Yamaha FJR1300 – Tech/Spec

The new bike immediately address a persistent complaint of the tour riders using the shaft final drive. The choice for riders who find this important is limited to BMWs, which polarize opinions on a variety of reasons, or Honda Pan European, a competent, but heavy and dated option. Furthermore, that Yamaha claims to have added to the tour of customary conditions, such as comfort and a long series of fuel, is a focus on weight reduction and more emphasis on athletic ability. A clever trick, if you can.

With very few reservations, this is exactly what Yamaha seems to have done. Most of our test route to the west of Cadiz was on the roads snaking through the hills and mountains, some of them in the wet, everything on a variety of surfaces, but the FJR proved able to face with the full range. More than that, it was pleasing to the bottom in circumstances where even ways reasonably pan-European would have been intimidating.

As it should, the FJR suspension is soft and the front-end places considerably under braking, but hilly roads taken at speed and quick changes of direction not to disturb the motorcycle. Fortunately, amortization adjustable significantly stiffens the chassis if you want to push hard, though ride quality becomes more severe as a result. Learn the motorcycle through a series of corners rather than browse too violently and it becomes an ally in the satisfaction of sending back bendiness Road with a skill that the right niche in the sport-tourer category – by rights, machines such as ST4 Ducati, Triumph Sprint ST or Honda VFR800 should leave behind in these circumstances, but the FJR will be difficult to get rid of. However, high-speed stability, even equipped with panniers (infamous for disrupting the best chassis) is pending. You almost forget that it is primarily a touring bike.

Reduced weight helps to understand all aspects of a performance cycle, but may compromise the protection of weather conditions. Typically, however, the FJR of fairing works well. The wind is diverted away from the rider, enough for him to remain almost completely dry in a light shower and not cop too much water, even in heavy rain. There is a greater bubble of calm behind the plastic toured BMW or the pan-European, but for most riders, it is still fairly high on the Yamaha.

It is important to note that the FJR is relatively low mass and size (110lb it is lighter than a pan-European) are useful when it is stationary or moving away. Low-speed maneuvers parking on most hikers can be heavy, nervous business with constant fear of dropping things, but the Yamaha is much less intimidating in this regard – it will be the touring bike of choice for many riders for short this reason alone.

The level of vibration is an irritation. It’s not serious, but other four-cylinder engines are smoother, including the ST1100 (although a majority of four-cylinder BMWs are worse, including K1200RS). What you get with the Yamaha bars and footrest is a stinging which is more or less proportional to the regimes. He begins to manifest itself when you are cruising at a real word or around 85 mph.

One last gripe. . . the test bikes, the gearchange was far from perfect, mainly as a casual need to take two stabs to select one third of a second. Kamatsubara Hiroshi, head of the design team, thought this was because we were riding bicycles pre-production and said it would be addressed in production models, but it is a trait that has escaped on Yamahas room d ‘exposure in the past.

Otherwise, the engine and transmission are the epitome of excellence. With 143bhp tap on the bike speed and acceleration are not at issue, but they are supported by a huge outpouring of generosity spread of torque. As with most Japanese fours, you can take the highest gear of tickover but the FJR is being 3000rpm convincing, a lot of Top Gear exceeded hills, even with a passenger. The throttle response is clear and predictable – noteworthy because it is the first injection Yamaha road bike, with the exception of special approval supersports R7.

Comfort seems to be one of those areas subjective. Some riders offered just an hour in the saddle was sufficient, while others decided it was a day of siege. I fall somewhere in between. The pillion is well covered, with good legs and broad support headquarters, while the fairing design took up to two riding into account (most do not) and the wind blowing everything is run from the passenger.

The retailer is excellent. The fuel tank holds 5.5 gallons, which, even at low 41mpg we were during the conduct of some untypically hard riding, allows 200 miles between recharges. Most riders will do more. The tank is made of steel rather than plastic, so that magnetic tank bags can be used.

A lever near the footrest conveniently left rear suspension taken up the responsibility and amortization for the year at the same time a passenger, but an easy edge headlamp alignment is not equipped. The FJR1300 effectively bridges the gap between bikes that offer long-distance comfort to those who do not you scared when they are stationary. He has faults, but over all they are minor.

Engine / transmission: 1298cc, four-cylinder injection four-stroke with 16 valves. 143bhp at 8500rpm, 99lb ft of torque at 7000rpm. Five gearbox, shaft final drive.

Performances: speed of 150 mph (east), the average fuel consumption 43mpg.

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