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SOLD, I'm selling my 2019 ES

The reason is I can't handle the weight of the bike.
That fact became evident yesterday at a stop sign. I tipped over to the right and had to drop it, lifting up on the RH handle bar grip was not going to save it, I'm just not strong enough so I had to let it go.
The T-Rex crash bar set saved some damage but unfortunately I was over near the shoulder and the crash bars dug into the roadside gravel so I have a few dings in the upper fairing and some scratches in the RH side pannier. The RH mirror is destroyed.

I can put up some pics later but if your up in Maine and want to make an offer I'll be more than fair. I'm willing to take some financial pain and write it off as a part of getting older.

SOLD IT
 

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Junk, so sorry to hear of your misfortune. Kind of been going through some of the same due to back problems but I haven’t dropped mine yet. One piece of advice I took from an earlier “the ferret” post was I removed my Shad 50l topbox which really surprised me by how much top heaviness it removed, kind of surprised me plus also a surprise was a small improvement in fuel economy.

“The ferret” also removed the saddle bags which he claimed was quite noticeable, just some suggestions that may help. And if none of this helps enough then I see you have a Kawasaki GPZ 750 turbo that should be an absolute hoot to ride. Personally I regularly ride my 76 g-wing that I bought new or my 81 CBX when I don’t feel up to doing the weight of the fjr or just maybe need another feel. Good luck to you!
 
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Sorry to hear also, I took a direction on a lighter bike I can enjoy just as much. GLWS.
 

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Yea these big sport tourers can be a handful at slow speed or stopped. Dropped mine on rh side 6 weeks after I got it turning around in a gravel parking lot on a trip. Took 3 guys to pick the whale up lol. Broke my left elbow and had to ride it back toward home about 250 miles in a lot of pain. Finally had to have my wife and son meet me about 60 miles from home. He rode the bike back, wife took me to emergency room. 6 weeks off the bike in a cast and recovered just in time for another scheduled trip. Was real careful where I turned around on that one lol.



Taking off the bags and trunk make a big difference, maybe 50 pounds, getting it down to about 600 pounds maybe, but of course on a trip you need those things. Day rides are easier without them though for me. It's now close to 2 years since I dropped it, and never want to experience that again lol. I also lowered the bike 1/2" and wear waffle stomper boots so I could get better footing, but then again I am a munchkin at 5' 5 1/2" and 70 years old. Like a Keebler elf I tell ya.

Glad you weren't hurt on your drop. If you still think the bike is too heavy and want to keep riding, a change is a understandable and probably necessary. Shame, they are great bikes.
 
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I also have a 14 FJR that has gotten a bit heavy over the years. What did I do? I went and got a 2019 Versys 1000LT SE which is about 80lbs lighter than the FJR. I was going to trade the FJR in on it but just could not part with that beautiful red of the 2014 FJR. So I now have the FJR and the Versys. The Versys is taller than the FJR. I also have a 2013 V-Strom 650 which is the most comfortable, and easiest to maneuver around the garage. I tend to ride it a bit more than the others. It weighs only 460 pounds. Again a beautiful red. What are you planning on replacing your FJR with?
 

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Thanks guys, I appreciate the understanding and support... I could do without the horror stories tho Ferret. LMAO! Sad to hear about the elbow, must've hurt like a SOB.

No top trunk on mine to remove so no gain there for me. There was nothing outstandingly unusual about the intersection so there isn't anything that I could do to avoid it except maybe just run every stop sign. LOL. But even aside from stop signs and traffic lights, I live about 3/4 of a mile of dirt road in from the paved road.... I don't know how many Hail Mary's I go thru in my head getting back to my house.

As Passx noticed, I still have my feather weight (by comparison) 1984 Kawi Gpz 750 Turbo to keep me from quitting riding cold turkey.

If I can't sell it on my own, I may pretty it back up again and go trade it towards a side-by-side ATV with a dump bed. Not going to rush into things, buy what I absolutely need to buy (mirror) plus a fair amount of sanding, filler, primer and paint.
 
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I also have a 14 FJR that has gotten a bit heavy over the years. What did I do? I went and got a 2019 Versys 1000LT SE which is about 80lbs lighter than the FJR.
80 pounds is worth that much effort?
 

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Honestly, being 6ft tall and a pretty fit 190, the bike is not horrible to deal with, but if i was not those dimensions or taller i could totally see why this bike would be a handful and a half. Its totally not in the usual character of Japan as far as dimensions. The FJR feels like its made for large norseman...lol
 

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80 pounds is worth that much effort?
At 71 years old it is not a matter of worth or needs, it comes down to wants and desires. Life is getting shorter at 71, so enjoy as much as one can.
 

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Thanks guys, I appreciate the understanding and support... I could do without the horror stories tho Ferret. LMAO! Sad to hear about the elbow, must've hurt like a SOB.

No top trunk on mine to remove so no gain there for me. There was nothing outstandingly unusual about the intersection so there isn't anything that I could do to avoid it except maybe just run every stop sign. LOL. But even aside from stop signs and traffic lights, I live about 3/4 of a mile of dirt road in from the paved road.... I don't know how many Hail Mary's I go thru in my head getting back to my house.

As Passx noticed, I still have my feather weight (by comparison) 1984 Kawi Gpz 750 Turbo to keep me from quitting riding cold turkey.

If I can't sell it on my own, I may pretty it back up again and go trade it towards a side-by-side ATV with a dump bed. Not going to rush into things, buy what I absolutely need to buy (mirror) plus a fair amount of sanding, filler, primer and paint.
Ugggh if I had to ride a 3/4 miles of dirt road to get to a surface street I don't think own my FJR lol.

