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.

Owners' Reviews

7 owners have reviewed their YAMAHA FJR1300 (2013-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your YAMAHA FJR1300 (2013-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.3 out of 5
Engine 4.6 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.6 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.6 out of 5
Equipment 4.6 out of 5
2 out of 5

05 August 2016 by Steve g

Lovely ride but disappointed at shocker reliability Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
2 out of 5
Suspension gone after 6000miles only two years and eight months old had a suspension failure on my 2007 bike couldn't believe it's happened again dealer not very helpfull
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
Comfy Ride
Buying experience

Dealer paid £14,500

4 out of 5

More sports than touring

22 March 2016 by The Don

Very accomplished sports tourer, more sports than tourer. Its a bit of a stretch from the saddle - walking the bike on tippy toes but this is due to saddle width robbing some height. Good support on seat, has sit up attitude which I prefer as you get... Read more older and your bones begin to creak. You could go and tour straight away on this bike, bigger tank and very quiet motor until you gun it. A little top heavy at low speed fully oiled up but disappears once you start rolling.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Heavy bike so rides over undulations and you don't really feel them underfoot. . Back shock is a bit weak with 2 up but can be adjusted - Will consider Ohlins later in the year before touring season. Brakes are superb, ABS linked is the safest way to go .
Engine
4 out of 5
Turbine smooth and is whisper quiet especially through the stock twin exhausts - reminds me f the Honda CBX 1000 I used to own. IS pretty quick but not in a K1200S way. In touring mode its docile and wont frighten anyone but good for relaxed touring.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Well built machine - well put together and going like a swiss clock .
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
So far so good doing about 40 MPG overall average but can go down to 30 with some spirited driving in S mode
Equipment
4 out of 5
Has ABS, Heated grips, Aux sockets and Panniers so basically you could load up and go on tour right now. Attachments for GPS unit and power from socket so you won't run out of juice.
Buying experience

Bought from Local Yamaha dealer in Bahrain - Was fine lets see how they are for first service .

4 out of 5

NEw FJR in the family

28 February 2016 by The Don

Excellent bike - have a K1200S and this bike is more relaxed not frantic but could be made so . Excellent balance and chuckability - not as sharp as the K but close . Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Very comfortable - seat s a little wide and ends to spread the legs . With the K1200S the seat is narrow at the front so you can move the knees in to grip the bike bit with the yamaha you cant really do this without effort and get Horses thighs pain in inside legs. The S mode is noticeably more sharper more instant and quick off the line but the main T mode is fine for everyday runs
Engine
4 out of 5
Engine is of the best Japanese traditions - not a screamer like the K1200S but more subdued until you wind it out .
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Yamaha - very reliable - owned for 3 Months and nothing out of joint yet
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Only have a couple of months so we'll see how the servicing costs compared with the other bikes
Equipment
4 out of 5
Good equipment for the price, electric screen, cruise control, heated grips, duel mode S and T and ABSS interlocked brakes - nearly better than the K1200S
Buying experience

Easy - Bike was in Yamaha shop for over a year and not sold - brand new so went for low ball offer and was surprised they accepted so 2014 cost me 4000BD Bahrain about 10,000 Euro and not a wheel turned.

5 out of 5

Trusty friend never let me down

02 February 2016 by Jericho

From new now on 36k miles mostly commuting through London over three years. Awesome machine. Fast, smooth, slips through traffic, balanced like a dancer, sips petrol, carries loads of kit, my second fjr combined 100k miles had a holed radiator....... Read more That is it. From two bikes and a 100k. Waiting for new engined generation 4 ... Only thing to make me upgrade.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Brakes top class abs. Great in wet. Can easily do two hours in saddle or full tank on motorways... 200 plus miles.
Engine
5 out of 5
Smooth, fast. 5 gears fine. Pulls from low 40s in 5th.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Holed radiator... Can't really blame the bike. Two of them 100k miles. Awesome durability.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Service every 6 months. Fuel economy brilliant plus 45 average through London. 72 mile a day commute fill every third day.
Equipment
5 out of 5
Panniers ok weak locks, heated grips great, socket for power great, instruments great, have not had a bad tyre whatever brand,
Buying experience

Dealer good service good p/ex paid 12k with factory custom pipes, engine guards, foot fairing, mirror covers, tank protector.

