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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-14-2019, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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Friend is getting a 2008 1300A and both of us wondering what kind of common problems they had that we should be looking for. I have a 2015 A model but it is also my 1st FJR so I am not real familiar with them. He lives on his bikes and mine only gets miles when I follow him. Take in mind he is the type that will go 100 miles for a burger then start the ride from there.

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Not much... I'd do some preventative maintenance of the ground spiders with contact paste, sync the throttle bodies, flush the clutch and brake fluid every year including cycling the ABS pump. Fill it with fresh gas and hit the road.
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Friend is getting a 2008 1300A and both of us wondering what kind of common problems they had that we should be looking for. I have a 2015 A model but it is also my 1st FJR so I am not real familiar with them. He lives on his bikes and mine only gets miles when I follow him. Take in mind he is the type that will go 100 miles for a burger then start the ride from there.
TIA -- Bobby
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Nothing here beyond oil and fluids, normally. A can of injector cleaner (Seafoam) won't hurt, now and then. The radiator fins are delicate and it's very costly to replace a radiator, so a radiator guard (Cox or similar) is cheap insurance, there. A Fenda Extenda is good there, too. Same for the headlight lenses: I have Cee Bailey Headlight Guards, but anything is better than nothing, there. If your friend rides long and hard, tire age is probably worth considering. I believe that 8 year old rubber is about done, no matter about the remaining tread depth. Maybe sooner, for riding hard. Click the link, and scroll down:

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiret....jsp?techid=11

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2008 was the third year of the Gen2 bikes. The fuel mapping and the throttle cable pulley was improved over the '06 and '07 models. The '08 is a really good choice.
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Once I get the bike in my grubby hands, I will probably do a full-on diagnosis and semi tear down to get familiar with it and set it up for the long haul rides I like to do.

Been thinking of buying an FJR ever since they came out. I can't wait to finally take the plunge!
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If he rides that much, convince him he's making a huge mistake!! Get a '13 or up for the cruise control.
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If he rides that much, convince him he's making a huge mistake!! Get a '13 or up for the cruise control.
And how many miles do you have on your '07 FJR now?


Yeah, Cruise is nice but a good Gen2 is never a bad choice. So many of those Gen2s out there that are at ridiculously low prices because they don't have Cruise Control. And they last a long time and are good for a bunch of miles. Somebody should take advantage of the bargains on these great bikes.


Of course I do love my Gen3. And its Cruise Control...
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Yeah, Cruise is nice but a good Gen2 is never a bad choice. So many of those Gen2s out there that are at ridiculously low prices because they don't have Cruise Control. And they last a long time and are good for a bunch of miles. Somebody should take advantage of the bargains on these great bikes. Of course I do love my Gen3. And its Cruise Control...
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I expect that a cruise control is great, but aftermarket electronic units cost US$200~300 and maybe a labor charge, depending on the skills of the new owner. A 2008 or better, with an aftermarket cruise control, may be a better deal than the newer FJRs. It's a good bargaining point to say you wanted an FJR with cruise.
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I am going to try this 08 because it's coming from a trusted person and we are doing a trade on bikes. He has excess FJR's, I have excess ZRX1100's...lol. But anyhow, this will be my first attempt at a FJR. I actually tour on a 2002 ZRX1200 with 135,000+ miles, and that's just the current one.

I took Bobby to taste his first Moonburger about a month ago...
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I did not know that a single burger was a 1/2 lb patty so I ordered a double cheese burger. I could not finish it and was ready for a nap and a dump after that.
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