2014 Yamaha Lineup Unveiled

Kevin Duke
by Kevin Duke

FJR1300ES with electronically adjustable suspension headlines a broad range

At the unveiling of the remainder of Yamaha’s 2014 lineup, execs boasted of its strong sales over the last two months. They outlined the recently released Star Bolt and the YZF-R6 supersport contender as bright lights in the lineup, and crowed about the strong advance demand for the appealing new FZ-09 we’ll be riding in two weeks . Of note, Yamaha’s returning models suffer no price increase from 2013.

The Yamaha street lineup is highlighted by the FJR1300ES, a $1000 upgrade over the FJR1300A, refurbished last year and proven to be “very successful” for team Y. The ES denotes electronic suspension, a Kayaba system that includes a new inverted fork and rear shock that can be adjusted by simply pushing buttons on handlebar switchgear, with settings displayed on the LCD instrument panel.

Front and rear damping is adjustable to three settings and can be fine-tuned plus or minus three levels from neutral within the Soft, Standard or Hard settings. As in Yamaha’s R1 fork, compression damping is in the left fork leg, while rebound is in the right. The rear shock can be set to four preload settings: One up; One up with Luggage; Two Up; or Two Up with Luggage.

All 2014 FJR1300s are bathed in a regal new Candy Red color.

The $16,890 FJR- ES is otherwise identical to the FJR1300A, the bike that took top laurels in our Sport-Touring Shootout 1.0 from several months ago. It impressed for its new ride-by-wire throttle with two useful drive modes and traction and cruise control, heated grips, adjustable seat, electrically adjustable windscreen, and better heat management. Only some vibration and a lack of a sixth gear deducted some points.

Also read about the FJR’s 2013 revisions in our review

The Bolt, winner of our comparo with Harley-Davidson’s Iron 883, gets company in the Star line for 2014 with the introduction of a revised Raider SCL (Star Custom Line), part of what Star describes as “the broadest lineup in the metric (cruiser) market.”

For 2014, the Raider SCL trades some bling for a “tough/retro/modern scheme,” which translates to matte finishes and relatively dull colors: here, “Matte Iron” paint mixed with black accents. LED turnsignals are a new addition, and a genuine leather seat is part of the $16,990 package. As with previous SCLs, quantities are limited to 500 units verified with a numbered badge.

Nope, that’s not a black-and-white photo, it’s the 2014 Raider SCL.

Also new for 2014 is the Zuma 50FX, augmenting the existing Zuma 50F. It trades the 50F’s distinctive dual headlights for a partially faired in single lamp that gives it more of an athletic appearance.

The new Zuma 50FX is a slightly sportier take on the rugged Zuma 50F, here in its Vivid Yellow/Raven colors. Also available in Team Yamaha Blue/White.

Also read our Zuma 50F review

Returning Models

There are too many to list, but the following pictures show off several of our favorites in their 2014 colors and graphics.

The likable and versatile FZ1 returns in a Pearl White colorway.

Also read about how the FZ1 fared in our Gentlemen Sportbike Shootout

The R1 isn’t the lightest or most powerful literbike, but it remains a terrific sportbike with a highly charismatic crossplane engine.

Also read how the R1 compares with Aprilia’s RSV4R

Here’s the R6’s Rapid Red/Raven color scheme. It’s also available in Matte Gray and Team Yamaha Blue/White.
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