For twelve years, the Yamaha FJR moved from the standards of true grand tourer, and even the police, customs and gendarmerie, for her, is unfaithful to BMW.
FJR is a reference of its kind, combining sportiness with talent for lovers of driving and comfort for big wheelers.
Initially, the FJR was meant more efficient, but also lightweight and compact the BMW R1150RT, which placed separately in the concert of major road. Over time, elongated, heavy, she had approached other references such as the Honda Pan-European or Kawasaki GTR, but began to bear the weight of years. Especially its variant AS semi-automatic transmission (electronic clutch and gearshift gate-hand or foot shifter) had not convinced in 2006. This new version gives deep changes, and allows the FJR to put at the forefront of the class despite his seniority.
Compared to the significant developments of 2006, FJR 2013 base changes without much fuss, mainly in its body, its suspension and its electronic staffing (traction control, cruise control, choice of two maps for the accelerator “ride by wire “), but scripts AS changing more dramatically. The selections are faster and smoother, the chuckles when maneuvering at low speeds have disappeared, and the transmission can descend directly into neutral when stopped. Above all, this AS has driven suspensions that around four calibrations preload and hydraulic three levels used to refine the operation according to the tastes and driving conditions.
LIFE ON BOARD
Side of ergonomics, Yamaha has not fared much better than its competitors. With heating up to the windshield handles was a little difficult to navigate the multitude of possible adjustments and handlebar controls, too complex. However, the net gain is actually in terms of suspensions, an area where the FJR had taken a little late in the face of more modern models.
NOTICE OF SELF-ADDICT
Precision road feel, the FJR now keeps the same balance as we roll alone or in charge, which was not obvious before. As its mechanics, it has not taken a ride with a generous engine since 2006, takes a long enough gear to not vibrate with conventional systems. A machine perfectly suited to long-distance gets, especially since the redesigned fairing provides enhanced protection.
Twelve years of age, established reliability, and always at the top: the FJR is a reference type, be it by combining talent with a background of sportsmanship (demonstrative engine performance, efficiency and net frame) and beautiful assets for big riders (comfort, equipment). It is clear that the GTR, more typical sport, and the Pan-European, more bourgeois, do not offer the same deal.
Compared to its rivals, it has the added bonus a single argument, the semi-automatic transmission, now accomplished. What – almost – forgive a rate that takes a little too seriously and now tends to equate it with a … BMW!
- Engine: 4 cylinders in line, water-cooled
- Capacity: 1298 cm3
- Maximum power: 108 hp
- Maximum torque: 12.2 kgm
- Transmission: five-speed
- Secondary transmission: shaft
- Tires: 120/70-17 and 180/55-17
- Seat Height: 805/825 mm
- Tank: 25 liters
- With full weight: 296 kg
- Colours: Black or Bronze
- Price: € 19 499