Video: 2013 Yamaha FJR1300 first ride

By MCN -

 16 October 2012 16:23

Yamaha’s FJR1300 has been around since 2001 and aside from a few updates along the way, it hasn’t really changed.

On paper, it looks like the new 2013 FJR1300 is the more of the same, bar some nips, tucks and electronic pick-me-ups, but it’s going to be around £1500 cheaper than the old model.

So, in the face of stiff competition from the latest and greatest sports tourers, like the Triumph Trophy and Ducati Multistrada, have Yamaha done enough?

Although it's still the same FJR as old, it has a new lease of life - it's more comfortable, practical and fun. It's more 'sports' than 'tourer', so when you get to where you're going you can really have some fun.

Pick up a copy of the October 17 issue of MCN to read the full test.

THE FACTS
2013 Yamaha FJR1300A £13,500 (estimated)

Engine: Liquid-cooled, 1298cc (79 x 66.2mm) inline-four cylinder, five gears, shaft drive.
Claimed power: 146bhp@8000rpm
Claimed torque: 102ftlb@7000rpm
Chassis: Aluminium diamond-type.
Electronic rider aids: ABS, traction control, cruise control, two-way power map (D-Mode)
Suspension: Fully-adjustable 48mm forks. Single rear shock adjustable for rebound damping and preload.
Brakes: 2 x 320mm discs with four-piston calipers front. 282mm disc with single piston caliper.
Tyres: 120/70 x 17 front, 180/55 x 17 rear.
Seat height: 805mm/825mm
Fuel capacity: 25-litres
Wet weight: 289kg
Colours: Metallic black, brown, grey.
Availability: January 2013