5 out of 5

09 January 2016 by otto

great bike Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Living with the FJR1300AE.

11 October 2015 by John

This bike has all the flexibility you could want. In standard form it seems far more sport than tourer and replacing the factory screen for a real touring screen makes a huge difference to the wind and weather protection (go to FJR Owners Club for... Read more great screen at best price around). Whilst the A offers limited control over suspension, the AE has a bewildering array of options and a much better ride than the A model. The dash is state of the art and the menus are easy to master and quite intuitive. The really best features are the comfort and that fab engine. At 5' 6'' I haven't found any problems with the bike weight even with a full load of fuel - though reversing must be done off the bike. NB: If like me you are short, make sure you sit on the bike before you buy; that wide seat robs you of some leg height which shorties have little enough to play with. Long wheelbase, but reasonable in the twisty bits. HUGE power, torque and all day riding a real possibility.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
More of a motorway cruiser than a track day bike, although a good rider will hold their own with the sports boys on the right track. Brakes are good but fade a little when pushed really hard. Normal riding, no problem. If you fit the touring screen and a top box, you have an all day touring bike. Tip: fit a hugger stop all that road grime getting into the shock area. Take no notice of the dealer who tells you they don't make one for the AE. Skidmark do, but make sure you specify AE when you order, as the hugger is quite different between the A and AE.
Engine
5 out of 5
Huge turbine like power and lots of torque. Don't believe the nonsense you read about no sixth gear. I checked out the ratios between average 5th and 6 gear set ups and there is nothing in it. At 70 the rpm between my 5 gear FJR and 6 gear K series was negligible. An engineer told me top gears are more overdrive than anything and that would certainly explain it.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
All the panels fit tightly together, the paint is deep and durable and all the external parts wear well. Make sure you get the suspension linkage/swing arm etc., all lubed at the right intervals. Few dealers actually do this at it is a main stand removal 'jobby'. Service the FJR properly and it will probably outlive you! Superb reliability. Got rid of a BMW to buy one. Best move I ever made. In summary, not as heavy as my Pan (which I still miss) but does the job nearly as well.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Average 50mpg very possible. Recommend FJR Owners club for best quality and best price servicing - you can even watch them do the job! Compared to my BMW, this bike is cheap as chips to run. BMW take note!!!
Equipment
5 out of 5
Suspension offers more adjustment than you are ever likely to need. More toys than a toy shop on the bars. Bridgestone and Metzelers are to be avoided. Best tyres according to my club are Pirelli Angel GT (9000 miles rear and 5000 rear, but a bit expensive) Best price and wear and Maxxis Diamonds with 7000 miles front and back. Got new Bridgestones (023s) at present, wise after the event but ok so far, but plan to try the Maxxis next.
Buying experience

Bought from a dealer. Lips sealed on the deal, but it was too good to miss.

4 out of 5

11 August 2015 by Tony Pammen

I had a 2010 FJR which had a slight problem with the throttle response, especially at low speeds, my new 2014 has ride by wire and has no such problems it's still a great engine that loves to be thrashed although the wind protection is worse than my... Read more older bike and why Yamaha didn't put led rear lights when they have them at the front, I don't know? Yamaha now spec Bridgestone tyres, my front tyre has started to square off after just 3200 miles while rear is still good

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Suspension can still get a little harsh, recently went up to Yorkshire and did 1300 miles in 4 days, seat is comfortable and fuel economy is good averaging about 50 mpg you can easily ride for a couple of hours or more without a break
Engine
5 out of 5
Different power modes give a soft power delivery in touring mode which I find good around town and sport mode livens it up and gives good acceleration from low down in the Rev range when on the twistys A strong engine that makes this bike fun to ride on a bike that doesn't look like it should go as quick as it does
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
No problems
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
Best feature has got to be the cruise control so easy to use made the ride up to Yorkshire a doddle.
Buying experience

Bought from a Yamaha main dealer Woodford motorcycles in Essex I've bought all my bikes from them good and friendly service as always, highly recommended .

Read all 7 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2013
Year discontinued -
New price £13,699
Used price £6,500 to £14,800
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £82
Annual service cost £1,200
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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