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Yamaha FJR 1300

Diagnosis: MBS (Multiple Bike

by Chris B. for webBikeWorld.com

Chances are slim you’ll find any about Multiple Bike in the AMA magazine.

That’s the Journal of the Medical Association, by the way!

But another AMA journal where you can about MBS: the one that’s by the American Motorcycle Association.

of us are more susceptible to this serious disease than Many are able to avoid the by suppressing the symptoms and sticking to one bike at a time.

Other have a lower resistance and are only mildly and find simply having a second can help to ease the infection. Of there are the terminally ill types who lost all resistance and who find with 2, 4, 6 or more bikes.

the guy we bought the ’98 Triumph from, who had 30+ motorcycles sitting in a Butler building. But that’s story.

Here are some of the MBS signs that you (or your other) should be aware of: 1) You go to a dealer you find yourself at other bikes on display keen interest, even you’ve got a fully competent 2) You find yourself taking out on test rides even you have no plans to buy one; 3) You yourself browsing through like Cycle Trader your lunch break, to find that “special

Note that this can strike anywhere and any time warning. You may even find checking the balance in your account balances to see if sufficient exist. If this happens, you may not be that you have already infected with the MBS virus.

I consider it so much an ailment as as an addiction. I have to confess, I’m an but only moderately so. Of course, are far worse things to be addicted to owning and riding motorcycles.

Since my return to riding six and 150,000 miles ago I’ve had 3 bikes, all BMW’s. But the mainstay has my 1999 K1200LT (aka the Enterprise”) which I bought in ’01 with 5,000 miles.

It now has 131,000 miles and still like a freight train, but nearly 900 lbs around on a daily can get cumbersome, to say the least. The signs and of MBS started to rear its head this summer for something and sportier. I suspect taking the Superbike School had a lot to do with recent outbreak (take a at my review and perhaps you’ll why!).

I originally though like to set up a track day bike, but considering how often I would be able to use it, I shifted towards the for something I could mostly use on a basis and thus have a use/enjoyment factor. That’s not to say I thrown out the idea of a track-day It’ll just have to

So, what style, make, to buy? Do I want to go new or used? I can’t envision myself on a It’s just not my style.

Nor can I see me doing any off-roading, and I really do the look of sport bikes.

I go with a full sport that would require me to a chiropractor if I ride it for more 90 minutes? Or something with a relaxed riding position for 50-something-year-old body? Something I could perhaps take to the on an occasional club track-day?

was also a need to carry a few like my lunch bag and rain and other assorted necessities of life, so some type of luggage would be convenient.

much consideration and visiting the to sit on the various models, I had it narrowed to one of two bikes, the 2006 Yamaha ABS and the 2006 Ducati ST3 ABS.

there’s no BMW in there. I’d have to lay out (before tax, title to get what I was looking for from the I’m also not impressed with new braking system.

Besides, my suggested getting something and you know how important that of support can be!

A phone call to my agent revealed that, as a bike, the Ducati and FJR were $30 of each other and the overall wouldn’t be too painful (I highly contacting your insurance before you buy anything. You’ll be at how much one model can cost another as certain models a reputation that drives up ratings and in turn their of insuring, as Rick found out the GT1000 !).

Also, be sure to around. Rates can vary one carrier to the next by the hundreds, thousands of dollars.

I’ve reading the reviews on the Yamaha since the bike first in the U.S.A. It had everything I’d come to on a bike, such as a power ample cargo storage, ABS shaft drive, beautiful fully adjustable suspension, not to plenty of power. I had often this might be a bike I’d like to own.

But there was “heat issue” that so riders and reviewers mentioned made me cautious. The LT is a hot enough in warm weather due to its large and faring and I didn’t want “hot” ride.

Of course, I want to buy a new FJR1300, the fact I would have to put down and then wait several before it’s arrival was a put off (are you listening Yamaha?). I’m the where if I have too much to think about it, I just talk myself out of it. That’s not to say I’m an buyer, either.

Just somewhere in between.

there’s the Ducati ST3 ABS. the name Ducati evokes of fast, superb handling, motorcycles and beautiful Italian Both have tremendous appeal, but are also high

Still, they look so even sitting stationary!

