At 58 years old, in October of 2021, I sold my Old-Man Gold Wing and I purchased a pristine 2014 FJR 1300 A with only 1838 miles on it. I trailered it home (about 4.5 hours each way) and completed an oil change and final drive fluid change as well as a gas tank drain and fill. The FJR Shaft Drives rock and are so easy to maintain. Oil changes are a breeze too on the FJR.
The only non-consumable item that needed attention on my purchase was a missing nut from one of the two left mirror mounting bolts inside the fairing. It seems this particular factory nut has a nasty habit of vibrating loose or, in my case, vibrating completely off. So, for 40 cents and 20 minutes of labor, I replace the nut with one that won't vibrate loose. Otherwise, my new to me FJR was/is in like-new condition. It also came with the taller touring windshield installed and the original sport windshield in the box.
• I paid $9,000 even for my 2014 and passed on a 2012 model with only 1100 miles on it for $7900 to get the updated features of the 2014 model.
• I love the blue 2012 but cruise control and other enhancements are worth the extra few bucks.
• A 2013 model was also available but the Cruise Control stops at 80 MPH on the 2013 model. The 80 MPH Cruise Control limit was removed from the 2014 model.
• I looked at a 2016 but the 6-speed is not necessary, and the transmission recall means you won't have a 100% factory transmission. Most have had no issues but there have been some Oopsies.
At 5200 miles, I purchased new tires as the originals were oxidized and wearing badly. The new Michelin Road 6 GT tires have been great, and many say they should last more than 10,000 miles. Time will tell. Oh, ask for right-angle stems when you get new tires to simplify tire pressure checks, etc. I also replaced both the Break and Clutch Fluid. This should be done more often than most people do it. The age of these fluids is more important than miles for their service. Mine will get done every 2 years as it is not too pricey and can prevent problems down the line.
I also installed a Misgel Ram Mount and Quad Lock with vibration damping that charges my phone/GPS as I ride.
If your new (to you) FJR does not have them already, you may want to invest in Frame Sliders (T-Rex N69-13) and Luggage Guards (T-Rex N69-13LGB5) like I did. The cost of the T-Rex (or another brand) protection is far less than what it will cost if you simply have a non-rolling drop in your garage or on your driveway. You can install these yourself in well under an hour.
So, once your fluids are serviced, your FJR will basically be bulletproof like all FJRs. You can save a few bucks by going with older models but you will give up features that for me have become must-haves now that I’ve used them.
My only issue with my 2014 model is that my red beauty just won't let me ride slowly. I swear I am trying but she just won't let me. ~grin~ After all, red is the fastest color.
Enjoy the Ride and Farkle Away!