Trainee Sport Tourer
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada
I only have just over 40,000 km’s of seat time on my 2015 ES which I bought new back in July 2017...so I’m a relative newb with the FJR...but I’ll provide my thoughts anyway.
1. Compared to a GW (I’ve briefly ridden an 06 and an 18 ) you’re not quite as upright, but the knee angle is the biggest difference...that’s my only minor gripe with the FJR...a bit higher seat to open up the knee angle would be the only thing I’d have wished for with the ergos.
2. For me, other than the aforementioned knee angle, the stock windscreen above halfway up created intolerable buffeting. I’m 5’-10”. I added a laminar lip and it made a world of difference. Other than that, to me the bike has pretty much the right stuff, right off the showroom floor.
3. The FJR has more than enough grunt to get you to highway speed...perhaps more than 3, but less than 4 seconds easily.
4. Canadian bikes are known to read about 8% high on the speedo. on my bike 108 km/h indicated is 100 on my gps. I haven’t tried a 190 rear, and I don’t think I would...the bike turns and holds a line perfectly with the stock 180 tire.
5. I can’t speak to the 6speed in top gear, but I “think” the 5 speed will pull cleanly, albeit a bit slowly from city speed in top gear...it’s not something I do mind you...it’s just too hard on the engine.
6. For road riding, the FJR has loads of lean angle and can carry more corner speed than is probably sane. I’ve never touched down any hard parts in lots of tight switchbacks. 100+ in a 60 km curve will be no issue whatsoever for the bike...other risk factors aside.
7. The stock seat is wide but flat, no pocket, so easy to move side to side if you really want to.
I toured on a VFR 1200 prior to my FJR and while it was a nice bike, the one and only thing it had over the VFR was a better top end rush. Despite the extra weight, I feel the FJR actually handles better than my VFR did...more composed over mid corner bumps, and more neutral in turns. The range on the FJR is incredible, easily 400+ km, compared to the VFR which had you looking for gas at 200 km and at the roadside dry at about 260 km(ran out of gas 4 times in 2 years on that thing...the main reason why I got rid of it). Add cruise control, an electric windshield, heated grips, low running costs, proven reliability and durability...I can’t think of a better machine for big miles and long term ownership for the money. I thought about the BMW briefly when I bought mine, but at well less than 2/3 of the price new vs the RT, it was an easy choice given all of the other pluses of the yamaha.
Last edited by Yammieboy; 07-20-2019 at 12:27 PM.