I a different dealer for each and was frank about being to pay for it, but unsure of which model to Now, you would think would practice their sales tactics on me to try and sway me to particular brand, but, that was not the case.

The dealers had model in stock, but they my name and number and promised to get to me ASAP.

Guess what? dealer ever called me even after 3 long Needless to say they didn’t, and get my business.

Since I was anticipating 10,000 to 15,000 miles per on this bike I wanted I would spend more riding than repairing or For the Ducati, the frequent valve intervals (Editor’s Note: now up to 7,500 miles, which too bad), fixed windscreen and the number of dealers (compared to throughout the country tilted the towards the Yamaha.

Thus, I the FJR was the better choice for me. So, having all the latest reviews on the ’06 FJR and how the heat seem to have been I figured this was the time to the trigger.

On a fluke I called a I use for occasional parts for the BMW K1200LT, Cycles in Gaithersburg, Maryland the same dealer where purchased the GT1000).

Bernie, the manager (who also sold Rick a BMW K75 some ago) answered the phone and explaining my quandary he informed me he just happened to have an ST3 ABS and a FJR1300 ABS sitting right on the showroom floor!

He even had one of the new shift FJRs available. be there Saturday” was my immediate While I had him on the phone, I inquired the chances of taking either on a ride, figuring the answer be a quick NO.

I suspect the reason I up on BMWs awhile back was BMW dealers let you take ANY model out for a ride, convinced that if you one, you’re going to buy one worked by the way).

But this is not the with most of the other This is a REAL bone of with me. I understand their but at the same time I’m not about to lay out much money for something only SAT ON!

Much to my surprise and delight said a test ride be possible. Things were up!

Now, the doubts started to in the back of my mind. It’s buyer’s remorse, and this be the body’s natural defenses to the MBS Remember, I told you that if I had too time that I may change my

The doubts started ringing in my Did I REALLY want or need a motorcycle? Is this a practical to do? Thankfully, the three days quickly and so did the doubts.

Upon the showroom I had to take one last look at the Ducati (Geez, bike is beautiful!) before across the showroom floor to the After looking the bike I again broached the subject of a test. In the time it took me to get all my on (which is kind of funny Battley Cycles deals in Harley Davidson and many of riders ride up in shorts and tee while I never ride full protective gear) he it off the showroom floor and out to the parking

We went over the usual controls, etc. and he suggested a that would take 10-15 minutes. Yeah, I had to get it up to a little bit of speed to evaluate the protection, noise level, and what not, right?

I didn’t think I was out that but it was 35 minutes later when I back onto the lot.

was not happy with me. He looked bike over VERY and even noted that the were scuffed farther up the than before. OOPS.

I the tires were new so I had refrained pushing it in the turns.

In the end, I for the bike, left a deposit and arrangements to take delivery of it the week with my appointed representative, Andy Ratner coincidentally the same sales who sold Rick the GT1000!). did a fine job of keeping me notified of any and any insurance papers I would to bring along at delivery.

The passed pretty quickly, the wait, and then it was finally My wife drove me there and nearly drove off with my in the car. After going the usual settlement procedures it was out to the lot for a go of the bike itself.

Chris and Andy. Andy, it’s to give me the keys!

There it all shined up, absolutely beautiful and ready to take me anywhere I it. I appeared to be listening to Andy’s but I don’t think I really Mentally it was: “Come on!

Let’s get this done so I can this baby out of here! I can the owner’s manual at night,

Finally we were finished and they topped off the tank he me the keys. With my gear on, I the starter button and that motor sprang to life that low throaty sound spoke to me, come on, let’s GO!

The home was both fun and frustrating. 131,000 miles on the LT it seems my had been programmed for the clutch and action on the LT and the FJR was totally different, so I very smooth with the Having ridden nothing but I also had to get used to the single signal switch most of the of the world uses. The right felt left out.

No big just some personal

I’ve now put over 1,000 on the FJR in under 2 weeks, and even I’m not finished with the engine I have some observations.

baby has all of the power I need for the and it’s not fully broken in It’ll get you to triple digit in no time if you’re not paying and it doesn’t feel like going that fast at

And when it’s time to that thing to a stop, two fingers on the front brake will do the trick. Use all four and feel the ABS kick in too! The brake seems to have the right amount of stopping

I’m getting 40+ mpg combined highway and roads on regular fuel, beats using premium.

