In production since 2001, the FJR1300 is a stalwart in the Yamaha roster. Never one to rest on its laurels, the secret behind the motorcycle’s fifteen year run is three generations of continuous development. For 2016, Yamaha has added a new 6-speed transmission, new slipper clutch with assist, LED head lights and tail lights, and revisions to the instrument cluster and tail section. After spending a week on the sport touring icon, Wobbly Cat offers an in-depth and comprehensive Yamaha FJR1300 review.
Yamaha FJR1300 Review Intro
As I climbed on, I was surprised how tall and wide the seat was, and how heavy it was to just lift it off the sidestand. These things combined, made it very difficult to duckwalk the Yamaha FJR1300 in the parking lot and near impossible to back the beast up.
However, as soon as I started going with both feet on the pegs, the 635 lb monster magically feels light and nimble. Accelerating from a stop, I expected more torque. Upon realizing I was in “T” (Touring) mode, I immediately switched over to “S” (Sport) mode, and this livened things up – a lot! Again, it felt like it shed more weight.
I realized that the bike is like a moose: big, but it can move pretty quick! Time to get the Yamaha FJR1300 review started.
The seat was ample and plush, the handlebars wide and high, and the foot pegs low. I felt little to no fatigue after riding for an hour. The windscreen adjusted electronically by 5.1″ vertically, ranging from full wind in the chest to just the top of my helmet. I’m 5’7” and I didn’t notice any turbulence on my head at the highest position.
My wife pillioned with me a few times and found the seat was very comfortable. She liked that the passenger seat was at the same height as the front seat. The seat height is adjustable from 805mm (31.7″) or 825mm (32.5″). I was able to lower it by following the user manual, but duckwalking still required a lot of effort.
I loved the user interface for the dash computer. Very intuitive and easy to use from the left handlebar cluster.
The factory heated grips (standard since 2012) were easily controlled by the up and down buttons on the left handlebar, with low, medium and high settings. They were just another feature designed to keep the rider comfortable and relaxed.
Sometimes comfort is a lack of something, and in this case, vibrations were happily non-present. I also didn’t feel much wind on my legs as the fairings also did great job of redirecting the air, which would also help keep the rider drier in wet weather. In rain, one would also benefit by raising the windscreen, changing the engine mode to touring, and cranking up the traction control.