YAMAHA FJR1300 (2013-on) Review

Published: 21 March 2014

The new FJR isn't that different to the older model. But there again, that's no bad thing

YAMAHA FJR1300  (2013-on)

The new FJR isn't that different to the older model. But there again, that's no bad thing

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Often overlooked in favour of the new breed of adventure-style sports tourers, the new FJR is a fabulous piece of kit – fast, refined and fun. Although hugely competent and thoroughly desirable, the new FJR isn’t that different to the older model. But there again, that’s no bad thing as the out going bike is also excellent. Overall the new FJR1300A is a superb piece of kit. It’s properly fast, handles well, is smooth, comfy and a joy to live with. It might be ‘old-generation’ compared to the latest, greatest adventure-style tourers, but it’s still a cracker.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The riding position is big and spacious and the seat comfortable although the wind protection isn’t quite as good as the older FJR. The new suspension makes the FJR feel sportier and more agile while the handling is light, crisp, plush and confidence inspiring. Although some riders may feel the FJR is big and heavy at low speed, when the pace ups the weight seems to disappear, leaving a remarkably sporty machine behind that is planted to the road. The ABS and traction control are excellent, as you would expect.

Engine 4 out of 5

Think of the FJR1300A as a comfy sportsbike, rather than a sporting touring bike and you won’t be far off the mark. The engine is superbike-fast and the fuel modes vary the throttle response from revvier and more responsive low down in ‘Sport’ to the more relaxed ‘Touring’ mode. The traction control works perfectly and isn’t intrusive and the uprated engine feels more eager without losing the old model’s charm or smoothness. Easily averaging 44mpg, the FJR1300A has tank range of over 200-miles and the comfort levels are so high, you can happily ride uninterrupted until the fuel gauge starts to blink.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The FJR has an established reputation for reliability, although shock linkages can seize up.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

With panniers as standard the price is reasonable, however it’s certainly not cheap.

Insurance group: 14 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

The FJR comes with panniers, fuel modes, cruise control, traction control, heated grips, ABS and an electronically adjustable screen.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2013
Year discontinued -
New price £13,699
Used price £8,000 to £14,800
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 146 bhp
Max torque 102 ft-lb
Top speed 154 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 41 mpg
Tank range 200 miles
Specification
Engine size 1298cc
Engine type Four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC, 16v inline four
Frame type Aluminium diamond
Fuel capacity 25 litres
Seat height 805mm
Bike weight 289kg
Front suspension 48mm inverted forks, fully adjustable
Rear suspension Adjustable preload and rebound rear shock
Front brake 2x320mm discs. four-piston radial calipers. ABS
Rear brake 1x285mm disc, single-piston caliper. ABS
Front tyre size 120/70ZR17
Rear tyre size 180/55ZR17

History & Versions

Model history

2001: Yamaha FJR1300A launched.
2006: Reworked and updated with a new fairing, wider range of screen adjustment, plus adjustable seat and handlebar height. AS model launched with a clutchless gearbox.

Other versions

The FJR1300AE has electronic suspension for £14,499 while the FJR1300AS has a clutchless gearbox for £15,399

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