The protection is adequate yet there’s enough air flow over the to keep comfortable on a hot day, a windscreen at least 3” taller may be on the of add-ons since I’m 6’3”

You only need to look at a and the bike’s there. The finish is and that blue is stunning in the I’ve gotten nothing but for the looks. The headlights are great! BMW take a lesson in how to make that actually illuminate the roadway from Yamaha.

more lighting is not a priority on the FJR it has been on every BMW I’ve owned.

So here’s the conclusion: I’m pink (or in this case, blue) with this new Leave the bags on and it looks a touring machine, take off and it looks ready for the track. not an out and out sportbike and can’t hang some of them, but it’s no and I bet I can ride this baby all

I hope to prove that month with a run up to Vermont the scenic route) for a mini reunion.

Oddly enough, I’m not at other bikes with interest as before (yet). I the FJR has sent the virus into Other than being a bit (like healthcare isn’t?) disease may prove to be worth

Be sure to check in here at as I report back on the improvements will make this my Sport Tourer”!

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From J.B.R.: The story I to tell is backwards of yours. I successfully put 11,400 miles on my FJR 1300 ABS in eleven months. I decided to purchase a 2006 as most of my miles ended up The FJR is now in the BMW dealership in Tulsa OK on consignment.

I playing on the commute to work and the twisties as I live in Arkansas on the

I don’t miss the sore after an eight hour I own (me and the bank) four motorcycles: the 05 04 Honda Shadow Sabre Yamaha 250 Virago (trainer) and the I am a MSF Rider Coach and Master Instructor which tend to up my leisure weekends.

When I I ride a lot.

History over I’ll tell you the you are now traveling will be wonderful. Two up on the FJR is no problem I have the Yamaha on mine. The Yamaha windshield (larger) is one I purchased also but in the its way too hot to use. I am 5’8” tall so I all the cooling I can get. The 06 is much in the heat as well due to air flow and a new radiator.

My friend has one and we rode to and Wyoming to the rally in August he much cooler in slow and stop some more traffic.

I was unfortunate to get caught at red light at the intersection leading to the from Gillette Wyoming to and had to press the speed a little to the group of other motorcyclists with me. Needless to say in no time I up with them and looked and was traveling between 150 and 160 on the speedometer. I some brake and took my at the tail of the group.

The bike had in it and the speed wasn’t even until the vision of the speedometer in my head. Bottom line you did good.

From C.C.: In to MBS, Harley riders OCD — Obsessive Chrome One disease just multiplies the of the other!

From L.H.: Congrats on the new I own a ’03. THE best bike ever owned or rode. article; thanks for the good If you have not joined already, check out the FJR forum.

There, you find out more information the FJR than you could possibly imagine existed. Ride

From L: It was interesting to put a name the sickness that afflicts who need or want more However I think you found the with the FJR if it fits, feels and the way you have been searching for in the bikes. Its true that we want a bike that’s more comfortable, looks more MPG, or what your criteria may be.

I’ve after putting more 18,000 miles on my 05 FJR in 8 months, each time I ride it I have more fun. power? Still can’t tap baby out, it has way too much for me to yet, and as you noted it turns a race horse.

Once you get the shock of how you obtained the bike in the place, sleepless nights your next destinations, be into the next level of your bike. Meaning, how do I a motorhome god by stuffing every electronic device, option and market accessory on this Welcome to my world!

From I agree that my 06 is one of the best I have ever owned. I got back from a trip to New and back from San Diego, and a couple of comments.

There is a community of owners on the web. out the FJR Forum and FJR1300 Info for of information on modifications and improvements to the

The throttle return spring is way too It is painful to hold it open for than a couple of hours. A Rocker or similar device a lot.

Some owners modified the return spring to the resistance.

Most bikes from the dealer with too free play in the throttle. this helps a lot with low throttle control. Also, are a couple of modifications to help response which tends to be a abrupt on many bikes.

can be found on the above web sites.

than these small the bike is pretty much out of the box.

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