High-G FJR Junkie!
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Rolling Prairie, Ind
I have a 2014a (red, the fastest color) & despite it being somewhat problematic with several issues and looking For a replacement several times I Always seem to come back to it as the best fit for me, just bang for the buck the fjr can't be Beat. When I bought mine I was riding an 86 gl1200sei which was a nice bike and being a long time “Wing” guy from the beginning of Wings (75) and after riding a new 1800 it just didn’t suit me. I also looked at the beemers particularly the 1300 four cyl’s $$$ But Always came back to the fjr, same with the c14, ninja 1k and a Suzuki 1200s. But I wanted the cruise, adjustable w-shield, abs and shaft drive which the fjr Ticked all the right box’s. The 5 speed is easily the best bikebox I’ve ever used, no complaints of the 6spds that i’ve Ever ridden they do work well, imho.
As far as low speed power the fjr has more low speed torque than about any other 4cylinder with the ability to pull down to around 1000-1200rpm (can’t do that with a twin) and easily pull back up, though really not recommended, it will do it but a simple downshift is so easy why not just do it. Not like you have to do push-ups to do it.
Downsides, the oe seat was absolutely terrible for me, if you buy and agree just buy a Laam (I have a Laam) or a Russell and don’t waste any money on something else that is not as good, they Are all about the same money by the way, I also have the Yamaha touring gel seat that’s way better than the oe but cost just as much as my Laam with a lot less comfort.
Buy the Yamaha extended warranty but as I see you are a Canadien cousin and I believe the cost is very prohibitive there.
There is a distinct vibration in the 3500-4500rpm range, not terrible and I believe Yamaha has improved on this in the newer models plus the 6spd puts that zone at highly illegal speeds anyway.
Most here have enjoyed pretty much bullet proof ownership but as I said mine has been somewhat problematic with it being on the 4th clutch (wouldn’t disengage) steering head bearings, abs switch’s and a broken subframe, but honestly I can’t wait to get back on it and experience the effortlessness in power, braking & handling that is the fjr, simply love it !
The fjr is somewhat tall and with a 30” inseam like me you may have to lower it a bit, I added Soupy’s adjustable rear links and lowered mine 1/2” front and back with no perceptible ill effects, way more lean angle left than I have courage to explore. That’s my take.
Red 2014A, the fastest color !
Ride more,, worry less !
Last edited by passx; 07-21-2019 at 10:30 AM.