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luvmyvfr 03-01-2002 07:01 AM

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Now I just have to convince the wife I need another bike. This one is too perfect not to buy!


soon to luvmyfjr

SeanAlexander 03-01-2002 07:02 AM

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Ok, I'm still BURNSing for announcement #2

luvmyvfr 03-01-2002 07:03 AM

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BTW, I got to ride one while I was in Germany last month. Awesome ride. I came back so FJR hungry it wasn't funny. Comfy, fast, powerful, great bike, esp for a guy my size. I'm so excited...


Haru 03-01-2002 07:05 AM

I wonder how they will stack up.

Dryfly 03-01-2002 07:10 AM

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I knew it , I knew it!!! Thank you lord for giving me this bike. My deposit is the first one. Woo hooo!!! woo hooo!!!!


mattg 03-01-2002 07:10 AM

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It's about bloody time!!! When are the big manufacturers going to realize that all Americans are not infatuated with cruisers, and start bringing to our shores the cream of the crop that never seems to leave europe. This applies to not only the basic bike but also to some of the color options they get over there. Take for example the Honda 1100xx, we get one paint option, while the europeans get what? four I believe. As for the new 1300, I'm begining to regret buying my new Fz1. Guess I'll have to rob a bank and clear out more space in the garage.

By the way Burns still rocks.

Joe_Momma 03-01-2002 07:15 AM

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Nice Title: Yamaha Gives America the Shaft.

Had an Australian girl tell me that once.

" I like to get shafted," she said in a soft sexy tone.

Haird 03-01-2002 07:26 AM

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$11,500? Yowzah. I'm there.

Patrick-of-the-Hills 03-01-2002 07:42 AM

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First the FZ-1, now this. ("Super-sport touring"? Right....) Cool, but time for some smaller bikes, Yamaha. Why isn't anyone really going head-to-head with the SV650?

stevegrab 03-01-2002 07:47 AM

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I read on AMA Superbike site that Burns is leaving Motorcyclist, as of Wednesday afternoon.

Could it be that Plummer and his gang at MO have lured him away?

panthercity 03-01-2002 07:50 AM

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Well, SHAT!

I've spent the "off season" sprucing up my venerable `93~94 BMW R1100RSA because there wasn't anything else out there that I wanted and Yamahahahaha had said no way on the FJR.

Guess I'll have to rool on up to 100K on the R11 and wait till next year to get the FJR.

My timing sucks!

desertbilly 03-01-2002 07:51 AM

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Geez, 521 lbs dry; 145 hp & 93 ft-lbs; big tank; trick screen; adjustable suspension; a real (good) price and taking orders now! I've been waiting a long time for the ST1300, but this makes it tough. Plus, the Yami's been in production for 18 months, so any new model bugs should be gone.

Does anyone know the valve adjustment interval?

I remember reading in an early review that the seat gets pretty painful after an hour, but all the seat builders will offer substitutes. Have there been any other mechanical issues with the Euro models?

Joe_Momma 03-01-2002 08:09 AM

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Yeah, I think I am going to buy two bikes. I will keep the R6 off of the track and ride the sv650 to death. I hear they are good for racing.

Carlton 03-01-2002 08:23 AM

Thanks Yamaha!
Not only did you listen to us and give the bike, but you are doing so at an awesome price. I'll bet Honda is not too happy. For all the FJR folks that want to know more, is a great resource.

Carlton McLeod

The Original FJR U.S.A. Petiton Guy

SeanAlexander 03-01-2002 09:06 AM

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They're super honest, light and sweet on the track (but sort of like bringing a knife to a gun fight against modern 600 inline fours)

greatoldbikes 03-01-2002 09:24 AM

Bikes for Sale! Need FJR1300!!
For Sale:

One 1993 Kawasaki ZX11, 10k miles, all stock, total mint condition, ugly "ninja" stickers removed, gorgeous stock red paint, no loser-dork polishing of any kind. Scary fast. $6500

One 1982 Honda CBX, Pearl White, 25K, all highway miles, completely stock, perfect condition, babied, never abused. Runs perfect. A total classic. $5000.

Reason for selling: need $11,500 for new FJR1300. This thing is gonna be awesome. ROCK ON YAMAHA!

Bill Roberson

kwh 03-01-2002 09:38 AM

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But after all those rude things you said about Mr Le Santo the other day, it seems odd that you'd use his copy on the FJR...

Incidentally, whatever your issues with Glen, I really don't think that was a very professional way for you to progress them. I trust that if there's a record to be put straight, you'll be putting it straight with equal prominence?

Ken Haylock

dtenhoor 03-01-2002 09:38 AM

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This may replace my Concours. Been lusting after a BMW K1200RS, but the FJR is lighter and cheaper. Wonder what the ergos will be like for a 6'6" guy with a 36" inseam....


dtenhoor 03-01-2002 09:43 AM

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Oh yeah, wonder what the GVWR is? Two up with luggage at my size this becomes an important consideration. My Connie can haul more cargo than almost any bike I've seen.


markjenn 03-01-2002 10:12 AM

Where's the ABS option?????
C'mon Yamaha, it is an option in Europe, why not here? You produce a state-of-the-art, all weather, long distance sport tourer but don't allow US customers to get ABS? The engineering is done. I know some customers don't want it. Fine, make it an option like Honda is doing on the ST, VFR, and GW.

I love this bike but if feels like Yamaha is setting itself up for failure. They said all along that there isn't a market in the US for the bike. Now they bring it in limited quantities with some screwy pre-order scheme, in one color only, and without the ABS option which is available on all the competition and is a must-have for a significant portion of the market for this bike. Keep this up Yamaha and your self-fulfilling prohecy will come true.

