So I spent this past weekend putting a little over 300 miles (60 miles 2-up) on this new-to-me 09. I went all around rural S. Central Pennsylvania, visited some Gettysburg monuments, etc.
These are my thoughts coming off a CBR1KF: Riding position is definitely less "sport". Stock seat is a tad more comfortable.
Digital gauges are cool. I never thought about wanting a clock/gear indicator/ambient temp gauge, but they're handy. 🙂
I'm still too tall for the screen, but I never really thought about that. It's nice to adjust the wind a bit, though, to cool you down (it was 90+ and humid)
She (passenger) likes the seat better on this one (and actually said she likes the slope it has), but never had a problem with the old bike.
The side bags are cool. They were used for a spare helmet/jacket, some cheese steak subs, breakfast, and a 6pk of miller lite. I always needed a backpack before (or had to mess with soft bags). Storage is so much nicer.
It's a fast bike, as is the hurricane. Deceptively fast. They're similar there, except the fjr is better in the mid-range. It's noticable. Less shifting if you don't want to. It also feels much lighter than it is.
Only 5 gears on the FJR, but to be honest, I only tried for 6th gear once or twice, and wasn't even in 5th much unless on the interstate.
The suspension is a bit soft on this bike and leaves a bit to be desired. I'm 6'2" and 225lbs. I'm reserving my judgment until I get new tires, but I set the front and back as hard as they'd go 1-up and it's better, but yeah.
It stalled on me twice. Both times a few seconds after starting (on light throttle). Hoping it's just from 1k miles/yr for the last 3yrs. It's had 2 doses of seafoam now and hasn't happened again.
Throttle is twitchier than I'd like, which looks like a pretty common complaint.
Heat on your legs in hot weather is WAY better than the CBR. Thank god. You'd get roasted in stop and go on the 1kf.
Fuel mileage actually appears to be slightly better on this bike, even though it's bigger.
Overall, this seems to be a great bike so far. I'm very happy with it, and think it was a great choice for an s/t upgrade to get me out of the stone ages.
Also like to thank this forum for the help and insight so far. Much appreciated.
Last edited by KilgoreTrout; 06-30-2020 at 11:16 AM.