1995 — 1999 Yamaha XJR1200 motorcycle review @ Top Speed

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Yamaha XJR 1200



Who would thought that the old and most XS1100 could one day spawn awesome effort. The XS isn’t a ancestor for the XJR(more like a uncle)but the FJ1100 did utilize of Yamaha ’s experience of the DOHC XS. The FJ followed the XS to fill the slot in the mid 80’s, pumping out and weighing 227kg.

By the time the FJ from the list in 1995 its had grown to 1188cc, its weight was 240kg, and although there was an ABS the power output remained the

Enter the XJR 1200 in 1995. The lump was detuned for better all lower revs(although that max power was capped to 97bhp) and into a retro-chassis with and steel-tube double-cradle frame. The XJR seen as a super sport at this point, more a reaction to the success of Suzuki’s big so the emphasis was on budget rather balls-out biking.

That’s why the 1200 has rather suspension which becomes of a paint with age: the shocks offer preload only and fade rapidly warn, and the 43mm forks no scope whatsoever for adjustment. is a particular problem on the XJR as its weight is towards the rear-brilliant for power and rear-wheel steering-but less on high speed curves and vast acceleration.

The XJR-even the 1200 which the glad tend to scoff at these masses of acceleration. Crack the throttle at 30mph and you’ll crampons and a safety harness to on board at full bore the gears.

They ended up a bike with excellent thanks to the massively strong arm, 17-inch wheels are not over sized tires, and a mm wheelbase(that’s 50mm shorter the XS’s size).

Handling is less precise of the XJR’ s 235kg weight the same as the XS1100) and the sofa-soft But this does mean the get a good ride; combined the enormous seating area the XJR has pillion footrests which you and the passenger with some legroom.

For 1999 the XJR was a 1300 an actual capacity of 1250cc.

The XJR started life in 1995,at a when the number of … flooding the market was on the increase. At time it found itself up against the offerings from BMW R), Ducati(M900), Triumph(Speed Triple), and Yamaha’s own Emperor-without-clothes, the V max.

The competitor of the XJR 1200 is the big Bandit. developed the sport-tourer as a reaction to the of the Suzuki Bandit in the 90’s. more aggressive, comfortable and a better look, the Bandit superiority despite the number of at Yamaha.


Big, brawny and with muscle(that’s how the bikes to be like in the 70’s and 80’s), the XJR still looks like of the 90’s but with a lot more

The XJR was developed as the bike that has it Unforgettable looks, super-toned and a sweet exhaust note. given to the modern classic torque than the FJ and they the throttle response also.

The are designed to make every ride more controlled and with the seat, comfortable as


Unlike Kawasaki’s Zephyr, the XJR can’t truly be as a retro-bike, and the same is true of the there’s a hint of 1978-model in the XJR’s profile, and this all-black color scheme that of the XS1100S Midnight that turned heads(with its and stomachs(with its high speed three years later. But lack of four cylinder has not been a styling handicap, the XJR looks the meanest of the modern trio.

The Yam’s shiny paintwork and engine cases with the chrome of its headlight carb-tops and exhaust systems, and the alloy finish of parts as the box-section swing-arm, rear brackets and the engine’s cam-caps. The of the 1188cc motor’s fins are too, emphasizing the air cooled and sheer size of the 16-valve plant.

The motor sits in a steel frame which, the square-section FJ frame, has a bolt-on rail to allow engine Forks are conventional 43mm while at the back the XJR has a pair of gold piggy-black ohlins made in Japan to the Swedish specifications.

From the pilot’s seat the Yam pretty businesslike, its slightly handlebars sit you virtually upright in of the chromed-rimmed clocks, a central gauge and a small alloy of warning lights. The stepped is fairly low at 765mm, still not as low as the


The big motor sets the immediately you pull away, its five-speed gearbox being redundant if you’re not in a hurry. is a slight judder power for as low as 1500rpm in top, and from up the XJR’s 37mm CV Mikunis a crisp response even the throttle is wound right Better still, the engine is enough to keep the well-spaced mirrors clear all the time.

The wheels are 17-inch three at each end, wearing radial rubber in 130/70 rear sizes. Big 320mm discs with four-pot lifted straight from the FJ, a purposeful profile.

Yamaha XJR 1200
Yamaha XJR 1200
Yamaha XJR 1200
Yamaha XJR 1200


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