‘I’ve never had to look inside the engine’
“FJRS will easily cover huge mileages with basic maintenance. Other than valve clearance checking, I have never seen inside one of these engines in the 16odd years they have been around.
“Servicing is straightforward, requiring oil changes every 6000 miles using a good 10W40 semi synthetic and oil, plugs and filters every 12,000 miles. Valve clearance check is needed every 24,000 miles but they rarely need adjustment. From a home maintenance point of view they are reasonable. The sump plug and oil filter are on the left side of the engine, spark plugs can be reached by hinging the tank up. The air filter lives under the left side cover and is easy to remove but can be fiddly to replace.
“Don’t be tempted to use ordinary oil in the diff, they must have Yamalube drive shaft gear oil GL-5 80W-90. It’s not cheap but will ensure the diff lasts indefinitely.
“Chassis-wise they fare well if kept clean, especially through winter. It pays to fit a front mudguard extender as the radiator takes a beating without one and replacements are expensive. I have fitted a couple of Chinese aftermarket ones. They look rough but did fit with a bit of coaxing and seem to be lasting.
“Brakes on the later models are linked – the rear pedal also activates one pair of pistons in the right front caliper while the front lever applies all four pistons on the left caliper and two on the right. On ABS models get the brake fluid changed every year.
“The rear suspension linkage cannot be removed without removing the stand and exhaust, so grease the parts you can get to as it’s not cost effective to remove it completely. “Electrically, these bikes are robust with no charging issues. The battery and fuses live under the right front infill panel. There was a recall for a sub harness on some models, so check with your dealer to see if your bike is affected. The majority of problems are down to corrosion in the wiring. There are several earth blocks dotted about that can corrode.
“As with all bikes it pays to go for the latest model and although the FJR appears little changed from the first model, there have been steady upgrades.
“In our experience at Flitwick the most popular tyre choices are: Metzeler Roadtec 01, Michelin Pilot Road 4 and Pirelli Angel GT.”
Change the brake fluid every year to avoid problems with the ABS
Finish is good but as with any bike watch for corrosion