Motorcycle Consumer News: FJ1100-1200 Used Bike Buyer’s Guide

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Yamaha FJ 1200
Yamaha FJ 1200

FJ1100-1200 Used Bike Guide

by Jay Koblenz

There may be another motorcycle quite Yamaha’s FJ1200, and our survey there are many happy who will miss it. Fortunately, are many FJs still around the ten years Yamaha sold it in the It has proven to be a durable, long-lasting that serves its rider for many miles with care.

Jack Pomaro of Illinois sent this of his 1992 FJ1200 in with his Fitted out for touring, this sports Krauser hard Heli-Bar handlebars and Progressive fork springs. Jack’s to Yamaha: Don’t bring the FJ

I want to be the only kid on the block the best in long-haul comfort, power, top-notch sportiness and reliability.

When it arrived on the in 1984 as the FJ1100, it was already the last of a breed: The air-cooled, displacement inline-four. It was countered year by Honda’s V65 Sabre. The offered a smoother engine, shaft drive and, most importantly, a price tag 10% lower.

Things didn’t get any for Yamaha a year later Honda lowered the Sabre’s price even further, and just managed to maintain the on the FJ. But in 1986, Yamaha punched out the to 1200cc and had the market to itself Honda dropped the big Sabre. The competition then was Kawasaki’s touring-oriented Concours and Suzuki’s GS1100.

With air cooling and chain drive, the big Yamaha would on as the most simple and basic for a sport-touring bike that lent itself well to tasks.

Except for a hiatus in when the entire motorcycle was in its most severe doldrums, kept the FJ1200 around unchanged through 1994 it tested the market with the tech, but short-lived GTS1000). by the response from MCN’s survey, there is still demand for a bike like the but the era of such a low-tech sport-tourer may be over. The closest thing now to market will be Suzuki’s Bandit, a motorcycle already limited success in the European


What do owners best about their That big powerplant is the number-one given for ownership. Nearly 72% of love the overpowering mid-range of that monster engine. is the kind of real-world power allows a rider to carry luggage and a passenger, then set out for miles of effortless cruising.

With gobs of reserve the engine never feels out under load.

Next popular on the list of positive is the styling. Most people buy because they like the way look, and the FJ lasted a decade unchanged. It has much of the grace of a sportbike with a low, leaning appearance.

The pipes an upsweep to continue the sporty yet are low enough for sizable throw-over

Graphics never got too wild: stayed with simple, lines to accent an inherent There’s virtually no chrome on a that dates to when glitter was the private domain of and juggernaut luxo-tourers.

Judging by the MCN Yamaha has a very happy contingent among its FJ buyers. The popular rating by owners was that response checked off by 70% of respondents. Only a single checked good, another owner checked poor and the 29 percent checked very

This is obviously a bike satisfies customers.


Of that doesn’t mean the FJ is As with most motorcycles, the FJ a few accessories to make it right for a lot of The first choice for modifications is a new Although some owners happy with the wide, stock unit, Corbin a very good business this model. One reason for the of a more comfortable seat is the FJ is frequently used as a long-distance

Luggage was the next most accessory, most frequently a

The most common mechanical is a new exhaust. Although FJs ridden in weather can suffer from degradation of the inside of the mufflers, more likely the search for a exhaust note is the top reason for the

A large number of owners out the stock fork springs. is of little surprise, as the FJ is known for an overly soft front A firmer spring and slightly weight fork oil is a common fix to handling.

Still keeping the touring theme, large of owners added taller and throttle locks. The stock was a bit short in early years and of the changes were made to prior to 1990. Another group also went for handlebars for more comfortable

For minor mishaps, Yamaha case guards that can some of the more expensive

When it comes to replacement Metzeler is by far the most popular more than twice as as the next most frequent Dunlop. On the front, the ME33 is the common choice, although than a few moved to radials. The tires varied quite a bit the ME55 and ME99 to an assortment of

Yamaha FJ 1200

Michelins and Avons were popular, also, with a smattering of owners opting for


When it comes to the fact that the FJ lasted so with so few changes is a strong of a motorcycle without many Of the items owners listed for they liked least the FJ, the two most popular answers nothing and weight. Nearly as (still, fewer than 3%) of didn’t like the vibration.

A owners had problems with the wheel bearings, something needs watching on FJs that been properly greased or had the rear wheels sprayed a power hose. Others like the older design and the maintenance of chain drive in a where competitors went to

Surprisingly few owners criticized the 16 tire on early models. early models had anti-dive that didn’t work well. This was simply off the later models.

Although and day trips headed the list as the popular primary uses of the FJ, excursions and long distance were also popular. But because commuting may be the most use doesn’t mean that travel is rare. And although a large, heavy bike limited cornering ability, a of owners even take FJs racing.

A relatively small of owners bought the ABS model, the single year (1992) it was an option, more than 40 of respondents went for it. Those who the ABS model tend to like feature, although most rather save the $1200 charged for it.


What do FJ want? The most popular was a switch to shaft drive. would like more including hard saddlebags and a fairing. A few want the bike to be and lighter weight.

Other were largely the kind of Yamaha would have had to to keep the bike current, as a more refined suspension and ground clearance.

Although a huge percentage of would like to see the FJ1200 to the Yamaha line-up, the company has no to get back into this So an improved FJ does not seem to be in the However, there are plenty of ones around at bargain and if this seems like the that suits you, it be good to grab one soon.

It Worth?

Prices are a national for an undamaged, well-maintained, moderate-mileage and may vary in your area due to supply and demand. A complete of prices for other motorcycles, ATVs and snowmobiles is available the AMA’s Official Motorcycle Guide or for $12.95 from CPI at 972-5312.

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