I started test riding FJRs in 2007, but ended up buying a leftover ST 1300 Honda in 2008 since I thought it was the better motorcycle. I rode it for 10 years and 110,000 miles and would have bought another except Honda quit making new ones in 2012, and Honda never upgraded the motorcycle. Meanwhile, Yamaha made steady and significant improvements to the FJR. Made the clutch lighter, made the throttle lighter, worked on heat management, added a 6th gear, added cruise control, modes, ABS, traction control, and really turned it into a first class sport tourer so in 2018 I bought a new A model. I opted for the A because once I got suspension set up, which took 1 day on the FJR, I would likely never mess with it again ( except flipping the rear lever to hard when my wife wants a ride and then flipping it back to soft when she climbs off), which has indeed been the case. I didnt think the extra complexity of electronic suspension would be a $2000 necessity for me. $2K buys a lot of gas, tires and hotel rooms.
Some indeed find the ES upgrade worthwhile, but I think I made the right choice for me. The A model has turned out to be everything I hoped it would be.
2018 Yamaha FJR 1300A
2014 Honda CB1100 DLX
It doesn't matter what I ride, where I ride, how fast I ride, or how far I ride... it only matters THAT I RIDE...EVERY DAY. "Ferret"