2013 Yamaha FJR 1300A
Still runs like new after 8 yearsBy (I am an Owner) on Mar 16, 2021
I bought this bike used with only 2400 miles on it in late 2013. The only problem I've had with it is the cruise control which has been acting up the last year or so, and it's getting worse. The "armed" light will randomly start flashing indicating an error and then I can't turn the cruise control ... on. Other than that, it has been a stellar performer.
I've added many farkles over the years, but the best one was a Russel Day Long custom seat. The stock seat causes pain after 45 minutes, but I can truly ride all day with the Russel seat in total comfort. Other items I've added are:
- Shad SH-50 top case with back rest.
- Kuryakyn ISO Pegs (freeway pegs).
- MV handlebar risers.
- Kuryakyn license plate helmet lock.
- Touring windshield.
- Canyon Bars (crash protection).
- BackOff Wig Wag brake light.
The FJR is big enough for long trips but small enough to still be fun in the twisties. The low-end grunt makes shifting non-essential most of the time. My only dislikes are the seating position (even with the bar risers, I'm a bit forward and can't comfortably lean back on my backrest) and some handlebar buzz at freeway speeds. The newer models with a 6th gear should fix the buzzing problem. My next bike will probably be a bit more upright like the BMW R 1250 RT. In the meantime, I still love this bike.
Large bikeBy (I am an Owner) on Mar 01, 2021
The Yamaha is one well built bike and cones from a long line of design which hasn't changed a lot over the years , testament to what's right on the bike . It is well packaged apart fro the stupid access or non access to the battery which needs some screws removed to get to the terminals , no guard ... on the exhaust on the left hand side so can leave stains on the pipe , the side bags also they don't tend to really stay on the bike and puts a strain on the handles . Apart for the , very easy to service , starts first time every time and the seat is ok for short torsion runs low most bikes but could do with a Corbin saddle which I will for shortly . Good size bike a little too heavy for manoiverknf at walking speeds and if your coming out of a negative camber walking the bike up the hill you will need a push . Don't drop it as you won't get it back up on your own , found this out one week in of ownership when I tried to take off in 2 Nd hear and the bike dropped before I could get into first . After 40 years of riding you still have to respect the weight of things . Overall I'm very happy with it and I think will survive a lot longer than the k1600 I was going to buy but this came up brand new in a dealers in 2016 where it had been in a transport box due to a fluffed police order , wanting one undercover bike bit the chief didn't like the colour !!! Lucky me bought a 2013. Year bike then wi 0 mileage in 2106 for 1/2 price .