The Yamaha FJR1300 has always been known for its supreme comfort, but the real surprise was the way it handles if you pressed on a little in the corners.
This is also true of the 2016 model, especially the AE and AS variants which get USD forks and electronically adjustable preload, compression and damping.
The Yamaha FJR1300 benefits from a new sixth gear, but apart from that the engine remains unchanged. Yamaha managed to squeeze six gears in without changing the crank case.
There was no real need to change the FJR1300 engine, the 1298cc lump produces 144bhp and as a result the bike is incredibly fast for such a comfortable machine.
A 1298cc engine is barely breaking a sweat at 144bhp and the Yamaha FJR1300 will churn out mile after mile without a problem if you look after it.
High mileage shouldn't put you off a used model provided it has a good service history.
There are still three FJR models to choose from; A (£14,299), AE (£16,599) and AS (£17,099). All three get Yamaha’s Slip and Assist tech and panniers as standard.
However, only the AE and AS model get the adaptive lights, upside-down forks and electronically adjustable suspension.
You can find a quality used Yamaha FJR1300 for sale from around £11k.
The FJR’s biggest update is the long-awaited (and overdue) sixth gear. It also gets Yamaha’s new Slip and Assist clutch technology, LED lights front and rear, adaptive cornering lights for peeking round corners, a redesigned tail unit, tweaks to the dash, a new colour and the model is now set-up for the Dainese D-Air Street System.
The trick was to add a sixth gear to a five speed engine without changing the crank cases. Yamaha has done this by using helical cut gears instead of straight cut and subsequently completely redesigned the gearbox.
As a benefit the shorter gearing over the first five gears makes for quicker acceleration while offering a tall, silky smooth, vibration-free sixth for cruising between mountains, or more likely the M25.
Next up is Yamaha’s Slip and Assist clutch technology. The system keeps the bike settled during hard and fast downshifting, helping to stop the rear-wheel from locking up. The new mechanism also equates to a 20% lighter clutch lever action which is good news for left hands everywhere.
The 2016 FJR gets a completely redesigned tail unit complete with LED lights. The front also gets LEDs to help lower the battery draw and posh adaptive cornering lights, which light up progressively the further the bike is leant over. The FJR’s inertial measurement unit (IMU) kicks in at five degrees of lean and lights up three LEDs in total, which are located above the main headlights.
The dash has also been tweaked. It now comes with an anti-glare screen and new fonts. The FJR is available in two colours, Matt Silver and Tech Graphite, with silver being the new colour for 2016.
The AS model has the Auto Clutch system, which does away with the clutch lever in favour of thumb and finger paddles for clicking through the gears. It still comes with a gear lever though, just in case your left foot feels left out.