High-G FJR Junkie!
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Rolling Prairie, Ind
Greg, welcome !
Couple of things to add, please add your location and year/model once you get one to your signature/avatar. It’ll be a big help for when you have questions.
Secondly, Corbin Sucks ! Terrible seats and terrible customer service, my opinion ! They are pretty though and the “let it break-in” is Corbin code for we don’t want to do anything to help you. Again my opinion.
As far as the fjr goes, I have a 2014a model and will advise to buy as new as you can afford as they have updated it with many upgrades through the years. The heat issues on the gen 1’s are a big problem for many and the electrical “spider bite” and cam chain tensioner issues through the mid gen 2”s can be problematic.
Cruise control started on the 2013 gen 3 and is the thing that really sent me down the fjr path along with The 2014 red (fastest Color 😁 ) really put me over the edge. Add in the excellent abs and traction control and it is a great ride. The Gen 3.5’s (2016) on have the 6th gear and excellent led lighting. I’m sure there’re a lot of things i’m Forgetting. But it is an excellent ride.
Downsides,,, it is heavy and tall and it carries most of its weight high which makes it easy to get over center and drop it. I am 5’ 10” with a 30” inseam and lowered my bike 1/2” front and back withno Ill effects for me. Some will complain about the loss of ground clearance but I haven’t found it to be an issue. It is a very top heavy bike.
If you buy keep in mind that you need to budget for several upgrades of probably a seat ( just go Laam or Russel) ,, I have a Laam and am happy with it but they tend to add some height.
Windshields and bar risers are also things you’ll probably look for. If you go for a topcase there’s a lot of info here on it and keep in mind you’ll need a givi sr357, Shad tubular rack or what I ended up with is the Yamaha heavy aluminum rack, anything less may end up with a broken subframe, I did,,,, $700 part.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions here, there’s a lot of really good people willing to advise and help, really good group !
Red 2014A, the fastest color !
Ride more,, worry less !