Sorry about the horror story, but I thought you might like to know you are not the only one who drops them and it could have been worse. Yea it was pretty painful. Just an afterthought now though.
 

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Any motorized cycle can be too much if it gets past a certain point. The trick is to have your body keep the scooter upright without you having to think about it. If we can't do that, we will probably have to make other arrangements. After a certain number of birthdays, the weightlifting doesn't work very well any more... Good luck.
 

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I too have been feeling the weight lately, and looking around for 'lighter'. Sat on a 2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260S and was pleasantly surprised to be able to get both feet flat on the ground. The redesigned seat, ( for '19 ) makes it so. I'm 5'9" on a good day, ( 72 yrs...) and have a 30" inseam.
The Ducati ain't cheap, and as appealing as it is, I'm loathe to give up the protection from the elements that the FJR provides...its minimal on the Multistrada
 

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Hey there:


I understand a heavy bike. I had a 2006 BMW K1200LT 880 lbs. with half tank of gas. Top heavy and very bad at slow speeds. I got the How to Ride Like a Pro video and learned how to use my clutch and rear brake at slow speeds and U-turns. It made all the difference even two up. Now the FJR seems like a small bike compared to the BMW. We all have to keep learning and the FJR being 200 lbs lighter doesn't hurt ;-)


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I too have been feeling the weight lately, and looking around for 'lighter'. Sat on a 2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260S and was pleasantly surprised to be able to get both feet flat on the ground. The redesigned seat, ( for '19 ) makes it so. I'm 5'9" on a good day, ( 72 yrs...) and have a 30" inseam.
The Ducati ain't cheap, and as appealing as it is, I'm loathe to give up the protection from the elements that the FJR provides...its minimal on the Multistrada
I put 7500 miles on my '19 Multistrada between Dec and June. Great bike and the weather protection is much better than you would think looking at the bike. When I got back on my FJR the weight and width of the bike was shocking and I sold it. At 5'7" 30" inseam it was always a challenge. Now riding a Super Adventure with e ridiculously high seat but the bike is lighter and the seat is narrow so I feel pretty comfortable with it.
 

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I too have been feeling the weight lately, and looking around for 'lighter'. Sat on a 2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260S and was pleasantly surprised to be able to get both feet flat on the ground. The redesigned seat, ( for '19 ) makes it so. I'm 5'9" on a good day, ( 72 yrs...) and have a 30" inseam.
The Ducati ain't cheap, and as appealing as it is, I'm loathe to give up the protection from the elements that the FJR provides...its minimal on the Multistrada
I put 7500 miles on my '19 Multistrada between Dec and June. Great bike and the weather protection is much better than you would think looking at the bike. When I got back on my FJR the weight and width of the bike was shocking and I sold it. At 5'7" 30" inseam it was always a challenge. Now riding a Super Adventure with e ridiculously high seat but the bike is lighter and the seat is narrow so I feel pretty comfortable with it.
I'm just an occasional lurker here, but I want to chime in that a BMW R1200R (mine 2012) is ~450 lbs dry. You guys having weight issues should test one of those. The horizontal cylinders really get the weight down low!
 

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The thought of getting a lighter bike does sound attractive and I already own the Kawi Gpz750 Turbo as my emotional support toy so like Donk and others on here I will sadly part with my FJR. It's a shame, I REALLY like the FJR. The recent mishap, although quite minor, has me convinced it was just a sign that I'm all done with heavy bikes. Yes, what just happened seems so trivial but like most mishaps it could have been so much worse as in: what if I came to a stop and tipped over into the path of a vehicle coming up along side me? That thought keeps creeping back into my mind. Heck I traded in a 900 pound Yamaha cruiser for the FJR so as heavy as we all know the FJR to be, it was SO MUCH lighter than what I was always riding before.

In summary:
Getting older sucks! 8-(
 
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Getting older is better than the alternative. Giving up heavy bikes is a small price to pay, there are lots of lighter bikes out there that we can continue to ride. Knowing when to go lighter is one of the benefits the wisdom of age brings. When most of us started a 650 Triumph was a big bike yet now a days going “down” to a 650 seems small. Keep riding within your comfort zone and enjoy the fact that you’re riding. We all make too much of an issue in our own heads about it. As much as we all like the FJR it isn't the easiest bike, especially if like me you’ve got short legs. The trend in the industry is toward smaller and lighter bikes and it’s a shame some of the mid sized bikes offered in Europe aren’t available here. I’m not wishing for the good old days but maybe we need to to reset the motorcycle size meter back to our youth?
 

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I'm just an occasional lurker here, but I want to chime in that a BMW R1200R (mine 2012) is ~450 lbs dry. You guys having weight issues should test one of those. The horizontal cylinders really get the weight down low!
If Honda or Yamaha made it I would. Don't trust BMW any more.

I can envision a new maxi scooter in a couple of years.I had a 400 majesty for a couple of years and it was a great scooter. I hear Honda is bringing out a new 350 Forza and maybe Yamaha will bring in the 500 touring scooter they have in Europe.
 
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80 pounds is worth that much effort?
It's not only the 80 pounds in some instances. It's where the weight is among other factors. My Goldwing, though heavier, was easier to save when I got off balance than the FJR is. The bars were wider for more leverage, and the seat was lower so I could get my feet under me better.

I'm looking at lighter bikes myself. My problem is that everything I consider is taller than the FJR. I'm just not ready for a cruiser.
 
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