- Mark

maccam 03-01-2002 10:21 AM

Segment splitter.
This bike is for riders that want to ride a touring bike, but don't want to be a touring bike rider.

NeedANewBike 03-01-2002 10:45 AM

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Well, my NeedANewBike moniker now means this: NeedANewFJR1300! Yes!

Not this year, unfortunately, but hopefully next year.... :)

Thank you Yamaha!

mattg 03-01-2002 10:52 AM

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I just got the new print rags in the mail today, and just like you said, not a word was said. That's the beauty of the internet. scoops em every time.

SRMark 03-01-2002 11:07 AM

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Now just add some color to the beast (the 1970 R-5 still has no equal) and I think I'll put one in the garage. Seen the Orange R-1? Wow!

minime 03-01-2002 11:13 AM

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Glenn and Motorcycle Online are getting everything worked out. Despite large errors on both of our parts, we're coming to terms and getting things squared away. He's been a valuable resource here at MO and is an integral part of it. The way I see it, everybody makes mistakes, no matter how large, and we need to forgive, forget and move on. It's in everybody's best interest, really.

Grappelli 03-01-2002 12:48 PM

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I had a go on one a while back when on a visit home (I live in LA these days but hail fom the UK). I'm nearly 6'5" with a 36" inseam and 270lbs. The seating position was almost as good as my 1150gs. Maybe a tad more cramped, with the footpegs set back a bit. Having said that, I often end up riding the GS with the balls of my feet on the pegs to get my legs back a bit, so you might prefer it.

Now I come to think about it, after the Concours you'll find it a touch more sporty in ergos. As for a comparison between that and the BMW.. I'd like to see that MO..

My guess is the result would be close, with the soft fork of the FJR losing out to the RS, but then winning it back on power and price.

Grappelli 03-01-2002 12:54 PM

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Sports bike have been getting more and more extreeme over the last few years. They've gone too far now for the majority of people, I posture and tiny size at least.

Grappelli 03-01-2002 12:56 PM

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And I was just about to buy a ZX12.. maybe I should think about this...

gpzmike 03-01-2002 01:54 PM

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Finally! Tomorrow I put down my deposit. I've lobbied hard for this bike. Talked to Yamaha reps, wrote letters,

and chanted the mantra "bring us the FJR1300, bring us the FJR1300." At the recent Chicago Motorcyle Show, I damn near got in a shouting match with a Yamaha Factory Rep who denounced the marketability of this bike. Said it wasn't comming here, and that it would never come here. He told me Yamaha had done the research and determimed they would sell 3000 bikes the first year and less than 200/year thereafter. I replied nobody had asked me and that those numbers were junk. After all, BMW has created a whole franchise out these kinds of bikes. He was either shockingly misinformed, or was putting me on. Either way, I get my FJR! ABS? Don't need it.

starvingstudent 03-01-2002 02:02 PM

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"Why isn't anyone really going head-to-head with the SV650?"

Because they will LOSE ;-)

starvingstudent 03-01-2002 02:03 PM

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Yeah, but they cost $2500 less than modern inline fours and are far better suited to real-world, all-around riding. Tradeoffs...

starvingstudent 03-01-2002 02:07 PM

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More seriously, though, the Brit mags seem to LOVE the Fazer 600. It's more expensive than the SV, but it's the only midsized sport-standard that doesn't get romped by that little twin. I think Yamaha should see if an FZ6 does well here--the FZ1 sure got a following.

mckenzm 03-01-2002 02:09 PM

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Let's hope that Yamaha get the sales they deserve for this kind of effort. I was going to move up to a used V-Max (from my XZ550), but now may be going a bit further. I could see this bike doing 600 miles a day on the highway. One would hardly need the gear shift but once or twice a day....

Let's see if they can get the "Bulldog" out of Europe as well.

Patrick-of-the-Hills 03-01-2002 02:45 PM

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The Bulldog is, by broad consensus, an overstyled underpowered lump for poseurs who are afraid of Ducati Monsters. I (and possibly a lot of the rest of the market) would much rather have a Fazer/FZ-6, even if it means dealing with that beaky fairing I don't particularly like.

Joe_Momma 03-01-2002 02:46 PM

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and to add to that, no expensive ass plastic to replace. Well, maybe just a little. I have seen an anything goes race as long as it's a stock engine and the sv650 that won the race had a GSXR front end. It was nice. Helped that the guy racing it was only 125lbs.

starvingstudent 03-01-2002 02:49 PM

One more thing...
Sorry to barrage you with 10,000 posts...

Maybe Yamaha is ignoring the middleweight sport-standard market because of the YZF600R, probably the best real-world 600cc supersport out there. Not really the same category as the SV, but certainly with the SVS.

Patrick-of-the-Hills 03-01-2002 03:38 PM

Re: One more thing...
A half-fairing YZF would be nice; usable everyday, still more than fast enough, and closer in price to the SV-S. Cheap to do, too, and it would help get the model out from the shadow of the R6.

Patrick-of-the-Hills 03-01-2002 03:39 PM

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Did she ride a Gold Wing or a BMW?

GasBrnr 03-01-2002 04:47 PM

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If Yamaha sells the FJR to every person that has posted a positive message saying they will buy one, it's a safe guess that it would barely make a dent in the number of sold FJR's that Yamaha would consider a success in terms of sale numbers. In a year of the new ST1300 and various other extremly refined bikes (2003) I would hope they do sell a ton and have no regrets.

Tristan7 03-01-2002 05:08 PM

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600 miles on the highway makes me shudder on any motorcycle! Now, blasting the full length of the Blue Ridge Parkway in opulent comfort at supralegal speeds I'm down with!

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