2013 Yamaha FJR1300A First Ride — Motorcycle USA

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2013 Yamaha FJR1300A Ride

Watch the revamped FJR1300 sport-tourer in action in the Yamaha FJR1300A First Video .

The curvy backroads of California are an ideal locale to up with an old riding partner. In my the old acquaintance is Yamaha’s sport-touring the FJR1300 — one of my all-time bikes. So when the Tuning brand announced a refresh of its ST mount earlier this getting some seat on the 2013 FJR before the riding turns to rain and cold was a top

Thankfully, an invite arrived and we south to Sonoma County for a ride evaluation this

The FJR is far from a ground-up redesign, but the do prove more significant supposed at first glance. changes, while sportier and modern, more or less the understated lines of its predecessor. The end has been cleaned up, to be sure, the one piece cowling the best in our estimation.

It replaces a three-piece that looks dated in The windshield and headlights are different Yes, the FJR looks better, but not wildly different by any means.

the changes you can’t see on the FJR that the biggest impression, starting the engine. Fire up the Yamaha and are greeted by the familiar tones of its Four. Internal dimensions of the mill, including its 79mm and 66.2mm … are unchanged.

engineers updated the cylinders to a design and source new piston The claimed benefit is reduced improved heat dissipation, weight and better performance.

The Yamaha FJR1300A benefits engine updates courtesy of the fly-by-wire system.

Indeed, the can boast performance gains of horsepower and three lb-ft of But that boost is credited to a exhaust, which looks similar to the previous one the two mufflers and, thankfully, not grotesquely (unlike many of the latest new cans). The exhaust is longer,

It’s also lighter having consolidated from catalyzers down to one pair.

up the FJR remains invigorating, but modest gains aren’t the critical to the Inline Four. The big ticket is the new Yamaha Chip Controlled The YCC-T tech first on the 2006 R6 supersport, and has since down throughout the Yamaha The system incorporates a motor and position sensor to meter out delivery.

A fly-by-wire system, the also allows for cruise as well as variable engine through Yamaha’s D-Mode offering two settings, Sport and

Beginning our test ride, dab in the heart of wine country, clear the YCC-T is the highlight on new FJR. Fueling is remarkably straddling the fine line crisp and abrupt. Throttle is seamless, with zero And our favorite characteristic comes on where even sudden offs lack a herky response only smooth

Throttle feel is particularly in Touring mode, our favorite map for that reason.

The D-Mode familiar to us from its use on the Super is toggled via switch on the right Changing between the two settings is simple, and a rider need let off the throttle to make changes on the The two settings both offer power but Sport delivers a savage delivery for aggressive

Considering our route began damp roads, we were to set it on Touring and didn’t miss the Sport even when the dried out.

Getting familiar with the new FJR on wet the YCC-T allows for variable maps as well as traction

The FJR also delivers the safety net of control. Here the YCC-T plays its part, manipulating delivery to maintain optimal Again, the variable conditions of our ride, which included icy the next morning, had us thankful of the TC.

try as we might, we never noticed the aid cutting in as it’s unobtrusive us for not pressing the 660 pound bike to its of adhesion).

Cruise control is boon for the 2013 FJR, and kit nowadays for a legit touring Yamaha’s system is effective and An on-off button on the left engages the system, with switch directly above auto-like functionality (set, increase and decrease speed).

The disengages via the handlebar buttons, as as pulling in the clutch, or bumping the up. The ability to rest or stretch right hand while on the interstate, which we did for about 20 is a definite boost for rider

The freeway also let us notice the FJR its five-speed transmission, no sixth overdrive. It’s not really but a curious trait we recall other bikes in the class the Honda ST1300). The transmission feature some changes, with a new machining method for the While we don’t recall any changes, the gearbox of the new Yamaha is sorted. We laud its easy to Neutral, as a sneaky green N is one of our pet

Clutch lever pull year also feels easier, one of our few complaints for the older

Speaking of the older bike We always praised the FJR for its handling The chassis on this year’s retains the same frame and but Yamaha has altered the suspension. The FJR now an independent damping fork, new internals and springs. Three-way remains up front, but compression and is handled in the right fork leg Yamaha says the fork has firmed up, with the new configuration weight.

