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Let me clarify my earlier post. I have not stopped riding during the time I have owned the FJR. I have done several stints of out of town work that have put me away from the bike for extended periods. I also have 3 bikes and have had a habit of grabbing the VFR first. Several LD rides on the Harley with friends lately.....Tampa to NC mountains and back. So, I'm not new to extended ride times.....just haven't done them on the FJR in last few years because of the things just mentioned. Also, I'm an endurance athlete....cycling and paddling so I have the mettle and mindset to take on LD rides on the motorcycle. Basically, I I know how to suffer. It's just that I want to turn my attention to the FJR because, clearly, it's the best horse in the stable for this type of job. I just haven't done it over the past years. For whatever reason.The MTB and surfski have trashed the back over the past few years and I'm interested in transitioning to something a little less harsh on the back. I know that multi hour days on the motorcycle are not necessarily a kind way to rehab the back but the constant pounding of the MTB or rotation of the surfski are definitely gnarlier ways to treat my back than sitting on the FJR seat. I really appreciate all of the responses to my post. Thanks!

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Save the beast I have a 2005 with 2900 miles and just can’t give it up. Back surgeries has prevented me from riding but it’s brand new!
Anyone want a good deal? I’m torn on keeping or selling just like you. I would freshen up your machine and just ride it .
 

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Well for $1600 you have a bike that’s ready to go and you know it. That’s what I’d do and if after a bit you decide to sell it it’s worth a lot more with that service work done.
 

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Old bikes have a reputation for engine heat. I have a Gen II and it still got hot - so I put wings on the crash bars. Same kind of wings you see on Goldwings except home made. One says Maxwelhouse. Tropicana was too flimsy and got replaced by a piece cut from a white garbage lid. Cools my shins in heat and I turned them inwards in rain and cold.


My advice is have the shop check the cct and then fix the bike and add wings. See how you like riding it and if you like it test ride a new one with the fancy electronics. You will get your money back selling it.

If you want a real soft ride consider a 2018+ Goldwing....
 
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UPDATE....BOUGHT A NEW (to me) ONE! The dealership where I had taken the ‘03 took in a used 2015 ES. Bike is in great shape but no Owner Manual. So, trying to find my way through the electronics. Only a short ride home so far which was mostly highway. Wow, awesome advances since the old Gen 1. Very pleased with the ride. I’ll get her out for some miles and photos this weekend. Guess the old Gen 1 will be going up for sale. Then the farkling begins. Woohoo!


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UPDATE....BOUGHT A NEW (to me) ONE! The dealership where I had taken the '03 took in a used 2015 ES. Bike is in great shape but no Owner Manual. So, trying to find my way through the electronics. Only a short ride home so far which was mostly highway. Wow, awesome advances since the old Gen 1. Very pleased with the ride. I'll get her out for some miles and photos this weekend. Guess the old Gen 1 will be going up for sale. Then the farkling begins. Woohoo!

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Congrats on the new ride Eric.
 

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Congratulations Eric! The 2015 ES I had was among the finest motorcycles I ever owned. I'm jealous. :smile2:
 

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I see you took the newer bike route. Congratulations and hope you enjoy.

Spend some time learning the suspension settings on the ES. I was not shopping for an ES model but found my 14 with ES at such a good deal just couldn't pass it up. Being able to switch on the fly is just a wonderful option and once you find the preferred settings for soft, std, and hard I think you will be glad you got the newer model.

Cruise is nice and putting LED bulbs in the headlights makes a difference that is worthwhile, assuming you get some of the later versions with proper deflectors built into the bulb.

Sargent seats work for me but lots of people on here swear by the Laam and RDL. They didn't work for me but everyone's backside is different. I like the forward lean as it relieves back pressure for me anyway.

Enjoy the new to you ride. Thinking you will really like it and start putting some long rides together very soon.
 

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Congrats!

UPDATE....BOUGHT A NEW (to me) ONE! The dealership where I had taken the '03 took in a used 2015 ES. . . . Wow, awesome advances since the old Gen 1. Very pleased with the ride. ... Guess the old Gen 1 will be going up for sale.
I bought a '15A in 2016 or 2017 and sold my 2005 (with 83K care free miles!) shortly thereafter. I concur with your "awesome advances since the old Gen 1." For me, I felt like I was riding on air! I could hardly believe the improvements (again, this is just the A model!).

I'm just thrilled with my '15 and sounds like you feel the same. I couldn't even imagine what our fellow riders who have later models must say! Sincere congrats! I am really happy for you! Pics please! :)

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