Yamaha FJR1300 Review
1st December 2017
Since the introduction of the sports tourer in 2001, the Yamaha FJR1300 is a testament to how great the Japanese manufacturer is in making motorbikes. Selling more than 100,000 units since its launch, the Yamaha FJR1300 is one of their most popular motorbikes in the world. Yamaha made a few additions to the sports tourer to bring it up-to-date. How will the motorbike fare against our expectations? Let’s find out!
To mark the release of the new iteration of the Yamaha FJR1300, Yamaha has made the motorbike available in Matt Silver and Tech Graphite. There are also three editions of the Yamaha FJR1300, the A, AE and the AS. Each of these editions has certain features that make them different from one another. For example, the Yamaha FJR1300 A doesn’t have upside down forks, electronic suspension and cornering lights. The AE comes with adjustable electronic suspension while the AS doesn’t have the Assist and Slipper clutch.
As the Yamaha FJR1300 is a sports tourer, it is an absolute joy to ride the motorbike in and around the city. All thanks to its super comfortable seats and adjustable electronic suspension that has three settings- hard, standard and soft. The suspension also comes with settings for rider and pillion with luggage, rider and luggage and rider. You can adjust the suspension from the dashboard.
To ensure that you have adequate stopping power, the Yamaha FJR1300 comes with four-piston dual disc brakes in the front and single-piston disc brakes in the back. On top of that, you also get ABS for a stable and incredible stopping power.
You won’t be facing any visibility problems, thanks to the Yamaha FJR1300’s new Adaptive Cornering Lights. As soon as you bend the motorbike, the LED lights come on to give you a broader field of vision. The sports tourer also comes with heated grips, adjustable screen and an all-new instrument panel. Thanks to the reflective coating on the instrument panel, there won’t be any glare when you look at the dashboard. The glovebox is spacious enough to fit your wallet and your phone easily. The glovebox also comes with a power socket, just in case!
Despite weighing 292 kg, you won’t find any difficulty in taking the motorbike uphill as it has a liquid-cooled, four-stroke, DOHC engine that produces 146.2 hp of power at 8,000 rpm and torque of 101.7 lb-ft at 7,000 rpm. The new Assist and Slipper clutch allows you to enter corners easily as it provides extra stability. The Yamaha FJR1300 also comes with a six-speed gearbox, which doesn’t add any extra weight to the motorbike. The motorbike is more manageable as the Japanese manufacturers reduced the rpm by 10%.
All in all, the Yamaha FJR1300 is a great sports tourer that gives you good handling and performance. You can get the A edition of the FJR1300 for £13,299, the AE for £14,799 and the AS for £15,499. Even though Yamaha has made some changes to bring the motorbike up-to-date, the price remains the same.