I've got the facelifted '07 AS model with the fingershifter and auto clutch. This works a treat and allows you to really chill out when riding in town. A foot gear lever is also there but it's so much effort after using the mountain-bike style shifter. The only slight downside to it is that you can't blip the throttle to scare the cars as you overtake and clutch-dump wheelie drag starts are not possible, although I've read power wheelies are possible, I've not tried 'em cos there aren't many spots on the roads where you can safely let this monster rip!
Creature comforts include, electric screen, speed/temp sensitive heated grips, 12v socket, ABS linked brakes, locking cubby compartment, standard side panniers with the mounts nicely integrated into the tail section.
The engine is really creamy low down for effortless legal speed cruising and turns ballistic after around 5000 rpm. Unfortunately there is a bit of noticeable vibration between 4000-4500, this must be due to the engine harmonics and does disappear outside this range, but this is a minor niggle. The motor does heat up a fair bit when trundling along at low speed, but dual fans kick in when this happens. Fuel economy really depends how you ride it, I've managed mid 60's going granny style and mid 30's when on super high speed cruising. Mostly I get 45-50 mpg. The standard low rpm fuelling is ATROCIOUS however and this bike really needs to be dynojetted, this is especially the case with the auto-clutch version as you can't increase revs and modulate using the clutch at low speed. Fit a PC-III, dyno it and it's totally peachy.
Handling-wise - much better than my old Bandit 600, nice low centre of gravity and although no sportsbike really easy to lean into sweeping bends. Steering lock not bad but it's pretty damn heavy to push, you really do forget how heavy it is when you're on it, as it feels quite nimble even at low speed. Braking is effortless and smooth. It's also physically smaller/lower than the other tourers e.g. honda/bmw and suits shorter bods like me: 30" leg. Also looks way better than those whales too, especially with the panniers off, it looks like a sports bike on steroids. Handlebars adjust but not really enough to make a difference. Also should really come with crash protectors as standard on a 12k bike!
Overall the FJR is a really superb bike, doesn't feel unwieldy in the city, can blitz across the country in comfort and fun to throw into the bends along the way.
It could do with a few minor improvements however:
1) The fuelling, easy to sort but costly.
2) Standard screen noisy at speed, get earplugs
3) tyre valves really tricky to access, could do with remote pressure monitoring
4) Have to remove panels to check brake and clutch fluid.
5) standard exhaust rather quiet, this is no hooligan bike.
6) Panniers are sturdy and good quality but awkward shape inside with limited capacity. yam topbox massive on the outside, tiny on the inside (only one helmet).
7) the plod use 'em, which steals cred.
8) shaftcase/swingarm doesn't look very trick next to BMW/kwak etc but easy to keep clean and no rubber to perish, i'm really nit-picking now.