2" narrower in the rear than Gen. 1. {yamaha trying to NOT look like an ST Hondapotamus, or a Concrete Truck 14]. That is why the seats are different. They took some of the 2" out of the seats. My wife noticed the diff. immediately when I got my 07. LOL

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Initially I didn't like the looks of the side bags. They are not that well integrated (I grew up on a Honda ST), and there was something about the shape that rubbed me the wrong way. I have since adjusted (funny how things become pretty once you stare at them for a while...). I ride with top-box only 90% of the time, simply because the side bags are tiny and rather useless. I can't even fit my small laptop in there...I do like the looks of the FJR naked though!
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I like the look with the sidebags on. I put 40K miles as a commuting bike splitting lanes almost every day. The bags work just fine for lane splitting. And the storage space was important for me.

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They look fine without bags, unless you have bag guards on. No one besides an fjr rider would know there had been bags. That said, I never ride with mine off.
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I think they look fine without bags...to my eyes the removal takes the touring out of the 'sports touring' designation and leaves behind a sportbike, albeit a somewhat pudgy one. I don't ride often without them, though, but every once in a while when I know there's zero chance I'll use them I will take them off.

Just last night, in fact, I rode without them. I was also testing out a light(er) weight Alpinestars jacket I just bought that morning, so between the sporty jacket and the "sportsbike" I felt twenty years younger.
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I think they look fine without bags...to my eyes the removal takes the touring out of the 'sports touring' designation and leaves behind a sportbike, albeit a somewhat pudgy one. I don't ride often without them, though, but every once in a while when I know there's zero chance I'll use them I will take them off.

Just last night, in fact, I rode without them. I was also testing out a light(er) weight Alpinestars jacket I just bought that morning, so between the sporty jacket and the "sportsbike" I felt twenty years younger.
Ha ha true, I sometimes lower my windscreen, and lean forward so the (young) sport crotch rocket guys will wave to me
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I leave the bags on, looks better to me, as do all the other sport tourers. Looks like a squid bike without them IMHO.... I don't think cops care as long as you're not breaking the rules.. but yes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
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The handle bars are wider then the cases.
That is a good point. But the handle bars are higher - above fender level of most cars - while the bags are down around the widest part of the cages.

Advantage: bags off. IMO.

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