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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

The Yamaha FJR1300 is the first from-the-ground-up touring bike the Japanese firm has built. With shaft drive, comprehensive fairing, bespoke hard luggage, massive tank capacity etc, this motorcycle ticks plenty of boxes. From 2006 on it has an automatic gearbox option (AS model) available too, as well as a restyled fairing, adjustable handlebar and seat. All of which means the Yamaha FJR1300 definitely adds up to travelling in style.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Yamaha FJR1300's has loads of power and the four cylinder engine makes 99 ft/lbs of torque at 7K revs too. That means grunt and plenty of it, more than enough to help two people, plus loads of kit, overtake safely on A roads. You'll probably get about 40-45mpg from the Yamaha FJR1300's smooth-running, and generally very reliable motor too.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

For its weight and size, the Yamaha FJR1300 handles well. You won't be dicing with Sprint ST riders on the roads of Provence, but the FJR1300's huge 48mm forks and compliant monoshock can be set up for semi-sporty riding if the mood takes you - the rear preload is adjustable via a jack up lever in a matter of seconds. Loads of pillion room too.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

Panniers were standard fitment on the Yamaha FJR1300 from 2006 onwards, and a small luggage rack, plus ABS braking is standard too. The AS auto version gets heated grips, plus it has adjustable handlebar, windscreen and seat heights as part of the 2006 makeover package. The Yamaha FJR1300 is undeniably a well equipped motorcycle and competes strongly with the cost of a fully kitted Beemer or Pan-Euro.

Yamaha FJR1300 (2001-2012)

Detail Value
New price £13,499
Dealer used prices
£3,540 (2001) - £10,020 (2012)
Private used prices
£3,190 (2001) - £9,020 (2012)
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Engine size 1298 cc
Power 143.5 bhp
Top speed 154 mph
Insurance group 14 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 5 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 5 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

There is a little bit of a question mark over the auto gearbox version of the Yamaha FJR1300 because it will take time and lots of miles to suss. But every detail on the A and AS models shows Yamaha are determined to produce a genuine class leading touring motorcycle, so it should prove a more durable, low maintenance machine for 60,000 miles of touring fun than many an oddball European rival.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Yamaha FJR1300 represents loads of motorcycle for the money and ready to head to Spain straight from the showroom floor, unlike some rivals which need expensive additional luggage options. The key factor about the Yamaha FJR1300A is that it looks, feels and rides like it was designed specifically to waft two people in luxury for two weeks of motorcycling leisure. It delivers on all counts. Find a Yamaha FJR1300 for sale

Insurance

Insurance group: 14 of 17

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Model History

2001: Yamaha FJR1300A launched.
2006: Reworked Yamaha FJR1300A and AS models appear; new fairing, wider range of screen adjustment, plus adjustable seat and handlebar height. Luggage now standard, not optional extra, plus AS model has heated grips as standard fitment too.

Other Versions

Yamaha FJR1300AS: Same as standard model but with semi automatic gearbox, button operated on handlebars, or via gear lever [£16,499]

Specifications

Top speed 154 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.6 secs
Max power 143.5 bhp
Max torque 99 ft-lb
Weight 264 kg
Seat height 805 mm
Fuel capacity 25 litres
Average fuel consumption 41 mpg
Tank range 210 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 14 of 17
Engine size 1298 cc
Engine specification 16v transverse four, 5 gears
Frame Aluminium diamond
Front suspension adjustment Preload, rebound
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound
Front brakes Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake Single 282mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(18 reviews)

  • best all rounder

    zardon

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I have owned about 30 bikes in the last 5 years, and the FJR1300 rates up with the best of them. It is a superior all rounder when compared to the likes of the BMW1200GT (probably its closer competitor) because of the handling. There are also some doubts about the BMW build quality lately which I would verify after owning a 1200GS for a year. The FJR1300 ticks all the touring boxes, with exceptional kit as standard, hard luggage, heated grips, ABS, adjustable screen and adjustable suspension without any tools. I own the auto version because even though it has had mixed reviews i have found it to be exceptionally reliable and great in traffic as you arent constantly searching for neutral or getting clutch pump in the left hand. Build quality is very high, and there is nice attention to detail as well as very nice paint, especially if you are used to suzuki and their paper thin paint jobs. If you remove the panniers, put the screen down, set the suspension to firm, this bike will keep up with anything on the road and in the right hands surprise even the fireblade and R1 riders. Then you can return home, adjust it back and easily travel across europe in comfort. 12 grand well spent and a much better modern option than the bloated and somewhat shaky pan european.

    07 September 2007

  • 2006 a fantastic update on an already superb tourer

    NOVAWING

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    The 2006 gearing and finish is an excellent improvement. Massive torque and engine so smooth beats the rest easily. Strengths: Engine, finish, all round ability, fast cruising, comfortable, useful day to day, miles of fun, sports bike eater. Weaknesses: Expensive, rear suspension adjustment limited and GPS needed as standard on a bike this good.

    08 September 2006

  • Awesome allrounder, looks & sounds superb

    cannons

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This bike is an absolute rocket. Handles the country lanes & the motorways with ease. A pleasure riding to work as well as two up at the weekend. Interesting to hear how some riders have achieved higher top speeds than others & seems to be quite a difference between fuel economy with some getting a lot more miles per tank of fuel. I am getting around 180 miles per tank but know others who have 220+. Strengths: Stunning performance, very manoeuvrable & comfortable. Stunning looks with or without lugguage.  Weaknesses: Too much heat transfer from engine onto legs. Not to sure about fuel consumption.