The rear shock is stiffer, with revised Quick adjustments aren’t as easy this year, as the new set up only features tool-less on top of the right shock, where the model had clickers atop fork caps. The FJR only has a preload setting for the rear Hard and Soft, with no hand knob to fine-tune

The shock is also adjustable for

Yamaha updates its 2013 FJR new suspension settings. It also on a more durable spec of the tire.

Our initial estimation was the FJR felt looser than and our timidity on the wet roads didn’t matters. Here’s a case our aforementioned “all-time favorite” toward the FJR has set the bar extremely high. with the clickers helped out some of the unsteady feel, and confident with more we could get the new FJR handling back to our memories of its predecessor.

As it stood, two days we were happy handling, but not ecstatic.

Despite all the for 2013, the FJR managed to drop pounds. Granted that be much noticed from a that we last weighed at 664 (in 2009 during our Sport-Touring Still, creeping away, than toward, a bloated 700 (unlike some of its rivals).

And the FJR carries its weight well, the low of gravity making for quick and easy turning.

The Yamaha’s new BT-023 tires contribute to a feel in the corners. The ‘stones well in the variable conditions, included waking up one morning to them covered in ice (giving new to cold tires!). The tire dubbed BT-023F, was specifically for the FJR to increase durability. It’s a problem to the sport-touring class, Bridgestone noted during its intro to the BT-023 back in

These ST bikes are ridden on the street, like high-performance only they weigh an 200 pounds! The extra weight a fierce load on the tire, and can be dramatic. In fact, at the time specifically pointed out the FJR as a bike shreds through tires.

new spec goes even than the standard BT-023 to durability.

We weren’t able to get the chirping on hard braking thanks to the ABS. While not as as the stealthy TC assists, the ABS system its thing without dramatic pulses. The bite and feel of the Nissin stoppers up front is and efficient.

Charging through the or cruising on the freeway, it’s to pile on the miles aboard the An upright riding position with a comfortable seat and peg The seat is also two position high and low.

Further rider comfort are panels on the fairing that can be swapped two positions, one of which redirects heat away from the and delivers a little more protection.

And the FJR delivers excellent protection, though its trim is not as wide as some of its competitors. The new is improved. It sports a taller and shape, which we didn’t but we did take note of its faster functionality. It also now remembers its when turning off the bike a thing, but an appreciated feature and one of the we pick come shootout

The biggest improvement, though, is the new rechannels the airflow that deflected so there is a steadying The result is minimal buffeting. The missing element in the touring factor is a lack of handguards.

And that helps the sporty the wind and elements have reign on a rider’s mitts.

heated grips come on the FJR. They work too, warm without (trust us it can happen). Riders can fine-tune the heat from its position settings in the menu. a far cry from the rudimentary hand of the previous model.

Same for the instrumentation in general, as Yamaha has revamped the system.

The new instrument updates the dash. An analog now rests on the left, with an to read digital speedo the data displayed on the center LCD which also houses a gauge, clock and the engaged setting. A right side features a prominent gear indicator, with the remaining cycled via left hand switch.

Riders rotate data like air/engine range, fuel efficiency also control the settings for grips and windscreen (via yet toggle, above the cruise toggle). The instrumentation is well out, with our only that the cruise control take up a lot of the prime real However, the starter button/kill toggle on the right control is a simple and elegant consolidation of functionality.

Saddlebags return unchanged on the While they aren’t as perhaps, as some in the ST class, we able to fit our medium-sized modular in no problem. We’d note the accessory saddlebag liners, are often installed on our Yamaha bikes including this are quite convenient and appreciated a investment for the hard-core touring

An accessory top case is available to luggage capacity. Another perk that is standard kit on the FJR is the new which Yamaha claims is 30% It proves quite easy to the heavy mount up onto its

Perhaps the most impressive Yamaha has accomplished with its new FJR is its $15,890 MSRP. The pricetag only $300 more the 2012 version. This special mention, considering the Yen has forced the Japanese manufacturers to up pricing by a couple hundred on all models, much less sporting significant upgrades.

On note, the FJR’s price one of its chief rivals, the Kawasaki by $300 ($16,199).

Bottom Yamaha has taken an already touring platform and made it more powerful and keeps the competitive. One of our all-time favorites its place on the best-ever list.


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