Yamaha FJR1300 2013 review Ash On Bikes

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Yamaha FJR 1300

Yamaha FJR1300 2013

Yamaha by its own admission has drawn in the during the recession. This have worked with a sharp economic downturn, but now dragging on, and Yamaha is stuck.

facing a depressed market an ageing, expensive range of and guess what: they’re not well. At Cologne we were a return to a full commitment and core values of innovation and by senior executive Kunihiko but in the meantime the company is still to survive — and there are questions hanging over most fundamental condition on its current range.

So the 11 year-old touring bike has not been in the face of high tech and accomplished opposition from BMW and others, it’s merely given a facelift. It’s an one though, especially as the changes to the engine have improved and response in particular.

The intake has been revamped with new bodies, intake funnels and air and at the other end of the process is a reshaped system which is lighter and efficient — it comes two instead of four catalysers. The old steel cylinder liners are replaced by hard coated and lower friction piston are fitted, with the result power is up 3bhp to 144bhp. The new full throttle operation has the fitment of an obedient and predictable control, as well as two power Touring and Sport, although the setting makes the engine so flat you wonder why they’ve because few owners will.

Sport is where it will most of the time, but here despite the improvements, it does too much of a sporting character for a bike, insofar as you need to rev it to get the from it. Below 5,000rpm, is where the motor will be most of the time, there’s not enough thrust, especially with a really torquey like the Triumph Trophy.

To or up the pace when a road temptingly snaky you constantly to work the gearbox, which is not how a like this should be. like this solo and two up the exacerbated.

You hear a lot of complaints the FJR only has five gears, as it can feel too revvy at steady speeds, but a taller sixth would drop the motor that flat-feeling zone at revs and it wouldn’t pull it Five seems to be the only here.

It’s a shame as the engine very good in other and the kick of horsepower higher up the rev makes this one of the quickest bikes. But that`s the issue, few want a touring bike quick only when you it like a sports bike. The is a lot smoother than older for example, with just a of vibration in the mid-range, nothing to anyone, and practically none

It’s efficient too, 48mpg in mixed riding and only to 45mpg when harder, That means a 260 mile range from the 5.5 (25 litre, 6.6 gallon US) tank, is impressive considering the power.

The changes aren’t extensive Disappointingly the FJR1300AS with its adjustable suspension isn’t yet — that’s due in showrooms in 2013 and the press will be a presentation shortly before — but the standard FJR1300A has suspension anyway. This lighter fork internals of instead of steel with rather than linear and firmer damping settings, the rear shock is significantly

New Metzeler Roadtec Z8 Interact are fitted in place of the old Roadtec with Bridgestone BT023s as an in some markets (instead of — these are each tyres, while the Metzelers astounding wet weather grip.

The of all this is an exceptionally good quality, substantially better at potholes and sharp ridges than Triumph’s high electronically adjustable suspension, and the FJR can get just a little bouncy you push it hard, that’s acceptable given its excellence at its task of providing a plush

It’s the steering which the bike down. It’s than it used to be but still you to put pressure on the inside handlebar to the bike on its line in a corner, after a long distance on roads gets tiring. with the Triumph’s fluid and feel the Yamaha still a decade old.

Despite its weight it also feels with a slower response to bar than the triumph. Its only manoeuvring at parking speeds you`d guess the Trophy is the bike.

The weather protection is good, not as generous as on BMW, Honda and rivals. The frontal bodywork is all including the screen, and it has a sharper than before but the aerodynmaics are too. The wind noise is low for above average height and even then it’s The screen is adjusted electrically and low for sportier riding or around although doing so exaggerates the of being perched on top of the bike.

generally is pretty good, the seat starts to feel a hard after a couple of on board, but in this respect not a bike you’d baulk at on a long distance tour.

You not want to do it two-up though. The is adequate if rider and passenger too large and comfort on the back is too, but Yamaha recommends you have the panniers, which are a but not over-generous capacity, or you have a top but not both, as it could exceed the weight limit of the rear That seems like an oversight these days.

Other detailing is good including the handsome dash is comprehensive with its information, and the locking small compartment in the of the fairing. Then again, locks and unlocks automatically and includes a credit card so this is only par for the course than ahead of the game.

the cruise control is straightforward and it very well, without the and dithering of Triumph’s first and in the same way the traction control a safety oriented rather performance system — is smooth and unintrusive. On a dirt for example where many systems have a bike as the power cuts in and out, the simply glides along with the power and wheelspin efficient and discreet control. The fitment heated grips well too.

The build is outstanding, in typical Yamaha with tight panel flawless paint and a feel this bike will working perfectly until its every road on earth. But it more low rev torque and more steering.

The good news is, has pledged to make its price competitive, finally accepting very high prices you don’t sell many Sort of obvious, you’d thought. This means a price to the base model which means around in the UK.

The actual figure will be in mid November.

Model tested: FJR1300A

UK price: £12,900

Available: December 2012

four cylinder, liquid dohc 16v, 1298cc

144bhp (146PS, 107.5kW) @

Torque: 102lb.ft (14.1kgm, @ 7,000rpm

Economy: 48mpg 5.9l/100km, 40mpg US) (on test)

5.5 gallon (25 litres, 6.6 gallons US) / 260 (420km)

Yamaha FJR 1300
Yamaha FJR 1300

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