    31 July 2006

  • Too fast for is size

    Woodyfjr

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    The Fjr is wolf in sheep's clothing all dressed up with Tankbag, Panniers & Topbox(not recommended by Yamaha) most of the sports bikes (chippy bikes) riders think it's not worth there time and have a nasty surprise when they see how quick this monster is! So if you are look for a long distance bike with attitude that can take on sports bike while 2up and loaded the Fjr is the one! Strengths: Fuel economy and handling since the Fjr is quite heavy. Weaknesses: The rear Shock is no where near good enough, and a decent aftermarket unit (ie.Technoflex) makes a world of difference.

    21 July 2006

  • Bought the FJR as required a more rounded bike than my ZX12r. Not disapointed, good quality finish

    occytherp

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Two weeks and nearly a thousand miles later, the good points just keep coming. Comfort and economy are strongest points. 300 mile hit to wales was a joy and pillions love it. Shaft drive is a revelation, maintenance free and no chain flick. A bike I should have bought sooner after my FJ1200. everday viability with reasonable service intervals. Strengths: The engine and gearing, overtaking is effortless. Large tank and miserly thirst mean less fuel stops. Comfort for two up is fine though cramped with luggage on. Weaknesses: Heavy to push around a garage. Screen position can be fiddly to get just right. Luggage marks easily.

    15 June 2006

  • Thought about buying one of these for a while and have not regretted the decision.

    psimonmorris

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Hard to find a late model,low milage,model but worth persevering.Find the bike handles well despite being no lightweight.Braking is good and acceleration pretty impressive.Luggage is good and big enough for modest tours.Worth considering upgrading the screen to the taller ,TUV approved, split screen.The standard screen causes some buffeting/wind noise. Seat is ok but a bit of a pain after 300+ miles but then perhaps many bikes would be? Just trying a corbin seat. Strengths: Overall handling is excellent. Good, smooth power delivery. A very balanced package. Weaknesses: Factory screen.

    06 May 2006

  • If you're looking to ride this in cold conditions, look elsewhere if you favour electric clothing.

    McCurdy

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bike HP seems to derived from the lack of an electrical system to power auxillary accessories. Forget about a 110 watt headlamp or auxillary lighting that will drain the battery (stator cannot keep up). You'll need a BMW if you want a lot of electrical goodies - but that becomes a pricey issue itself. Strengths: Engine power output. Weight. Looks. Ergonomics. Price. Good dealer network. Weaknesses: Very weak electrical output for a touring bike. Cannot add too many accessories without taxing charging system. Heat issue.

    22 March 2006

  • Grin factor every ride!

    steve9003

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I bought this bike in March this year from KJM SUPERBIKES in Wigan. I am more than pleased with it. The only problem with it is the heat transfer from the engine onto your legs, great in Winter, murder on a hot day at slow speed. As for the speed, I have had 150mph on the clock with some left......Awesome bike!!!  Srengths: Speed, Luggage space.  Weaknesses: Heat from the engine on your legs.

    06 August 2005

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FJR1300 Appraisal

I've tried most of the sports tourers, some over high mileages (like twice across America and back on GL1800s and 80,000 miles on XJ900 Diversions) and the FJR1300 is the best yet for me.  Of course, it isn't perfect and it is irritating to spend 10 grand or more on a bike to find that it needs a different screen, seat and rear shock to work properly.  Most of my riding is long distance, two up and loaded so maybe the solo rider who doesn't spend too long in the saddle won't need to change much.  The biggest change and the most necessary was the rear shock.  The OEM is a soggy disaster for two up riding which reminds me of the Jap bikes of the 70s when the first thing you did was fit European tyres and change the rear shocks.  A good quality (Ohlins, WP etc.) shock with an uprated spring transforms the "sports" side of the specification and cures the occasional complaint of low ground clearance.  I like "spirited" riding and my modified FJR can embarass some sports bikes even two up though the biggest difference in any bike's capabilities is still the rider.

PS  I'm selling one of my FJRs so I have some accessories for sale at half price:

Alloy handlebar pullback/risers £40

Givi Wingrack and fittings (no panniers) £60

Stainless radiator guard £40

Dave 01594 824061

16 October 2007 15:57

zardon

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excellent

A great bike and with over 140 horses on tap it proves to accelerate exceptional well, especially considering the weight reductions compared to other tourers like the goldwing (which weighs as much as a small car). Easy to handle, great build quality and good onboard options mean this bike is a fanastic all rounder. I also like the shaft drive. Those who say this bike is hard to handle or are comparing it to an R1, clearly are extremely inexperienced and need to stick to smaller sports bikes.

21 August 2007 12:49

vfarrar

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Did not like it

Humm!! I do not understand all the good comments. Drive an R1 & Fireblade in the UK. Hired a new FJR in Oz for a month, did loads of miles. But did not like the bike at all. It felt slow unless you gave it loads of revs. It wollowed around in the bends on the Great Ocean road, but the worst bit was the wind flow over the screen. We could not use it over 70, very bad for the passenger, and no amount of fiddling with the screen height made it any better. It also felt very top heavy, scary stuff at slow speeds. had a quick try on a Gulwing, which felt much better balanced.

30 May 2007 17:06

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